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Animation: Global Population by Region From 1950 to 2100 on April 25, 2018 at 12:41 pm Share Share Reddit Email Shares 0 According to the most recent projections by the United Nations, the global population will rise… A Quantitative Approach to Tactical Asset Allocation by Meb Faber :: SSRN A Quantitative Approach to Tactical Asset Allocation The Journal of Wealth Management, Spring 2007 70 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2007 Last revised: 3 Mar 2014 Meb… The Closet Indexer (EP.18) — Animal Spirits Podcast — Overcast Awe-Inspiring architecture photos from around the world Part of what makes a city , a city, are the people that flood the streets and fill the buildings with the energy and emotion of daily life. But a city's also… We Only Get to Experience One Version of Reality This morning, a story about General Electric retirees seeing destruction in their retirement portfolios in the Wall Street Journal : The rapid unraveling of GE… Risk Ignition with Trend Following | Flirting with Models This post is available as a PDF download here . Summary While investors are often concerned about catastrophic risks, failing to allocate enough to risky… When Pursuing Early Retirement, You Must Be Armed With a Bag of Whys - Minafi If retiring early was easy, everyone would do it. Those that do stumble on the idea of FIRE still need a level of grit in order to achieve it. Without that, you… Residential sorting and return on investments in transport infrastructure | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal There is a strong pattern of spatial sorting of various levels of education. In a study of 1,500 regions in 100 countries, Gennaioli et al. (2013) show that… Australian boy tricks family to fly to Bali alone Australian boy tricks family to fly to Bali alone AGUNG PARAMESWARA/GETTY The youngster made it all the way to Denpasar Airport in Bali, Indonesia. An… The Probability Distribution of the Future The best colloquial definition of risk may be the following: “Risk means more things can happen than will happen.” We found it through the inimitable Howard… Calculating personal returns - Bogleheads Some investors like to calculate their personal returns . This page provides a spreadsheet for Bogleheads to calculate their personal returns in a uniform… Negative Equity, Veiled Value, and the Erosion of Price-to-Book | O'Shaughnessy Asset Management Negative Equity, Veiled Value, and the Erosion of Price-to-Book Download PDF By Travis Fairchild, CFA, April 2018 The price-to-book ratio has a problem. More… How to Develop Your Occupational Living Will | The Wealthy Accountant Bev working with a staff CPA, Jeff Dorn. As children we dream. We dream unfettered. We dream of traveling to the stars; we dream of life as a policeman, fireman… The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing See This Incredible Artist Draw a Whole City From Memory View Images After flying just once over Mexico City, artist Stephen Wiltshire drew the entire cityscape from memory on a 13-foot canvas. PUBLISHED April 18,… Bitcoin, Bubbles & Bananas (EP.06) — Animal Spirits Podcast — Overcast Could global prime property be the canary in the goldmine? Share Mail P rices for prime properties in some global cities are softening. Commentators tend to put their weak local market down to local conditions – tweaked… There is no equity risk premium without living, breathing companies One thing that the rise of quantitative, index-centric strategies has done is make the stock market more of an abstraction. When looked through the lens of… Robots and Alpha Is it disappearing? Several months back we joined a call with colleagues who were interviewing Larry Fink, the CEO of Blackrock. Blackrock – already a very… Jeff Bezos letter to Amazon shareholders 2018 EX-99.1 Exhibit 99.1 To our shareowners: TheAmerican Customer Satisfaction Index recently announced the results of its annual survey, and for the 8 th year in a Inside the Unnerving CCleaner Supply Chain Attack In September, security researchers at Cisco Talos and Morphisec made a worst nightmare-type disclosure: the ubiquitous computer cleanup tool CCleaner had been… A Growing Cult of Millennials Is Obsessed With Early Retirement. This 72-Year-Old Is Their Unlikely Inspiration Vicki Robin had no idea she’d become a millennial icon. The 72-year-old coauthor of the 1992 bestseller Your Money or Your Life was recuperating from a hip… In the Land of the Lost In the Land of the Lost On the Ever-Changing Landscape of Markets Photo: Wikimedia Commons It was 1913 and Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was embarking on a journey… The One Percent Rule – Quick Math For Positive Cash Flow Rental Properties The one percent rule is an analysis tool used by real estate investors to quickly screen potential rental properties. I briefly covered the one percent rule in… Own a home on a narrow block? It may have just gone up in value by $240,000 Owners of small, narrow properties who never thought their blocks were suitable for development are set to benefit under new statewide planning laws designed to… The Pension Time Bomb: $400 Trillion by 2050 View the high resolution version of today’s graphic by clicking here . Are governments making promises about pensions that they might not be able to keep?… The tremendous potential of deep-sea mud as a source of rare-earth elements Abstract Potential risks of supply shortages for critical metals including rare-earth elements and yttrium (REY) have spurred great interest in commercial… Would you abandon Vanguard for a money manager who provided this? Share Do you use Vanguard like me? What do you like about them? Is it the user-friendly interface, range of products or customer service? Nah! It’s coz they’re… Tricks that keep you hooked on your phone Now Playing Up Next Media playback is unsupported on your device The design tricks that get you hooked on your phone Feel like you have to always use your… How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You) - Wait But Why Hey readers! Quick note before we jump in: This is a post about something I’ve been wanting to write about forever: careers. Society tells us a lot of things… Pick the Statistic You Want to Be - Issue 59: Connections - Nautilus A woman named Ann Hodges was at her home in Sylacauga, Alabama, one day in 1954, napping on the couch under a big quilt, when a hunk of black rock crashed… Some Things I’m Pretty Sure About I increasingly don’t believe in gurus, in any field . Everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time and is susceptible to the same derailing faults as everyone… Wage returns to schooling and early work experience | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal Since the early 1970s, the US labour market has undergone some dramatic changes. The wage premium for college graduates relative to high school graduates has… The Arrogance of Financial Independence Blogging - Mr. Tako Escapes Today I’m going to take a break from my usual topics (investing, money, saving, being a stay-at-home dad, etc), and talk about something that’s been bothering… How healthy is the Internet? Our 2018 compilation of research explains what’s helping and what’s hurting the Internet across five issues, from personal experience to global concerns. Ben Graham's Lesson from the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. • Novel Investor Way before Amazon, Apple, and Google there was the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co (CTR). CTR had the hippest new tech in town. The merging of four companies… We’re All Selling “A.B.C. Always be closing.” When I hear the word salesman, this is what comes to mind. Scenes and images like this lead us to believe that selling is a zero sum… Why are we surprised when would be early retirees have second thoughts? A bit of a kerfuffle has broken out at Retirement Investing Today . Author RIT says he’s considering stretching the “one more year” he’s already taken to… Failing Slow, Failing Fast, and Failing Very Fast | Flirting with Models This post is available as a PDF download here . Summary For most investors, long-term “failure” means not meeting one’s financial objectives. In the portfolio… Happiness by Steve Cutts | Satire Short Film It’s hard to consistently make work independently as an animator, and the rare creators who are able to ascend to this peak outside the byzantine realm of… Roman roads and persistence in development | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal Spatial differences in economic development tend to be highly persistent over time. Comin et al. (2010) document, for example, that countries that were closer… Finance blogger wisdom: underfollowed bloggers “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” ― It’s been awhile so we are doing another edition of Blogger Wisdom this week on Abnormal Returns . As we have done in… Danish silo demolition goes wrong Now Playing Up Next Media playback is unsupported on your device A silo demolition in Denmark quite literally didn't go the way planners were expecting on… a simple idea, taken seriously, built methodically, and created an empire... with humility and kindness. [Tweetstorm] Mark Leonard of Constellation took a simple idea, took it seriously, built methodically, and created an empire. And he seems to have done it with humility and… Is College Worth the Cost? Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian gave some advice to young people in a recent interview with the New York Times : What’s your advice for college grads? Do you… The Freakishly Strong Base The earth used to be covered in ice. Practically all of it. Then it melted, refroze, again and again. Five times this happened in the last few billion years.… It’s starting to get Interesting (Part 2) A lot of very thoughtful comment last week so I thought it might bring some value to the collective if I expand on my musings a little more. Wandering Star I… How many ISA millionaires are there? Advertisements A new UK tax year has just begun, and with it a new annual ISA allowance of £20k each. ISAs are an amazing tax-break for investors who are UK… Death to Process Machines! Find your ideal design process by sticking to a few simple principles instead of a rigid script. You hear a ton of different advice on the right and wrong way… Introduction to Sequence of Returns and Buying a Boat in Retirement Share Do you know what has been one of my favorite parts of writing a blog? Has it been diving into the detail on some area of research that I’ve always wanted… Here are 15 Common Data Fallacies to Avoid on April 3, 2018 at 2:47 pm Share Share Reddit Email Shares 814 In today’s tech-driven economy, data is essential for gaining new insights, making decisions,… This Solo Motorcyclist Took on the Tallest Mountains on Earth April 3, 2018 - In the midst of a 10,000 mile motorcycle journey, Robert Jan van der Kaaij ascended a mountain in the Indian Himalayas. Eventually running into… The 6 Ways of Influence The 6 Ways of Influence On Recognizing and Preventing Financial Trickery Snake Oil (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) One of the best books I have ever read concerning… On the referendum #21: Branching histories of the 2016 referendum and ‘the frogs before the storm’ ‘Politics is gambling for high stakes with other people’s money… Politics is a job that can be compared with navigation in uncharted waters. One has no idea how… The unintended selection effects of cutting the H-1B quota | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal Sunday 1 April marks the beginning of an important H-1B application season. The H-1B programme allows high-skilled foreign nationals to temporarily work in the… The death of the newsfeed When I got married, my future wife and I were both quite sure that we would have a nice small, quiet wedding - none of these massive, extravagant parties with… The Yield Shield: Dividend Stocks - Millennial Revolution About Latest Posts Follow Me Wanderer The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now… The Working Person's Guide to the Industry That Might Kill Your Company Illustration: Jim Cooke (GMG) Just like $2.5 trillion worth of companies around the world, the company publishing the story you are now reading is owned by… An example of defusing capital gains T he end of the tax year is April 5th. For many people, the weeks beforehand are a rush to put money into an ISA before the year’s annual ISA allowance is lost… What Google and Facebook know about you (Tweetstorm) Dylan Curran @ iamdylancurran Mar 24 Replying to @iamdylancurran 1. google.com/maps/timeline?… Google stores your location (if you have it turned on) every time Data Science and the Art of Producing Entertainment at Netflix Netflix has released hundreds of Originals and plans to spend $8 billion over the next year on content. Creators of these stories pour their hearts and souls… Timeline vs. Intensity “My dreams feel impossible. Everything is so far away. Five more years until I pay off the car. Twelve more years until I pay off the house. Do I have to wait… The missing economic measure: Wealth - Our World in Data GDP – or Gross Domestic Product – is a statistical figure so engrained in our understanding of the economy that it is often taken to be indicative of how well a… The 50 Most Important Life-Saving Breakthroughs in History on March 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm Share Share Reddit Email Shares 0 For most of civilized history, life expectancy fluctuated in the 30 to 40 year range. Child… Do you have the ShopFloor money Mentality? “You can’t break poor people mentality. Once you grow up poor, you don’t take anything for granted. It can have the negative side also because you can never… My Death March to Financial Independence - 1500 Days to Freedom My journey to financial independence hit rock-bottom in 2008: My wife was busy taking care of our 1-year-old baby. I was busy with a job that consumed more than… Best FIRE (Financial Independence, Early Retirement) Blogs You Shouldn't Miss Behind every mainstream story about a couple retiring in their 30s and traveling the world is a story of struggle, sacrifice, and smart trade-offs. The idea… World’s biggest pension scheme overhauls fee structure Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund has accused active asset managers of being too focused on gathering new assets rather than generating returns for… Second Childhood - HumbleDollar Second Childhood Jonathan Clements | January 27, 2018 IN COLLEGE, I WAS THE KID who swore he would never get married and never have children. A year later, I… Financially Comfortable and Pivot Share on Facebook 6 shares on Facebook Tweet this Share on LinkedIn 0 shares on LinkedIn I participated in a panel discussion on Financial Independence Retire… Research result: what percentage will consent to tracking for... This note presents the results of a survey of 300+ publishers, adtech, brands, and various others, on whether users will consent to tracking under the GDPR and… Two Centuries of Momentum | Flirting with Models A momentum-based investing approach can be confusing to investors who are often told that “chasing performance” is a massive mistake and “timing the market” is… How Much Would An iPhone Cost If Apple Were Forced To Make It In America? (Photo: MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images) How much would an iPhone cost if Apple were forced to make it in America? originally appeared on Quora : the place to… A 'beer sommelier' explains how pouring a beer the wrong way can give you a stomach ache How do you pour a beer? Turns out this popular pouring method — that results in little to no foam — is completely wrong. And can actually cause stomach issues!… Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now – Gloria Origgi | Aeon Ideas Not faking it. From the Apollo 15 mission. Photo NASA There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced… 30 People Who Retired before 40 and Reached Financial Independence – Birds of a FIRE The list is sorted in order of retirement age. If you know of someone who should be added here, let me know via the comment section below. The age of financial… Fifteen years of semi-retirement ~ Get Rich Slowly Share 19 Shares 19 New here? You may want updates via email or RSS feed . Thanks for visiting! Today’s “money story” is a guest post from Bob Clyatt, author of… Why most employees want to work flexibly (and why you should let them) As someone who started campaigning for part-time and flexible working based on my own experiences, I have a personal interest in helping more employees find… The 5 Biggest Market Risks That Billionaires are Hedging Against The 5 Biggest Market Risks That Billionaires are Hedging Against on March 22, 2018 at 11:56 am Share Share Reddit Email Shares 277 If you’ve studied the history… How to Say “No” When It Matters Most (or “Why I’m Taking a Long ‘Startup Vacation'”) (Photo: Michael Matti ) The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. – Lin Yutang Discipline equals freedom. – Jocko Willink This post will… The Sad Truth about Your Half-Finished Projects - The Smart Passive Income Blog The Sad Truth about Your Half-Finished Projects Have you ever had a huge amount of enthusiasm for a project, only to have it fizzle out months down the road?… Should You Invest in This Rental Property? Forget fancy-pants calculus. The most important math is the stuff you learned in fourth grade. How do you know if an income property (rental property) is a good… Great News – Early Retirement Doesn’t Mean You’ll Stop Working “If everybody retired early like those Mustachians” , the lament goes, “there would be nobody left to do the work.” Given Infinite Money, would my brother Wax… 'I teach computing with no computers' Now Playing Up Next Media playback is unsupported on your device Viral teacher's inspirational chalkboard PC A teacher from Ghana, who went viral after pictures… The problem isn’t that life is unfair – it’s your broken idea of fairness November 24, 2014 258k shares Unless you’re winning, most of life will seem hideously unfair to you. The truth is, life is just playing by different rules. The… How to master your time September 7, 2013 2.5k shares The secret to time management is simple: Jedi time tricks . Imagine you were a Jedi master called Bob (your parents, whilst… The bootstrapper's bible - Seth Godin What FIRE Bloggers Owe Readers • r/financialindependence What FIRE Bloggers Owe Readers submitted 6 hours ago by LittleMsSavoirFaire https://ournextlife.com/2018/03/21/fire-blogger-manifesto/ I really liked this blog… Developing skills and pursuing opportunities (Tweet Storm) Nick Maggiulli @ dollarsanddata 3h Replying to @dollarsanddata 2 So what do you do instead? Focus on developing skills and pursuing opportunities. We will get The Gervais Principle, Or The Office According to “The Office” My neighbor introduced me to The Office back in 2005. Since then, I’ve watched every episode of both the British and American versions. I’ve watched the show… Serious moment for web's future (Tweet storm) Tim Berners-Lee @ timberners_lee 28m Replying to @timberners_lee I can imagine Mark Zuckerberg is devastated that his creation has been abused and misused. My best investment ever: Homeownership?! Sometimes folks ask me what has been my best investment ever. I normally answer that this is not the right question to ask. We didn’t have one lucky break that… My Mum Retired at 42 - Quietly Saving Actually, the above title isn’t quite true, since my Mum came out of retirement a year later (due to boredom as all her friends were still working) to work… Lies, Damned Lies, and Stories – Of Dollars And Data Lies, Damned Lies, and Stories How Great Storytelling Can Blind Us From Reality Photo: Pixabay The computer graphics team at Lucasfilm was working around the… zedfactory Double POD Download ZEDpods brochure Products / ZEDpods Parking New Home (2016) Rethinking housing: Helping to solve the UK housing shortage ZEDpods floor… You Are Not a Monte-Carlo Simulation | Flirting with Models This commentary is available as a PDF download here . Summary Even when an investment has a positive expected average growth rate, the experience of most… A Peek at the Future Waiting saved us over a thousand dollars, but came with the cost of not being able to play kickball in the fall. After a few hoops with the insurance company… The Fastest Growing Cities in the World (2000-2016) on March 17, 2018 at 11:31 am Share Share Reddit Email Shares 0 Thanks to drastic increases in crop yields and the falling need for manual farm labor, a mass… Visualizing China’s Most Ambitious Megaproject View the high resolution version of today’s graphic by clicking here . Costing between $4-8 trillion and affecting 65 countries, China’s ambitious One Belt, One… Ironies of Luck Paul Tudor Jones was one of the most successful traders in the world. Then he woke up one day wondering why. “In a moment of frightening enlightenment in 1993,… Next steps
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