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Is There a “Secret” to Building Wealth?

December 4, 2012
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Ask me that before this past weekend and I would have adamantly stomped my foot down and said, “don’t be ridiculous, of COURSE NOT! What on earth have you been smoking?” You know that I believe 100% of most so-called “secrets” involve nothing more than hard work and perseverance, followed by more hard work and [...]

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QnA Friday: Kenny Rogers and Your Money, How to Become Accredited, Wealth Transfers

September 21, 2012
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Last week I got some great questions on trailing stops and investment theses, and I promised to share with you what Kenny Rogers has to do with your investing: “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, Know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your [...]

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QnA Friday: The Most Important Currency In the World

August 3, 2012
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Happy Friday, Dear Grasshopper! I’m feeling thoughtful today (go figure), and it’s been ages since I’ve quoted my man Bruce (shame on me), so I want to start today’s missive with an observation on arguably the very best and most expensive currency in the entire world, including (gasp!) gold itself… Time. “To spend time is [...]

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Making Friends With Your Financial Fears

July 27, 2012
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Today I’m proud to provide you with a guest post from Kung Fu Finance subscriber (and personal hero of mine!), Mark Ford. If you don’t know Mark, you should…he is an amazing and gifted entrepreneur and writer and knows a lot about building wealth (he’s a multimillionaire). Mark is the editor of The Palm Beach [...]

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How to Become a Master Investor in 5 Quick and Easy Steps

March 19, 2012
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(Ha! If only it were that easy…) I hope I didn’t offend you with the title to this article. If you’ve been reading for any length of time at all you know by now that I believe “quick and easy” to be the absolute antithesis of “mastery”. And yet, everyone wants “quick and easy” (yes, [...]

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How to Dramatically Increase Your Luck

March 14, 2012
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With St. Patty’s Day looming on Saturday and my two little girls asking me daily about leprechauns and rainbows and mystical pots of gold, I have “luck” on my mind this week! Specifically, what exactly is luck, and is there anything you can do to become “luckier”? (Happy news spoiler alert: YES, there is!) luck [...]

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Guest Post: Your Kung Fu Emergency Plan

March 7, 2012
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For the past four days the power has been out at Kung Fu Grandma’s house in Northern Michigan. A winter storm knocked down some critical power lines, and temperatures have been 0 degrees for four days in a row, causing much hardship and stress among all of our neighbors. Our house (my childhood home) uses [...]

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The Lure and Magic of Passive Income (and how to GET it!)

March 5, 2012
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Imagine this: you’re sipping cocktails on the beach on a tropical island while dozens of gorgeous, scantily-clad women or men (take your pick…) fan your body with exotic rattan fans, feed you peeled grapes, and take care of your every whim. Luxury surrounds you… Meanwhile, your bank account is quietly expanding, day after day, through [...]

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Channel Your Inner Kung Fu: 5 Steps to Clutter-Free Finances

February 1, 2012
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If you have summoned your inner motivation and excitement for achieving your financial independence, you are now ready to get going and get organized! Um, you have summoned your inner motivation, right? I know it’s extremely tempting when faced with a yucky task to hope that your fairy godmother will magically come and whisk it [...]

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Enter the Year of the Dragon!

January 23, 2012
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Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! Happy Chinese New Year! While the Western calendar year is already 5% over (yikes…are you 5% closer to achieving your goals this year?), the lunar calendar has just turned over a new page, ushering in the Year of the Dragon today. The Year of the Dragon is thought to be the luckiest [...]

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Kung Fu Girl Interviews Louis James of Casey Research

January 18, 2012
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Louis James of Casey Research is one of the smartest, savviest, and most sophisticated investors I know. I had the honor of sitting down with him for an hour over the holidays where he graciously spoke with me about investing, what to look for (and look out for…) in 2012, the future of precious metals [...]

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Putting the “Go” in Your Goals…No Weak Sauce!

January 9, 2012
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It’s the second week of January already, I can’t believe it! Perhaps you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions, and I hope you have created your White Belt Vision for Financial Independence. If you have not had a chance to do that just yet, or if you have joined us just recently (welcome!), then I recommend [...]

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QnA Friday: Who Do I Trust, How to Find a Broker, and More…

January 6, 2012
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Hello! *Lots* of great questions this week so I’m going to dive right in (after thanking you very much for voting for your favorite new logo. THANK YOU! It will be making an appearance very soon…): First, Daniel asks, Hello, Thanks for the great blog. I want to make the most out of 2012 as [...]

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QnA Friday: Sleuthing out Newsletter Peeps, Kung Fu Santa, and more

December 16, 2011
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Happy Friday Everyone! Before jumping into this week’s questions I just want to say thank you one last time for taking time to answer the Kung Fu Finance survey! I have to say, I have the best readers ever. Thank you so much—I can’t wait to share the results with you! If you haven’t had [...]

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Yin, Yang, and Your Investing Success

December 14, 2011
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I didn’t really begin to achieve success in investing until I started learning more about history. Or to state it a bit more emphatically, You will not achieve much investing success unless and until you brush up on your history. Why is this so important? Because history gives you perspective, and perspective is crucial when [...]

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People Power: Who Do You Trust With Your Money?

December 7, 2011
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One thing that I believe has contributed immensely to my financial success is this simple rule: Know the people behind the business It’s astonishing to me how many well-meaning investors will do some or any of the following: Buy a share of stock in a company without knowing whom the CEO or Chairman of the [...]

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How Not to Become a Better Investor

December 5, 2011
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“It’s not strength that matters; it’s focus.” — Bruce Lee As you’ve read in my story, I graduated from college in 1996. For four years afterwards (four really fun years…) I did not focus on investing or on “personal finance” at all. These were the boom years, the party days, the “sure I’d love to [...]

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Is Your Present a Gift?

November 22, 2011
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Yesterday we talked about all of the economic doom and gloom and the importance of having a plan and preparing for whatever might come in the future (“Prepare for bad times, and you will only know good times!”). But while looking ahead and preparing for the future is important, so is appreciating the present. And [...]

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