#BestOf2019 – An Overview of Marotta’s 2019 Gone-Fishing Portfolios
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Our gone-fishing portfolios are used by thousands of people, so it makes sense the article about it would be among our most popular of 2019. Our 2020 gone-fishing portfolios will come out in February.

Longest Economic Expansion In United States History
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A long expansion is nothing to fear.

Inverted Yield Curve Uninverted Without Recession
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Investors hurt their finances more by missing out than they do by staying in.

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.

Looking Backward on Socialism: Liberal Control Of Academia
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The increasing monoculture within universities pushes, at least slightly, each graduating class more toward favoring socialism.

Q&A: Which Products Do You Buy and Which Do You Avoid?
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The selection of what products we purchase or avoid for clients is based solely on what we believe gives our clients the best chance to meet their goals.

What We Can Learn From The Buffett Family Motto
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From such changes, the millionaire mindset is built and millions are gained.

#TBT Financial Help for the New Year
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A 2007 article that stands the test of time. This is the year you should keep your financial resolutions. Getting help from an objective advisor can provide both a powerful catalyst for action and real peace of mind.

How To Win The Virginia Stock Market Game
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If you do compete and want to share your results with us, fill out our Contact form and let us know about your strategy. We may even write an article about you.

What To Expect Now That The S&P 500 Reached 3,200
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On Thursday, December 19, 2019, the S&P 500 Price Index closed above 3,200 for the first time in history. What should we expect going forward?

How To Spend: Take Care Of Your Things
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The thrift of taking care of your things is a wealthy mindset that pays off every year you don’t need to buy a replacement.

#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.

University Of Virginia Health Savings Account (UVA HSA) Investment Recommendation
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We believe that this mix of funds should provide a timeless allocation for the HSAs of University of Virginia employees.

How To Spend: Learn To Do Without
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The first lesson in learning how to spend is learning how to not.

Financial Planning as a Profession Turns 50 Years Old Today
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Most professions do not know the exact day they were conceived. However, on December 12, 1969, financial planning was created and today in 2019, the profession turns 50 years old.

My Grandfather’s Journal: Don’t Be Afraid to Try
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I agree with my grandfather that we should not be inclined to spend the rest of our lives in a rocking chair.

Calculating the Impact of Warren’s Ultra-Millionaire Tax
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It looks like the calculator is simply wrong. It uses a 3% tax rate instead of the 6% tax rate they cite for the Elizabeth Warren’s Tax Plan.

#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.”

#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.

Looking Backward On Socialism: The Hypnotic Appeal Of Future Pacing
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Our first step is not “closing our eyes and imaging it.” We need our eyes wide open analyzing each idea for its own individual costs and benefits.

What To Expect After Dow 28,000
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On Friday, November 16, 2019, the Dow closed above 28,000 for the first time in history. What should we expect going forward?

How To Spend: Use Only Just Enough
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Most of our regular use of items is habitual. Developing a mindset that uses less requires changing our habits.

Looking Backward On Socialism: No Such Thing As Self-Sufficiency
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One common socialist assumption is that government collectivism is so essential for success that there is no such thing as self-sufficiency.

The Monetary Benefit of Delaying Retirement
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Continuing to work for five more years could increase your retirement standard of living by as much as 50%.

Spam Analysis: “The Last Republican President” Warning
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This pitch is made by Bill Shaw of Stansberry Research, the same group that brought you the perennial “Reclusive Millionaire Warns” spam article. Don’t be gullible.

Careful Records Required To Track Capital Gains
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Keeping a careful accounting of your investment’s cost basis isn’t glamorous, but it can help you save time and money when it comes time to sell.

You Are Probably Paying Too Much For Your Mutual Funds
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Check your own funds. You are likely paying too much for your mutual funds.

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.

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