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Sep 11

Making Sense of Social Security Disability Benefits

The statistics are nothing short of alarming: studies show that a twenty-year-old worker has a one in four chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age. Most of us think of disability as something that happens to the “other...

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Sep 05

Alternative Reality

Diversification has been called the only free lunch in investing. This idea is based on research showing that diversification, through a combination of assets like stocks and bonds, could reduce volatility without reducing expected return or...

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Aug 28

The Times They are A-Changin’ (Incrementally) – Social Security Now

Most people in the neighborhood of retirement age will remember the classic by Bob Dylan, The Times They are A-Changin’. He wrote this song in a time of cultural revolution and political unrest, as a symbol of a world that would never be the...

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Aug 22

Where’s the Value?

From 1928–2017 the value premium[1] in the US had a positive annualized return of approximately 3.5%.[2] In seven of the last 10 calendar years, however, the value premium in the US has been negative.

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Aug 15

Social Security and Retirement Income – Navigating the New Rules

When you enter a new phase of life, people love to offer you advice on the first thing to do when you get there.

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Aug 08

What You Pay, What You Get: the Price and Expected Returns Junction

It has been more than 50 years since the idea of stock prices containing all relevant information was put forth. Information might come in the form of data from a company’s financial statements, news about a new product, a change in the...

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Aug 01

Social Security – Recent Changes in 3-D

3-D printing has revolutionized production, problem-solving, and manufacturing. The creation of 3-D items, once only the right and privilege of factory owners and designers, is now available to the rest of us. When printing in 3-D, you can see...

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Jun 04

The Impact of Inflation

When the prices of goods and services increase over time, consumers can buy fewer of them with every dollar they have saved.

This erosion of the real purchasing power of wealth is called inflation. Inflation is an important element of investing....

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May 08

Tuning Out the Noise

For investors, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the relentless stream of news about markets. Being bombarded with data and headlines presented as impactful to your financial well-being can evoke strong emotional responses from even the most...

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May 02

Behavioral Bias A to Z: Conclusion

We’ll end today where we started, with our original premise:  Behavioral bias in finance can have disastrous and costly consequences. Knowing ourselves and having an outside advisor can be essential to seeing through your biases.

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