If you want to outperform the stock market, all you've got to is buy an S&P 500 index fund after your overall portfolio is up a marginal 0.1%. This way, you'll outperform the stock market for the year by at least 0.1%.
With your picture in Morningstar winning Fund Manager of The Year, you will start receiving tons of e-mails and phone calls from seemingly innocent women (and men) who want to jump your pants.
You will be shallow and respond to only the attractive ones who will immediately accept your invite to Aruba.
With the extra money you have at your disposal, there is nothing too expensive for you and your friends to indulge in. Life is good!
How To Outperform The Stock Market
Now that you know how to outperform the stock market, the key is for you to take advantage of the situation.
You've got the capital, bankers come flocking to you for more sexy investment products that aren't available to the general product. Structured Notes they pitch, with a minimum total investment of $100,000. “$100,000? Psssha. How about 1 meeeleon dollars as I'm big time now!“, you retort.
“As you wish sir!” responds the banker, as he gleefully calculates his $20,000 commission while you check the time on your IWC Big Pilot watch.
You sadistically wish the markets IMPLODE before the IPO date. You put a million bucks into the S&P500 Buffer PLUS structure note because it provides you 10% downside protection and 2X upside gains up to 22% over a 2-year time period.
Holy crap. Not only are you up 12% YTD for 2012, you get to put all your proceeds into such a product which gives you double the upside, and keeps you up even if the markets go down 12%? Thank you heavens!
You start feeling guilty because the game seems rigged. Why do you get to invest in these products while other people can't and have to suffer market losses?
Then you look back at your IWC and remind yourself of all the hours you spent reading books, going to school, studying the markets, and putting your balls on the line. “Screw the guilt! This is America, damn it!”, you shout as you transfer funds.
What About The Ladies Already?
Well shoot, we've already talked about this! There is a high correlation with how attractive your girlfriends are, and how ostentatiously wealthy you are. One you learn how to outperform the stock market, you will be instantly more attractive.
When you're outperforming, by definition you are doing better than your peers. With more money, you aren't counting pennies when you buy that $10 Cosmopolitan for the lady along with the $400 dinner.
Afterward, you won't be worried about taking her home to a one bedroom rental in the ghetto because you've got a swank pad at the St. Regis!
Women like to say that money doesn't matter, but that's probably because they aren't with a man with money. If you have man #1 who is: handsome, kind, funny, fit, and smart vs. man #2 who is: handsome, kind, funny, fit, smart and rich, man #1 will get shut out!
If you are a broke ass foolio who hasn't been saving, hasn't been studying, and hasn't been investing, you will not have a sexy girlfriend. Furthermore, if for some odd reason a hot woman is with you, you should bet your bottom dollar that she won't stay with you for very long.
When the juice runs low, they'll know it's time to go!
Resetting The Clock
Come the New Year, you're back to being a nobody, because your clients and the markets only care about what you've done for them lately. You only care about what you've done lately as well.
No matter, you're a grizzly veteran now and have Financial Samurai on your side to kick your nuts or squeeze your nipples, reminding you that you can never lose if you lock in a gain.
Investing takes discipline. You understand your risk-adjusted metrics because you really aren't investing for yourself. You're investing for your family, or your future family that you care so deeply about. The more you have, the more you have to lose.
It might take 10 years for you to build your investment nut, and just one year to lose half of it. You don't want that. You are not a donkey, but a savvy investor with an even-keeled mind.
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But, for as long as you live, you know a new year will come again.
Just remember, active investors tend to underperform passive investors over the long run. Just because you know how to outperform the stock market doesn't mean you will forever.
Manage Your Finances In One Place.
The best way to become financially independent and protect yourself is to get a handle on your finances by signing up with Empower. They are a free online platform which aggregates all your financial accounts in one place so you can see where you can optimize.
Before Empower, I had to log into eight different systems to track 25+ difference accounts (brokerage, multiple banks, 401K, etc) to manage my finances. Now, I can just log into Empower to see how my stock accounts are doing and how my net worth is progressing. I can also see how much I’m spending every month.
The best tool is their Portfolio Fee Analyzer which runs your investment portfolio through its software to see what you are paying. I found out I was paying $1,700 a year in portfolio fees I had no idea I was paying!
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There's no better free tool online to help you track your net worth, minimize investment expenses, and manage your wealth. Why gamble with your future?
Outperform Through Real Estate
If you outperform the stock market consistently, you are a rare breed. One thing you should consider is diversifying your investments in real estate. Real estate is much more stable, generates income, and provides shelter.
Stocks are fine, but stock yields are low and stocks are much more volatile. The -32% decline in March 2020 was the latest example. However, real estate held steady and appreciated in value then.
Take a look at my two favorite real estate crowdfunding platforms that are free to sign up and explore:
Fundrise: A way for accredited and non-accredited investors to diversify into real estate through private eFunds. Fundrise has been around since 2012 and has consistently generated steady returns, no matter what the stock market is doing.
CrowdStreet: A way for accredited investors to invest in individual real estate opportunities mostly in 18-hour cities. 18-hour cities are secondary cities with lower valuations, higher rental yields, and potentially higher growth due to job growth and demographic trends.
I've personally invested $954,000 in real estate crowdfunding across 18 projects to take advantage of lower valuations in the heartland of America. My real estate investments account for roughly 50% of my current passive income of ~$300,000.
Invest In Private Growth Companies
Finally, consider diversifying into private growth companies through an open venture capital fund. Companies are staying private for longer, as a result, more gains are accruing to private company investors. Finding the next Google or Apple before going public can be a life-changing investment.
Check out the Innovation Fund, which invests in the following five sectors:
- Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
- Modern Data Infrastructure
- Development Operations (DevOps)
- Financial Technology (FinTech)
- Real Estate & Property Technology (PropTech)
Roughly 35% of the Innovation Fund is invested in artificial intelligence, which I'm extremely bullish about. In 20 years, I don't want my kids wondering why I didn't invest in AI or work in AI!
The investment minimum is also only $10. Most venture capital funds have a $250,000+ minimum. In addition, you can see what the Innovation Fund is holding before deciding to invest and how much. Traditional venture capital funds require capital commitment first and then hope the general partners will find great investments.
About the Author:
Sam began investing his own money ever since he opened an online brokerage account online in 1995. Sam loved investing so much that he decided to make a career out of investing by spending the next 13 years after college working at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse Group. During this time, Sam received his MBA from UC Berkeley with a focus on finance and real estate.
In 2012, Sam was able to retire at the age of 34 largely due to his investments that now generate roughly $300,000 a year in passive income. He spends time playing tennis, hanging out with family, consulting for leading fintech companies, and writing online to help others achieve financial freedom.
If you've been investing since 2009, you are a hero compared to so many others who just spent everything they made without any discipline. If you have financially achieve financial freedom, then the ideal financial scenario is steady returns, low volatility.