The Psychology of Social Security Claiming

Philosophers, op-ed writers and other big thinkers are among the many folks always scouring for linkages between seemingly disparate trends and occurrences. Want a few examples? Well, there’s the link between the need for World War II defense workers and the post-war emergence of the film noir femme fatale. There’s the connection between choosing zero percent APR […]


Executing the executor role

Over the course of a long life, an individual’s financial affairs can become exceptionally complicated. He or she has likely assembled a portfolio of savings, stocks and bonds, life insurance policies, real estate holdings and other assets. If a savvy money manager, the person has sought out the best credit cards and the best savings […]


Super debt: That’s just about the size of it

This article is by staff writer Jeffrey Steele. Personal finance gurus have long warned that we Americans have a nasty problem. We spend too much and save too little. Not only do we not look for the best savings accounts, or check on savings account rates, or seek high interest savings accounts, many of us […]


The sad faces of college debt

This article is by staff writer Jeffrey Steele. It’s not often that I find myself in a cocoon of warm and fuzzy feelings about how good I’ve had it in life. But when I consider the economic travails endured by the current generation of college students, I can’t help feeling I’ve lived a pretty charmed […]


The age of the entrepreneur

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. Many who reach the age of 50 and beyond aren’t looking forward to a rocking chair and a life of endless TV programming. They would like to stay on the job and work indefinitely. But ensuring they can isn’t always so simple. No matter how much experience […]


What investment scams are made of

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. I’ve had Brian Ross’s 2009 book “The Madoff Chronicles” in my sights for several years, and I finally got around to plucking the tome about the 2008 collapse of the House of Madoff from my local library. Having devoured about three-quarters of this Greek tragedy of a tale, […]


Calling attention to retention

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. I’ve been a member of a local professional association for more than 20 years. The group holds monthly meetings, and the program committee comes up with a different program each month, usually featuring one or more guest speakers. Topics have included getting the most from social media, […]


Super powers can be yours

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. Is there anyone on earth who hasn’t at least once in their lifetime wished they could possess superpowers? A super ability to walk through walls, make yourself invisible, scale 85-story skyscrapers and laugh as bullets bounce harmlessly off your chest could come in mighty handy from time […]


Can you afford an international retirement?

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. On a recent trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, our hosts announced one Sunday they were taking us to a special place outside the city. We climbed into a van and motored an hour southeast, coming to a halt on the shores of Lake Chapala. Mexico’s largest fresh-water lake, […]


Working longer: Fallback or fallacy?

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. The following has occurred to me countless times; maybe it has you as well. Perhaps you’ve even been the one to utter those oft-repeated words. Two or more people are talking about how far behind they are in saving for retirement. They’ve saved so little, in fact, that […]