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Old 4th September 2012, 04:10 PM   #31
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Being a millionaire often isn't what it's cracked up to be:

More here, but you get the idea; the easiest way to have lots of money is to keep it rather than indulging in high budget audiophoolery.
'The Millionaire Next Door' feels a little dated these days doesn't it? The basic tenet of the book is that millionaires become wealthy by saving and investing. But in 2012 that's an uphill battle. There aren't many assets which pay more than 3% interest, and the stock market has basically been flat for the last twelve years.

Most of the millionaires I've met became rich nearly by accident; a lot of them got rich off of stock options. They basically woke up one day and found that their stock had gone from zero to a million overnight.
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Old 4th September 2012, 04:19 PM   #32
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The blog of the vendor selling the speakers has a neat looking HTPC case that's affordable:

Newegg.com - Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans

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Nice looking. Seems like 90% of the cases I see at Fry's are designed to draw as much attention to them as possible, which is really obnoxious if you have your PC in the living room.
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Old 16th September 2012, 04:52 AM   #33
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'The Millionaire Next Door' feels a little dated these days doesn't it?
I think it's a matter of perspective. Secular bears arguably want different investment techniques than secular bulls---see here for an intro and look back through the older essays on bulls, bears, and long valuation waves if you're curious about patterns and indicators---but I would say the basics don't change. It still comes down to ensuring one's income exceeds one's outgo, preserving capital, and making informed assessments of risk/return tradeoffs. Not that I'd mind a million dollar stock option windfall if one came my way...
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Old 16th September 2012, 05:03 AM   #34
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twest,
Sounds like one of my econ classes......Cost, return. investments and equity..... substitution, and just plain greed......
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Old 16th September 2012, 05:38 AM   #35
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Yup. I would wager most asset classes do better than high budget speakers, though.
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Old 16th September 2012, 06:04 AM   #36
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Not much return on investment on a $350,000 loudspeaker, not unless it has lots of gold platting. If something was a work of art that may be something, but a box doesn't meet that standard by far.
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