Should you really do nothing amid all this market volatility? It depends on your age

My Comments: There are some well known market pundits out there whose advice can be taken seriously. But not always. We know historically stocks outperform most other kinds of traditional investments over time. That if you are accumulating money to use in the future, and that future is a few decades down the road, then …

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Equity-Indexed Annuities As a Retirement Strategy

My Comments: We know for a fact that very little in life is free. And that’s certainly the case with annuities. Add to that they’re hard to understand, and are often sold for reasons that are not always in the best interest of the buyer. None of that, however, means you shouldn’t consider annuities when …

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The Dow’s tumbles may raise fears, but you should still own stocks

My Comments: I strongly agree with this advice. If you plan to use the money invested to help pay for your retirement, the only additional consideration is whether you need income today from the money invested or whether it’s likely to be 10 years or more down the road. Financial decisions, which obviously includes investing …

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The 6 Best Vanguard Funds to Own in a Bear Market

My Comments: Much of my retirement money is at Vanguard. At some point I’m going to decide we’ve hit bottom and move it back into Vanguard growth funds or ETFs. But right now, if you have the courage of your convictions, here are five low cost funds that you can use. If you are still …

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After midterm election, focus on the ‘healthy’ 30%-plus correction headed for stocks

My Comments: We’re now almost three weeks past the midterm results. And the markets have been mostly negative. Now the discussion is about how far it will drop, and when, before the inevitable bottom and return to reality. My frustration is that I’ve been expecting a severe drop now for over 3 years; it makes …

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Do You Know These Basic Financial Terms?

My Comments: The lack of financial literacy for most people is an existential risk when thinking about money and the role it plays in peoples everyday lives. And it becomes even greater when the idea of retirement surfaces and what has to be put in place long before that day arrives. Here’s a start… by …

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Forget the 4% Retirement Rule…

My Comments: With much of my time these days building a new business around retirement planning, the question of how long your money will last has huge implications. The 4% rule evolved in years past using the assumption that it would keep you from running out of money before you died. That assumption is not …

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