One Thing to Remember About Improving Your Financial Habits

Tired hands, young and old; tired hands to assemble each plastic piece and screw every tiny screw; tired hands to pull levers and activate conveyor belts; tired hands to pack cardboard boxes and stack containers on steel ships; tired hands to navigate the weathered steering wheel of a semi-truck; tired hands to deliver it toContinue reading “One Thing to Remember About Improving Your Financial Habits”

You Are What You Eat — and Invest

The premise for investing is pretty simple: to grow your money. It’s as simple as the reason for eating: to satisfy your hunger. Yet, choosing from the myriad investments out there can be as confusing as choosing among the thousands of items stocked on grocery store shelves.  The fact is not everything is good forContinue reading “You Are What You Eat — and Invest”

No Such Thing as Enough Money

How much money is enough?  It’s a philosophical money question that often arises out of discontent. We see someone of substantial means, like a celebrity, live a troubled life. Or, we ourselves experience great fortune yet feel unhappy. It makes us wonder where the finish line is, the point when you can stop striving forContinue reading “No Such Thing as Enough Money”

The Relationship Between Money and Marriage

I love scotch; she hates it. There are many things my wife and I don’t agree on, but money isn’t one of them. We are intentional spenders, buying only what mutually aligns with our needs or values. For instance, disinterested in paying for the trappings of an ostentatious wedding, we tied the knot at NewContinue reading “The Relationship Between Money and Marriage”

More Data ≠ Better Performance

Data, data, everywhere data. Blockin’ out the imagination. Breakin’ my mind. Do this, don’t do that. Can’t you read the data?  Here’s one childhood dream of mine that hasn’t died: to dunk a basketball. Just one glorious flush on a rim at regulation height. To realize this dream, I would have to vastly improve myContinue reading “More Data ≠ Better Performance”

You Contain Multitudes, Diversify Accordingly

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large. I contain multitudes.) – Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” The world asks us to be quickly readable, but the thing about human beings is that we are more than one thing. We are multiple selves. We are massively contradictory.  – Ali SmithContinue reading “You Contain Multitudes, Diversify Accordingly”

The Cost of Friendship

An oak tree can grow to 100 feet tall and live for more than 100 years. In a mast year, an oak tree can shed as many as 10,000 acorns, hard little squirrel delicacies raining down dozens of feet on your lawn (or head) like tiny missiles. These are things I learned only after shippingContinue reading “The Cost of Friendship”

“Follow Your Passion” Is Good Financial Advice

Here’s an interesting financial paradox: the less you obsess over wealth, the wealthier you will likely become. For example, Michael Batnick, Director of Research at Ritholtz Wealth Management, notes this wild investment fact: “Since 1916, the Dow has made new all-time highs less than 5% of all days, but it’s up 25,568% over that time.Continue reading ““Follow Your Passion” Is Good Financial Advice”

Why We ____ : I.M.S. 1-Year Anniversary

One year ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t write this post. One year ago Incognito Money Scribe launched, and I vowed then not to write one of those posts about the “lessons learned after X years of blogging.” Not that there is anything wrong with them. I just never wanted this blog to focusContinue reading “Why We ____ : I.M.S. 1-Year Anniversary”