Eighty – Twenty Rule of Asset Allocation
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Investors are quick to forget that the markets also go down.

The French Kiss Of Death
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French labor laws have made doing business in France with French employees very unattractive.

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.

The Guillotine Of French Economic Freedom
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Although the French gave us the word ‘entrepreneur,’ it’s a wonder the term isn’t obsolete in French.

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.

Eight Steps to Fix Your Broken Credit
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Do whatever it takes. Ask your mother-in-law to hold your credit cards while you are getting out of debt.

Creating A Ladder for Retirement Income
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Like the iron rods in sailing ships, bonds keep your portfolio upright in stormy weather.

Sifting Through Your Own Credit Dirt
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Credit bureaus charge to see your credit score. Save your money.

Learn What Credit Stalkers Know About You
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Beware of bogus credit companies claiming to offer free credit reports in order to gather your personal information.

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?

Government Controls Endanger Homeland Security
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While it’s hard to muster pity for diminished drug company profits, negligible earnings jeopardized production and supply.

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.

Tackling College Costs at the Eleventh Hour
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Don’t borrow or withdraw money from your IRA.

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.

Joshua and the Wall of College Savings
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In the past three years Joshua’s account has grown a whopping 76.6% averaging 22.5% per year.

Start College Savings the Day They Are Born
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If you are not saving for college you are falling behind.

A College Degree is Worth a Million Bucks
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Education matters. He who doesn’t teach his son a trade teaches him to steal.

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?”

Build with Bricks, not Straw or Sticks
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There are many things riskier than volatility.

Germany: Worst Economic Weakness May Be Over
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Reunification of the country has put a drag on economic growth.

Salzburg: Seasoned With White Gold
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The value of salt in ancient time was enormous.

Austria And The Road Back From Serfdom
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Hayek wrote, “More harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil.”

Italian Mafia Coming to America Soon
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Italy reminds us that governmental solutions can be worse than private sector problems.

Italian Communists And Beautiful Girls
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Hard work can’t always overcome Italian bureaucracy.

Country Specific Investing Pays Dividends
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During 2002-2004, iShares of the ten economically freest countries outperformed the index by 5.43% each year.

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 5 – What Hedge Funds Do Right
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You can smooth your returns without any of hedge fund’s drawbacks.

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 4 – High Fees and Poor Regulatory Control
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Wanting to avoid regulations, Hedge funds appeal to investor’s snobbery to make it seem like a privilege.

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 3 – Poor Compensation Structure
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You take all the risk, but the manager gets twenty percent of any winnings. This is not a good compensation scheme.

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 2 – Poor Performance
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Hedge claims are equivalent to “All of the coins I want to tell you about came up heads.”

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 1 – What Are Hedge Funds?
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As Hedge funds grow in popularity, beware of following the lemmings.

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.”

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

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

Fifty+ 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.

Budgeting Part 3: Reduce Your Spending
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Spending less money isn’t an end it itself. Directing your spending to what you truly value is what is important.

Budgeting Part 2: Living On A Family Budget
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Keeping control of your finances means that you can have more fun with your money.

Budgeting Part 1: Creating A Family Budget
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“Do I really want to spend my money in this way?”

Investments In China
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Baring a real people’s revolution, it will take until 2050 for China to complete their slow march to free markets.

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.

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