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35 Quick ideas to make 2017 great

Happy New Year!  What do you have planned?  Need a little inspiration?  Try this: I want more purpose The funny thing about time 15 Practical ways to live a purposeful life Harnessing the power of compounding for an exponentially richer life I want to be happy How to be happy: Part 1 How to be […]

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How and why to make a written retirement plan

The headline from a recent study caught my eye: “Majority of retirement plans done ‘in people’s heads’ or not at all.”  I think the latter is more likely.  Doing a retirement plan in your head is kind of like reciting Pi out to a hundred decimal places or trying to list off all of the […]

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Global debt is staggering. Why that could be bad news for your retirement.

The amount of debt in the world is staggering. Auto loans recently passed $1 trillion for the first time and the average car loan is the highest it’s ever been, recently surpassing $30,000. Student debt stands at about $1.4 trillion. Mortgage debt is about $14 trillion. More than 30% of households carry a balance on […]

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Retirement Pre Mortem

“What could cause this to fail?”  That’s what I asked myself before heading to the Grand Canyon recently for a 47 mile, Rim to Rim to Rim hike with my friend Mike.  The answer, it turns out, is “A LOT of things could cause it to fail.”  In fact, there’s a 400 page book dedicated […]

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Are low interest rates ruining retirement?

Not long ago, most people worked as long as they were able and eventually either “died in harness” or relied on younger family members to care for them in their old age.  And then along came this idea of retirement where through hard work, shrewd investing and some help from a pension (if you’re lucky) […]