All in Personal Finance

Building an investment portfolio from scratch

Without an investment adviser, I've had to go and create my own portfolio. It's a little scary, for sure, but here's the thing: all it takes is effort. With enough research, patience, self-control and fortitude... I feel I can be just as successful as if I worked with an adviser. What's more, after seeing "how the sausage is made" working at a large wealth management firm, I would say the benefits outweigh the risks.

Seattle vs San Francisco

If you work in technology you know that there's a deep seated rivalry between San Francisco and Seattle. Which has the most startups? Which has the most successful technology companies? Which is the best city for innovation? Which is the most pleasant city to live in? Here it is: the final showdown in Seattle vs San Francisco.

How much do I need to save?

I've been learning a lot about my own financial "standpoint" as I've been writing over the past couple months, and it's been an interesting process. One of the things that I have been thinking about over and over is the amount of money that I'm saving in comparison to my total earnings. How much is enough for me to retire in my early 50's?

I'm not #FIRE-ing but I am #FI-ing

The best part about personal financial is that everyone has a personal take on it. As I've been writing over the past three months, I've also been reading a considerable amount of material from other personal finance blogs. One of the things that's interested me the most is the #FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement. Since this is my personal, personal finance blog, I'll come right out and say that I'm not #FIRE-ing. Here's why:

What to look for in a startup

Go work for a startup! If you work in technology, chances are you've heard this advice, or you've thought about it on your own, or you're already working for a startup. In any case, I've noticed that there are tons of questions on Quora and Reddit and various other sites with people wondering how to find the "right" startup to join, which usually seems to actually mean "how do I choose a company that's going to make me rich." That's a little narrow-minded maybe, but it's reasonable to wonder how to find a company worth joining.

Setting a financial foundation

As I said in my welcome post, I’m going to try to skip the basic stuff in this blog. There’s no way I am going to be able to cover “setting up an emergency fund” any better than Dave Ramsey, or all of the hacks that emulate him. But… this first topic is something that would genuinely be useful for anyone. It’s certainly essential if you plan on saving and investing in any serious amount.

Hello from the Real Finance Guy

Lets face it: there are thousands of articles on reducing credit card debt, creating emergency funds, and socking away money into a 401k. Those are all intelligent and valuable things to do, but they have already been covered in such depth there’s frankly no point in going over it. My goal for this blog is to provide more detailed, practical, and advanced, financial guidance than is typically available on the internet.