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Here’s What Living Cheaply in Another Country Looks Like

American retirees looking for a low cost of living and a comfortable climate are increasingly packing up for cheap, warm countries abroad. Around 615,000 Americans reportedly received


Four Ways to Start Investing Without Much Money

Everyone’s heard that investing can be a great way to grow your money over the long-term. But if you’re new to investing, it’s easy to feel

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The Best Retirement Account You’ve Never Heard Of

If you’ve done any research into saving for retirement, you’ve almost certainly heard of the most commonly recommended retirement accounts: The 401(k). The traditional IRA.

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How Much Do You Really Need to Save to Retire Early?

If there’s one financial question that really hangs over my head these days, it’s probably this one. How much money do I need to have

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Pretending to Be Rich

Recently, I had a great email exchange with a reader whom we’ll call “Tim” about the incoming financial struggles of his in-laws as they age.


Risk, Return, and Relationships

Have you ever been in a meaningful relationship with another person? It could be a friend. Or a parent. Or a sibling. Or a significant

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The Secret to Getting a College Kid to Start Investing

I am 28, and my sister is 19. That kind of age gap presents positives and negatives. One clear positive for me is that I

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So the U.S. Has a Lot of Debt. What Does That Mean for Me?

If you’ve been watching the national news lately, one of the topics creeping back into the discussion is the federal debt ceiling. Our nation’s debt

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Should You Continue Investing in a Bear Market?

She’s up. She’s down. And according to many industry experts, she’s spiraling into a bear market, or what many would call an ongoing decline in stock


Living an Amazing Life via the Reverse Retirement Plan

One of my cousins and her husband live a life that many people find to be a bit unusual. They have what I would describe


The Tortoise in Your Portfolio

“Rule No. 1 is never lose money. Rule No. 2 is never forget Rule No. 1.” — Warren Buffett Buffett’s quote seems to state the

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Being a Pro Athlete Made Me a Terrible Investor

After much thought and deliberation, I’ve developed a theory on why such a staggering amount of NFL and NBA players go broke shortly after retiring.

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How Will Social Security Help You With Your Retirement Savings Plans?

One common question that I’m asked all the time is how exactly a person can figure out how much they need to save for retirement

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Clearing the Smog Surrounding Annuities

I’m convinced that annuities are the most misunderstood financial and insurance product in the financial services universe today. I think there are several reasons for

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What Is a Reverse Mortgage and How Does It Work?

Perhaps it took decades of mortgage payments, but you’ve achieved what’s still a dream for many: Homeownership (or, at least, substantial home equity). But like

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Why I’m Willing to Bet Your Retirement Projection Is Flawed

My industry, the business of providing financial advice, should be ashamed of itself. We’re supposed to be professionals versed in the knowledge of investments, financial

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Not Investing Yet? Here’s How to Get Started

Everyone knows that saving for retirement is important. Unfortunately, far too many of us aren’t saving nearly as much as we should. But why? A

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A Retirement Tax Trick You May Not Know About

In my recent post I highlighted the looming problem that taxes will create for many investors when they retire due to the bulk of retirement assets

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