do I really want this

Do I really want this or do I just think I want it?

There are so many things that sound great in theory, but aren’t always great in practice. Take retirement for example.  No work.  Loads of free time.  Travel.  Those all sound great (and most of the time they are), but I’ve had retirees complain about every single one of them at one point or another over […]

make your nest egg last

Six ways to make your nest egg last

“Will my money last?”  That’s the biggest concern for most retirees.   What can you do to stretch your retirement dollars for as long as possible?  A recent article in the Journal of Financial Planning (JFP) analyzed six factors and the role each played in portfolio longevity.  (Determinants of Retirement Portfolio Sustainability and Their Relative Impacts, […]

surprises in retirement

4 Unexpected emotions in retirement

I’ve helped many people transition into retirement over the years and when I ask a new retiree how things are going, the response is generally positive.  That said, retirement is a huge transition and there are always unexpected feelings or emotions that crop up.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with your retirement.  […]

sunk cost

Don’t throw good life after bad

In business, a sunk cost is a cost that has already been incurred and can’t be recovered.  Economists tell us that we shouldn’t factor these costs in when making a rational decision about how to proceed.  Since we’re human and hate losses, however, we often use these previous costs as justification to invest more. The […]

hsa retirement

The best tool for retirement health expenses

There is a lot of uncertainty with healthcare lately, but two trends will likely continue: It will continue to get more expensive and you will continue to be responsible for more and more of the costs.  Even with Medicare, it is estimated that the typical retiree will need between $200,000 and $400,000 to pay for […]