hiring an advisor

Hiring An Advisor: 4 Due Diligence Steps

The money world is full of people giving advice, most of it worth exactly what you pay for it: zero. The Internet, cable TV and money magazines are jammed with … Read more

Posted on April 23, 2014 by
retirement

Your Home Is Not A Retirement Piggy Bank

The investment bank J.P. Morgan recently released an interesting, very lengthy report on the state of the markets. Compelling reading, but the really arresting chart was all the way out on slide … Read more

Posted on April 21, 2014 by
retirement plan

Social Security’s Role In Your Retirement Plan

Could you live on Social Security? That seems to be a stock answer for many folks nearing retirement, and it’s a tremendously misguided view. According to the Social Security Administration’s … Read more

Posted on April 18, 2014 by
portfolio

3 Steps To Double Your Retirement Portfolio Safely

As May creeps toward us you will begin to hear traders talking about the “Halloween indicator” or using the phrase “Sell in May and go away.” Both adages refer to … Read more

Posted on April 16, 2014 by
retirement busters

5 Retirement Busters And How To Manage Them

The great thing about retirement planning is that it can help you feel secure and ready for what’s next. The problem? It’s just a guess at best. You have to make assumptions to … Read more

Posted on April 14, 2014 by
debts

Debts That Can Kill Your Retirement Plan

Charles Dickens understood budgeting quite well. In David Copperfield, the character Mr. Micawber notes: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, … Read more

Posted on April 11, 2014 by
risks

5 Unseen Risks Stalking Your Retirement

Retirement investors have a simple task: Compound their money steadily over decades at minimal risk. Easy, right? You’d be surprised. Many of us want the kind of sure-footed advice that will lead to … Read more

Posted on April 9, 2014 by
index funds

Investing Basics: When ETFs Are Better Than Index Funds

As the offering of low-cost investment funds gets more and more competitive, confusion is bound to set in. Phrases such as “indexing” can get applied to funds and strategies that … Read more

Posted on April 7, 2014 by
investing

Investing For Retirement, What You Know Can Hurt You

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound? That fun thought experiment, one you likely heard as a kid, actually has … Read more

Posted on April 4, 2014 by
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3 Steps That Help You Retire ‘Inevitably Rich’

The idea of retiring from work is a relatively modern one, dating back to the middle of the 19th century. Most developed countries maintain a specific retirement “age,” usually the … Read more

Posted on April 2, 2014 by