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What would it take a 25 year old to achieve financial freedom by 40?

11/21/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]I[/dropcap]t would be very challenging for a 25 year old to achieve financial freedom at 40 by investing in the stock market. They would first need to make sure they had most of their assets in a diversified fund in the stock market to get maximum return. They would have to make…

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Evaluating Great Speakers

11/17/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]W[/dropcap]hile all great speakers don’t present their speeches in exactly the same way, most of them include all of the primary pillars of a great speech. Specifically, those pillars are a strong argument, a clear benefit, powerful delivery, an attractive presentation, and an energetic ending.

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Principle 12: Stay invested

11/11/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]S[/dropcap]tay invested. “Cool heads win in the end.” Valuation expert and financial analyst Andrew Stotz’s last investing principle is something that mature investors can live with. It’s as simple as staying invested for the long haul. A lot of people in my relatively young generation (a.k.a. the quarter-life crisis generation) have a…

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Principle 11: Be patient

11/06/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]W[/dropcap]as there a time when you bought something in a rush, only to realize it’s broken and needs to be returned immediately for repair? Was there a time when you pulled out of an investment because you thought it was going down the drain, then the next day you found it had…

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Principle 10: Keep balance

11/04/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]S[/dropcap]imilar to the ninth principle on diversification, CFA Society Thailand president and valuation expert Andrew Stotz wants us to “drive with the safety of an airbag.” His version of a financial seatbelt—owning 10 stocks at a time—may not always be 100% enough to keep your money safe. Mr. Stotz stressed the need…

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10 Ways Ethics Adds Value to You

10/31/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]E[/dropcap]thics is something that lies very close to my heart and I have taught both CFA and university students for many years. In today’s world we often hear about the lack of ethics but no one really talks about what ethics adds to your life. To me ethics is first of all…

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Principle 9: Diversify to reduce risk of loss

10/30/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]I[/dropcap]f you’re a frequent reader of personal finance books and articles, the word “diversify” in its financial context should not be new to you. This is one of Andrew Stotz’s most valuable principles when it comes to investing your hard-earned money. As discussed in previous posts, the award-winning financial analyst and public…

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Principle 8: Keep your financial costs low

10/28/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]A[/dropcap]gents, brokers, financial analysts; practically everyone in the financial world is making money on their investors’ cash. When you buy insurance, your agent gets a portion of your payment. When you join mutual funds, fund managers take money out of the sum that you choose to give. When you buy a home…

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Principle 7: Start building wealth through savings

10/23/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]W[/dropcap]hat is your attitude toward your paycheck every month? Do you consider it your reward for working hard and your key to unwinding through shopping, eating out, and the like? Or do you immediately feel that your salary is inadequate for your bills and spend the day sulking in a corner while…

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Principle 6: Avoid big mistakes, especially early in life

10/21/2014 |

[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″]E[/dropcap]ver heard that advice that says don’t be afraid to make mistakes while you’re young? Or quotes telling you to be “young, wild, and free”? I have to tell you, after listening to award-winning financial analyst Andrew Stotz’s thoughts on personal finance, I can say that while we should not be afraid…

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