I can’t understate the importance of an Emergency Fund. Recently, I had a string of expenses, and if I hadn’t had cash saved up, then I might have found myself in debt.
They say when it rains it pours. That recently happened to me. In the past two weeks, I had to replace the battery in my tractor, take my truck to the dealership for service, and replace a power vent for my furnace. In all, I was looking at about $650 in expenses. While not a lot in the grand scheme of things, it was still a decent amount to shell out in such a short time. (more…)
Writer and Investor. Based in the Pittsburgh, PA area, Brian holds full-time employment as a Warehouse Manager for an electronics firm. Brian enjoys wealth building, investing, gardening and the great outdoors. Brian holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Robert Morris University.
This is not an easy article for me to write. I now see this as an important counter to the other extreme I covered – life of a 1%er. It brings back unpleasant memories from my time in Asia, during my corporate stint there. Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time but the unpleasantness was for a different reason. Asia is home to over 70% of the world’s poor people. As is common practice there among all middle and upper middle class working households, the TFR household hired a part-time maid during our stay there. It was initially awkward to have a stranger spend couple of hours each day doing our chores but we slowly got used to it.
Raman Venkatesh is the founder of Ten Factorial Rocks. Raman is a ‘Gen X’ corporate executive in his mid 40’s. In addition to having a Ph.D. in engineering, he has worked in almost all continents of the world. Ten Factorial Rocks (TFR) was created to chronicle his journey towards retirement while sharing his views on the absurdities and pitfalls along the way. The name was taken from the mathematical function 10! (ten factorial) which is equal to 10 x 9 x 8 x 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 3,628,800.