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For people who don’t want to do it alone, we encourage you to read our articles to get a fuller understanding of how our services work to see if we are a good fit for you. If you are interested, we would be happy to help you get started as a client!

Our Articles

Rent Seeking in Proxy Voting
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We, the shareholders, do not like being treated this way.

Q&A: Can I Fund My Roth IRA with Appreciated Stock?
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Sadly, the IRS is very clear about this; contributions must be cash.

Safe Withdrawal Rates, Asset Allocation, and the Importance of Staying Invested
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Our firm has become known for our method of computing maximum safe withdrawal rates in retirement. Our safe withdrawal rates are based on having what we believe to be optimum asset allocation targets.

Why the Tax on Your Roth Conversion Hurts So Much
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Be brave. Fund your Roth. Convert your IRA. Pay your tax bill. Your future self will thank you.

Donor-Advised Fund Comparison 2018
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Even though we recommend Vanguard as a custodian for our readers who are just starting out with investing, they are not our first choice when it comes to Donor Advised Funds.

New SEC Advice Rule Abandons Fiduciary Standard For Brokers
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The SEC released an embarrassingly poor 1,000 page document.

How to Find Your True Calling
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A 2014 post called “7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose” has seven good questions for life planning. Here’s the radio edit version of that post.

Radio: Is this law worth raising an army and fighting the citizens over?
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On April 10, 2018, David John Marotta appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show to discuss the question: What is worth using the government’s threat of violence?

SEC Isn’t Enforcing The Law
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In 2007 the Financial Planning Association won a lawsuit that it filed against the SEC to force them to enforce the registration provisions of the 1940 Investment Advisors Act. The law still isn’t enforced.

First Quarter 2018 Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes
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Although volatility is often unwelcome by investors, it can provide profitable returns.

What Does It Mean To Be An Accredited Investor?
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“One principal purpose of the accredited investor concept is to identify persons who can bear the economic risk of investing in these unregistered securities.”

Why The 4% Rule Is Not A Sufficient Withdrawal Strategy
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Determining what constituted a safe withdrawal rate was one of the first questions I tackled. After a year and a half of study on the question, I had realized the inadequacy of the 4% rule and found a methodology which provides more useful when advising clients.

Marotta’s 2018 eTrade Gone-Fishing Portfolio
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This post explains the methodology for building a portfolio limited to the commission-free exchange traded funds (ETFs) on the eTrade platform.

Marotta’s 2018 eTrade Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator
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We recommend this gone fishing portfolio for accounts hosted at eTrade.

How to Avoid an IRMAA Medicare Premium Surcharge 2018
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Depending on your particular case and Social Security agent, you may get your surcharge waived, lowered, or upheld.

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