There is a cost to indexing that most investors are unaware of. It is called “reconstitution.” What is reconstitution and how may the costs involved be solved? What is an index? An index tracks changes in the markets – think of it kind of like a weather barometer. The first article below discusses how the reconstitution effect […]
Most people look at the benefits they would receive today when making their decision about when to begin receiving their Social Security. They also underestimate how long they may live unless they already have medical issues that are known to reduce longevity. These two impulses cause many couples to begin their benefits too early which […]
This brief slideshow discusses some elements necessary to recognize that our emotions and reactions to investing and markets often hurt results. Our brains are NOT wired for investing. Discipline and a focus on what you can control are important to success. There is an investing approach that is based on discipline and evidence from research in […]
Goodbye scanners! Apps have been out for some time that make scanning as easy as taking a picture. Then save it and send or share it. The best scanning apps for Android and iPhone. If you don’t have a scanner – one of these might be useful too. Microsoft Office Lens Microsoft Office Lens for Apple […]
Most people don’t know how their Social Security benefit is determined. Being unaware leads to this very common question – Will working longer increase, or decrease my Social Security benefit? Working longer, even part time, will NOT reduce your benefit. And in some cases, may increase your benefit. The below short article explains in […]
DOW 20,000. Is that good? Or is that bad? Guess what – this is simply another way point much like DOW 15,000 was, or DOW 10,000, or pick any DOW number. The Power of the Markets Markets don’t know your specific emotions and behaviors – so the markets march on ignoring them. It is best […]
When it comes to Social Security, divorce, remarriage and/or being a survivor of any spouse may get confusing. You’ve had a complicated life – what do you do when it comes to Social Security? Workers generally receive their own benefit based on their own work record IF that benefit is higher. Spouses may receive a spousal […]
There can be confusion about Federal Employees and Social Security about CSRS, FERS, and something called “CSRS offset.” Let’s see how these federal retirement plans interact with Social Security. The Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) was enacted in 1920 to give federal employees pension benefits at retirement. When the Social Security Act was passed in 1935, […]
Social Security does have a maximum payout called the Family Maximum. It may apply to families who are retired, family survivors, and families of a disabled person receiving benefits. There is a formula for the benefit which is complicated. Your Social Security statement specifies what the maximum benefit may be. The values the formula uses […]
Most people don’t realize (or do, but don’t plan for it) that, as a couple, there is lost income from Social Security automatically built in. I discussed examples in a post titled “Social Security and Survivor Considerations.” In this post, the question is … How much money* is needed to replace that lost income? First, the […]
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About Larry Frank Sr.
As an MBA and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, I help people make sensible plans for a successful retirement. I'm also the author of Wealth Odyssey, a book about financial planning. My retirement planning research is published periodically in the Journal of Financial Planning.
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