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International Teachers: How To Best Use Raymond James

  International Teachers: How To Best Use Raymond James   Raymond James is a publicly traded company. Their international financial advisors aren’t fiduciaries. Advisors who hold to a fiduciary standard put their clients’ interests ahead of their personal interest. As such, they aren’t supposed to select high-cost mutual funds that...

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How Much Money Am I Making By Speaking To Teachers?

  A couple of months ago, my wife and I began a cycling tour around Europe.     Most of the time, we click along at about 20 kilometers an hour.  We battle our GPS.  Sometimes, it sends us up goat paths.     We get lost in every city.  Sometimes...

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Retirement Plans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Saving for retirement in the U.S. means navigating a potential minefield of high fees and bad advice. John Oliver recently (hilariously) ripped apart the financial services industry. He explained (in a way that only he could do) that we pay far too much money in investment fees.  Such fees, he...

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Ten Top Financial Advisors For Expatriate Investors

    Each week, millions of expatriates build small backyard fires.  They pull out matches. They take $10 bills out of their pockets. Then they burn them. Every week. Every month. Every year.  That’s what it’s like when you pick the wrong kind of financial advisor. Before hiring anyone, ask...

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International Teachers: Are you investing enough money?

To find out if you’re saving enough money, use my free, 13 minute seminar below:     If you’re an international school teacher, you’re metaphorically swimming in a warm sea, surrounded by beautiful bodies. Cultural eye candy meets your every glance.  There are exotic jungles to explore, equatorial mountains to climb, colorful...

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Calling Fee-Based Financial Advisors

I want to profile (and encourage business for) financial advisors acting as true fiduciaries to their clients. It’s extremely profitable for advisors to sell variable annuity products or actively managed mutual funds with sales commissions or deferred sales loads. But the good men and women who act as true financial...

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Bitcoin Makes Massive Gains: Is It Time To Buy?

Bitcoin is kicking sand in the face of traditional investments. Between July 1, 2013 and June 13, 2017, it gained 3,130 percent. To put that in perspective, it took Vanguard’s S&P 500 thirty years (from its 1976 inception) to make investors that much money. Bitcoin, for now, isn’t slowing down....

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The Key To A Wealthy Life

It’s easy to create an attention-grabbing headline. “How To Grow Wealthy” does the trick. But true wealth has nothing to do with money. We live one life on Earth.  As our hourglass drains, we wonder how much sand is left.  We should enhance that experience, giving purpose to the time...

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Three Mistakes That People Make With Money

Martha isn’t comfortable investing. She stuffs her savings into a bank account instead. John gives his money to his broker. He’s too busy to think about investing and he really trusts the guy. Lisa follows stock market news. She watches mutual fund lists and buys top-rated funds. Plenty of people...

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A Big Shout-Out To My Friend Toony!

  I have plenty of online friends.  You probably do too.  These are people I’ve never met.   Some of my notables–because I think they’re really cool–include Dan Bortolotti, Paula Pant, Kerry Taylor, Robert Wasilewski, Avrom Digance, Mark Seed, Mark Zoril and Kyle Prevost.  Another one of my online buddies is...

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Hollywood Actresses Are A Lot Like Bonds

In 2006, Anne Hathaway made People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People list.  That year, the actress had starred in the film, The Devil Wears Prada.  Nine years later, the now 34 year-old beauty reported that she’s already starting to lose roles to younger actresses.  It’s a sad Hollywood truth.  Time...

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Don’t Be Surprised If You Can’t Convince Your Friends To Invest With Index Funds

“Wow,” you say, “Your financial advisor has a really nice car.” Your friend smiles. She knows what’s coming next. “I guess you help make those massive car payments.” She just smiles again. She invests in actively managed mutual funds. No matter what you say, she won’t fire her advisor and...

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Lizards and Pigs Edition

Millionaire Teacher Talks: January – May 2017 11 Countries; 81 Talks; 39 Schools   Last night, we visited some new friends outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Pele and I sat on their outdoor teak chairs, under a huge outdoor fan.  Frogs croaked in the field next to the house.  At...

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Hi! Welcome to my blog. My wife and I have recently visited the Middle East, Africa and SE Asia talking to different schools and businesses about investing. Would you like me to speak to your school or business?

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