Getting Rich, Losing $1 Million, & More

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Welcome to Junto, a weekly newsletter where I share tips and strategies from financial experts that you can apply to your own life.

Today’s Topics

The easiest way to get rich

Good vs. bad debt

How to lose 40% of your investment portfolio

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Warren Buffet’s 2022 Letter to Shareholders

Warren Buffet is one of the most successful investors of all time.

Each year, he releases a single, highly anticipated letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway.

He’s an excellent writer, and his letters contain more investing wisdom per word than anything else I’ve ever read.

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The Easiest Way to Get Rich

“Focus on earning a good income, building your cash savings for emergencies, and then passively investing as much as you can comfortably invest.”

You don’t need to start a business or buy rental properties

Become excellent at your job and learn how to ask for a raise

Side hustles can help, but they can also be distractions

Automate your cash savings and investments

Avoid ALL “get rich quick” schemes

Spend less than you can afford to and invest the rest

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My Interview with the CEO of Money Crashers, Andrew Schrage

Andrew Schrage and Gyutae Park founded Money Crashers in 2009, and now it’s one of the top personal finance sites in the United States, with more than 500,000 people visiting each month.

Andrew worked at a Chicago-based hedge fund after graduating from Brown University. He quickly realized his passion for leveling the financial playing field, and voila – Money Crashers was born.

Here are my two favorite questions from the interview:

Cole: What is bad personal finance advice that you hear often?

Andrew: [There are] too many to name, but one of the most common (and potentially harmful) is “all debt is bad.” It’s counterintuitive to argue that you should avoid “helpful” debt like a mortgage, which can help you to build wealth in the long run.”

Cole: What is one of the most common mistakes you see people make in investing?

Andrew: The idea that you need to have a lot of money, like thousands of dollars, to invest. With fractional share investing and low-or-no minimum brokerage accounts, that’s simply not the case anymore. You shouldn’t wait to get started because you only have $100 (or whatever) to invest.

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@jspector Here’s how to lose 40% of your nest egg to fees.

— (@honest_math)
Dec 19, 2022

It’s no secret that I think most people would be better off without a financial advisor.

The main nuisance that’s missing from these sorts of comparisons is that sometimes people lack the knowledge or discipline to buy and hold low-cost index funds.

That said, I think it’s worth figuring that out to save yourself $1M in fees.

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