Author Archives: Wanderer

Wandering Life
Some Things I’ve Learned

Things I’ve Learned While Sailing and Driving Around the World In 2003, at the age of twenty-nine, my wife and I went from living and working in downtown Chicago, to pre-retirement and sailing around the … read more Some Things I’ve Learned

The Shiller PE Ratio

What is the Shiller P/E Ratio? When discussing the Shiller P/E ratio we first have to discuss a typical P/E ratio. A normal P/E ratio is simply Price divided by Earnings. This is calculated by … read more The Shiller PE Ratio

Black Gold

Why are gas prices so high? One thing Americans share in common is the love for the open road. Whatever the mode of transportation, Americans love to go places. But, one look at the current … read more Black Gold


Abra Cadabra, Shrinkflation! By now we should all know what inflation is. When our government “prints” a bunch of money, you can’t expect prices to remain the same. The price of everything goes up. But … read more Shrinkflation

Stock Trading Basics
Wash Sales

The Wash Sale A wash sale occurs when you sell a security for a loss, then turn around and buy it (or something very similar) again within 30 days. The wash sale rule is an … read more Wash Sales

The Bid/Ask Spread

Going to the Market Definition The bid/ask spread is the difference in price between the price a buyer is willing to pay (the bid), and the price a seller is welling to sell (the ask). … read more The Bid/Ask Spread

Stock Trading Basics
Still a Buy? Portfolio Breakdown

Is It a Buy or a Hold? One of the most common questions we get at Wanderer goes something like this, “I missed the trade alert on Monday. I see the price of ABC is … read more Still a Buy? Portfolio Breakdown

WON Trading Update

If you missed the first post explaining WON—Wanderer Options Navigator, please give that a read first. After a few months worth of trades, it is a good time to review our results. During this period … read more WON Trading Update

Financial Lessons and Investing Basics for Kids
Kids Investing—Two-Year Anniversary

Time—A Kid’s Best Friend It has already been two years since I started this series on Kids Investing. In 2019 we made a $5,000 deposit into each of my kids’ new Stockpile accounts, and off … read more Kids Investing—Two-Year Anniversary

Wondering How To Get Started?

Where Do I Begin? So you’ve accepted that taking control of your finances is something that you need to do. Now, where to begin… Before you start taking steps to bring your finances under your … read more Wondering How To Get Started?