Archive | 2017
metrics that matter

Metrics that matter

I just finished watching the new Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam.  During the war, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara had commanders and soldiers in the field collecting vast amounts of data each day that was then put onto punch cards and fed into a mainframe computer for analysis.  The hope was that by measuring hundreds […]

bezos

Retirement lessons from the world’s richest person

Jeff Bezos became the richest person in the world last week.  In a little over 20 years, the founder of Amazon.com went from no money (or very little) to more money than anyone.  Warren Buffett once called him “the most remarkable business person of our age.”  That’s like Michael Jordan calling you the best basketball […]

if something happens to me

If something happens to you

Note: For help accomplishing the things discussed in this article, you might be interested in my book and organization kit If Something Happens to Me. It’s been a rough couple of months in the U.S.  Devastating hurricanes.  Wildfires.  Nuclear tensions with North Korea.  Charlottesville.  Las Vegas.  It’s all a vivid reminder that life is uncertain.  […]

dynamic spending

A simple trick to make your money last (The secret: Dynamic spending rules)

A few weeks ago, I gave you six ways to make your nest egg last.  It’s an important topic, so here’s a seventh: Dynamic Spending.  There’s a growing body of research that shows it can significantly extend the life of your portfolio.  What is it and how does it work? In retirement, like in your […]

You don’t find yourself. You create yourself.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”  – George Bernard Shaw. When I was in college a friend of mine dropped out and said, “I’m going to move to Colorado for a year and try to find myself.”  This totally made sense at the time.  None of us had an overarching vision […]