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20/20 Vision on 20-Something Investing

Written by Jeffrey Steele - Leave a Comment

About 35 years ago, when I was new to the corporate world and fired with ambition, but not the least bit fired-up about staying with my big corporate employer, I had a series of bewildering conversations with colleagues, many even younger than I.
See, the place where I worked had long been the number one name [...]

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Published on July 30th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Silence Not Golden in Intergenerational Family Finance

Written by Jeffrey Steele - One Comment

The last time I ran into one of my favorite cousins, the conversation soon turned to which far-flung family members she had recently heard from. She divulged she hadn’t yet heard from my youngest cousin, her younger brother, about his recent trip to Southwest Michigan. That was not new, as she’d called another of my [...]

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Published on July 16th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life, Insurance, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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A Pearl of Wisdom About the Burden of Wealth

Written by Jeffrey Steele - Leave a Comment

I don’t know how the reading list looked in your high school English classes. But in mine, the teachers clearly believed we kids should absorb books that achieved, to quote Woody Allen, “total heaviosity.” These serious message novels were chosen to shake us out of our suburban-bred complacent lethargy. They were profound. They were penetrating. [...]

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Published on July 2nd, 2014
Modified on June 27th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning, Retirement
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Don’t look a gift employer in the mouth

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 3 Comments

Even if you’re not a news junkie like me, I’d be willing to bet that you’ve seen or heard one news item ad infinitum over the past several years. That nugget is the story about Americans’ retirement readiness, or lack thereof. We are endlessly informed by the media that we’re not ready to retire — [...]

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Published on June 18th, 2014
Modified on June 16th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Is The American Dream Dead?

Written by William Cowie - 4 Comments

Is the American dream dead? A majority of people say it is, according to the recently announced CNN Money survey, as well as several others done at academic institutions like Xavier and Youngstown universities and other private organizations. Although the samples, questions and methodologies differ from survey to survey, the results all seem to indicate that the American dream [...]

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Published on June 11th, 2014
Modified on June 9th, 2014 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Economy, Retirement, Saving & Investing, Working
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Retirement saving: Size isn’t the only consideration

Written by Richard Barrington - Leave a Comment

I recently read one of those articles debating whether a million dollars was enough to retire on these days. Mostly, the focus of the article was on the fact that a million dollars isn’t as significant as it used to be due to the impact of inflation. That’s a good point, but it also got [...]

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Published on May 12th, 2014
Modified on May 9th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Economy, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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The Myth of the Post-Retirement Worker

Written by FCN Staff - One Comment

This post comes from Libby Kane at our partner site LearnVest.com.
By now, you’re probably aware that the average American is woefully underprepared when it comes to saving for retirement.
“That’s okay,” you might think. “I can always just work for a few more years, or take on a part-time job to cover my expenses.”
That’s [...]

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Published on May 2nd, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Learning to live with risk

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

The stock market has had some rocky sessions lately, but we should be used to that. The 21st century has already dished out two major bear markets in stocks, not to mention what has happened to real estate, oil futures, and gold at various times in the 2000s. We are having to learn to live [...]

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Published on April 28th, 2014
Modified on April 24th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Retirement
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Enter a new chapter in personal finance success

Written by Jeffrey Steele - Leave a Comment

One of the telltale signs you’re rapidly becoming an annoying elder statesman is an increasing tendency to buttonhole much younger people and dispense advice they haven’t sought, don’t want and are unlikely to take to heart.
You know the kind of guidance I’m talking about. Always eat your green vegetables. Exercise regularly. Look both ways before [...]

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Published on April 23rd, 2014
Modified on April 18th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Retirement, Reviews, Saving & Investing
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Worst-case-scenario playbook

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

This is the time of year when I annually confer with my financial adviser. As I drove to meet him in his office a couple weeks ago, I had reason to expect we’d both be in jovial moods. The stock market’s performance over the past year has been stellar, after all, and my account has [...]

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Published on April 9th, 2014
Modified on April 2nd, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Frugality, Planning, Retirement
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