Wow, how the time flies! Today marks a significant milestone in the life of this blog with the 75th post. I’m a sucker for nostalgia as much as the next person so let’s take a look at the most popular posts over the last 75 attempts at coaching on business and personal finance topics.
1. The most popular post on this blog is 5 Lessons from U.S. Revolutionary War. What do the Brown Bess Musket and borrowing money have in common? I have experience with the musket and borrowing money so I drew an analogy that may help you become a better borrower.
2. Residential mortgage financing has been a hot topic so I examined some facts and myths about home loans in Operation Mortgage Freedom or Prisoner of Myth? The Soldier Dollar Wars.
3. In Home Ownership or Parasite Buffet? Who’s Sucking your Money Blood? I looked at the history of the American Dream and debunked the politically expedient use of that term to advance social policy around housing.
4. From a money perspective, when we finish our walk in this life we’ll figuratively untie our financial boot laces for the last time. Our financial accomplishments and spending failures, borrowing achievements and investment regrets will impact those whom we leave behind. In The Long Money Walk I explored a few ways our financial “boots” will impact those around us at the end of life’s trail:
5. Are you following a financial rabbit trail? Does it loop around in seemingly endless illogical patterns? In Financial Rabbit Trails v.s. GPS Financing: How to Avoid Path Integration I explained how Animals determine their location and direction. You can learn how to manage the impulse to follow a financial rabbit trail and stay on the path towards your strategic objectives.
6. I combined my experience as an army helicopter pilot with my knowledge of finance in The Helicopter Pilot and the Borrower. This post has been very popular by showing how borrowing money is like a safe flight. From pre-flight to takeoff and landing there are many similarities to finance topics.
7. I carefully addressed the hot topic of borrowing money from family and friends in a couple of posts:
- Five Things your Parents Wish you Knew about Borrowing Money From Them
- Borrowing from the Bank of Dad and Mom is Easy Money and Hard Knocks
- and Borrowing Money From Parents for MBA: Good Credit Risk?
8. I took the higher ground with a hopeful attempt at changing borrowers’ thinking. Maybe we can avoid another financial crisis by following a child-like set of principles called the The Six Pillars of Borrower Character.
9. I took on the entire housing industry by proving that home ownership does not meet the standard for an investment in Do you Live in a Dead Real Estate “Investment”? Reduce your Financial Crypt Quotient!
10. And last but not least my personal favorite was a tribute to my daughter’s decision to join the air force and the memories that became due on demand. Writing became therapy for my sense of loss in Borrowed Time Has Been Repaid in Memories; Farewell Elizabeth
Thanks for reading my posts on finance. What have you learned? What do you like about this site? What would you like to see more of? Less of? I’d like to hear from you. Please leave a comment.
- 4 things to know before you borrow this summer (confused.com)
- Why do you need to borrow money? (clarkting.wordpress.com)