December 26, 2014

Why is Bob Cratchit So Poor?

Why is Bob Cratchit So Poor?

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?

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Jorge Posada And Jose Contreras Failed To Safeguard Their Finances

Jorge Posada And Jose Contreras Failed To Safeguard Their Finances

Their attorney, New York-based Barry Lax, says the two ballplayers are the latest professional athletes abused by predatory financial advisors.

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Radio: The Rising Debt of College Education

Grad in Green

David John Marotta and Rob Schilling discussed the ways current policy makes college more unaffordable, and what students and parents can do about it.

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Fiduciary Fight Part 2: Additional Congressional Regulatory Oversight Can’t Be Trusted

Fiduciary Fight

Congress cannot protect you from the financial sharks who contribute to their campaigns, but they may protect the sharks.

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Inversion Is The Latest Corporate Tax-Cutting Strategy

Inversion Is The Latest Corporate Tax-Cutting Strategy

The United States is the only country that imposes a tax on all income the company makes whether it is earned within or outside the country.

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Interviews And Articles With Ken Elzinga

Ken Elzinga

“Markets have made possible the prospect of the bulk of an economy’s population not being poor and oppressed.”

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Fiduciary Fight Part 1: The Fight Over The Fiduciary Label

Fiduciary Fight

The fight is on! Everyone wants to be known as a fiduciary, but not everyone deserves the title.

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The Segregated Joint Economic Committee

Joint Economic Committee

Does the Joint Economic Committee live up to anything in its name?

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Interview with Ken Elzinga by Marotta On Money

Ken Elzinga

Ken Elzinga writes the popular Henry Spearman mystery novels under the pen name of Marshal Jevons. We caught up with Professor Elzinga for the following interview.

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The Mystery Of The Invisible Hand

The Mystery of the Invisible Hand

Read an excerpt from Ken Elzinga’s latest Henry Spearman mystery novel.

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November 2014 Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes

November 2014 Returns -6 Asset Classes

Here are the returns for our six Asset Classes from November 2014.

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August – October 2014 Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes

6 Asset Classes - 8-10-14

Here are the returns for our six Asset Classes from August 2014 – October 2014.

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Stop Borrowing From Yourself

Stop Borrowing From Yourself

Stop borrowing from your future self. Each day you fail to save is another day where you tighten the ball and chain around your ankle. You deserve better than that.

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Radio: Charlottesville Real Estate

Beach Cottage

David John Marotta appeared on the radio discussing Charlottesville real estate, interest rates, and how you should not let a daunting pile of mortgage paperwork stop you from purchasing a home.

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Cheating Isn’t Just For Students

Cheating

Increased pressure will only force more teachers to choose between their integrity and their salaries.

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Financial Willpower

Financial Willpower

The amount of energy available in the brain to exercise self-regulation and resist temptation is a limited resource. When the account runs out, well… you know the kind of decisions you make.

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2015 IRA and Roth Contribution Limits

Retirement Plan Contrib Income Limits 2015_t

Here are the 2015 contribution limits and income phaseouts for contributions to Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs for retirement saving planning.

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Five Principles Of Spending

Principles of Spending

How to judge if your money was well spent.

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Ten Red Flags Of Emails Trying To Steal Your Identity

Fraud pretending to be from Paypal

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

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Radio: Parts of the Government Should be Shut Down

Wilted Leaf

David John Marotta was interviewed discussing government waste and what would happen if parts of the government were shut down.

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Mailbox: Which States Allow Prize-Linked Savings Accounts?

The Drive of the Lottery

There are thirteen states so far. Does your state allow them?

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Bogle’s Best Advice: Don’t Peek

Don't Peek

When it comes to finances, just shut your eyes and keep them closed.

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The Influence of American Values on Garry Kasparov

Gary Kasparov

As a libertarian and former chess prodigy, I enjoyed very much an address by Gary Kasparov at the Cato Institute entitled, “The Influence of American Values.”

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Planning Clients Often Don’t Get What They Pay For

Sad Stop

While I agree with the study, I don’t know that I agree with the prescribed solutions suggested.

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Interview with Senatorial Candidate Robert Sarvis

Sarvis

We e-mailed all the senatorial candidates inviting them to be interviewed on our blog. Of all the candidates, Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian 2014 Virginia Senatorial candidate, was the only one to respond.

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Tax Limits: 2015 Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

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It’s important to know the limits so you don’t over-contribute and incur tax penalties, but contribute just the right amount (based on your income) for your future standard of living.

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How Can I Give to My New Grandchild?

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My daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first child, and my husband and I want to give some money for the child as a gift. What are my options?

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How To Divide An Inherited Account Evenly

Money Divided

There is no accounting for how many heirs an account might need to be divided among in an estate plan. Here are the best practices for how to divide the estate.

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If You Wouldn’t Buy It, Why Keep It?

Lego Shop

The stock market is one of the few places that when things go on sale we are less likely to want to buy.

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Radio: Are U.S. Markets Overvalued?

Marotta Smiling On Radio

This radio interview covers the basics of what investing is, and how to think about investing, especially in U.S. Markets with a constant stream of information available.

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Should You Be Building Bond Ladders In This Lower Rate Environment?

Ladder from above

There was an interesting article by Joseph Lisanti in Financial Planning Magazine entitled, “Should You Be Building Bond Ladders?” which read in part: As with many strategies, laddering works best for clients with sufficient assets to benefit fully from it. “It is a tried-and-true strategy,” says Morris Armstrong of Armstrong Financial Strategies, an RIA in [...]

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Which public policies help to decrease disparities in the distribution of wealth?

Be Stupid

What if only enough redistribution were applied so that the top 1% (or whatever top segment) has just 15% of all wealth instead of 40% or whatever it is now?

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Advisors Focus On Panic Prevention In Volatile Market

Panic Button

Our brains are not wired well for handling the fluctuations in the stock market. Could a financial advisor help?

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Achieving Financial Peace Of Mind

Peaceful Sleeping

One goes to bed, while the other sits down to manage the family finances.

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Active vs. Passive: Where Money’s Flowing

Fish flow

Here is the number one criteria you should use in your fund screen.

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Driving Emotions From Your Investment Process: A 12-Step Program

Brain Scan

Don’t let short term volatility ruin a brilliant long term investment strategy.

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A Complete Guide To Using A Donor Advised Account For Your Charitable Giving

Gift

A donor advised fund makes giving easier.

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AAII 2014

David John Marotta presenting

The articles associated with David John Marotta’s presentation at the DC Metro chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors.

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Style Box Annualized Returns For The Past Three Years

Morningstar 3-year stylebox returns 2014-08

Morningstar data for the 3-year annualized returns based on style boxes shows us three interesting lessons.

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Radio: More on the Economics of Healthcare

Money Pills

Individuals should be free to weight the healthcare costs and benefits, risks and savings, and make the decision that best fits their circumstances.

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Mailbag: Screenings useful in cancer fight

2014-08-27 Letter

Again, we were asking if such screening saved insurance companies money, and the answer is, “No.”

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Real Returns Favor Holding Stocks

Real returns favor holding stocks

There are several important lessons to learn from this graph.

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Most Americans Want Financial Advice From Humans

Wise Old Owl

An article title caught my eye recently: “Survey: Most Americans want financial advice from humans.” The teaser linked to an article by Lydia Saad for Gallup which found that although there is great buzz about the rise of “Robo-Advisors” a majority of Americans prefer to work with a dedicated advisor, advisory firm, or at least [...]

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Failed Experiment at the SEC

Chaos Lab

Those who don’t understand or experience regulatory capture wrongly believe in a team of angels at these federal agencies tirelessly working for the common good.

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Mailbag: What Cost Basis Method Do I Want For Vanguard Mutual Funds?

Mutual Funds Scrabble

In our example, your gain/loss could vary from -$1,000 to +$3,500 depending on the method used.

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Radio: Third Party Payer Systems

Money Pills

David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing the economics of third party payer systems.

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Mailbag: What Is The One Fund Should I Invest In?

Rainbow Stars

Here’s how to earn a slow million.

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How Do I Find An Estate Planning Attorney In My Area?

ACTEC

What is a better starting place than advertisements and phone directories?

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How To List A Charity As Your Beneficiary

Charity

There is a tax benefit to leaving some assets to your favorite charity rather than leaving it to your heirs.

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Mailbox: How Can I Leave My Estate To A Charity?

Gift Boxes

Leaving a legacy can be a great benefit for the charity receiving the gift.

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