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

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...

How to keep loneliness from ruining your retirement

Quick summary:  Loneliness and depression are growing problems with the baby boom generation.  In this article I talk about why that is, the problems that it causes and a few ideas on how to fix it. Loneliness is the sadness you feel when there’s a gap (in quality or...

12 Tips for a healthy retirement

Are you trying to take better care of yourself this year?  Great!  We enjoy having you around.  Here are 12 simple ways to be healthier, both now and in retirement. Forgive.  Researchers have discovered a link between forgiveness and physical health.  One...

How to use your IRA to give to charity and reduce your taxes.

Qualified Charitable Distributions Once you reach age 70 ½ you need to start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your IRA each year.  There’s a simple formula to determine how much you need to take.  Then you just withdraw the money and—here’s the...

4 Days in Italy

Home again, Home again. Apparently I can travel faster than I can write.  I made it home Tuesday in the small hours of the morning, but I still have several articles I want to share with you including about my time in Italy and Germany as well as my reflections on and...

3 days in France

France is a few days in my rear-view mirror, but I still wanted to share a few quick stories about my time there.  I flew from Hong Kong to London to Paris (HKG to LHR to CDG in airport parlance), picked up a rental car and drove a few hours to the charming town of...

What are you afraid of?

What are you afraid of?  Be honest. We all have stuff that scares us. Maybe it’s something big.  Maybe small.  Regardless of what it is, the outcome is often the same: Stasis.  Fear acts as a roadblock that keeps us from doing something.  Fear is often the great...

3 days in Hong Kong

Greetings from Hong Kong! The trip has been great so far.  The flight from LA was a bit of a marathon (I slept for eight hours and still had time to watch four movies), but the payoff has been worth it.  The city is a super interesting mix of people, cultures and...

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