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  • The median age in the U.S. is 36.8
  • The median income in the U.S. is $51,939
  • The average 401k match is $1 for $1 up to 6%

A 36.8 year old investing 10% of their $51,939 income with a $3,116.34 match:
With just average stock market returns of 10% would have $1,114,479.31 by retirement.

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IFB56: New 2018 GAAP for Marketable Securities Will Inflate Earnings

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Welcome to episode 56 of the Investing for Beginners podcast. In this week’s episode we’re going to talk about something that Warren Buffett dropped in his latest shareholders letter and he was also mentioned on a video on CNBC that was released recently and this is relating to new GAAP figures that are going to potentially inflate earnings figures and we’re going to dive into that.

Andrew is going to start us off and talk a little bit about some of the background and then we’re just kind of go back and forth, so Andrew one should go ahead and start us off there big guy.

  • New GAAP accounting rule will affect financial institutions, like banks, insurance companies.
  • This new rule could inflate earnings for said companies.
  • Isn’t the first times accounting rules have changed
  • If you invest in these types of companies you need to be aware as the rule takes effect.

Andrew: yeah sounds good and like my M.O. for this podcast has been kind of to hate on CNBC. I just have to say like they put up a new video series and it’s probably the best thing on YouTube other than my own stuff obviously.

Okay great there they did like three hours with Warren Buffett on Squawk Box and edit it down and I think it’s about an hour to an hour half of the content on their YouTube channel right now and this was back in I think early February’s when they interview him mid-February is when it was released so he’s that’s straight from the Oracle himself talking about some of the stuff we saw with Bitcoin a lot of the market volatility we saw at the beginning the year and most importantly.

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IFB55: The Worst Money Advice that Beginners Always Hear


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Welcome to episode 55 of the Investing for Beginners podcast.  Tonight Andrew and I are going to discuss some of the worst money advice you can get.

  • Invest 10% of your income
  • Investing in a quick fad to make money quickly
  • Try to get to cute and taking on more complexity just for the sake of it.
  • Buy a ETF index fund and be done with it.
  • Don’t get caught up in all the hype of the market.
  • Budget till it hurts

Andrew: yeah so I kind of I kind of made a list here. It’s kind of long try that keep it I’ll try to be concise but you we always know how that goes right so.

You see all the time and the more that time goes on the more and more people go to the internet looking for advice on how to handle their money a lot of times you’ll have people talk about hey I got $20,000 I got $40,000 maybe I have an inheritance what should I do what should I do what should I do? [click to continue…]

How a Stock’s Total Assets Can Be Evaluated for Higher Potential Returns

Total assets are a very important component of a company’s balance sheet. Without assets, a stock can’t create earnings, which are fundamental for growing the stock price over the long term.

While the concept of earnings and P/E ratio seems like a relatively easy concept to grasp for most investors, the idea of investigating where those profits come from tends to get lost. The balance sheet and breakdown of total assets is a little bit more involved than a breakdown of a company’s revenue, expenses, and profit—and involves more financial jargon-type terms.

This blog post will fix that today and hopefully give investors, who wish to do fundamental analysis themselves, a broader understanding of exactly what is comprising of a company’s total assets and if these numbers indicate a strong financial position or not.

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An asset, in basic terms, is a store of value. That $100 bill is an asset. Your house is an asset. Yes, your car is an (depreciating) asset.

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IFB54: Company and Industry Maturation in the Stock Market


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Welcome to Investing for Beginners podcast this is episode 54. Andrew and I are going to talk about the maturation of different industries. We’re going to discuss how when you’re looking at companies to invest one of the things you want to look at is
how the industry that it’s in is maturing and what stage of growth they might be in along that path.  Without any further ado, I’m going to turn over to Andrew and he’s going to get us started.

Andrew: thanks Dave, this is something that actually really haven’t read anything about when it comes to investing and everything it’s just one of those things I kind of noticed as I was looking through financial statements, kind of trying to observe like how different stocks kind of move throughout the years.

I’ve done a ton of research and a post on my blog about companies that have failed also companies that have really succeeded and looking at the financials and trying to piece together what happened in the very beginning and then how did it play out as the years went on and I’m sure this is probably like common sense stuff for I don’t know business majors econ majors whatever.

But we’re DIY investors and we’re just trying to soak in as much information as we can and  it’s good to keep our eyes open try to be observant in a similar fashion to one of the previous episodes where I talked about unconventional investing rule to have for your portfolio I figured this would be kind of another cool thing to discuss and talk about. [click to continue…]

IFB53: Dave and Andrew Debate Negative Net Income (Earnings)


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Welcome to Investing for Beginners podcast this is episode 53, Andrew and I are going to take a stab at talking about negative earnings. We had some interesting event happened this week in Andrew and I were having a conversation prior to coming on here today and we wanted to talk a little bit about negative earnings.

Just to kind of give you a little of a bit of a backstory, so last week Andrew sent me a text message telling me that one of the companies that he and I both own had negative earnings on their 10k and this caught me completely by surprise. That was shocking and I had no idea that if that happened and I was a little bit like wow Oh crazy and I was it kind of caught me because it I felt like it came from out of out of the blue.

And I had no idea that that this company had happened and you know I wasn’t paying that close of attention honestly and so something that really caught me off guard and as Andrew and I were talking about it it’s you know Andrew and I see eye to eye on almost everything but in this particular case we differed a little bit on our viewpoints of how we handled it and so it was kind of an interesting snapshot into how value investors think about things and it’s not always exactly the same.

And so I had a different viewpoint and Andrew had a different viewpoint I thought it would be interesting for us to talk a little bit about that tonight so Andrew why don’t you go ahead and tell your side of the story if you will and then I can tell mine.

Andrew: well what is this a divorce are we fighting hardly well let me get my lawyer and we’ll have somebody in between and they can relay this message and then you can calm down think it over maybe take a walk cool off.

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