Are you over age 70 ½? Do you have Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) where you don’t need the money for everyday expenses? Do you have charitable interests? Recall many charitable contributions may be tax deductible. If not applicable to you, do you know someone these questions may apply? The first question asks age 70 ½ […]
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1-minute video: What’s the Difference Between a Will and a Living Trust?
1-minute video: What’s the Difference Between a Will and a Living Trust? Please enjoy this 1-minute video (for those receiving this by email: please click on the blog title line above to view). A deeper discussion about the topic of estate planning may also be found here rather than repeat it here. The linked article […]
1-minute video: Do You Need a Durable Power of Attorney?
Please enjoy this 1-minute video (for those receiving this by email: please click on the blog title line above to view). A Durable Power of Attorney, may be a separate document or prepared as part of a larger estate plan through a living trust. A general power of attorney is different than a durable one. […]
1-Minute Video: How to Set and Keep Financial Goals
Please enjoy this 1-minute video (for those receiving this by email: please click on the blog title line above to view). The video discusses the fundamentals of goal setting. But where (what) is the goal post for retirement planning as a goal? There’s more to it than simply saying I’ll retire and income will come […]
How Social Security Benefits Keep Up with Inflation for Those Working or Retired
With inflation dominating the news, people may be developing more than a passing interest in how the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is figured for inflation’s effects on the loss of purchasing power of each dollar. Whether it’s a matter of simple curiosity or an effort to maximize benefits through strategic claiming, people should know […]
Kittens, Lions and Black Swans
There is no getting by our emotions at any time, especially when it comes to investing. The same brain chemicals and responses to kittens (friendly), or lions (fear) right in front of us, also happen when we look at our investments; good markets (friendly) and bad markets (fear). Add to fears of misbehaving markets, are recessions, inflation (or […]
What’s the AIM of both investing and planning?
The aim of retirement planning while working is to accumulate shares. The aim of retirement planning once retired is to conserve shares! Both working or retired, the aim is share management! The value of each share goes up and down over time. Shares are the store of wealth. Dollars are simply a measure of spending […]
Timeless nuggets of wisdom! Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness
Psycholology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed and Happiness by Morgan Housel is a timeless work about how our feelings, emotions and interactions with money often results in different outcomes for different people – because people are different. So, insights into how to think and behave about money is instructive. You may think you […]
What are the Three Paradigms of Retirement Income Planning?
When you Google “retirement planning” you typically get results about 401ks or investing. On the search topic of retirement, you get few results on how to plan for, transition into, and/or prudently sustain income once retired. The term “retirement” brings to mind, and Google finds results on, the savings and investing part. However, the use […]
1-minute video: Is (a Little) Debt a Good Thing?
1-minute video: Is (a Little) Debt a Good Thing? Please enjoy this 1-minute video (for those receiving this by email: please click on the blog title line above to view). I make a subtle, but important distinction, with debt categories in the post “Basic Steps to Reducing Debt.” I refer to both education and car […]