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A Brief History of Doom.

Well written, easy to read, no financial background required, on why financial crises happen. The author puts together a very well-developed argument as what causes financial crises by looking at many historical events worldwide and piecing together the data to support this insight. Note: This post was written some months ago and scheduled to post […]

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Retirement Income – A book Review

Fundamentally Wade’s work, in his newest book, is a great summary of a lot of research so far in this nascent field of withdrawing from assets to supplement retirement income. “How Much Can I Spend in Retirement?: A Guide to Investment-Based Retirement Income Strategies (The Retirement Researcher’s Guide Series)” by Wade D Pfau, available at […]

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Factor Based Investing

Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing – Review

What are factors for investing? How are they determined? Why are they useful? Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing: The Way Smart Money Invests Today Paperback – October 7, 2016 by Andrew L Berkin and Larry E Swedroe discusses this. What are factors? “A numerical characteristic or set of characteristics common across a broad set […]

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Clash of pundits

Swayed or confused by media or financial pundits? What’s really happening?

What many take for financial news is actually processed and packaged for entertainment and advertising. Clash of the Financial Pundits by Joshua M Brown and Jeff Macke provide an inside look and discussion with many of the popular talking heads on financial shows. It is hard to separate news from noise – and most of […]

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ready to retire

“So You Think You are Ready to Retire?”

Thoughts of retirement are typically about the financial aspects of retirement. Typically, the other things to think about are forgotten or little understood. Even while aging in retirement, people are unsure about what they’re experiencing and how to relate to those experiences. Now, there’s a great book that talks about everything, with very little about money, in […]

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financial literacy

Summer Money stuff for teens – when they’re bored

School’s out. For most, after about the second week, they’re bored! I’m often asked what are good resources for parents to help teach their children about money and personal finance. Here are 7 ideas compiled by Wall Street Journal: Financial Reading Your Teen Wont Tune Out – Books on Amazon: 1000 Smart Money Secrets […]

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William Bernstein on Deep Risk, Shallow Risk, and Investing for the Long-Term

What are the many kinds of investment risks? Most people think of the risk of losing their money. William Bernstein dissects this simple view into many different shades of risk and astutely discusses that not all risks are of equal possibility. So while some may worry about a certain risk, they should also consider how […]

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