Every week, I like to pass along some of the most interesting and entertaining stories happening in the unconventional investing world.
The sorts of stories that go great with a quiet morning… a full mug… and the unhurried time that comes each weekend.
So relax, read, enjoy.
Look out Below!
Here at Unconventional Wealth, we don’t recommend stocks — you can get plenty of that advice elsewhere.
But we certainly pay attention to what the markets are doing. Often because — when times get choppy — unconventional assets become even more popular (and valuable) as investors seek safety.
Diversifying wealth and using plenty of tangible assets to balance out stocks is the way the uber-wealthy invest. It’s how everyone should invest. It’s the only way to find any kind of true safety in the cyclical markets.
And it’s even more important at a time like this — when signs are piling up that the markets (and the overall economy) are about to take a major dip.
Don’t like the soft signs in the above article? How about a nice bond yield inversion — the surest sign of a market top anyone’s ever found?
Color Me Shocked
Turns out “Don’t be evil” is a tough credo to live up to.
Yep — if you’re disturbed by the way Facebook stalks you, Amazon tracks you and companies you’ve never heard of seem to know things about you that would make your closest friends do a double take, I’ve got some bad news.
Even if it’s not surprising.
Google — an advertising company that masquerades as a search engine and software business — is keeping tabs on absolutely everything you’ve ever bought. At least, everything you’ve bought through a company that communicates with you through your Gmail account.
That’s because — this is the creepier part — Google is reading all of your emails. Looking for keywords having to do with purchases (like “receipt” or “delivery”).
You can check out what Google knows about your spending habits here. And — sorry — it’s extremely difficult to turn this tracking off and essentially impossible to eliminate the history Google already has.
What’s really worrying — if it’s this easy to snoop on your emails, what else is Google doing? What information has the company gleaned but is too ashamed to make public?
It’s one more reason to be careful with any “free” services online, whether they be email accounts, online word processors or free games installed on your phone (which are probably tracking your every move).
The old truism — There’s no such thing as a free lunch — is proving just as accurate in the Information Age as it always has been.
If you aren’t paying with money upfront, you’re paying some other way.
And it’s probably a lot more expensive than you think.
My Kinda Deal
Sometimes, you’ll hear us talk about different strategies to get something for free… or with zero money down… or something that will start turning a profit before you spend a single cent.
That might sound impossible. Like we’re trying to sell you a bill of goods (even though we’re not actually selling you a thing).
Well — for you skeptics out there, here’s one man who’s put his money — or lack of it — where our mouth is. He grabbed an income property in Los Angeles for $0 down. And he produced a 13-minute video telling you exactly how he did it.
Whether this is something you’d be interested in doing yourself or it’s outside your comfort zone, the video is worth a watch. Just to see how many possibilities really are out there.
Editor-in-chief, Unconventional Wealth
P.S. See any unconventional stories out in the world? Anything I’ve linked today make your blood boil? Drop me a line with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org — you just might make it into one of our mailbag issues.
Ryan Cole is the editor-in-chief of Unconventional Wealth. He’s been covering the alternative investment space for nearly a decade and writing about finance and investment for almost 20 years.
Ryan has walked the walk for years, living a very unconventional life. He’s led snowmobile tours through the mountains of Colorado, settled in Japan for five...