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Weekly articles about how to live a secure, fulfilling retirement.

Internal vs External Scorecard

Warren Buffett once said: “The big question about how people behave is whether they’ve got an inner scorecard or an outer scorecard.  It helps if you can be satisfied with an inner scorecard.” The scorecard he’s talking about is how you measure success in any given...

What won’t change?

Read this quote from Jeff Bezos and then let’s apply it to retirement. “I very frequently get the question: 'What's going to change in the next 10 years?' And that is a very interesting question; it's a very common one. I almost never get the question: 'What's not...

An important life lesson from Notre Dame

When I heard about the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris I, like everyone else, was extremely saddened.  I’ve been inside the church before.  Looked at the beautiful stained glass.  Listened to the choir sing.  Marveled at the ornate structure...

A short poem that inspires action

Just a short post today. As spring arrives, I want to share one of my favorite poems with you and encourage you to use this time of warming weather, blossoms and new beginnings as a visual reminder to make the most of your time.  The poem, by A. E. Housman, is below....

Strategies of retirement super savers

The general idea behind retirement is to reach a point of financial independence where work is optional and you control your time.  How fast you get there depends largely on how much you save and how much you need to live on during retirement.  The math is pretty...

You’re doing it wrong

I’ve seen some disturbing data points recently: 78 percent of American workers report living paycheck to paycheck.  This became very visible during the recent government shutdown.40 percent of Americans said they couldn’t cover a $400 unexpected expense without going...

Is today the day you’ll start?

In January I wrote a lot about health.  You can’t be unhealthy—mentally, emotionally, physically—and have a great retirement.  While that's true, it’s also true that you are fighting a losing battle. No matter how much kale you eat or how many marathons you run, your...

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