Financial Freedom Toolkit

Investing &
Investments

Everyone knows they should invest.  Few do so.  Fewer still do it well.  It’s one of the biggest, baddest topics on this site (and planet Earth).  It’s complicated but crucial.  So of course I decided it needs a page on this website.  The question for you: will it get a page in your life too?

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What Is Investing?

Investing is the art and science of “making your money work for you.”  There are many investment frameworks you can use to put your dollars to work.  However, the basic concept is that you put money into an investing opportunity to get paid back more money over time.

Why Investing?

Investing is perhaps the most accessible path to true wealth.  At the very least, it allows even casual investors to beat inflation (and savings rates).

I don’t claim to be an expert on anything I write about.

Hell, I hardly claim to be an expert on myself.  😂😂😂

These breakdowns are largely for me.  I use them to record and reference.  Unlike most others on this site though, this concept might actually be useful to the outside observer.

No promises.  You can tell me.

Hard Working Dollars

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Compound Your Capital

Until you start growing by percentage, you’ll never understand.  Learn how it works and your worldview changes.

Beating Inflation

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World Watching

Investing helps you see the world differently.  Start seeing trends others don’t and sniff out opportunitiy.

Investing scares a lot of people.  But it’s not as hard as you think and it’s easier to learn than ever.  Here’s how it has gone for me so far.

Learn with Me

I’m still young.

So I invest like it.

I want my savings to multiply.  I want to build a cashflow empire.  And I want to make some solid long-term flips.

Basically, I want to do it all.

Yet I have a strict method for my madness.

I’m still in my early thirties.  But I feel like I got a late start but I’m going to live to 120.  Time is one of the biggest factors that influence investment payout.  For some types of investing it is number one.

That means diligent saving and maxing out things like my Roth IRA are at the top of the priority list.  I want to make sure I am getting the most of what I am earning now.

Meanwhile, I want to invest aggressively where I find good opportunities.  The plan is for my investing income to one day exceed my wages.

I fit everything inside my rules of Playing Markets.

My Experience

I’ve really only just started with this one.

Market playing mastery is still a decades or two away.

I’ve only just gotten my feet wet.  So you can definitely find better sources of advice.  This page is actually one phase of me teaching myself how get good at it.

I understand how important it is to my life.

Sometimes it falls to the back burner.  That’s fine.  Exposure to markets over time provides balance anyway.

Nonetheless, the progress on this page is evidence of the urgency I feel.  Our financial system is frighteningly fragile while offering ample opportunities.

Just getting started.  Still, optimistic on my prospects.

  • Importance – 98%
  • Passion – 85%
  • Mastery – 35%

Journey Started: 2014

Skills of the Wealthy

Playing markets is a game-changer.  Often unseen, economics affects affect us all.  Take advantage by learning how to play the game.

Where Investing Fits in a Good Life

Investing is one of the most important pieces of the Money Mastery puzzle.

For me, it’s a “Tier 4” concept, combining with Trading to form Playing Markets.

Under it, you’ll find Investing Principles and more.

1. Money
2. Money Mastery
3. Playing Markets
‣ 4. Investing
5. Strategies
5. Goals
5. Vehicles

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Setting the New 20s Off Right: My 2020 Goals

Setting the New 20s Off Right: My 2020 Goals

New Year's Resolutions get a bad wrap. It's not their fault though. It's yours. The truth is: The beginning of the year is a perfect time for a reset. You have to execute though. Do it right and this year could be the best year you've ever had. No guarantees. Because,...

Learn How to Invest Successfully

Successful investing starts with education.

If you don’t understand the concepts, you’re just gambling.

That’s why I created this page:

To make sure I am not just gambling.

If you learn like me:

The first thing to do is understand the different types of investing.  Not investing vehicles or investing strategies—but investing goals.

From one angle…

There are three investing goals.

  1. Investing for Savings
  2. Investing for Cash Flow
  3. Investing for Value Appreciation

Now, this does leave out Investing in Yourself.  I would never discount that.  Compounding interest is a great.  But I’ll take compounding Character anyday.

However, the markets don’t wait while you become the best you.

So figure out why you are investing.  Then you can figure out how you should invest.

Once you zero in on the reasons you’re investing, you can start learning the Fundamentals and looking into Vehicles and Strategies.

 If you learn like most people:

Just.  Get.  Started.

If you don’t have a life-dominating “Why?” then the best way to go is to risk a little somethin’ somethin.’

Otherwise, you might not care enough to get dope.

You want mastery in this game.  Taking L’s hurts the future you.  That’s not a good look.

Even if you don’t have it in you to learn fundamental analysis or investment strategies, you can still benefit from those that do.  Their are PHD mathematicians working to manage money 24/7/365.  Throw them some dough if you don’t have the time or energy to learn yourself.

Hopefully, you’ll feel the need to learn a little somethin’ once your stack grows a little bit.

The first sign of any curiousity, I recommend diving in.

How to Start Investing Step By Step

01

Put Skin in the Game

Pick your market.  (I’d probably recommend crypto)… requisite skill: saving…  put in $100-1000… an amount you can keep in no matter what (on the verge of “don’t care” )… but with as much “ooooh that hurts as you can tolerate”… skin in the game is important… choose something like the s&p or btc that has a history of going up over time… go with the s & p if it takes you more than 10 minutes to think about

02

Learn Your Options

consistency… you need to watch/trade a market (crypto, stocks, gold) everyday… 15-30 minutes for at least 6 months to feel comfortable finding the decision points

03

Learn Fundamental Analysis

learn risk/money management… a nuanced concept that often makes the difference between being a successful trader and losing your money

04

Learn Money Management

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Find Your Playing Style

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Make Investing Automatic

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Make Investing a Career

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Remember: just start.  The first time you put your goals on paper, you’re closer to achieving your dreams than 90% of the population.

My Favorite Playing Markets Videos

Everything you need to learn about how to invest is available online.

I’m no investing titan.  I stand on the shoulders of giants.  I simply listen to what my Heroes say and apply it.  Not everything sticks.  But enough does to have an impact on my economics.

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Ray Dalio Breaks Down His "Holy Grail"

Playing Markets

Making Sense of the Coronavirus Dump

Good Example From Dan the Man

Really Strong Overview of How Dan Looks At Price Trends – Context Provided By Late 2018 Stock Market Bounce (SPY IWM QQQ XLF VIX)

  • “What I look for on the sign of the bounce” ~ 0:56
    • Doesn’t Use Fibonacci Retracement But Uses Similar Visual Principle
    • “Looking at Odds of What’s Most Likely to Happen Next…”
    • Compares Bounce in Feb 2018 to Bounce in Dec 2018 (SPY)
    • Emphasizes Percentage of Bounce as Sign of Market Health
  • Begins Explaining How He Starts to Estimate Whether the Top Is In ~ 3:59
    • Factors in Fundamentals like Pension Rebalancing & Tax Law Season
    • “Lose the Hourly Uptrend Thats the First Indication that the Daily Lower High on the Bounce Has Been Set”
    • Touches on Nuances of Extended Hours Trading in Stocks, Make Note But Take with a Grain of Salt
  • Good Overview of How to Identify & Read Market Trends ~ 6:04
    • Shows Hourly Uptrend Key Support Levels
    • Illustrates How Much Room Bulls Have to Establish Uptrend on Daily Timeframe
    • “Even if the Top of the Bounce is Set… The Bulls Still Have a Chance… for Continuation”
    • Touches on the Importance of Volume as Price Goes Either Way
    • Says If The Market Gives All the Bounce Back without Higher Low, It Signals Significant Weakness
  • SPY Analysis Done, Goes On To Compare IWM, QQQ, XLF, & VIX ~ 8:31
    • IWM Almost Identical to SPY
    • QQQ Better Weekly Bounce But Still Almost The Same
    • XLF Again Similar But Nuance of Double Low As More Important Level
    • VIX (CBOE Volatility Index) Provides Inverse Look For Context (Moves Somewhat Opposite of Others)

Removed Video From Gary Vee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpQ48yCsWzs

Guys.  It happens in one day.

Talking to Guy in the Real Estate Business About Debt & Recession

Datadash's Investing Plan for 2019

Datadash: Understanding Market Cycles

Datadash: How To Trade Market Cycles

Datadash: How To Invest in Commodities

Datadash: Uranium Fever

This video highlights the current Uranium market.  It’s valuable not only in the actual information, but also in how he analyzes this market.

It has a few too many soundless pauses but it’s really strong.

  • Uranium Market Negative History Since 2007 ~ 0:40
    • Commodities Boom Lead to Parabolic Run Up
    • Fukushima Disaster & Japanese Nuclear Shutdown
    • Supply Glut Due to Overproduction (Japan Was #3 World Uranium Consumer)
    • Production Cuts from Cameco, Paladin Energy, Kazatomprom
  • Begins to Highlight Positive Trends ~ 3:01
    • Japanese Has New 8 Restarted Reactors & 14 More in Review
    • Top Ten Nations With Plans in Construction is Significant
    • “Perfect Storm” Clip from CEO of Uranium Energy Corp
  • “Have Uranium Markets Actually Bottomed?” ~ 5:52
    • Prices Still Low for Uranium & Stocks in Sector
  • Global X Uranium ETF (URA) Price Action & Trends ~ 6:40
    • Uranium ETF with Mix of Large, Mid, & Small Caps (Predominantly Miners)
    • 90% Drop From 2011 Highs ($130+ to $13)
    • This is What Institutional Traders & Other Long Term Players Like
    • Volume Increase Indicates Institutions Stacking Up
    • Price Strength Confirmation (No New Lows Since January 2016)
  • Short-Term URA Analysis (Aug’ 2016-Aug ‘2018) ~ 8:18
    • No New Lows Since Jan ’16; No New Highs Since Feb ’17
    • Simple Wedge “Signalling Massive Breakdown or a Breakdown”
    • “Make or Break Moment for Uranium Equities”
    • Indicates Gold and Silver BreakDOWNs Through Similar Patterns
    • Says He’ll Get Bullish If Price Breaks Above the Wedge

Datadash: Comparing Bitcoin & Gold

Datadash: U.S. Stocks Face Buyback "Blackout"

Datadash: Comparing Bitcoin & Gold

Datadash: US Stocks See Their Worst Month Since 2008

Money vs Currency - Hidden Secrets of Money

How the Economic Machine Works

Lucid's Principles of Investing

How To Invest $100

Original Data Dump Tab - From Money Mastery?

He’s a financial planner with online businesses.  Just the kind of guy I want to learn from.

YouTube knows I’m on a passive income kick so it also served me another YouTuber, Pat Flynn.

He’s another online guy.  I didn’t dive as deeply with him, but I definitely recommend him as a “make money online” teacher.

Here’s a couple videos I liked:

I also get down with Robert Kiyosaki.

I’ve read Rich Dad Poor Dad and loved it.  Then, Jeff Rose reminded me of him.  And YouTube served him in related videos.

I ended up watching all the way through this playlist (short, pitchy videos).

I’m current on this playlist as well.

Though it has flaws and they are still releasing content.  Still, I thought them worth embedding:

Books

  • richest man in babylon
  • money master the game
  • rich dad poor dad

ray dalio

some forex stuff

steve ballinger’s courses

crypto

Top 9 Ways to Invest $10,000

Original
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Macro-
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The Crash Course

Everything You Need to Know About Investing

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Business
Investing

 

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Money &
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Hidden Secrets of Money

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Macro-
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Technical
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Investing
Goals

This is the first step and the hardest thing to get your mind wrapped around.  For some it might actually be better to just get started.  But if you’re willing to put the time in, establishing your goals before you start is best.

Investing for Savings

looking to beat inflamation… and more if you can… make sure your money doesn’t lose value

Investing for Cashflow

repeatable, recurring income, hopefully predictable… this is where it can get into the realm of “passive” income

Investing for Appreciation

buy low and sell high… investing to “make money”… potentially long-term trading or more gambly style of trying to hit a home run

Understanding Yield

the numbers… how you make money and how you keep it… wth do all these acronyms mean?

Investing Accounts

where to put your money and what not, the details that save you $1000s (or $millions)

Fundamental Analysis

Technical Analysis

Risk Management

don’t lose your money mfer

Position Management

Investing
Fundamentals

Investing is one of those “textbook topics”—something you may need to take a look at a textbook to understand.  There is a lot that goes into investing at the highest level.  But all most of us need are the fundamentals.

Investing
Vehicles

There are so many ways you can put your money to work. Which should you choose?  Select the wrong vehicle and you might not get where you’re trying to go.  Learn the options so you can make an educated decision.

Currencies

Equities

Commodities

Collectibles

Businesses

Immature Markets

Active Investing

Passive Investing

Buy and Hold

Dollar Cost Averaging

Diversification

Investing
Strategies

Once you set a destination and choose a suitable route, you can then chart your course.  It’s a big map.  But learn it well and you might even find a shortcut.  You also need to protect against unforeseen obstacles on your journey.

How I Invest to Climb the Wealth Ladder

If you haven’t noticed, I take this stuff seriously.

You don’t have to do it like me.  But maybe you wanna know.  So I guess I’ll tell you.  You might have picked some of it up by reading through this page or clicking on some of the links.

I’ll spell it all out here.

Bitcoin Swing Trades

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M1 Portfolio

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Crypto HODL Positions

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Business Investing

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Defense Wins Championships

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How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

Becoming a "morning person" has changed my life. Only time will tell, but it could go down as a top five factor to my future success. Learning how to wake up early wasn't easy. Until the second half of 2018, I've been a notoriously late sleeper. It started as a kid: I...

Setting Goals for 2019

Setting Goals for 2019

I have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions. I don't believe in waiting to make changes. I think it makes more sense to try to grow everyday. Create good new habits.  Erase the negative old ones.  Do it all the time. However, I find that measurement is...

Playing for Four Quarters

Playing for Four Quarters

I believe that everything is training for the next thing. At 30 years old, I am finally stepping into my own. I had a lot of bad habits to shed.  I also had a lot to learn about life.  I’m grateful that I “woke up” as early as I did. Now, I can conceptualize 10, 20,...

How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

Becoming a "morning person" has changed my life. Only time will tell, but it could go down as a top five factor to my future success. Learning how to wake up early wasn't easy. Until the second half of 2018, I've been a notoriously late sleeper. It started as a kid: I...

Setting Goals for 2019

Setting Goals for 2019

I have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions. I don't believe in waiting to make changes. I think it makes more sense to try to grow everyday. Create good new habits.  Erase the negative old ones.  Do it all the time. However, I find that measurement is...

Playing for Four Quarters

Playing for Four Quarters

I believe that everything is training for the next thing. At 30 years old, I am finally stepping into my own. I had a lot of bad habits to shed.  I also had a lot to learn about life.  I’m grateful that I “woke up” as early as I did. Now, I can conceptualize 10, 20,...

My Month in Personal Growth – December 2018

My Month in Personal Growth – December 2018

December has been one of the best months of my life. Rather: I've been around my all-time best this month. Experientially, nothing beats the days with my boys. But I am turning myself into a monster.  It really showed this month.  Much of the pay off will come later. ...

My Top Three Trading Teachers

YouTube University is my go-to for trading training.  I've completed several programs and keep up with these guys weekly.

Krown

operation Director, Elegant Themes

TheChartGuys

Tech Support, Elegant Themes

Tone Vays

operation Director, Elegant Themes

So, You Think You Want to Climb to the Top?

Nice little subtitle for the win.  Nice little subtitle for the win.  Nice little subtitle for the win.  Nice little subtitle for the win. or the win. 

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