The Side Hustle

Pretty much everyone has one – it’s the thing you do on the side –the thing you’re interested in outside of work. It could be your hobby, it might even be your passion. And it could be lucrative. You’ve heard the expression, “don’t quit your day job.” Well, Killer...

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3rd Decade program gets some press

The following article ran in the Sunday, April 16th, edition of the Arizona Republic and was further distributed by USA Today. The online version can be found here. We've had response from all over the country and quickly filled our first Phoenix class with another to...

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House or lottery ticket?

The headline caught my attention. A long-standing cornerstone of the American Dream has been owning a home. Dreams are powerful, but current generations are rethinking this one. The article, by Liz Weston writing for Nerd Wallet, gives two examples. Perhaps you read...

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Hip hip hooray!

Join us in celebrating the graduation of our first two 3rd Decade classes! March 29th marked the first formal graduation from the 3rd Decade program for some forty individuals. Successful completion included attending all four classes, two one-on-one advisory sessions...

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Scarcity

When something in our lives is scarce, we tend to focus on it. That focus can be both good and bad. I frequently catch Shankar Vedantam’s excerpt from his website, Hidden Brain, on NRP. A recent piece on scarcity attracted my attention. In economic terms, scarcity...

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Ignite 520

Tucson has a bit of a “startup” culture - maybe even more than a bit. This weekend, the TCI Foundation will participate in a forum for young professionals, Ignite 520. Tucson Young Professionals (TYP) is the drive behind this event. They describe themselves as a...

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Fun with taxes…really!

If you earn and spend money, you pay taxes. Let’s see how they all add up and inject some humor into the subject. Some interesting stats for the 2015 tax year: The IRS received 150.6 million returns 50 million of those returns showed no federal tax liability That...

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Out on a limb…

Spring is early…trees are leafing out, desert flowers are starting what promises to be a record bloom year, allergy sufferers are suffering and bird song, if you’ve noticed, is abundant. On Sunday, we joined friends and a professional birding guide in Madera Canyon....

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The rest of the story…

“‘Devaluation’ of homeowner tax advantage feared by some” was the headline in our Sunday paper that caught my attention. Just how important is the mortgage interest deduction and who benefits most from it? According to the article, the National Home Builders...

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The $1M bet – an update

We’re 9 years into this historic bet pitting passive index funds against actively managed hedge funds. Who’s winning? Or, more accurately, by just how much is the index fund trouncing the hedge funds? My blog last March explained the bet: In 2007, Warren Buffett...

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