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Health Update and Camp Accountant

By Keith Taxguy / September 30, 2019 /

Several false starts have finally ended in a real Camp. The changes were important. I was pushed to do a Camp by someone else’s rules and it kept falling apart. I finally decided to have the Camp right where I want it: a short walk from my tax office. 

I also decided I would run it my way. These things are a lot of work and I expected somebody else to do all the lifting. I would show up would be my contribution. That does not work.

Instead of the traditional FI and FIRE camps around the country, I settled on a one-day event. I brought in two speakers and all attendees get a Wealthy Accountant t-shirt. We also will tour my office so the proletariat can see how the bourgeoisie works in his natural habitat.

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How We Are Addressing Climate Change All Wrong

By Keith Taxguy / September 23, 2019 /

The old story of the frog tossed into boiling water and immediately jumping out comes to mind. With climate change the warming is so gradual (and sometimes welcome) we don’t notice we are getting boiled. Yet the temperature inexorably continues to climb. Like the frog, we will stay in the stew until the meat pulls away from the bone.

Change can be good. And profitable! If only we have the will. Otherwise another kid with a cute message will get a good jab in on Congress thirty years from now when the problem is still unresolved and much worse.

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Frugal Exotic Dining

By Keith Taxguy / September 9, 2019 /

It is easy to get spoiled living in the backwoods of Nowhere, Wisconsin. Cool, crisp mornings and fresh food straight from the garden. Food we don’t grow ourselves is frequently purchased from neighbors who do grow it. 

As you can imagine, the cheap quality fast food peddled in urban areas these days does not live up to the bill. Even the so-called high end (and expensive) restaurants just don’t compare to what we grow and prepare ourselves.

Going out to eat is not a treat; it is something we do when home cooked meals are not an option. 

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Unique High Interest Savings Accounts Few Know About

By Keith Taxguy / July 30, 2019 /

Interest rates have barely lifted from ground level and are already headed lower. In the U.S. short-term interest rates are at least positive. My EU and Japanese readers are not so lucky, facing negative rates.

Low interest rates are bad enough, but watching your bank balance decline is a downright nightmare for savers. If you are close to or in retirement this can cause great financial harm.

Because rates are likely to stay at these low level for the foreseeable future and there are many safe alternatives paying more, I will publish a special report each month highlighting one of these short-term, money market-like investments. Every effort will be made to address opportunities available to as many readers across the planet as possible.

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Investing in a Retirement Account is Like Taking Out a Loan

By Keith Taxguy / June 17, 2019 /

Traditional retirement plan contributions come with a loan attached to it with a variable rate of interest, to be determined at a later date by the tax code and your income level.

We all know that traditional retirement accounts get a tax deduction at your ordinary tax rate to the retirement plan contribution limits. We should also know that these account grow tax-deferred and that all distributions are taxed at ordinary rates.

This is a real problem if your goal is to maximize your net worth. In the early years the tax benefit makes it seem like it is the best deal on the planet. But as time passes the math tells a darker tale.

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Profiting From Climate Change

By Keith Taxguy / June 10, 2019 /

It is unfortunate that climate change is such a political hot button when it is such a good tool to build wealth. Much of what I say will cause righteous indignation from both sides of the political isle. Good thing we will have a full wallet to sooth our nerves.

Too much focus is on “if” there is climate change and how much is “human” caused. These are the wrong questions to ask and the reason why so little is being done to remedy problems climate change can bring.

Since we are discussing a difficult issue I will start by outlining where I stand on climate change (no throwing tomatoes). Then I will show some reports of fear mongering that are really exciting economic reports we should all want if that is as bad as it gets. We will finish with an actionable plan to deal with climate change on a personal level and investments.

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3 Steps I Took to Reach Financial Independence by Age 32

By Keith Taxguy / May 20, 2019 /

Once I digested that it was only a number I decided to do what I always did. I try lots of things, grow my business and expand my sources of income, much of it passive. 

You see, I learned the most important step of all: It’s the journey that matters, not the destination. And I had the best mate in the world along for the ride.

It was that day when I was a 32 year old man that I learned to live life for the first time. Live, for Real. 

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When Adding to Your Retirement Plan is a Bad Idea

By Keith Taxguy / March 31, 2019 /

Because a lot (most) of your gains are deferred anyway with an index fund and the tax rate is lower when you do sell (compared to traditional retirement accounts) and there are no RMDs or early withdrawal penalties, non-qualified accounts should play a central role in the portfolio of most investors.

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