Month: August 2017

Pursuit of Happiness

There are many immortal words in the U.S. constitution.   This country was formed on the bedrock principles of guaranteeing all its people life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Any civil society or even the most progressive government can only guarantee life and liberty but not happiness.   Happiness is an entirely personal and internal feeling, […]

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(Un)Real Estate – part 2 of 2

This is a continuation from Part 1, which generated some controversy as I expected.  If you came here straight, please read that post prior to continuing here.   Points 1 -7 are covered in the previous post.   There are some thought-provoking points in this 2-part series.  Think and be aware before blindly buying into any real estate ‘investment’. “We […]

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(Un)Real Estate – part 1 of 2

Quite some time ago, I received an interesting email from an ‘insider’ in the real estate finance industry.  His mail is in line with my views on real estate as an investment, but with some disagreements.  I have largely reproduced it here with only some edits to be relevant to the present scenario.  If you are already financially […]

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Dividends: An Apple with an Orange Tastes Better than Two Apples

I have made no secret of the fact that I like both index investing and dividend growth investing, and use both to build my passive income and net worth.  My series comparing the two can be found here.   For international investing, I prefer indexing and ETFs mainly because of inconsistent disclosure norms, accounting standards and investor […]

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