August 2022 Dividend Income And Expenses

After a scary couple of months with some massive overspending, it's finally safe to say things are "getting back to normal" for the Tako family.  August was all about optimizing our lifestyle in our new home.  We started turning the screws, and...

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July 2022 Dividend Income And Expenses

After the long drive from Washington to Arizona, we started settling into our new home in July.  We've been here a little over 1 month!  The kids have now started school, and Mrs. Tako and I are starting to house hunt.  Overall, our move didn't...

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Is Geo-Arbitrage A Financial Fairy Tale?

When people talk about geo-arbitrage, they often tout the amazing advantages of moving from high-cost location to a lower cost region.  It's all double rainbows, unicorn farts, and ice cream sundaes when you read about geo-arbitrage on the inte...

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May & June 2022 Dividend Income And Expenses

Hello there!  Yes, it's been awhile since I've posted anything to this blog, but I'm not dead yet! Really! Behind the scenes A LOT has been going on the last few weeks!  First off, the Tako family moved 1500 miles from Washington state to Ari...

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April 2022 Dividend Income And Expenses

First off, I need to apologize for the lateness of this post -- it's already mid-May!  Sorry folks!  I'm running *a little* behind schedule on the blog these days.  Let's just say I've been a little distracted by this whole moving process.  Not...

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It’s Official: We’re Finally Moving!

It's official!  After years of hunting, and looking for a wonderful place to finish raising our family, we've finally decided to move!  I mentioned our upcoming move in my recent post "What have I been Up To (Winter 2022 edition)", but I didn't...

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March 2022 Dividend Income And Expenses

Wow!  Has it been a month already since I last posted an update?  Don't worry, this blog isn't dead!  I've just been super busy!  While it might seem like nothing is happening on the surface, behind the scenes I've been working like an absolute...

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February 2022 Dividend Income And Expenses

It's been tough to blog these last couple of weeks -- Not only am I doing a TON of DIY home improvement work, but it also seems a bit crass to be writing about personal finance when there's a war going on.  It's a financial disaster of epic pro...

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What Have I Been Up To? (Winter 2022 Edition)

It's no secret that I've been posting a lot less frequently this winter.  I've been way too busy and way too exhausted to find any time to write.  It's a darn shame, because I really enjoy writing about personal finance and investing! Unfort...

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January 2022 Dividend Income And Expenses

Is January over already?  Some months seem to pass by faster than others, and this January feels like it sped by at light speed.  Like most winter months, life was pretty quiet here in the Tako household.  We stayed indoors much of the time, av...

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Happy As A Clam

Are you "happy as a clam" with your stock returns in 2022?  If you have money invested in the U.S. stock market, it's probably hard to be happy at the moment.  Instead of the positive returns that we've come to expect in recent years, the stock...

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December 2021 Dividend Income And Expenses

December can be a difficult month.  On one hand it's the coldest, darkest, and (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) the wettest part of the year.  It can be rather depressing.  You also have a great number of "cultural holidays" packed into...

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2021 Year-End Net Worth Update

Happy New Year!  It's time again to do the final accounting for 2021 investment gains, and this is traditionally the one-time a year I look at our family's net worth. Why only once a year?  Looking at net worth is a lot like taking the tempe...

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Avoiding The Boulders Of Financial Destruction

At times, it can seem impossible to get ahead in the world.  Last week, the latest U.S CPI came out, announcing a 6.8% increase in consumer prices -- the highest level of inflation the U.S. has seen in decades.  The last time we saw inflation a...

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November 2021 Dividend Income And Expenses

Has it been a month since I last posted already?  As you can tell dear readers, I've been posting a lot less frequently here at MrTakoEscapes.  The truth is, I just haven't been feeling the blogging 'groove' lately...

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October 2021 Dividend Income And Expenses

Ah, Fall!  It's that time of year when the weather turns chilly and damp, cold drinks get switched out for hot drinks (cocoa, tea, or coffee), and the leaves begin changing all sorts of beautiful colors...

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Is The Economy Telling Me To Sell My Stocks?

Have you heard the story about the frog dropped into a boiling pot of water?  As the story goes, if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out of the boiling water, and survive.  This same story tells us that if you put a fro...

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September 2021 Dividend Income And Expenses

Don't look now, but September is already done!  Where does the time go?  September was a very exceptional month on many fronts -- both financial and on my daily schedule. The most important change was that the kids started school again!  In ...

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Is Retiring in 2021 A Truly Terrible Idea?

The stock market is booming this year, and at the time of writing the S&P 500 is up a healthy 16% YTD.  Along with it, most portfolio balances are reaching new highs.  This has put a lot of otherwise smart investors in a very good mood. ...

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Are Boating Stocks Worth Investing In?

To say that I'm always on the lookout for new investing ideas, is something of an understatement.  It's a constant process of discovery, education, and investigation.  Every time I pick up a new product in the store, or encounter a new service ...

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