When to Take Social Security: The Complete Guide

My Comments: Social Security is a complicated issue for almost everyone in the retirement planning process. There are so many variables it’s hard to get your arms around what is in your best interest. Many people just say to hell with it and sign up at age 62. And that can be a huge mistake. …

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Retiring Soon? Plan for Market Downturns

My Comments: Are you nervous yet? If you have 20 years or so until you retire, you may not need to be nervous. But if retirement is just around the corner, then you need to start being defensive, if you’re not already. There are a number of pressures building in the markets. This gives you …

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Civility Has Its Limits

My Comments: Instant gratification, or the desire for it, is the norm in 21st Century America. It may be OK when you discover you’re hungry and have no need to go into the woods and shoot something, or instead of waiting days for the mail to arrive, you simply go to your phone and look …

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Listen to the IMF’s new warning, economist says, and cut your exposure to US stocks

My Comments: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., consisting of "189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world." They recognize that market crashes happen from time to time, and …

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Caring for Your Aging Parents: How to Prepare

My Comments: Retirement is the third major time in people’s lives. It follows childhood and adulthood. Well, OK, a retired person is also an adult but retirement is a different stage. I describe it as when you turn off the ‘work for money’ switch and turn on the ‘money works for you' switch. Meanwhile, modern …

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The ‘Great Bull’ market is ‘dead,’ and here’s what’s next, Bank of America predicts

My Comments: For most of my adult life, the major player among brokerage firms in the US was Merrill Lynch. Actually I remember it as Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner and Smith. Then the crash happened in the fall of 2008 and Bank of America acquired ML on 1/1/2009. The cynic in me said that BoA …

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In Defense Of Playing Defense (Part 3)

My Comments: On Wednesday I usually talk about Globla Economics. Today, however, I’m less concerned about emerging markets than I am the evolution of ideas that influence what is happening on Wall Street. Yes, it’s influenced by the hiccups we see in emerging markets globally but the political and economic forces at work in this …

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The Fiduciary Rule Is Dead. What’s an Investor to Do Now?

My Comments: Under the Obama administration, a long awaited and necessary step was taken to introduce rules that protected consumers of investment advice. It created a fiduciary standard for licensed financial professionals that formalized a ‘best interest’ mindset for professionals when working with clients. Very soon after Trump became president, he announced this idea was …

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How to run out of life before you run out of money

Today’s Thoughts About Retirement: Though it can be argued that money is the root of all evil, it can also be argued that it is essential for peace of mind. The challenge for all of us is to pay our bills in a timely manner and not create burdens for our survivors. I think of …

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The Truth About Social Security: Setting the Record Straight

My Comments: Retirement at some point in your life is both a goal and an outcome. It may happen voluntarily or it may be forced on you. Regardless of how you get there, chances are you’ll still have bills to pay. Those bills will be paid from money you’ve saved and accumulated or from Social …

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