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My Physical Fitness Plan

By Keith Taxguy / August 11, 2016 / 1 Comment

Twelve years ago I weighed 220 pounds (100 kilograms) with rising blood pressure, high cholesterol, and reaching pre-diabetic glucose numbers. Pills are out of the question for me since I have real problems taking them consistently and I really wanted a healthier lifestyle over medications. The moment where I knew I had to take massive…

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The County of ‘Making a Murderer’ Strikes Again

By Keith Taxguy / August 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

This spring I attended Camp Mustache III in western Washington State. Between our leisurely learning sessions we hiked Mt. Si.  When our hike was over a group of us gathered at the base of the mountain as we started walking back to the Rainbow Lodge where we were staying. I was a guest speaker so…

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How Fast Does Inflation Rise?

By Keith Taxguy / August 9, 2016 / 3 Comments

Media continually warns of impending inflation due to all the money printing by central banks around the world. The concern is real. If inflation spikes bonds will suffer massive loses and stocks will also suffer a painful decline. It is past time we look at the facts about inflation, how fast it rises, and what causes prices to spike.

Planning for retirement and when reviewing investments, inflation is a consideration. A review of historical inflation data will help in the decision-making process. By reviewing the historical data also clearly shows why inflation accelerates, including solutions to protect yourself. We will focus on inflation data in the U.S. I have reviewed price data for other countries and further back than the U.S. data. The conclusions are the same.

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Charities I Support and Why

By Keith Taxguy / August 8, 2016 / 6 Comments

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. —Luke 12:48 My charitable giving is not predicated upon religion or religious belief; I haven’t contributed to a church in more than a decade. However, I am not afraid to take words from the Bible, or any other religious tract, and integrate them…

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Learning to Accept Praise

By Keith Taxguy / August 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

We all know people who cannot accept praise for what it is worth. Any acknowledgement of a new outfit, lost weight, or new hair style is greeted with a qualifying remark meant to downplay the praise. These people lack the self-esteem to accept praise for what it is worth. The answer to someone saying they…

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Do You Know a Good Attorney?

By Keith Taxguy / August 6, 2016 / 0 Comments

Over the years I have used attorneys for a variety of needs. When I started a hedge fund the initial deposit was $25,000 and I was happy to pay it. We laugh at lawyer jokes and sometimes lawyers deserve the bad rap they get, but most of the time attorneys are a powerful part of…

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Bridge Careers

By Keith Taxguy / August 5, 2016 / 1 Comment

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Final Mission” Captain Picard speaks fondly of the groundskeeper from his days at the Academy. Boothby, the groundskeeper, left a lasting impression on the captain, teaching him what life is really about as he called Boothby one of the wisest men he ever knew. Captain Picard learned…

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Why Do You Hate Money So Much?

By Keith Taxguy / August 4, 2016 / 1 Comment

Rewards for a good week of work show up on a regular basis from the boss in the form of a paycheck. There is a special sort of glee when payday arrives as a dance develops in everyone’s prance around the office. The initial excitement gives way to an understanding you will go another week…

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