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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Risky Years Are you in the “retirement risk bubble”? This is called a 'systematic withdrawal' approach to retirement planning. Risk of the 4% rule. Sequence of Return Risk

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Amid the strong rise in commodities over the last few months, gold has underperformed dramatically. Since August of 2020, copper, platinum, and palladium are up 48%, 32%, and 10% respectively, while gold actually dropped 10%. Gold is...

 

Friday, February 19, 2021

He's one of history's great military strategists, but you likely haven't heard of him... Colonel John Boyd was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and joined the Army Air Corps in 1944, while he was still in high school. After graduating from...

 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Editor's note: No matter your situation, you should consider owning some bitcoin... As I've explained, even skeptical investors should consider making room for "the ultimate store of value in the current environment." For most, just...

 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Facts: Why the Antelope Valley? The Antelope Valley (AV) has made a commitment to becoming the first Net Zero city of its kind. Meaning the city will be totally self-sufficient and not reliant on any external energy companies such as...

 

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Friday, February 5, 2021

A party is raging right now – perhaps the biggest bash ever seen. But, you simply haven’t been invited. Worse than that, you’re unknowingly footing the bill. The tab is so high, in fact, your children and...

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

More People Are Afraid of Going Broke Than Dying Do you want to live to 100? If you're like the majority of Americans, the answer is yes. In 2017, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that 65-year-old Americans can...

 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Did you hear the news? Joe Biden wants to give you $1,400. That’s on top of the $1,200 and $600 checks that Trump signed, sealed and put into your mailbox. All told… that’s a lot of money. It’s pushed stocks,...

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The basic premise of the Power of Zero is that due to the fiscal irresponsibility of the U.S., tax rates will have to rise dramatically over the next few years just to keep the country solvent. Combine that situation with a...

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The chance of your house burning down or sustaining other damage is 1 in 1200. The odds you will use your auto insurance for a claim on your car is 18%. The odds that you’ll need long-term care are 72 in 100, but less than 30% have it

 

Monday, January 4, 2021

To successfully plan, you must focus on how you can lose money. You must focus on risk. Once you've taken care of the risk, you can move on to the fun stuff... making money. The thing is, amateur investors are almost always thinking...

 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

With Income for Life (a.k.a Private Reserve Account, PRA), we put our money into a high-quality indexed universal life insurance policy from a solid company. And we set it up a specific way to supercharge the growing cash balance in...

 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Safety Is Just One Key to a Prudent Retirement Vehicle Mark Cuban almost lost his fortune in the stock market. And it would have been bad… If you are a retiring corporate executive, this could apply to you, too. Let me explain...

 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The basics of corporate bonds... Corporate bonds are debt instruments issued to the public by companies. They're typically issued in increments of $1,000, known as the "par value" or "principal" of the bond. Unlike a share of stock, a...

 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Effect of provisional income on effective marginal tax rate According to David McKnight, author of the Power of Zero, the name of the game in retirement is to get yourself into the zero percent tax bracket, as tax rates are likely to...

 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

October 2020 was an ugly month for the U.S. stock market. The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite all declined more than 2%, registering their second down month in a row.Some will attribute this market weakness to pre-election jitters....

 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

With the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates at or near zero, you may wonder about your mortgage. Is it a good time to refinance or even pay off the debt entirely? After all, your mortgage is one of the biggest expenses you may...

 

Friday, October 30, 2020

On October 26, the Treasury Department released the 2021 adjusted figures for retirement account savings. Although these adjustments won’t bring any major changes, there are some minor elements to note.401(k)sThe salary deferral...

 

Thursday, October 29, 2020

In early 1948, a group of US Air Force officers was working on a secret research project in the California desert codenamed MX981. The purpose of MX981 was to test how extreme gravitational forces from fast-moving fighter jets would...

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

As the U.S. presidential election draws near, expect to see more and more headlines that propose, "What will happen next if this person is elected?" or, "What policy changes to prepare for in the next four years?"In reality, however,...

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

In the summer of 1687, after years of study and reflection, the legendary English scientist Isaac Newton published one of the most important works in the history of the world. He called it Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,...

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Most people have not been planning for a tax-free retirement. They have been accumulating assets; they have not been thinking about distribution. They usually have accumulated assets in tax-postponed accounts. That tax will be paid at...

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

When saving for retirement, it’s best to assume slightly lower returns than average to make sure you’re not relying on risky investments to save enough. Overly-aggressive return assumptions could well cause you to not have...

 

Monday, September 21, 2020

In the good old days (before coronavirus), many people could rely on working longer to wrangle a wayward retirement plan back on track. Not anymore. The devastating loss of jobs set off by the COVID-19 pandemic is depriving many folks...

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Oracle

 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Folks didn't like this idea because it seemed too simple... Back in 2015, Neil Jordan proposed a simple way to save the cows in southern Africa. At first, experts in the conservation and biology fields took the scientist to task for...

 

Friday, August 28, 2020

By Andreas Antonopoulos In October 2008, on an obscure electronic mailing list, a participant using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto made an announcement. He said, “I think I have solved a problem in computer science. I have found...

 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Do you dream of life with no alarm clock, no commute, and no boss? Then you might be one of the many Americans who aspire to retire early. But for many, the dream of early retirement leads to a rude awakening when the reality of...

 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

In the old days, they had this rule of thumb that your age should be your percentage allocation to bonds. So if you were 70 years old, you should have a 70% allocation to bonds. The reason is simple. When you’re close to...

 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

I often get the question about Mr. Ramsey...here are my candid thoughts... “Ramsey is the pro bono financial adviser to millions of Americans who otherwise could never afford one.”—Politico.com There’s a gap in...

 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Lately, it can feel like each day brings a new headline about fluctuating market behavior. But amid the ups and downs of 2020, there may be some potential good news on the horizon. On July 16, 2020, the interest rate for a 30-year...

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

AARP published a report in which it found that 71% of Americans believe they pay no fees at all to have a 401(k) plan. (Put another way, more than 7 out of 10 people in America today are completely unaware that they are even being...

 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

As you may be well aware, Social Security retirement benefits can be taxable to you, depending upon how much other income you have. What you may not be aware of is how this can seriously increase your taxes for small amounts of...

 

Monday, June 29, 2020

The CARES Act made a few changes to the rules surrounding retirement account withdrawals... Under normal circumstances, if you withdraw money from your qualified retirement plan – like a 401(k) or 403(b) plan – or...

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

An “eye-popping” $2 trillion in cash has been stashed in deposit accounts at U.S. banks since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country in January.1This surge of money into banks has no precedent in history.Several...

 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

According to the Financial Times: “One of the basic rules of investment is coming unstuck, forcing some fund managers to rethink how they build their portfolios.” All to say the classic portfolio structure — 60%...

 

Monday, April 20, 2020

For many people, the term 401k is synonymous with retirement preparation, and sometimes represents the full extent of their preparedness. Such accounts are often included as part of a benefits package provided by employers, and...

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A Roth IRA is an individual retirement account that offers tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals in retirement. Roth IRA rules dictate that as long as you've owned your account for 5 years and you're age 59½ or older, you...