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Do you really know who you WILL be?

It is human nature not to be very good at imagining our future selves. Scientists call this “temporal discounting” (temporal discounting on Wikipedia). Various experiments have shown that we either imagine our future selves to be healthier, richer, or more disciplined than we turn out to be, or we feel disconnected from our future selves, thinking […]

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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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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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Spending Shocks, Budgets and Savings: Working and Retired

Whether you are still working, or retired, most people haven’t structured their budgets for spending shocks. In truth if you spend less than you could, regardless of working or retired, you build in a buffer that helps keep stress on your financial life lower. Most recognize the below as logical. Yet, many spend everything that comes […]

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Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective by Thomas Sowell

“Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective” by Thomas Sowell is a great read for deeper insight into what may cause inequality and how that may even be defined in the first place. In plain English, Sowell discusses how wealth and income was distributed differently in times past. For example how ancient Rome far exceeded […]

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Are There Any Disadvantages Associated With Paying off a Mortgage Early?

People tend to dislike debt of any kind. They also tend to believe that they don’t own their home until the mortgage is paid off. One should distinguish the different kinds of debt into good, necessary and bad. Mortgages are actually in the good debt category (rather than restate reasons, you may read the distinctions […]

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How Should You Buy a Car in Retirement?

You are retired and need to replace your car. How do you do that? Buy it with cash? Or get a loan? The answer is not a simple as one might think – it depends on how old you are and how expensive the loan and/or car are. This question refers to those who are […]

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Good Debt Vs. Bad Debt @AdviceIQ

Not that long ago, when people needed extra large sums of money, their home equity was their go-to source of loans. After the housing crisis, home equity almost went the way of the dodo bird. Then, the new popular source to borrow from became 401(k)s. However, borrowing to expand your standard of living is NOT SUSTAINABLE! People […]

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