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Are You Gambling With Your Retirement?

I recently came across an interesting article from Richard Eisenberg at Forbes entitled The Dicey Retirement Gamble Americans Are Making. In it, Eisenberg pieces apart

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How to Choose the Right Mix of Investments for Your Personal Goals

There are only a few investment decisions that really matter. Your savings rate is one of them. The amount you pay for your investments is

03.03.16
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A Complete Beginner’s Guide to 401(k) Plans

Since day one, I’ve been an advocate for people taking advantage of the 401(k) plans offered in their workplace. It is an incredibly useful tool

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Under Pressure: The Optimal 50 Strategy

In a given week, the only real “unstructured” time that I have is the hour or two that I set aside for “family time” each

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How to Handle This (or Any) Stock Market Slump

It’s been a rough year for investors so far. As I write this, the U.S. stock market is down more than 10% since Jan. 1. That’s a

02.15.16
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Investment Calculator: Is Your Financial Plan on Track?

Creating a long-term investment plan is essential if you hope to enjoy a secure retirement, pay for end-of-life care, and leave something behind for your

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A Surprisingly Easy Way to Predict Future Investment Returns

In August of 2010 the renowned investment research company Morningstar released the results of a study they had conducted to determine the best way to

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Smart Money? Colleges Divest from Fossil Fuels, Dodge the Oil Bust

Last year was the hottest year ever, handily beating the previous record — set in 2014. In fact, 15 of the 16 hottest years in recorded history have

01.24.16
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What to Do With Your 401(k) When You Change Jobs

What happens to the money in your company retirement account when you leave your job? Does it have to stay there? Do you lose any

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Best IRA Accounts of 2016

The best IRA accounts aim to give the customer great investing options and low fees over a long-term horizon. Now is the best time to

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The Most Important Investment Decision You’ll Ever Make

There are a lot of investment decisions you could spend time worrying about, but there’s only one that really matters: How much you save is more

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It’s Not ‘Early Retirement,’ It’s ‘Walk Away Money’

Marjorie writes in: Why would you and Sarah want to retire in your 40s? You seem like a very productive person. I can’t believe you

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Seven Reasons You Need to Start Investing Right Now

You should really start investing right now. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter

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Diversification: The Only Free Lunch in Investing

Diversification is a word you’ll hear a lot as you read about various investment strategies, and though it sounds fancy it’s actually a pretty simple

12.11.15
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How Women Can Close the Retirement Savings Gap

As a recent Vanguard study showed, men have approximately 50% more money saved for retirement than women. Shocked and saddened by this, I wanted to

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Taking the First Steps Toward Saving for Retirement

It’s a pretty familiar story. A person doesn’t pay any attention to retirement savings at the start of their career, deciding usually on the spur

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What to Do When Your Retirement ‘Number’ Seems Impossibly Big

It’s a pretty common story. Something happens that triggers a person to start thinking about retirement. Maybe they read an article in a magazine while

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The Best Investment Plan Is Part Science, Part Emotion

What’s the right way to invest? Most people I talk to about money end up asking me some version of that question. Heck, I continue

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