to-do list

The most important question to ask about your to-do list

If you’ve had a chance to read A Brief Guide to Retirement Bliss, you know how important I think it is to decide what you really want out of life and to take those plans really seriously. If you don’t decide, then three things will likely happen: Other people will decide for you You’ll say […]

bonds

Are bonds safe or a ticking time bomb?

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about bonds. There seems to be a pervasive fear (fueled by the media) that because rates are at historic lows and the Fed is winding down their quantitative easing, that bonds are a ticking time bomb. Is that true? If […]

protect your nest egg

3 ways to protect your nest egg and prepare for the coming volatility

Last week we got a taste of something that we haven’t experienced in awhile: Volatility. A wave of anxiety swept through the markets, pushing the Dow into negative territory for the year and handing the S&P 500 its worst week in two years. What is causing the selling? There are plenty of headlines to choose […]

retire early

Want to retire early? Do this one thing.

Have you ever noticed that the time it takes you to do something expands to fill the time you allow yourself to do it? I see this most frequently at work. If I have 5 tasks to do and all day to do them, it takes me—surprise!—all day. If I only have half a day […]

best retirement articles

Weekend reading. The best retirement articles from around the web.

Retirement planning affects almost everyone so, not surprisingly, there are a lot of people writing about it. I do my best to bring you helpful information each week, but there are lots of other writers out there producing great stuff as well. With that in mind, I thought I’d start periodically highlighting some of the […]