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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 […]

Two things on a crash course for your retirement.

As we go through life, there seems to be a natural progression.  When we’re young, we tend to be hungry and passionate.  We have a fire in our belly.  We’re willing to take risks and blaze new trails. We accept things like moving, changing jobs and making new friends as a common part of life.  […]

Contentment demands little

I recently had a friend who quit his job after working there for almost 20 years.  When I asked him why he said, “I had just gotten too comfortable.” Too comfortable?!  Is there such a thing?  After all, isn’t that what we’re all striving for?  What’s wrong with being too comfortable?  As I thought about […]

My brain made me do it: How to avoid bad investment decisions.

So far during 2011, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has had moves of 100 points or more on 97 trading days.  That’s 23 more than during all of 2010 and the year isn’t even over yet.  With so much volatility and uncertainty, it would be easy to panic and make decisions you’ll later regret.  Unfortunately, your […]

Anxious? Keep your focus on what you can control.

It’s understandable if you’re feeling a bit anxious. Not only was the U.S. credit rating just downgraded for the first time in history, but over the last few years we’ve had a housing bubble, a credit bubble, runaway government spending, soaring gas prices, a global recession, high unemployment, the risk of a U.S. debt default, […]