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Mortgage Payoff – My Plan

My three year fixed rate mortgage note came due earlier this year and I had a few decisions to make. My amortization was based on a 15 year term but I have been paying extra every month and the balance is now at a point where I could either significantly…

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Urban Mining Investing

In an effort to increase the alternatives section of my portfolio, I have been exploring a few new ventures one of which is urban mining. Urban mining is simply defined as reclaiming compounds and elements (raw materials) from spent products.   After doing some research, I decided to invest in…

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Investing Mistakes

A lot of times, people only speak to the good decisions they have made and tend to gloss over the bad ones. Investing is no different, people are usually inclined to tell you about good investment decisions they have made and conveniently forget to mention the bad ones. I have…

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A Night in Paris

I had the good fortune recently of spending a night in the city of lights. It was a stop over before traveling to my next destination on a short European trip and I wanted to make the best of it. My taxi driver made quick work of the drive from…

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6 Months of Airbnb

May 2016 marked my 6 month anniversary hosting on airbnb and at that milestone I had 28 bookings, hosted 39 guests and received 22 reviews. My experience started in the height of the winter travel season here and I was only able┬áto book for three days in mid December initially…

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End of year update 2015

The year 2015 was a great year. For me great years are defined by continued growth and I was able to achieve growth in both my personal and professional spaces. I participated in the Moneystepper Savings Channel for the year 2015 and although I didn’t increase my net worth as…

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Dividend Update Q4 2015

Without to much introduction, this is my fourth quarter update of income received on my dividend growth portfolio. The dividend income shown is net of taxes and fees since as a foreign investor I am subject to withholding taxes on most dividend income. For the fourth quarter of 2015, I…

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My Airbnb Project

  In my what’s up post last month, I mentioned the dawn of my airbnb rental and I was open for business. Here are a bit more details on the project which I am using as an investment to generate income from additional sources.   How this all came about…

Portfolio Update October 2015

Capital market investments is one leg of my long term financial strategy and I continue to track my investment allocation here to keep me accountable. I have been known in the past to be less than stellar in following through on allocations My target investment allocation is: US Equities: 30%…

What’s Up

It has been very quiet around my pace on the web lately. I have been reading quite a bit of blogs but have not been motivated to post. Since I have not been writing, I have completed remodeling my annex apartment and now have it listed as a vacation rental…

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