markets

October Slump: When Markets Drive Themselves

Investors love the idea of being able to predict the future. People who wouldn’t be caught dead engaging a roadside psychic or fooling around with tarot cards nevertheless are convinced … Read more

Posted on November 26, 2014 by
retirement portfolio

Bombproof Your Retirement Portfolio Now

Record-setting markets got you down? You’re not alone. Anyone who remembers the dot-com days and the 2008 debacle rightly would be concerned. Trouble is, we want the markets to go … Read more

Posted on November 17, 2014 by
free money for retirement

5 Ways To Pick Up Free Money For Retirement

I was fascinated to read a recent piece about Boeing employees. For reasons known only to them, tens of thousands of the aircraft maker’s workers opted out of a free … Read more

Posted on November 14, 2014 by
retirement age

An Easy Way To Pick Your Retirement Age

If you ask working folks when they expect to retire, the typical answer for most is “65, I think.” Pressed, they might say “70, I hope.” The fact is they don’t … Read more

Posted on November 7, 2014 by
risk-adjusted return

Basics: Understanding Risk-Adjusted Return

Get two financial advisors talking at a bar, and pretty soon you’ll be breaking out a dictionary to keep up. The mathematics behind portfolio management would challenge even the wonkiest economist. Yet a fundamental … Read more

Posted on October 31, 2014 by
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Surviving A Market Selloff: A Mental Game

When you were growing up you probably played with a toy called the Magic 8-Ball. An oversized plastic billiard ball with a window at the bottom, it was a triumph … Read more

Posted on October 29, 2014 by
why own an index fund

Why Own An Index Fund?

A fundamental obstacle for many retirement investors is understanding the difference between an investment and an asset class, and how owning an index fund relates. Why own an index fund? Because it … Read more

Posted on October 27, 2014 by
asset allocation for retirement

Asset Allocation For Retirement

The U.S. government recently issued guidelines for the ownership of annuities in 401(k) plans, patching what had been a big hole in many workplace retirement offerings: How to secure an … Read more

Posted on October 24, 2014 by
retirement mistake

One Retirement Mistake You Can’t Make

Saving  for retirement is hard work. It involves sacrifice and dedication, a certain selflessness that few possess. Unless it doesn’t. You can make saving for retirement quite easy, even painless. … Read more

Posted on October 22, 2014 by
indexing

Indexing Is Powerful Investing, Here’s Why

One of the misconceptions people have about index investing is that the return of the stock market indexes is “average” and no better. Why would I want the market return, … Read more

Posted on October 20, 2014 by