Disney Raises Prices Yet Again

Disney just announced, in what has become an annual tradition, that it is raising prices for Disneyland tickets 10.4%, such that the a single day Disneyland ticket will now cost $149, and annual passes will now cost a low of $399 to a high of $1,949. This is roughly in line with the typical Disney experience over the past generation or so, as Disneyland has raised its priced by 9.8% annually since 1993.

Disney has again raised the prices of attendance for its Disneyland-themed resorts at a double-digit clip. While this does put the dream out of a Disney vacation out of reach for many American families, it speaks to strength of being in the position of a DIS shareholders who gets to reap the rewards of these perpetual annual price increases.

When I talk to you about brand power regarding investments, this is what I mean. What businesses can … Read the rest of this article!

“If You Don’t Work On Saturday, You Don’t Eat On Saturday”

I was recently talking with a waitress at a bar I frequent often enough for the waitress to know me by name, and I remarked to her that she must have been working a lot lately because she has been there just about every time I have ever been there. She replied that she works every chance she gets, saying, “If you don’t work on Saturday, You Don’t Eat on Saturday.”

Applying that line to personal finance, I once again received a real-life look at what delayed gratification is all about, and why I try to use my disposable income to buy cash-generating assets.

When you own no cash-producing assets—no stocks, no bonds, no real estate—you must work to make money. If you work 10 hours per day at $10 per hour, you’re getting a little bit less than $100 that day, depending on your personal tax adjustments. That sucks … Read the rest of this article!