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Getting into golf without going broke

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This article comes from Nate Segall from the Quicken Loans Zing! blog.
With spring around the corner and warm weather (hopefully) on its way, it’s about time to start thinking about getting back onto the golf course. If you’re not a regular Golden Bear, or if you don’t know who the Golden Bear is, then it’s time [...]

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Published on March 28th, 2014
Modified on March 11th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Frugality, Retirement
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News flash: You are now allowed to spend retirement savings

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 9 Comments

Aside from the need to work, toil and slave to salt away one or two million bucks or more, there’s one thing that has long ticked me off about the whole topic of retirement planning — the single-minded focus on accumulation.
Entire libraries could be filled with the books, newspaper pieces, magazine articles, DVDs and CDs [...]

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Published on February 26th, 2014
Modified on February 28th, 2014 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Retirement, Saving & Investing
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MyRA Exposed!

Written by William Cowie - 12 Comments

In his State of the Union address, President Obama introduced the myRA account. It stands for “My Retirement Account.”
WHAT IS IT?
The myRA is a new variant of the Roth IRA, with the following features:
1. Contributions are after-tax, like a regular Roth IRA, not pretax like a regular IRA or 401(k) fund.
2. All gains [...]

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Published on February 19th, 2014
Modified on February 15th, 2014 - 12 Comments
Filed under: Retirement, Saving & Investing
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To love, cherish and argue about money

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

In the 1960s-era suburban landscape where I spent my formative years, the atmosphere was much less structured than it is today. If we kids wanted to see our friends, it was routine for us to run to their homes, open the back screen doors and stroll right in.
But if their parents were fighting, as wasn’t [...]

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Published on February 12th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Retirement
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Longevity logic and retirement rationales

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 5 Comments

The professional association to which I belong meets the second Tuesday of the month. Afterward, many of the members in attendance hit a nearby Italian bistro for a buy-your-own dinner.
Last week, I exited for home alongside another long-time association member, George, who had a train to catch. I asked if he’d commuted downtown just for the [...]

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Published on January 29th, 2014 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Retirement, Saving & Investing
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The world as we know it

Written by Richard Barrington - 2 Comments

I have a brother who is a history teacher, and a son who is on his way to becoming one. For me, history was one of my least favorite subjects in school, but now it represents a major portion of my reading. Studying financial history early in my career may have been the turning point.
When I [...]

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Published on January 6th, 2014
Modified on January 4th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Economy, Education, Planning, Retirement
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5 Shrewd Ways to Adjust Your Portfolio As You Near Retirement

Written by Linda Vergon - 3 Comments

Mike Lewis is a financial writer who discusses retirement planning, investment options, smart money management, and insurance.
Life was good at the end of 2007 for Bill and Mary. Bill, at age 60, had enjoyed a successful career with Walgreens, one of the largest retail companies in America. His career, begun 28 years previously, enabled Mary [...]

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Published on December 27th, 2013
Modified on December 20th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Retirement
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Your assignment: work longer and/or save more

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

Back in 2010, near the Great Recession’s nadir, the National Retirement Risk Index (NRRI) released a finding many regarded as troubling in the extreme.
That discovery was that even if Americans worked until age 65 and annuitized all their assets, including the proceeds from reverse mortgages on the homes in which they lived, fully 53 percent [...]

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Published on December 18th, 2013
Modified on December 12th, 2013 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Retirement
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What do you consider risk?

Written by Richard Barrington - 4 Comments

This hard-charging stock market — up more than 23 percent for the first ten months of 2013 — has me regularly cautioning about the riskiness of what may be inflated prices. I think it’s an important message under the circumstances, but it’s hardly the last word about financial risk.
While the devastating impact of stocks falling [...]

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Published on November 25th, 2013
Modified on November 21st, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing, Working
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Why I think of money at Thanksgiving

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

Don’t worry — this article isn’t going to be as cynical as that title may sound. I don’t even think my sentiments are especially materialistic. However, I do think handling money the right way is one of the most important things one can do for one’s family, and thinking of it that way sets me [...]

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Published on November 11th, 2013
Modified on November 9th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Planning, Retirement
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