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WHEN are investments for?

Most people understand to some degree, what investments are for – presumably for “their goal,” whatever that goal may be. Most people though, miss the difference between what and when investments are for. So, what is the when of investing? Investing by definition means money for the future; contributions buy shares for the future, and shares […]

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The Cost of Tracking any Index

Indexes were originally developed in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s, as a barometer to what markets were doing overall, rather than trying to determine trends of the cumulative market by looking at different specific stocks making up the market; because, some stocks may fall, and others may rise in price, but what is the overall […]

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Already receiving Social Security – you might need a check up!

Security Planning isn’t just for people who haven’t claimed yet. People who are already receiving Social Security often forget about other benefits they may be entitled to after having filed. The wise owl circles back to review things they’ve done in the past to be sure something wasn’t forgotten! This is not second guessing – it […]

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Dimensional via a short video (4 of 4)

What makes Dimensional different? Applying Science to Investing. What are those ideas that came from the rigors of scientific research in finance? Which are the ideas worth paying attention to? This four-part video series will provide insights into those answers.Please click on box below to start your video.     Part 1 of the series. […]

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Dimensional via a short video (3 of 4)

What makes Dimensional different? Applying Science to Investing. This four-part video series will provide insights into these answers. The origins of Dimensional. Implementing great ideas from finance science that are rooted in academia. Please click on box below to start your video.       Part 1 of the series.  Part 2 of the series. Note: […]

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Dimensional via a short video (2 of 4)

What makes Dimensional different? Applying Science to Investing. This four-part video series will provide insights into those answers. It all began in the classroom with professors and students. Please click on box below to start your video.       Part 1 of the series.   Note: Your RSS feed or email may not show […]

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Dimensional via a short video (1 of 4)

What makes Dimensional different? Applying Science to Investing. This four-part video series will provide insights into those answers. The science behind uncovering where returns come from. Please click on box below to start your video.         Note: Your RSS feed or email may not show the embedded part of this blog … […]

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Social Security and Survivor Considerations

Did you know that Social Security for couples has a built in pay cut for survivors? How does that happen? Retirement has three basic phases for couples: Phase 1: Both are here – Retirement Plan. Phase 2: One is here as the survivor – Survivor Plan. Phase 3: Neither are here – Estate Plan. Most couples […]

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Can you “restrict” your Social Security now?

Did you turn 62 by 1 Jan 2016? Your options later if you didn’t. If you did turn 62 by then … … you retain the ability to claim just your spousal benefits (Why? answer later) from your spouses Social Security record when you turn 66 or later (called restricted claim for spousal benefits). With a couple of […]

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Is File and Suspend Dead for Social Security?

Okay, the first part of the new Social Security rules* has gone by – we’re into May now and you may have read already about the demise of File and Suspend. Rather than talk about what one could have done (a moot point), I’ll discuss what works now. I’m writing this in early February thinking […]

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