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In praise of not planning

Written by Richard Barrington - Leave a Comment

It’s a good thing that I am a planner by nature because, dealing with personal finance as I do involves a lot of long-term planning. So it might seem a little odd for me to take this position, but there are times when your finances might be better for not having made a plan — [...]

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Published on November 10th, 2014
Modified on November 7th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing, Working
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Zeroing in on target-date funds

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

For those investing for retirement, target-date funds sound like a great idea. Say you want to retire in 2030. Simply purchase a 2030 target-date fund, the wisdom holds, and the fund will do a lot of the heavy lifting for you when it comes to your investments.
But like that time you tried to pass your [...]

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Published on November 5th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Top 10 Money Mistakes New Parents Make

Written by Suba Iyer - 2 Comments

Having a child is an exciting and exhausting experience. The feeling of holding your newborn in your arms cannot be described in words. Along with this exhilarating feeling, though, comes sleep deprivation, hectic schedules and the determination to provide nothing but the best for your precious little one. Even with the best intentions, it is [...]

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Published on October 20th, 2014
Modified on October 24th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Insurance, Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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How California’s Drought Will Affect You

Written by William Cowie - One Comment

Statistically, 80 to 90 percent of you live outside of California. When you read reports of the drought in California, then, your reaction may be something like, “Bummer for those dudes. Patti, please pass the peas.” You might want to reconsider, though, because chances are this drought could affect you more than you think.
Saying the [...]

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Published on October 15th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Economy, Frugality, Miscellany, Saving & Investing
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9 Things I Wonder About IPOs

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

The initial public offering (IPO) of the international e-commerce company Alibaba recently attracted a lot of attention — not to mention a couple billion dollars of investment money. This might be okay if it were an isolated occurrence, but lately there has been a flurry of IPOs — and they make me feel a little [...]

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Published on October 13th, 2014
Modified on October 10th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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Are Your Adult Children Destroying Your Retirement?

Written by Jeffrey Steele - Leave a Comment

I can still remember the days when the term “generation gap” was all the rage. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, that term was bandied about to describe the yawning philosophical chasm between Baby Boomers and their parents on topics as diverse as the Vietnam War, the length of one’s hair, and different [...]

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Meet the Enemy of Retirement Security: Procrastination

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 4 Comments

Last year, I signed up for a program called “Connections” through my college alma mater. The program is designed to bring a group of the college’s current juniors and seniors to the big city, for a pow-wow with both recent graduates and ancient grads like myself, who work in the students’ prospective career fields.
On the [...]

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Published on September 10th, 2014 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Education, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Is Burger King Guilty of Tax Inversion?

Written by William Cowie - 8 Comments

“Burger King abdicates US citizenship,” shouted the normally staid BBC. Burger King seems to be vilified everywhere for its plan to merge with Tim Hortons, the Canadian breakfast giant. Why? This thing called tax inversion.
The goal of this post is simply to break through the rhetoric and lay out the basic issues of the deal.
Tax inversion: [...]

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Published on September 3rd, 2014
Modified on September 9th, 2014 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing, Taxes
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Saving for Retirement: How to Avoid the Roads to Ruin

Written by Richard Barrington - Leave a Comment

They say there are many paths to financial success, but if you accept the idea that these are two-way streets, that means there are also many paths to financial ruin.
Maybe my view is skewed by the fact that people tend to come to me for financial advice once they are already in serious trouble. Then [...]

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Published on September 1st, 2014
Modified on August 28th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Are You Getting Ahead or Falling Behind?

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

People have long spoken of “haves” and “have-nots,” but perhaps never in modern times has the economy seemed so separated between those who seem to be getting ahead and those who are falling behind.
What complicates things is that appearances can be deceptive. The easy availability of debt can make a household believe it is living [...]

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