What to Read July 2017

See why the AMEX Platinum is my top recommended military credit card.
I can show you how to get your 1st $550 annual fee waived when you sign up for my Ultimate Military Credit Cards course

Military Money Manual has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Military Money Manual and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. Thank you for supporting my independent, veteran owned site.

I read many personal finance, investing, fitness, and military related articles throughout the month. I learned everything I know about achieving financial independence from reading more experienced and smarter people’s work. By sharing what I am reading with you, you can learn along with me.

This will be an ongoing series that I will update once a month for at least the next year (2017) with articles, blog posts, Reddit posts, and forum threads.

Here’s a link to previous editions: JanuaryFebruaryMarch, May

My book, The Intelligent Military Investor, is now available as a PDF here or on Amazon! It currently has all 5 or 4 star reviews, with 82% reviews 5 stars. The Amazon price is a deep discount from the PDF version.

Both the PDF and Kindle version are DRM (digital rights management) free, so you can share the book with your friends, family, squadron mates, or anyone else you think may find it useful.

It is a short read, taking most people 2-3 hours to get through it, but I think it may have a lasting impact on your life. Please let me know what you think or if you would like a coupon code.

Jonathan at My Money Blog asks how to make your life completely miserable, in an attempt to figure out how to make yourself happy. It's a good thought experiment. I found this YouTube video to be extremely helpful in visualizing what a miserable life is like. I try to do the opposite of those things, and find that it makes me much happier.

Justin at Root of Good shares how thanks to a booming stock market and a little extra income his net worth has increased by half a million dollars since his early retirement.

The New York Times talks about how volatility in the stock market is down even though political volatility in Washington DC and around the world seems to be at a high level. Personally I think the stock market is much more disconnected from reality or the news cycle than most people assume.

Mr. Money Mustache discusses the next recession. Like I have talked about repeatedly in the past year, I believe we are headed for a recession within the next few years. Not a specific prediction, I know. I do not think that you should move all your money to cash or gold or stockpile guns and beans, but do realize that the good economic times will come to an end someday.

Have an asset allocation and solid financial plan that you can ride through the storm. Take action on the things you can control (debt reduction, savings rate, expense ratios, savings, asset allocation) and do not stress about the things you cannot control (stock market performance, business cycles, tax reform in DC).

The Financial Samurai believes fear was his primary motivator for financial independence. As for me, financial independence seems like the self-actualization part of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Once my basic needs are met, the only logical use for additional income is to buy investments so I can one day live off of those savings. One day my income will stop when I cannot work anymore due to age or disability. You cannot rely on anyone else to bail you out if you do not save while you earn income.

Portfolio Charts added a feature to calculate safe withdrawal rates. Since 1970, with an 80% Total US Market and 20% Long Term Bonds portfolio, over any period greater than 20 years, you would perish with your principal intact at a 3% withdrawal rate. At a 4% withdrawal rate, you would not run out of money before you died. Good to know when calculating your personal safe withdrawal rate.

The NY Times has a great primary on retirement savings. Very basic stuff, but good to show a teenager or young adult who is just getting started.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.