#BestOf2022 How to Self-Insure for Long-Term Care Health Expenses
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Saving for long-term care, if done early enough, is not too expensive and helps to protect yourself from this potential financial shock.

#TBT How to Double Your Retirement
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Doubling your retirement is not a fast process. It is the slow and steady practices of daily financial diligence.

#TBT Recouping Losses Is Not As Hard As You Think
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This 2016 post has been our most popular search result recently for good reason. After the 2020 COVID bear market, this article is a comforting bit of math.

#TBT Maintain Financial Balance When in Business
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This 2004 post has ten timeless rules for small businesses to maintain their financial balance.

How Long Should I Plan On Living?
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Which is worse: Being destitute while still alive or dying happy and provided for with a little extra?

Account Funding Priorities for 2023
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A savings waterfall is a tool to help investors prioritize savings goals and allocate funds appropriately.

A Christmas Sermon from David Marotta
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This 2008 article is an uplifting, timeless sermon.

#TBT The Happy Habits of Appreciation and Gratitude
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This 2016 article reminds us that “there is a very simple place to start the process of changing our destiny: Each day notice the things that make you happy and try experiencing more of them.”

Nontaxable Social Security Thresholds Are Not Inflation-Adjusted
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Social Security has a number of flaws, to which these static tax brackets can be added.

#TBT Keep Christmas Your Own Way
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In “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge calls Christmas a “humbug” because of the foolish way people celebrate it. This 2008 article reminds us that it is sometimes wise to simplify Christmas.

Pension Lump Sums Are Affected By Rising Interest Rates
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If you have received a projection from your company which included a lump sum offer that you were interested in taking, you may want to analyze it again.

#TBT Don’t Eat Yourself Out of Financial Security
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The worst financial problems stem from trying to live a champagne and caviar lifestyle on a beer and chips budget.

The Haunting of Bob Cratchit: A Book from David Marotta
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Did you know David wrote a Christmas novel? This 2020 book by David John Marotta and Brendon Marotta makes you rethink what is happening in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

#TBT Marotta on A Christmas Carol
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Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is one of the best stories for talking about economics. This 2003 – 2012 series uses the classic tale to illustrate different financial personalities, principles, and philosophies.

Social Security Fact Report: Insolvent in 2035
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Every day, we voters and the government have the chance to free our children from this burden.

#TBT The Economics of a Thanksgiving Turkey
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This 2014 article changed the way we enjoy our Thanksgiving turkeys. Turkeys have always been an interesting study for economics. Because of the consistency of their demand in America, the price of a Thanksgiving turkey can be used as an indicator of inflation. This article should give you something fun to discuss this year.

Be the One Who Can Write That Check
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It is perfectly fine for you to underspend your assets. You don’t need my permission, but you have my blessing anyway.

A Very Conservative Gone-Fishing Portfolio of Vanguard Mutual Funds
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I share this story here in case others in a similar situation may benefit from seeing this example.

Your Social Security Benefit Lags Inflation
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There are at least two reasons why your Social Security benefits are failing to keep up with inflation.

Lessons for 2022 from My 1983 First Mortgage at 11.5%
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We haven’t seen high interest rates in many years, but high interest rates do not remove the potential benefits of having a mortgage.

#TBT How Does The Fed Control Interest Rates In A Free Market?
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This 2014 article is a good reminder of how interest rates work in our country.

The Art and Science of a Bond Allocation (529 Plan Example)
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Adding more Stability to an asset allocation isn’t an easy issue. It takes science to know how much bonds you need. It takes artistry to gradually adjust your asset allocation over time. 

More Self-Control Leads to Wiser Spending, Not Less Spending
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In this article, I am defending the use of self-control in your financial habits.

#TBT Tax By Inflation
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Inflation has at least four grievous effects on our economy. This 2014 article explains them.

#TBT Five Reasons to Have Some Cash Equivalents
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Staying fully invested is an important part of your financial plan. Yet still, there are at least five reasons to hold cash.

#TBT Sage Advice After Stock Market Drop
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Old financial news read with 20-20 hindsight helps remind us that this is what markets do.

Review: eBay Mastercard Credit Card
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Although this card is an easy way to pay 3% less for an eBay purchase, I won’t be adding it to my wallet since that is its only use.

#TBT Be Wary Of Sponsored Content
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As advertisers have found it harder and harder to reach consumers, they are continually seeking ways to gain your attention.

Are Recessions a Real Thing?
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Regardless of which it is and whether we are in a recession, it is always a good time to have a balanced portfolio.

Radio: Dangers of Seeking Utopia
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On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, David John Marotta appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show with Rob Schilling to talk about dangers of seeking utopia and the sinfulness of humanity.

Avoid the Publishers Clearing House Scam
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Protecting you from elder fraud is just one of the many services we can offer as a part of comprehensive financial planning.

#TBT The Value of Systematic Roth Conversions
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In this video, David used examples from our tax planning service to demonstrate what a Roth conversion plan might look like and how systematic Roth conversions can create a higher after-tax net worth in the future.

Protect Yourself By Silencing Unknown Callers
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This process works as the people in your contacts list are probably not scammers.

A Closer Look at Freedom 100 Emerging Markets ETF (FRDM)
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FRDM is interesting, but using our country specific funds plus a low cost Vanguard Emerging Market fund allows us to emphasize freedom for as low a cost as possible.

Big Mac Index Shows Official CPI Under Reports Inflation (2022)
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I decided to see if McDonald’s famous burger was still appreciating faster than the CPI. It has been.

#TBT What Are Normal Market Movements?
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It is common for investors to be surprised by movements in their portfolios. This 2019 article reminds us though that even volatile movements can be quite normal.

#TBT Before You Get Out Of The Stock Market, Read This
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When you get out of the markets, you have made a huge gamble with your retirement money, and now the stakes are high.

#TBT A Guide to the Bear Markets
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This series on each Bear Market helps remind us that there is nothing to fear.

Current Inflation vs. Expected Inflation (June 2022)
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Currently, 12-month inflation is 8.58% and the crowdsourced expected inflation is 2.88%. Here’s what to do.

#TBT The Price of Listening to Dire Predictions
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While it is always true that a recession will come eventually, shifting to bonds whenever one is predicted has serious consequences.

#TBT Harvest Major Capital Losses Whenever You Have Them
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While you can only use $3,000 per year of capital losses to reduce your taxable income, you should bank as much capital loss as possible for other future uses.

#TBT The Lower The Market Falls The More Important It Is To Stay Invested
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A recovery after a significant downturn in the markets is often marked by steep growth. If you sell and flatline, you will likely miss the market’s natural recovery and thus your own personal future recovery becomes very difficult.

Exemptions to Fiduciary Rule Jeopardize 401(k) Plans
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Being a fiduciary means more, regardless of what the Department of Labor might write in their press releases.

Bond Markets: Worst Quarter in 40 Years & Not That Bad (April 2022)
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We think holding your next seven years of spending in relatively safe bonds is always a good idea. But holding too much in bonds may not keep up with inflation and is not ideal for your long-term investment strategy.

#TBT Don’t Do Something. Just Stand There!
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You learn a lot by the discipline of reading old news.

Happiness Is The Result Of A Life Lived With Purpose
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Regardless of what you do with the money earned, continuing to work is a worthwhile journey.

June Marotta: The Practical Teaching of Economics
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Equating an entire school system into an economic game is one way which has worked for Keys.

Seven Reasons to Avoid Bitcoin
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Bitcoin satisfies some of the characteristics of a currency, but there are at least seven areas of concern.

#TBT How Long Should I Keep Financial and Tax Records?
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Whenever the IRS challenges you, the burden of producing evidence that your claims are true rests entirely with you.

#TBT How to Deduct U.S. Debt Obligations on State Tax Returns
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Some states do not tax their residents on income from a mutual fund that was earned on U.S. government obligations.

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