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Learn From Black Friday For Retirement

Retailers have built up Black Friday as a shopping holiday for a good reason: It’s traditionally the date that stores expect to be “in the black,” that is, profitable for the … Read more

Posted on November 25, 2015 by
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Should You Worry About The Fed?

If you’ve been paying attention to the financial news, even in passing, you’ve probably heard a lot of chatter about the Federal Reserve, aka, “the Fed.” Your understanding of the … Read more

Posted on September 18, 2015 by
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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

Investing: Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

If you ask a typical retirement investor what concerns them most about investing, they’ll probably say, “Losing all my money.” And this kind of concern is not misplaced. But if … Read more

Posted on September 24, 2014 by
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Where Your Retirement Savings Really Goes

Saving enough to retire someday is a tricky enough challenge. Yet as your account balance grows, beware. Money could be leaking out of your accounts unheeded. Nobody is “stealing” it, … Read more

Posted on July 14, 2014 by
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Five Steps Toward Saving More Today

Saving for retirement is a difficult task. That’s why pension plans exist, to automate both saving and investing. We tend in the United States to save very little. The current personal … Read more

Posted on March 5, 2014 by
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Saving Your Sanity In Volatile Markets

The single biggest risk to your long-term retirement goal is market volatility, when share prices fall seemingly without reason. The fall will stop — in time. And stocks as an asset … Read more

Posted on November 29, 2013 by

Investing When Everything Seems Expensive

If you read the popular investing news sites, the “rah-rah” headlines can give you pause. Investing when everything seems overpriced is a challenge. This is where experienced investors start reaching for data to make investing feel … Read more

Posted on November 20, 2013 by
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How To Invest With Minimal Risk

The basic problem of investing is how to invest with minimal risk. We instinctively know that “no risk” investments are virtually impossible, of course, but of what value is lowering (or raising) investment risk? … Read more

Posted on November 6, 2013 by
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Retirement Savings Comes From Character And Discipline, Not Luck

Sooner or later, the conversation turns this way: How is your retirement savings plan going, and who’s doing it the right way? The conversation might be among your peers or with a spouse … Read more

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