Social Security Changes for 2020: Raises, COLA, Taxes, Benefits

My Comments: Virtually all of us now retired depend to some degree on our Social Security retirement benefits. To suggest otherwise is silly. It’s now so ingrained in our financial lives that to maintain our standard of living, we must make sure we continue to receive those monthly benefits. That’s true no matter how much …

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Bob Doll’s 10 Predictions for 2020

My Comments: Memory tells me I met Bob Doll a few times some 25 years ago. I think he was affiliated with Oppenheimer Funds, one of the mutual fund companies that I favored. I remember him as interesting, informative, and rational. His 2019 predictions were mostly right, getting 8 out of ten correctly. He says …

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70 years of urban growth in 1 infographic

My Comments: The number of humans on this planet keeps growing. All of us need food and water to survive. And most of us are living longer and longer. All of this is producing profound changes in how we live our lives, our politics, where we live and how we respond to threats, both perceived …

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New Risks We Face In Retirement

How much of life is dependent on luck? Personally, I consider myself very lucky. I’ve had good personal relationships, I’ve managed to live a productive life, my wife of 5 decades is still with me, our children are grown and have given us grandchildren. Life is good. Many of my days are spent sharing insights …

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Markets believe two things very strongly right now

My Comments: Most of us with money invested somewhere are uncertain about market performance going forward. This is because there is a new global threat in the works between the US and Iran. In the background and unrelated to this threat, is the fact that it’s been more than a decade since the last major …

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Social Security: File Early of Later?

For millions of us, a monthly check for the rest of our lives has real meaning. We’ve paid into the system for years and for better or worse, we want our promised benefits. I have no idea if you consider yourself a “senior”. As I was passing through middle age, a “senior” was someone with …

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What Happens Next?

My Comments: The United States, despite it’s claims to be a peace loving nation, finds itself confronting nations across the planet on an almost daily basis. In just the Middle East, we have many thousands of troops and Navy personnel stationed within a few hundred miles of Iran. That includes at least 8 surrounding countries. …

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