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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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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

Photo: Mat 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

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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?

How big does your retirement savings stockpile need to be? And what will you do when you get to the top? Photo: Dan Cook If

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Pretending to Be Rich

For many people, the appeal of the now is just too great — but you have to think about later, too. Photo: Emma.Kate via Flickr


Risk, Return, and Relationships

Investing obeys some of the same laws as human relationships: There will be ups and downs, and you can’t have one without the other. Photo:

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The Secret to Getting a College Kid to Start Investing

Einstein was wrong — there is a force more powerful than compound interest (and perhaps even gravity itself): The pull of a teenager toward her

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

Another year, another showdown in Congress as the nation’s debt ceiling looms overhead. Photo: James Pallinsad If you’ve been watching the national news lately, one of

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Should You Continue Investing in a Bear Market?

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar She’s up. She’s down. And according to many industry experts, she’s spiraling into a bear market, or what many would call


Living an Amazing Life via the Reverse Retirement Plan

You may not be healthy enough to hike 2,000 miles by the time you retire, so why not do it now? Photo: David Fulmer One


The Tortoise in Your Portfolio

While investors love to chase gains, it’s important to devote a portion of your portfolio to slow, steady investments that protect you from losses. Here are

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Being a Pro Athlete Made Me a Terrible Investor

More than half of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement, according to a Sports Illustrated estimate. Photo: Eric Wong After much thought and deliberation, I’ve developed

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

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

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Clearing the Smog Surrounding Annuities

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

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What Is a Reverse Mortgage and How Does It Work?

As a cash-strapped senior, a reverse mortgage may sound like a tempting way to stay in the home you love. But beware the high fees

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

Could your retirement fund survive a stress test? Or would it crack under the pressure? Photo: darkbuffet My industry, the business of providing financial advice, should