China Sees Generational Changes In Savings Attitude

In a Wall Street Journal article this week, the perils of debt-supported spending by Chinese Gen Z-ers and millennials were contrasted with the potential benefits of a hyper-charged consumer economy. The upshot from a macro-economic perspective is that while some amount of borrowing can be good for an economy (leading to job creation and more[…]

Consumption: Full Speed Ahead?

If part of your work involves educating others on how consumption can affect their ability to build and maintain wealth, looking for outside patterns of data and trends might be a way to bring an “ah-ha” moment to clients, children, friends, or family members. A string of articles in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal wove an[…]

Rigid Rules of Behavior

Can a disciplined approach help create wealth? Some still contend that it can only have a limited impact in most cases. However, in the case of becoming financially independent, the self-made millionaires highlighted in The Millionaire Next Door demonstrated the value of “rigid rules of behavior:” spending less than they earn, limiting the trading of investments, etc.[…]

Trading on Anticipated Future Wealth: Homes & Cities

A recent article in The Boston Globe highlights the issues Bostonians are considering related to purchasing homes in affluent areas. The piece recites a financial-planning principle: “A bit of perspective: In many parts of the country, the rule of thumb is that housing costs should occupy a third of one’s income. Here, that standard frequently[…]

Did you buy an $11 million Xbox last year?

A recent post by our friends at the Motley Fool refers to story told by America’s most famous investor, Warren Buffett, where he explains that if someone had invested just $40 in Coca-Cola stock when it went public in 1919, it would now be worth more than $5 million. The Fool Team updated the math[…]