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Old 06-02-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Hi,I'm new here.Live in Santa Cruz area.Just want to get my thoughts and ideas out there.I feel I can be a very good help on this forum,specifically when it comes to investing and money management.Not trying to make any arrogant claims and cannot boast about some extreme tract record.However I have spent many a weekend studying or just plain reading investment books.listening to audio books on the way to work,and on the way home.I have kept myself current on the markets by listening to CNBC on XM radio and now they even have an AM radio station with several investing programs.This has been going on in my life for probably 15+ years.The online trading academy has contacted me regarding a seminar,I promptyly talked my way out of it by informing them of excessive trading costs associated with that type of strategy.However for some people lots of trading could work for them.I'm aware of the fact there are many tolerences for risk out there,I also realize giving out investing advice can back fire on you I experienced that in the dot com boom.I have refined my knowledge base since that time and have a vast well to dip from.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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That last line was intended as "well of knowledge" not money.Still working towards a well of money.
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Hi,I'm new here.Live in Santa Cruz area.Just want to get my thoughts and ideas out there.I feel I can be a very good help on this forum,specifically when it comes to investing and money management.Not trying to make any arrogant claims and cannot boast about some extreme tract record.However I have spent many a weekend studying or just plain reading investment books.listening to audio books on the way to work,and on the way home.I have kept myself current on the markets by listening to CNBC on XM radio and now they even have an AM radio station with several investing programs.This has been going on in my life for probably 15+ years.The online trading academy has contacted me regarding a seminar,I promptyly talked my way out of it by informing them of excessive trading costs associated with that type of strategy.However for some people lots of trading could work for them.I'm aware of the fact there are many tolerences for risk out there,I also realize giving out investing advice can back fire on you I experienced that in the dot com boom.I have refined my knowledge base since that time and have a vast well to dip from.
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I just wish I could find a source for variable annuities......
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Here's a pretty good list of books to tackle after you have gone thru the one's you already have read. After that, read them again, you'll pick up even more info that way.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:46 PM   #12
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Wow there is alot of these I have not read.impressive list, currently reading Wisdom on Value Investing by Gabriel Wisdom.
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Don't read books. Don't follow the market - watch football instead perhaps fish in off season. DCA into a life cycle fund and when the time comes retire. Cut expenses to fit a 4% withdrawal rate.

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Here's a pretty good list of books to tackle after you have gone thru the one's you already have read. After that, read them again, you'll pick up even more info that way.

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Thanks for the list. I've read many of them and look forward to the rest. Invaluable info as I move slowly out of real estate( too slowly,lol ) and into the " markets".
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Welcome. I'm new myself. Don't worry, I've already gotten a few rolly eyes and face palms. It sort of like the pen where the old cons have the run of the prison. lol. I'm a dentist, not retired( by choice)and hopefully can continue for a long while. Look forward to your input.
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Welcome. I'm new myself. Don't worry, I've already gotten a few rolly eyes and face palms. It sort of like the pen where the old cons have the run of the prison. lol. I'm a dentist, not retired( by choice)and hopefully can continue for a long while. Look forward to your input.
You mean like the movie where the new prisoner comes on the cellblock of nearly 15,000 convicts, most of them serving life sentences, and tells them how it's gonna be?

Or bringing a couple of bags of books to the local library and saying "Here, this should fix up your ragged catalog!"

I'm not averse to new information. I'd just like to make proper use of the older information as well.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:14 PM   #17
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Welcome. I'm new myself. Don't worry, I've already gotten a few rolly eyes and face palms. It sort of like the pen where the old cons have the run of the prison. lol. I'm a dentist, not retired( by choice)and hopefully can continue for a long while. Look forward to your input.
Well,if your still working by choice then that means you COULD retire if you wanted.I personally cannot. a) I have to complete 25 years in my trade and be 55 yrs old,to collect from their "plan".which is currently at 64% attrition.b) still haven't managed to get completely out of debt.I could sell some equities and probably do it but I've got time to pay it down very soon...So there we go get up every morning at 5:00 am for another 10 or so years...
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About 20 years ago, I used to watch CNBC from the time I got up until I went to work every day (during exercise, shower, breakfast). I read WSJ daily and FT & ID often, watched Rukeyser every Fri night and read Barron's every Sat, subscribed to at least 4 investing mags and read a lot of books (I was a huge Peter Lynch fan). I did well investing and I knew more than anyone else I knew about investing, and I could convince you if you had the misfortune to ask me back then - again, about 20 years ago. All I can say in my defense is, I did not volunteer advice, nor did I ever give specific recommendations to family or friends.

All that learning and effort was worthwhile, even invaluable, but...

Now I skeptically watch CNBC less than once a week and subscribe to no periodicals. My bookshelf looks a lot like the Boglehead reading list, I gave away all the Lynch books - not that they were necessarily bad. And my investing results are every bit as good as my active trading equity days, a much larger net worth, with about 5% of the effort. I've gained a lot of humility since I was younger and thought I knew everything too. Welcome grasshopper...
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I can't say that I was any where near as avid with my study/reading/listening as you but I spent a lot of time with it the past few years. However, I got tired of it absorbing all my free time along with the fear that I might MISS SOMETHING! I became more of a Bogglehead and, just recently, paid a fee only advisor to provide me with an asset allocation plan which turned out to be very conservative (we're nearing retirement). Most of what she was recommending were index funds so I would have been pretty close on my own but I don't have to bear the total responsibility now of how things play out. I would rather do other things with my life but am very interested in making sure we can afford the rest of our lives! If that's how you like spending your days, ENJOY and best of luck!
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I thought the Four Pillars of Investing was the most valuable book I ever read, and fortunately it made financial life a lot simpler for me. Ever notice how these financial "experts" along with websites and newspapers are brilliant in assessing the stock market movement....after the fact?
"Markets were down amid concerns about [fill in the blank]." Or, of course when market goes up they have a similar explanation. In both scenarios, though, there is plenty of news that would have explained market going in another direction.
I'll stick with Index Funds and use my leisure time to have fun.
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