I do the following with my money
Keep enough to pay off my student loans after they come out of deferrment in 18 months. You can defer your student loans for 3 years while you’re in Taiwan. PM me for details
Max out my Roth IRA yearly
Keep 6 months living expenses in an interest bearing acct.
Keep it in US dollars
I read or use the following websites financial information:
www.fool.com (free registration required)
www.vanguard.com (cheapest fees for index funds, read fool.com to learn about those)
www.netstockdirect.com (You don’t necessarily need to pay commissions or have a broker to invest in stocks, learn the beauty of DRIPs and direct purchase plans)
If I wasn’t looking into starting my own business, I would be investing in DRIPs again. It’s hard to legally establish a business in Taiwan though. I don’t trust the Taiwanese gov’t as they have a tendency to play with the exchange rate out of my favor. I have 3 months to work it out and then I’ll know how my investment priorities change. If skip on doing a business here, than it will be pay off student loans and start on DRIPs after I max out my IRA for 2003.