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Retirement Planning

How Do You Protect Your Finances From Yourself As You Age?

One of the saddest experiences for a financial advisor is watching an elderly client decline and, despite our best efforts, being unable to protect them from themselves. I wrote in 2007 about an elderly client who fired me when she was failing cognitively but still...

From College Fund to Retirement Nest Egg – Tax Free

When each of my children was born, I had their application for a 529 college fund filled out, mailed, and funded with the first $100 before they were released from the hospital. I dutifully funded those accounts monthly for years, until they accumulated enough to fund...

Yes, It’s Okay To Take the Senior Discount

In my forties I delighted in buying AARP memberships as 50th birthday gifts for my friends to remind them they were now officially “over the hill.” You can imagine their delight in doing the same for me when I turned 50. I remember the disbelief in realizing that I...

Will The High Costs Of Long-Term Care Leave You Broke?

When people refer to “Dying Broke,” they typically are envisioning spending their retirement nest egg on creating experiences and memories for themselves, family, and friends. They usually aren’t talking about outliving their financial resources as a result of...

Wealth Equals Wellbeing Only If You Spend It When You Need To

In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens vividly brought to life one of fiction’s most famous misers, Ebenezer Scrooge. He was a “tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint,...

The Risk of Anchoring Investment Expectations to a Market High

Imagine that you have placed your retirement funds in a diversified portfolio which includes a portion in the stock market. A year after your initial investment, the news is buzzing with stories about record-breaking market highs. Seeing the value of your portfolio...