Don’t Be Shocked If Trump’s Economy Goes the Way of Bush’s

My Comments: We can all agree the economics is hard on your brain. There are so many variable and so few constants that talking about it is similar to describing the behavior of cats. Last week I attended a local economic summit where the featured speaker was Brent Meyer, an associate policy advisor and economist …

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7 of 10 Adults Over Age 50 Get This Wrong About Social Security

My Comments: Social Security has become a critical financial component in the lives of millions of retired people. If you’re not there yet, you must learn the basics or live with the regret. I think of age 50 as a critical turning point for any adult who thinks they might retire some day. From this …

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6 Facts About Bonds You Need to Understand

My Comments: When you buy bonds, someone now owes you money. When you buy stocks, you now own part of a commercial enterprise, if not all of it. But this is about bonds. If you lend money to your kids, and expect them to pay you back, you may or may not charge them for …

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This May be Why Americans Are So Bad at Saving for Retirement

My Comments: This problem is not going to get fixed any time soon. And not in time for most of the baby boomers looking at retirement in the next few years. Alternative solutions will have to appear if society is unwilling to find ways to help the elderly survive, if not thrive. If you are …

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The Average Cost of Healthcare in 21 Different Countries

My Comments: We claim to be a rich and sophisticated country. We agree we have exceptional health care, just that it costs a lot of money. We also like to think our life expectancy reflects our sophistication when it come to health care. I’ve written before that there are five principal stakeholders in our health …

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Should We Retire ‘Retirement’?

My Comments: Until recently, I always envisioned retirement as a date in time when I left the work force and became ‘retired’. That probably meant that I was no longer working for money and instead using whatever credits or savings I’d accumulated to pay my bills. Only for many of us, it hasn’t worked out …

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Beneficiary Designations: 5 Critical Mistakes to Avoid

My Comments: First, a disclaimer: I’m not an attorney. Second, in my 43 years as a financial planner and investment advisor, I’ve run across more than a few beneficiary mistakes that have been problematical. With all of us having a finite time on this earth, the issue of what happens to our stuff when we …

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Forget millennials — the real financial time bomb in America is Gen X

My Comments: Which generation are you from? I’m in front of the baby boomers, of whom there are many millions. They surfaced following World War II. And fueled the growth of America and it’s influence across the world. The millennials are essentially the baby boomers grandkids. That leaves Gen X as the children of the …

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The Most Important Social Security Chart* You’ll Ever See

My Comments: *Actually, it's not the most important, but... The message that accompanies this chart is very important. Read further before you start looking for the chart. No one has ever said this was going to be simple and it’s not. But it’s critical you make an effort to understand all this since Social Security …

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3 Big Reasons to Check Your Social Security Statement

My Comments: By now you know that I spend time promoting my online school created to help people retire. Of the four modules of the primary course, one of them is devoted to Social Security. For most of us, retirement is a transition from working for money to not working for money. As that happens, …

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