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Recommendations Nov 2011:
Bond prices will tank as inflation will likely rise over the next 5 years, I believe stocks in a 5-10 year period will break upwards out of this lost decade and provide substantial returns above inflation. This is largely due to fear in the market reducing the value of stocks to a PE of ~11-12 which I think more than bakes in any contagion from a potential Europe recession, and also due to a lack of alternate investment returns since bond and CD returns are so low.
I am in my mid 20s in the accumulation phase towards early retirement and working for myself and making a bigger difference in the community in the future.
1) Enjoy life without spending
large amounts of money
I try to enjoy aspects of life that don't cost (much) money. For example, I enjoy the outdoors and especially training for endurance events. My main focus is running, including 5 marathons, but I hope to adventure into cycling and triathlons in the near future.
2) Reduce monthly expenses - use creative living arrangements
I live my life to save as much money as possible by reducing expenses. I am close to an extreme saver, and I modify my lifestyle to live with roommates to reduce housing expense.
3) Invest as much as possible, make your money work for you.
I actually enjoy buying stocks, even if I lose money in the near term, I only choose companies I will whether any storms with, typically based upon the protection provided by the companies balance sheet and assets and their expected earnings multiple, and I typically pick out of favor companies or investment ETF's or sectors to increase my long term capital gains. I also use the covered call strategy (sell to put to enter a position, and sell to call once a position is secured)
4) Save to create freedom in life and in your future.
What feels better than knowing you could retire at any time, and instead choose what you enjoy in life and what business opportunities you want to pursue.
VIG - US Large Cap
VO - US Mid Cap
IWM - US Small Cap
IJS - US Small Value
QQQ - Tech
EWG - Germany
EFA - MSCI EAFE
VGK - MSCI Europe
VPL - Pacific
VWO - MSCI Emerging Markets
DEM - Emerging Markets Dividend
XLE - Energy
XLV - Healthcare
MOO - Agriculture
XLB - Materials
TLT - 20 yr Treasuries bonds
TIP - TIPS bonds
LQD - Investment grade Corp. bonds
JNK or HYG - High Yield Corp. bonds
BND - ~Total bond market
Opportunity Stocks based on valuation:
Dividend stock ideas & income, ETFs, Energy stocks, Foreign stocks, Mutual funds, Stocks - long, Tech stocks
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