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Happy Friday! To celebrate our first complete month of blog posts, podcasts, and soon-to-be-released video podcasts, we thought it would be great to re-cap our best posts of the month. If you are new to this website, you will quickly learn that we are not just another personal finance blog. We hope to help separate those who talk the talk from those who walk the walk. All of our posts come from professionals who have actually managed, and currently, manage millions of dollars for the wealthy. Our goal at Financial Time Traveler is to take the same level of continuing education provided to the ultra-high net worth and provide it to the everyday person to help you achieve your goals at a faster rate. There is a lot of noise out there on the interwebs, and it’s important to remove the filler and give you exactly what you need to make the best-equipped decisions on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. Here are our five favorite posts from August (you can click on the title to jump to the original post):

Cars, Misbehaving, and the Highway to Building Wealth

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What makes a good car? Is it the ability to accelerate out of a turn with maximum torque to the wheel? Or is it the reliability and return on investment that defines what is best? Why is there such disparity in decision-making when it comes to car selection? Is it the same reason why 28% of 401k investors have less than $1000 saved? We examine all of these questions to dig deeper and solve some of our behavior’s biggest inefficiencies when building wealth.

Are You Feeling Wealthy?

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Are you preparing for holiday season shopping yet? Ready or not, businesses certainly are gearing up for their busiest time of the year. However, the billion-dollar question is, “how exactly do companies predict how much we are going to spend?” Today, we evaluate economic principles behind “The Wealth Effect,” which measures how wealthy you feel. As investors, it is equally important we pay attention to these indicators considering 66% of the annual US GDP comes from consumer spending!

Market Update: Fundamentals vs. technicals

Source: bridgeadvisorsllc.net
Source: bridgeadvisorsllc.net

2016 started with the largest selloff since WWII. Markets eventually rallied back into positive territory only to be disrupted by the macro-shock of “Brexit.” Following the second major selloff in six months, the market has once again reached all-time highs. The volatility, both positive and negative, has left investors perplexed. Whether a 401k investor or day trader, Anton’s 30 years of money management experience are a great place for discussion and education.  Today, he takes a step back and provides a unique view on his remaining 2016 outlook. If you have any questions or comments, let us know!

4 steps to become a 401k millionaire

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The concept of money is emotional, provocative, and compelling. It can make us feel empowered and accomplished or defeated when strategies don’t work out as planned.  To make things even more complicated, money is a taboo subject in which families and friends don’t discuss their personal affairs, especially when facing financial challenges. Some let years of financial stress affect their emotional well-being.  In this blog, we focus on your number one asset at retirement – your 401k account.  If you implement the following steps, it can change the quality of your life at retirement.

Workflow: Friday 5 – podcasts you cannot afford to miss

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Podcasts are not what they used to be! With the integration of smartphones and streaming, we have officially entered a new era of content consumption. Our mission of helping you compress time and achieve your financial goals at a faster rate compelled us to compile five podcasts you simply cannot miss out on. Whether commuting to work, cleaning the house, or out for a jog, the compounding knowledge these shows provide (in previously empty time slots of your day) will surely guide you on a path of conviction and purpose!

*Bonus* The Curious Case of Pokémon Go and Nintendo’s Market Volatility

Source: techradar.com
Source: techradar.com

Pokémon Go is an apparent nominee for the story of the year. However, as the app took over the globe as the all-time most popular mobile game in the US, something very peculiar happened to Nintendo’s share price. The company surged to nearly double its market capitalization in one month and then experienced a massive sell-off once investors realized Pokémon Go had little effect on their bottom line.  Relating that story with Kodak’s ultimate demise is a cold parallel that should not be ignored (at least by Nintendo and their investors). Can Nintendo pivot and take advantage of the public’s clear feedback? Let us know what you think in the comment section!