ILAB 81 – New Year’s Investing Updates, Plans, and Goals for 2018

“Diversification preserves wealth, but concentration builds wealth”

Warren Buffett

Invest Like A Boss podcast hosts, Sam Marks and Johnny FD, have been discussing new ways to invest money all throughout the year. They are entrepreneurs who find new investment strategies for their hard-earned money. As another year starts, they share updates on their investments and how their money grew over the years.

On this episode, Sam and Johnny reveal the changes in both their assets from various investment platforms they ventured in. They also share their investment plans and goals for 2018 as well as the lessons they learned from the previous year. Sam and Johnny give away tips and strategies on how to increase your net worth. Also, check out the books that they recommend that will surely help you grow financially. Let’s welcome the year with new lessons, new plans, and new goals!

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ILAB 81 Show Notes



We ended the year with the above portfolios, Johnny’s focused on building wealth, and Sam’s focused on preserving capital. Johnny is heavily weighted in stocks where he can grow wealth and enjoy long-term capital gains (15% tax vs. 39% ordinary income tax), while keeping cash readily available for great investment opportunities. Sam is invested across many asset classes to get more uncorrelated investments (reducing drawdown) and generating multiple streams of income.

All in all, propelled by the stock market being up big, it has been our best investing year thus far. We have applied the principles and lessons learned through 80 episodes and definitely made smarter investing decisions.

Some Big Winners This Year!

ArtofFX, up 20% – ArtofFX continued to be one of our leading investments finishing the year strong, with its 3rd straight year of double-digit returns. Run by the lead traders Brian and Teng, ArtofFX was Johnny and Sam’s first true alternative investment and has had handsome returns. Check out episode 69 for an update on their company and the FX world.

Bitcoin, up 1500% – it’s crazy to be speaking of returns of this scale, and it’s definitely not typical, nor is it a typical asset class. Anyone investing and holding crypto-currencies this year likely did very well as did Sam and Johnny.

Vanguard, 16% – Johnny’s Vanguard account, which is weighted heavily in stocks, had a great performance this year. Johnny was able to craft a profolio of index funds through some of our early episodes on asset allocation and has been able to stick with this strategy as a long term plan.

MapleTree REITs, up 30% – Sam’s MapleTree Logistics (and) Industrial REITS were both up 30% respectively while paying a healthy dividend of 6% along the way. Totalling more than 5% of his total investable assets, these were big earners this year.

PeerStreet, up 9.5% – Johnny’s account had its 2nd great year in the row. We particularly love this as the durations are short so that there is always principle being paid back, interest payments arrive monthly, and they have never experienced a loss of lender principle.

Wealthfront, up 21%. Sam’s Wealthfront account outperformed his Vanguard and personal trading Etrade account. There is definitely a lot under the hood at Wealthfront and we recommend this for buy-and-hold investors, especially less experienced investors.

Fundrise, up 9% – the guys Fundrise accounts continued to perform paying out quarterly dividends and growing appreciation in the fund’s NAV. We love this investment but will not be able to fully evaluate it until our principal is repaid in the years to come.

**we’ve also had some big wins in our alternative and private equity investments. Stay tuned to our New Year’s episode coming out next week to hear some of these in full review.

Some of Our Favorite Investments

If you are looking for some new investments in 2018, you may use our links below and get preferential offers to some of our favorite investments while also supporting the show!

ArtofFX – start with just a $10,000 account (reduced from $25,000)

Fundrise – start with only $1,000 into their REIT funds (non-accredited investors OK)

PeerStreet – get a 1% yield bump on your first loan

Wealthfront – get your first $15,000 managed free

Betterment – get up to 1 year managed free

Robinhood get a free stock for signing up


The Hottest Topic?

Like it, love it, or hate it, Crypto-currencies were by far the hottest topic of the year. Some of our listeners become financially independent this year with his asset class alone. We recorded some great episodes to stay current on what is happening in the industry.

Bitcoin, Crypto-Currencies, and how to profit with Chris Dunn

Bitcoin Vs. Ethereum with Ivan on Tech

Bitcoin 101 – with Johnny and Sam

Mining for Bitcoin with MGTCI President Steve Schaeffer


Podcast Episode’s 2018 Review

In 2017, we recorded 35 new episodes, and were able to get on some of our ILAB bucket list guests. Outside of our Cryptocurrency episodes, here were some of our most popular episodes this past year.

Demographics & Bubbles with Harry Dent

Investing the Robo Way with Wealthfront CEO Andy Rachleff

The #1 Rule of Investing with Phil Town

How anyone can retire in 10 years or less with Todd Tresidder

$15 million to Zero and Back with James Altucher

Turnkey Real Estate Investing vs. REITs with Matt Bowles


Our Trails

It was another whirlwind year in our personal lives being location independent. A mixture of loving new places and adventures, along with not having a better idea of where to setup a more permanent base fueled another year of passport stamps accumulation.

Sam = South Carolina >> Florida >> Tahoe >> California >> Netherlands >>France >> Spain >> Andorra >> Ireland >> Thailand >> Hong Kong >> Vietnam >> Korea >> California

Johnny = Bangkok >> Taiwan >> Chiang Mai >> Bali >> Barcelona >> Dublin >> Germany >> Ukraine >> Gran Canaria >> Florida >> California >> Thailand

Through the travels we were able to catch up with some great people in the investing space…

*At PeerStreet’s new office in Manhattan Beach


*with Dr. Marc Faber in Thailand


2018 seems is looking to be more of the same. Stay tuned for our future travel plans and ILAB meet-ups around the globe


Reading List

We both got heavily into Audible this year to kick our book reading into high gear. Here are some of our favorite books we read this year:

Poor Richard’s Almanac

Dual Momentum Investing

Life 3.0

Surviving AI


Happy City


If you have not used Audible yet, we highly recommend it. You can set up an account and get your first book free with this link:

Thank you all for your support, and if you have any ideas or suggestions please write us at, otherwise, we will speak to you all in the Boss Lounge!


Time Stamps:

08:22 – Asset allocation in 2017

12:01 – Bitcoin Returns this year

14:59 – High risk –High return investments

16:04 – Public Equity Markets

19:32 – REITs

22:08 – Regrets for 2017

25:14 – Johnny’s 2016 & 2017 income

28:24 – Lessons learned

40:29 – Books to check out for 2018

51:20 – Investment plans for 2018

56:09 – Goals and Resolution


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