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Investment Workshop 57: Tax Loss Harvesting

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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Today we’re going to go over a strategy that can be used to reduce your future tax bill on your investment portfolio, which just so happens to be super relevant right now: Tax Loss Harvesting. What Is Tax Loss Harvesting? When you’re still working your way towards your FI target, you’ll generally by only buying ETFs. Even if the market goes wonky and your target allocations go out of whack, you should be able to rebalance back to target by redirecting your monthly cash injections towards assets that have gone down. This is generally the right thing to do, because […]

Return of the Bear Market: Are You Ready?

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On Thursday, March 12, the US stock market entered a bear market. US stocks enter bear market territory after Trump’s travel ban ~~CNN A bear market, which is defined as a 20% drop in the stock market, officially brings to an end the longest bull market the world has ever seen. And it was caused by this. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was sharply restricting travel to the United States from more than two dozen European countries, a drastic step he framed as an attempt to contain a spreading public health crisis that has engulfed his presidency. ~~ Trump says he’s […]

Is the Coronavirus the next Black Swan Event?

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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The definition of a black swan event is an unexpected event with major negative consequences, and the key word in that description is “unexpected.” If you had asked me at the beginning of 2020 (and many people did) to guess what would cause the next stock market crash, I would have said the US-China trade war, or maybe Brexit, or at very least something to do with Trump and the upcoming US election. A coronavirus pandemic? No way in a million years would I have guessed that. The coronavirus known as COVID-19 has dominated the news coverage in a way […]

Worried About The Coronavirus Impact On Markets?

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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At the end of 2019 after the Portugal Chautauqua, we decided to fly over to Asia to spend the winter months escaping the snow and chilling out on the beach. We’ve been to Asia before and loved it, but this time something was different. In the middle of December, we started hearing about a mysterious flu-like disease coming out of Wuhan, China. Little did we know that we were witnessing the start of the coronavirus epidemic that would eventually spread all over Asia, and then even beyond that. This isn’t the first time we’ve ran into news events during our […]

Investment Workshop 56: How Does the WealthSimple Portfolio Stack Up?

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Last week, we took a look at WealthSimple’s user interface. Since the entire point of Robo-Advisors is to be user-friendly, I was expecting a pretty, easy-to-understand flow and in this case, WealthSimple didn’t disappoint. But to be honest, pretty much every Robo-Advisor is user-friendly. A Robo-Advisor that opens up with a view of complicated charts and spreadsheets wouldn’t last 2 days in this space before going down in flames. But we do know that behind that user-friendly sheen is the crux of WealthSimple’s value-add: Their portfolio design engine. How does WealthSimple take those responses from the questionnaire and translate that […]

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