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Risk versus Security and your money.

The terms risk and security are heard a lot when discussing money. Most people think of risk as the value of money going up or down, and usually down coming to mind when associated with risk. Security may be thought of as the ability to spend on things important to you, what those important things […]

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You’d never guess what factor is most important for retirement income!

You’d never guess what factor is most important for retirement income!

What is the most sensitive factor in the computation of retirement income? Time! It is the one input that is largely ignored. Time … or better said, aging …  has succumbed through the common use of a fixed age such as 95 or 100. You may click on the graph to enlarge it (hold shift key […]

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How safe is your IRA? Not from the markets, but from the State!

I discussed how inheritances can go amuck and the heirs don’t get the inheritance – the State does. This can happen while you’re still alive too! Did you know that the State can claim your IRA (or any account for that matter) due to inactivity?   A couple of articles to drive the issue home: Protect client […]

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DOW 20,000 … the more things change, the more they stay the same!

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 […]

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How might you replace lost income as a survivor?

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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Just where does the fear of outliving our money come from? Part I

You see the headline all the time that has something to do with basically these four words: Risk, Outliving, Longevity and Money. The viewpoint that you may outlive your money because of increasing longevity (people are living longer) is based on a faulty assumption! That assumption is built into calculations the profession uses when estimating retirement […]

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College Scorecard website and more

The College Scorecard website, from the U.S. Department of Education, helps high school students, and others, find and compare colleges and universities across the country based of various search characteristics. Results have been revamped to show average cost of attending, graduation rates, and average graduate salaries compared to the national average. Another website is Educate to […]

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Rent vs Buy? What are the considerations?

Before you consider obtaining more debt for a mortgage, how much mortgage should you get? Lenders look at what is called your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio (with target ratio percentages). So what is your DTI ratio? This calculator determines your DTI for you and also discusses the various considerations debt may have. Both sites above help […]

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Paying off Student Debt.

While most people think of college planning this time of year meaning the beginning of college, what are your payment options for student debt once you’ve graduated? Student debt that you have under the present day Federal programs is NOT the same as private debt most people are familiar with. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has […]

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Tapping a 401k – is it age 55 or 59 1/2? Strategy?

Most people are aware of the 59 1/2 age rule to begin withdrawing money from an IRA without tax penalty. Few are aware that age 55 is when this applies to a 401k. What are your options? Caveat (of course): you need to have left your employer – how doesn’t matter – at 55 or […]

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