Small Fees Can Have A Big Impact On Retirement Accounts

My Comments: We live where the economic model is capitalism. There is no fundamental economic incentive beyond making money for those who provide goods and services to the general public. From time to time, society has found it appropriate to create transparency or to regulate a level of transparency that effectively mitigates against financial abuse. …

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How Are Spousal Benefits Calculated for Social Security?

My Comments: As with most Social Security calculations, this one is also prone to misinterpretation and mistakes made. My wife and I are an example. I claimed at my FRA (full retirement age) but my wife, 4 years younger, did not. We’re not sure why that happened but for whatever reason, she elected to file …

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Republicans Hate Deficits. Or at Least That’s What They Claim

My Comments: First my apologies for those of you who have little understanding of economics. You are clearly not alone as this article suggests. I’m reasonably well versed, having studied it since I was a college sophmore some 50 plus years ago. I consider Paul Krugman among the foremost authorities on global economics and his …

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Got a will? Here are 11 more end-of-life documents you may need

My Comments: Most of you know that I’m now semi-retired. My transition to full retirement is ongoing and may not happen until my lights go out. This outcome is more and more common these days. Many millions of us are not ready to fully retire and we find ways to continue doing what we’ve done …

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The Crippling Cost of Self-Insuring Long-Term Care

My Comments: Long Term Care, often reduced to the acronym LTC, means that someone, perhaps you, have developed mental and/or physical limitations that require the assistance of others to get through a 24 hour day. Care may come from a family member or from professionals, but unless you plan to die soon, you may need …

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Getting Ready to Start Your Retirement

My Comments: The woods are full of people attempting to help you prepare for your retirement. Almost all of them want to give you investment advice which may or may not be good advice. It’s an accepted fact that life in 21st Century America is better with more money than it is with less money. …

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How a 12-year Vanguard win streak makes it the ‘Amazon of wealth management’

My Comments: For the vast majority of us, mutual funds ( and sometimes ETFs) are the default financial tool when it comes to growing our money for the future. For about 100 years now, mutual funds have evolved and spread to become ubiquitous in the world of investing money. In my opinion, Vanguard, as a …

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