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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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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