How Basic Chess Tactics Can Help You Make More Money

How Basic Chess Tactics Can Help You Make More Money

Applying basic chess tactics to running your finances can help you become a better investor. How? Here are some examples: Look at the whole board One of Grandmaster Susan Polgar’s most important lessons when coaching chess is to “look at the whole board.” In both chess and investing, you need to base your decisions not only on your current situation but also on the big picture. While the squares directly in front of you may seem to be totally clear from any danger, other squares that are slightly further away may be more perilous for you. Similarly, when you make investment decisions, look at the long term as well as at your current situation. Take small steps to success Very often, a game of chess is won through taking small steps rather than through sweeping, dramatic moves. A good strategy is to build up both your attack and defense gradually, accumulating small advantages along the way. Similarly, as an investor, you need to take small steps, such as putting away regular savings and contributing to retirement accounts. When you take small steps to increase savings, you let the magic of compound interest and time work to your advantage. Review your strategy Chess players continually review the tactics and strategies they employ on the board in order to improve their game. In the same way, you should review your finances on a regular basis. Life, like the chessboard, is always in motion, so make sure that your financial plan continues to be relevant for your personal situation. By making regular financial reviews, you’ll have a better grasp as to when... Click for more
What Do Warren Buffett and Susan Polgar Have in Common – Rich As A King Episode 141

What Do Warren Buffett and Susan Polgar Have in Common – Rich As A King Episode 141

What tactics do Warren Buffett and Susan Polgar use when making investing decisions and playing chess? How can an investing tactic be applied to chess, or vice versa? Discover why Warren Buffett says you should invest within your circle of competence and how building a “moat” protects your chess pieces and also the stocks in which you... Click for more
How to Protect Your Money from a Market Crash

How to Protect Your Money from a Market Crash

Market crashes are inevitable. Just as they happened in the past, they are also likely to occur again in the future. So what should you do to protect yourself from a volatile market? Chess strategy can help you deal with volatile markets The following anecdote, from the world of chess, provides an insight on how to deal with a bad situation (like a market crash) when it occurs: In November 1986, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) decided to intervene in the chess rating system. In an unprecedented event, they granted all woman chess players 100 extra bonus points – except for Susan Polgar. They claimed that since she competed mainly against men, she did not need the extra points. Besides the unfairness and humiliation that it caused, FIDE’s decision hurt Susan’s ranking and she was displaced from the top of the list of world-class chess players. But instead of giving up, Susan continued to work hard to regain her top position. She earned her Grandmaster title and became the world champion. Susan’s sudden and unexpected loss of her rating could be compared to a stock market crash, which can also be unpredictable and sudden. If your stock portfolio takes a dive, it is important to hold onto your stocks if the fundamentals are still sound. The moral of both Susan’s story and how to react to a downward trend in the market is the same: bad things will happen, but if you give into despair it will be difficult to get back on course again. Is there anything you can do before the market crashes? While moving on and... Click for more
Can Using This Chess Technique Increase Your Chances of a Successful Retirement? – Rich As A King Episode 139

Can Using This Chess Technique Increase Your Chances of a Successful Retirement? – Rich As A King Episode 139

A “fork” is a chess technique that involves using a single piece to attack two targets simultaneously. How does this move work, and how can you apply it to retirement planning? Listen to this financial podcast to get tips and advice on how to utilize your assets to achieve more than one investment goal at a... Click for more
How to Win in Chess… and in Personal Finance

How to Win in Chess… and in Personal Finance

What makes a player win in chess? Is there a special, secret formula that always guarantees victory? As chess is a multifaceted game, there’s no one uniform tactic or strategy that works for every single player all the time. Every player has his or her own unique style of play. What works for one player may not work as well for another. However, despite their differences, people who win in chess have one thing in common. What is it? The secret ingredient to make you win Grandmaster Aaron Nimzowitsch said, “Many men, many styles. What is chess style, but the intangible expression of the will to win?” In other words, it’s not enough to memorize dozens of possible chess moves. You need to have the will and determination to win the game. Chances are that in any single game you lose several valuable pieces along the way, and you’ll have to change strategies mid-game. But if you‘re determined and believe you can win, you won’t give up, and will play the game to its end. The will to win also helps you succeed in finance The financial world is similar to the chessboard. While it’s obviously harder to get on your feet after sustaining a financial loss than it is to restart a failed game of chess, you still need the will to win to become a successful investor. The market may have its ups and downs, but don’t give up. If you are determined to “win,” (read: prepare for a financially successful life) you need to keep reassessing your investing strategies and tactics as you go along. As... Click for more
What You Need to Know Before You Take on Student Debt – Rich As A King Episode 133

What You Need to Know Before You Take on Student Debt – Rich As A King Episode 133

Higher education is a great investment for your future, but is it worth taking on student debt? How much debt is your degree worth, and how will you repay it? This financial podcast warns you about two major pitfalls of student loans. If you already have student debt, download a free tool to help you accelerate paying it back.... Click for more