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The High Probability of Putting Safety-First

There is an ongoing discussion in personal finance about the differences between safety-first and probability-based approaches to managing money, especially money for retirement. You are (probably) familiar with the probability-based approach from hearing some of these well-known rules of the thumb: [list style=”orb” color=”green”] You can withdraw 4% a year and (probably) not run out […]

Lifetime Planning with R-MAP Planner

I’ve been busy the last few months enhancing the planning tool I’ve developed, R-Map Planner, and building a home for it on the web where planners and civilians alike can find out about it and license it. So I’ve been a bit absent here from posts recently (no cheering!), part of the time division that […]

’Tis the Season for Open Enrollment

In my last post, I listed some year-end housekeeping and tax items. It’s open enrollment season, so this post will cover items related to employer sponsored plans. Health insurance options and the ACA Top of mind this season, health insurance—many companies are replacing non-compliant health insurance plans. This may be your first time in a […]

Beware, The End (of the Year) is Coming!

It’s that time of year when articles appear filled with old chestnuts about this or that task to complete by year-end to get your financial house in order. Recently I presented some year-end planning items in a webinar to a group of accountants, and in this and the next couple posts, will share with you […]

Lifetime Investing, Part Four—Getting Your Level of Risk Right

In part three of this series, we discussed how to create a low-cost portfolio invested in the global economy that reliably returns market returns, less costs, year in and year out while diversifying away the risk of picking and owning stock in individual companies. We discussed how to set up two indexed sub-portfolio one for […]

The Nobel Prize for Market Contradictions

With it’s recent awards to economists Gene Fama, Robert Shiller, and Lars Peter Hansen, the Nobel committee appears to have come to a conclusion, of sorts, that the markets are irrationally efficient. F. Scott Fitzgerald suggested the ability to hold two opposite ideas in mind at the same time and still be able to function […]

Know Where You’re Going Before You Buy A “Go Anywhere” Bond Fund

The financial services industry is quick to turn any new investor distress into a hopefully profitable if sometimes dubious investment product. Take bonds, for instance. Investment quality bonds, bought and held to maturity, are among the safest and most predictable investments. Annual income is a function of the coupon rate, and you get your principal […]

What Makes the Wheel Go Round

This is a fast-paced trip through the mechanics of the global economy—what makes the wheel go round. The animations are terrific and the tone is entertaining and informative. It quickly covers the whole economic landscape while revealing the hidden levers that underlie government debates and policy, debt, and the global economy. It’s all here—booms, busts, […]

Lifetime Investing, Part Three—The Global Market Portfolio

In the last few posts, we have been discussing the investment phases of a lifetime financial plan. In the first we discussed the retirement income phase and in the second, the savings phase. In this post I will discuss how to create a low-cost, broadly diversified portfolio that is invested in the global economy to […]

Lifetime Investing, Part Two—The Savings Phase

In part one I discussed the four phases of a lifetime savings and investment plan and how investing during the retirement income phase is driven by the strength of your household balance sheet, not by the need to beat the market or stretch for yield. The stronger your balance sheet, the more risk capacity you […]