How Your Children Can Win the Stock Market Game
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To meet your goals you don’t need to beat the investment returns of everyone else. Instead, you want a decent return in order to retire comfortably and to ensure a cash flow which will support your standard of living.

Compute Your Net Worth Once A Year – 2006
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Between 40 and 60 you should increase your net worth by half your annual take home pay every year.

2005 In Review
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2005 was a year which showed the weakness of limiting your asset allocation to US stocks and US bonds.

How to Double Your Retirement
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Every six years you delay saving and investing you cut in half the lifestyle you will have in retirement.

Timing the Market Isn’t All Fun and Games
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Market timing is the attempt to switch a significant portion of your assets between different types of investments in an effort to maximize profits. If this is your investment strategy, good luck, because you’ll need it.

Why is Bob Cratchit So Poor?
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At first glance, this story fills us with pity for the Cratchit family, always struggling to make ends meet. But is that the true story?

Medicare Part D deserves an F
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Poor families with children will subsidize millionaire seniors.

Seniors Face Six Month Deadline For Drug Coverage
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Even if you don’t need coverage you can avoid future penalties for as little as $1.87 per month.

Prepaid Tuition Programs May Be Fool’s Gold
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Prepaid programs are not safe. They just assume a different type of risk.

529 Plans: What’s Important?
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If you are one of the 92% with children under the age of 18 who haven’t started a 529 plan, we encourage you to meet with a fee-only financial advisor soon. You can never start too early, and it’s never too late to do something.

What Your Advisor Doesn’t Want You to Ask
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Probably the most important question you can ask of anyone offering you financial advice is, “Do you have a legal obligation to act in my best interests?”

Rocks and Sand – Keeping Expense Ratios Low
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Good portfolios have low expense ratios and minimal trading costs.

Ruling Allows Broker Conflict of Interest
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Currently, stockbrokers can offer the same services as Fee-Only financial planners without being accountable to the same fiduciary standards. This exemption to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 has been called the “Merrill Lynch rule.”

50+ Retirement Investing – Part 3
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We are gradually becoming our grandparents.

50+ Retirement Products – Part 2
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Marketing promises and good friends often cloud the facts.

50+ Retirement Planning – Part 1
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Many people are afraid of having their retirement progress assessed.

Look Over Your Tax Return
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Decreasing your standard of living is the quickest path toward retirement.

You’re Fired! Now Get to Work!
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“You’re fired!” can be an opportunity to work for yourself. But the best two words you might hear are yourself saying, “I quit.” Working for yourself is risky and frightening, but the financial freedom and opportunities you gain are significant.

Taxes are NOT Funny
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“April is the month,” one wit noted, “when the green returns to the lawn, the trees and the Internal Revenue Service.”

Tax Freedom Day Arrives on April 17th, 2005
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Two hours and twenty minutes of every eight hour day go to pay taxes. Three minutes go toward personal savings.

You Too Can Become A Billionaire (2005)
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On your way to becoming a billionaire, the million markers become commonplace.

The Alternatives to Privatizing Social Security Are Worse – Part 2
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It is a tragic irony that the goals of collectivism are best achieved by respecting individual liberties.

The Alternatives To Privatizing Social Security Are Worse – Part 1
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The incentives that produce wealth also produce inequity. Valuing equality above all else destroys the real wealth they are trying to redistribute.

The Value of Emphasizing Value Stocks
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Overweighting investments with average higher return and lower risk is a win-win situation.

Social Security Is Hopelessly Broken
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The wealth gap between blacks and whites widens each generation as a direct result of Social Security.

Choose the Appropriate Investment Vehicle – Part 3
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There is an art to selecting the right investment vehicles for individual portfolios.

Choose the Appropriate Investment Vehicle – Part 2
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Keeping expenses low helps keep your return high.

Choose the Appropriate Investment Vehicle – Part 1
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A good investment advisor will tailor the investments to the specific characteristics of the investor’s situation.

Using S&P 500 Index Funds Contains Hidden Risks
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If the S&P were a financial advisor it would say, “Let’s buy mostly large cap growth stocks in the industry that did well last year with a high price per earnings ratio.”

The Benefits Of Canadian Drugs Are A Pack Of Lies
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If Canada paid their fair share for pharmaceuticals prices would fall.

The Growing Federal Deficit is Bush’s Fault
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In the corporate world, mismanagement can only be covered up so long. In time, those responsible are held accountable. Companies fold. Executives are taken away in handcuffs. Only in the federal government can poorly manage bad ideas and still plead they are underfunded.

Taxes Matter 5 – The Economics And Mindset Of The Rich
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Encourage the rich to be rich or else suffer the consequences of striving toward making us all equally destitute.

Taxes Matter 4 – Private Charity vs. Government Entitlement Programs
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Voting for government entitlement programs is like being generous with your neighbor’s credit card.

Op Ed: High Oil Prices are Good
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Let the free market work its magic. Markets are brilliant in their ability to determine the optimal value and use of limited resources.

Taxes Matter 3 – Taxes Reduce The Opportunities For Economy Efficiencies
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If a Democrat proposed a flat tax, they would take away the Republican’s major platform and be easily elected.

Taxes Matter 2 – The Democratic Party Has Changed
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We would be wiser and stronger to take the advice of Thomas Jefferson, the second Governor of Virginia who said, “A wise and frugal Government, shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

Taxes Matter 1 – The Laffer Curve
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Many people wish to prevent the rich from earning more money, even if that results in smaller tax revenues and a less productive economy.

Atkins Investing Part 2: Low-Carb Investing Has Resulted in Healthy Profits
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Diversify your business and your investments. That way fads and trends won’t determine your financial success.

Atkins Investing Part 1: Low-Carb Trend Has Caused Some Companies to Lose Weight
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Adapting and reacting to trends is important in investing and crucial in small business.

Gas Prices Part 2: Remove Taxes and Price Controls on Gasoline
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At least 40% of the federal gasoline taxes are wasted on non-highway items of dubious general welfare. And 2.86 cents of the revenue is used to subsidize mass transit unused by all but a few large cities.
As an additional inequity, Virginia is a donor state. That means that Virginia, like most southern states, sends the government more in gasoline taxes than it receives in federal pork. We don’t even get to waste our own money! Most of the pork is sent to the Northeast and to states with more influential senators.

Gas Prices Part 1: High Gasoline Prices Are The Best Energy Policy
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If market forces drive up the price of gasoline, any efforts to reduce it aside from supply and demand punishes the exercise of economic freedom and personal responsibility. If you find the moral argument of freedom unconvincing, free markets can still win the pragmatic debate.

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
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Don’t put off the things that truly matter to you until you have more time. You will never have any more time than what you are given each day.

Maintain Financial Balance When in Business
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Running a small business requires financial balance. Here are ten rules.

Health Savings Accounts
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All systems must have a regulator in order to dampen runaway reactions. Healthcare coverage is no exception.

The High Cost of Medical Benefits
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Here is a rule for building stable economic systems: Who pays for a service and who is empowered to decide if a service should be given and who actually benefits from the service should all be the same person.

Everyone needs some frivolous purchases
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When you make a frivolous purchase, tell your spouse that you made it. If you can’t tell your spouse about the purchase, it isn’t worth the trouble. Above all, learn to work together in marriage. Being wealthy requires a husband and wife to both be frugal.

Long-Term Care Insurance Is Too Risky And Too Expensive
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Some types of insurance are a good idea. But LTCI is better handled by preparing early in life.

Wealth is what you save, not what you spend
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The real lifestyles of the rich in Charlottesville would get very low television ratings.

Social Security Can Be Saved
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We can have our benefits and lower taxes if we are willing to admit that socializing retirement benefits was a mistake and we return to trusting once again, the in power of free markets.

Financial Resolutions for the New Year – 2004
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Keeping a budget works like a diet. Some diets require you to write down everything you eat and count calories, shares, ranking, or other food units. It makes eating more painful, causing you to eat less.

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