Beware Sloppy Retirement Advice
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There are at least seven major mistakes in this advice by Wells Fargo Asset Management.

Looking Backward on Socialism: Fulfilled By Different Countries
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Edward Bellamy’s novel “Looking Backward” moved hearts and minds, ultimately moving nations and history.

The Uncommon Average of Investment Returns
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The markets are inherently volatile, but they have also been inherently profitable. Setting your expectations accurately can help you stay invested long enough to overlook disappointing results and experience the long-term growth you are seeking.

Looking Backward On Socialism: A Radical Denial Of Human Nature
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One of the most common socialist assumptions is that it is possible to perfect society.

In Which Investment Vehicle Should I Stage My Spending Money?
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Your asset allocation matters to maintaining a balance in retirement of having money for the next 5 to 7 years and keeping up with inflation for time periods of 8 years or longer.

Spam Analysis: The “Protect Your Income” Pitch of Immediate Annuities
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Understanding the most powerful sales techniques doesn’t change the fact that they tend to work.

AAII’s Charles Rotblut on Rebalancing
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How to measure the rebalancing bonus and the benefits of staying invested after a market drop.

How To Set Beneficiary Designations At RiversEdge
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Designating your beneficiaries is an important step in setting up and managing your retirement plan account.

Many Websites Are Merely Side Hustles
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Be on your guard to avoid wasting money following the advice of an article written to maximize revenue.

Avoid Identity Theft By Using Different Random Passwords On Each Website
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Here are some of the best practices to protect your identity.

#TBT Speed Is Not Critical When Investing
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Using the analogy of a peach orchard farmer compared to a doomsday weather watcher, David Marotta reminds us in this 2004 article that “For the speculator, speed is everything. Not so, for the investor.”

Using Forward P/E Ratio To Dynamically Tilt A Portfolio
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A low forward P/E suggests higher expected appreciation.

Four Possible Consequences of Regulation Best Interest
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These are four possible consequences of Regulation Best Interest.

#TBT Frequency Matters More Than Height
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This 2009 article reminds us, “When we are worried about our expenditures, we tend to look at the dollar amounts more than the frequency of our purchases.” However, to combat mindless spending, we should look to trim recurring expenses first.

How to Budget for Emergencies: Divorce, Separation, or Widowing
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Although this is the least common financial shock studied, it is one of the most difficult because at its core it is a problem money cannot solve.

Six Ways Regulation Best Interest Falls Short of a Fiduciary Standard
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The SEC is allowing financial professionals to hide in a lower legal requirement, not meet a fiduciary standard, and call it “Best Interest.”

How to Budget for Emergencies: Other Large Expenses
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Financial shocks can come in all shapes and sizes. This strategy of budgeting should increase your chance for success over the long haul.

Q&A: How Should I Balance Retirement Savings With Other Needs?
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Anything which is not contributing toward your financial independence should be considered part of your lifestyle spending.

The Cost of Keeping Some Money Safe
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Keeping $100,000 might cost you $500,000 in lost opportunity costs over 20 years.

2019 Social Security Facts on Its 84th Birthday
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Social Security just turned 84 years old today (August 14, 2019). It has stayed alive on the false sentiment of sunk costs.

SEC Regulation Best Interest Does Not Have Your Best Interests At Heart
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On June 5th, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released their final draft of Reg BI, or “Best Interest” as it is called.

How to Budget for Emergencies: Pay Cut
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Whatever technique you use to smooth your income, providing for the possibility of having a sudden reduction in income can help your family self-ensure against this potential financial shock.

How to Calculate Safe Spending Rate from a Fixed Pension
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Setting aside some of the payment to cover future inflation is a prudent retirement planning practice.

How to Budget for Emergencies: Trip to Hospital
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This is the financial shock of a trip to hospital. It is upsetting, expensive, and unexpected.

Looking Backward On Socialism: A False Appeal To Nordic Countries
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The appeal to the Nordic countries from socialists is a false one. Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway are examples of market economies, not socialism.

Value Investing During Seasons of Growth
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Generally speaking, Value stocks outperform Growth stocks. Investing based upon this finding is called “Value Investing.”

How to Budget for Emergencies: Major Home Repair
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This is the financial shock of a major home repair. It is expensive and surprising.

2019 Second Quarter And Year-To-Date Returns For Our 6 Asset Classes
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During 2019, the U.S. Stock Market generally rose during the four quarters from the lows set by the Almost Bear Market of 2018.

How to Budget for Emergencies: Major Car Repair
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This is the financial shock of a major car repair. It is the most common financial shock with 30% of households reporting such an event within the last 12 months.

How to Use Your “World Asset Classes” Report Appropriately
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Our intention in including this particular slide is to show the range of quarterly returns. Here is some wisdom on how to use this slide when comparing your own returns for the quarter.

#TBT Blending Index Funds To Achieve Higher Returns
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When crafting your own buy list, this 2007 article reminds us that rather than just finding one index fund to fulfill your asset class, you should consider blending multiple sector level index funds to decrease volatility or increase return.

Does An Inverted Yield Curve Mean I Should Get Out Of The Markets?
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It is easy for an inverted yield curve to spook investors.

How to Budget for Emergencies (The Series)
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It is possible to be prepared for financial emergencies by living 10% more frugally and saving for the inevitable eventuality.

HealthSavings Administrators HSA Investment Recommendation
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A low cost timeless portfolio for your HSA with HealthSavings Administrators.

Many Funds Close, Others Should
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There is a science to portfolio construction. Selecting a random group of companies is just as bad as selecting a random group of funds.

#TBT Your Asset Allocation Should Be Priceless
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Rebalancing from stocks into bonds reduces your returns on average since bonds have a lower average return. But, as this 2015 article reminds us, there are decades of very choppy markets where even rebalancing an allocation of stocks and bonds can boost returns.

Q&A: I Have a Marotta-Managed 401(k). What Should I Invest In?
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We often get the question from plan participants, “What should I invest in?” Here are our recommendations in order.

Do Top-Ranked Funds Repeat?
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Dimensional’s analysis found that top funds do not repeat.

What is the Correlation of the Asset Classes?
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Asset classes are best defined by looking at the correlation of their returns. These four 2015 articles take a close examination at the three appreciation asset classes.

Helpful Chart Shows Why You Should Diversify Globally
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We continue to believe that diversification among many different countries provides a more consistent return than investing entirely in the United States.

Avoid Dave Ramsey’s Referral Services
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Rumors suggest that the network’s vetting is a five minute process where you are told the fees are about $1,000 a month.

#TBT Marotta’s 2019 Gone-Fishing Portfolios
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In case you missed it, here is the overview of our Marotta’s 2019 Gone-Fishing Portfolios. These are our recommended simple asset allocations for those just getting started with investing.

The 30-Year Value of a Single Roth Conversion
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Thirty years of interest, dividends, and capital gains tax is a significant savings.

Looking Backward On Socialism: The Use Of Force To Bring About Utopia
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The unpleasant reality is that socialism quickly turns to the use of force to bring about their vision of society.

#TBT How Shrewd Investors Save on Taxes
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This 2007 post teaches how to use both investment losses and investment gains to good tax advantage.

Spam Analysis: The “Reclusive Millionaire Warns” Article
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The title is “Reclusive Millionaire Warns: ‘Get Out of Cash Now.’ ” Assuming you take the bait, the article and accompanying video uses all the psychological tricks. It takes a long time before what they are selling is revealed.

#TBT Seven Financial Rules For Marital Bliss
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An overwhelming number of failed marriages cite financial troubles as a major factor in their breakup. See if this 2006 article can help make finances a place of union rather than separation.

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