2018: A Year in Review Pt I

Updated: Dec 19, 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, the time has come to reflect on the 365 days past. As we know, FinTwit loves a good list and I would be lying if I said I didn’t too. The next few weeks I will be highlighting some of my best takeaways from this year including everything from advice to products, trades, and more.

For those who have left the Christmas shopping to the last minute and are in need of good ideas, today’s post may bring the answer to your problems.

Kicking off the lists:

Top 10 Newly Adopted Products

Every item on this list has exemplified excellent quality and usefulness in my day-to-day life. I have been so happy with my adoption of their use that I felt compelled to share them with the world.

1. Maruman Spiral Notebook // OHTO Sharp Pencil

These two go hand in hand (literally.) I am guilty of overbuying notebooks, planners and the like with low use rates. This notebook however has lasted me the whole year and I attribute my dedication of use to their quality. If you are looking to pick up journaling or note-taking these are a must have.


Financial analytical tools are expensive and complex, and Rob Koyfman & Rich Meatto wanted to change that. Previous strategists, analysts and traders themselves they created Koyfin to provide all investors affordable and intuitive analytical tools for markets research. Their goal is to educate and empower investors with professional-grade tools and dashboards to help them make more informed investment decisions. If you have ever dreamed of having a Terminal, Koyfin is even better. The product is currently available for free for personal use.

3. Withings Steel HR Watch

If you are anything like me and want the capabilities of a smart watch without losing the charm of a classic watch the Steel HR from Withings is the perfect solution. With heart rate monitoring, step counting, activity tracking and smart phone notifications you get all of the best smart features in a waterproof classic style watch. The charge usually lasts me a good 3 weeks to boot. I received this as a gift last Christmas and it is worth it's weight in gold.

4. Cole Haan Grand Pro

If Cole Haan knows one thing, it is how to make a shoe. The Grand Pro Tennis sneaker is available for men and women in a variety of colors of which I have several. The sneakers are light and comfortable. They provide a classic look for work, dressing up, or dressing down.

5. Product Hunt

I am always on the lookout for the next big thing, whether it be an investment opportunity or for personal use. Product Hunt is a Godsend. It surfaces the best new products, every day. It's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations. You can access it through the web as well as an app version.

6. Glass Gallon Water Jug

Sometimes the most basic old school products find their way back into your home and you can't remember how it was you ever lived without them. That is the glass gallon jug for me. I had been looking everywhere for a safe pitcher filter before realizing it just doesn't exist. They are all made of plastic and none of them do the job of a $$$ full on installed system. With the glass jug and a trip to Whole Foods you can fill up with the best filtered, alkalized, or ionized water out there during your weekly grocery trip all without worrying about toxins from your plastic container seeping into your drinking water. I copped a jug from Whole Foods for $13 but they are also available on Amazon for a similar price.

7. Agon Posture Corrector

Between cell phone use and the daily grind of starring at my computer screen I am almost constantly positioned in a hunched state. This year I decided to slow down the rate at which I am turning into a hunch back by purchasing a posture corrector. I can't tell you how amazed I have been by the results. I wear mine for 15 minutes a day - usually while sitting at my desk. In less than a week I was already receiving comments about how excellent my posture was. At under $25 why wouldn't you add this to your daily routine?

8. Wakelet

I get asked all the time how I keep track of all my content. My answer? Wakelet. Not only does it allow you to easily save content for later viewing, but also provides you a way to organize it all by collection, share with others, and the ability to embed it on a website (as seen on The Delusional Trader). With the shift from mindless social to added value, I think Wakelet has big upside potential. Visit or download the app to get started.

9. iMuto 30,000 mAh Power Bank

Who knew something so small could be so key? This little power bank will save you whenever you are in a bind or on the road. With 30,000mAh it has the ability to charge a phone, headset, tablet or even some laptops. It helped me trek across Europe and survive the miserable existence of owning a battery depleted iPhone 6. Without a doubt a stocking stuffer they won't forget.

10. Stoop

Honestly, I do not know how I survived before Stoop. Jk I do, but it was awful. If you are sick of your inbox filling up with newsletters, but still want the option to receive a read them - Stoop is your answer. Stoop will create an email address that allows you to access your newsletters easily through its app. The UI is an aesthetic dream and my inbox is finally clear for person-to-person contact only.

I hope you enjoy my favorite products as much as I have! Stay tuned for more 2018 highlights next week....


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