The US could lose its crown as the world’s most powerful economy as soon as next year, and it’s unlikely to ever get it back

My Comments: It’s my belief that the current administration, in their efforts to Make America Great Again, are doing it wrong. From efforts to remake NAFTA, not participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, misguided tariff policies, efforts to limit immigration as existing Americans are having fewer children, tax laws that serve to benefit the already rich …

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Will Social Security Be Around for Your Grandchildren?

My Comments: Maybe. But without some changes, what they get may be very different from what folks are getting today. I’ve written several times about how to fix the system without pushing the economy into chaos. Just know that the longer the wait until changes are made, the more disruptive it will be for everyone. …

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Lawmakers Are Talking About Comprehensive Retirement Reform

Yes, I sometimes sound like a broken record, but… I’m doing all I can to persuade a younger generation that thinking about a future retirement is important. And then actually do something to make success more likely. In terms of reform, I see an initial effort by Congress to move the goal posts. This is …

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How a Shifting Climate Is Transforming Florida

My Comments: I’ve lived my entire adult life in the State of Florida, far from the Keys, which is where this article by Rawaha Haile is focused. My part of Florida is very different. For one thing my house is 75 feet above sea level, it’s surrounded by large oak trees, there’s a cow pasture …

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A Recession Is Coming, And Maybe a Bear Market, Too

My Comments: I’ve lived on this planet long enough to know that when pundits declare “It’s different this time!”, they are wrong. The timing is always different, but the outcome is never in doubt. I will admit to being wrong about when the next market crash will happen. I’ve been expecting one for a few …

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Why This Popular Retirement Advice Actually Makes It Harder to Save

My Comments: There’s a reason the term ‘mid-life crisis’ is in common use among everyday people. Many of us have had one. And then there is the ‘end-of-mid-life crisis’ that is yet to rear it’s ugly head. It happens when someone is about to retire and discover to their horror they are completely unprepared. For …

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Lower Your Expectations for Returns Over the Next Decade

My Comments: My professional focus these days is helping people retire with more money. Headlines like these don’t help much. If your focus is just growing a larger pile of money so when you do retire, your pile is large enough to finance what could be a 30 year time span, an existential threat to …

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