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Investing Strategies in Light of the Market Volatility

Patience is not a skill or an inherent ability. It’s a practice, one that does not necessarily develop with age or wisdom. Successful investing takes patience because as you extend your investment horizon, your chances of success increase. You can’t expect good results in the short-term, but you can expect excellent results 10-20 years out […]

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11 Financial Goals to Set Any Time of the Year

Did the start of a new decade get you thinking about what financial goals to set this year? According to a motivational flyer in my office, 71% of Americans make resolutions, but only 8% succeed. Put me in that 8%. This year, I’d like to lose about 15 pounds. I also ate a lot of […]

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How to Build Lifetime Income Without Annuities

Have you heard advertisements about creating lifetime income for a secure retirement? I’m always skeptical about annuities because they are so confusing, even for those of us that pay attention. Turns out, the term “lifetime income” is a marketing phrase meant to demystify annuities by highlighting their main benefit. Unfortunately, a new marketing campaign doesn’t […]

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My Retirement Asset Allocations and Improved Portfolio Page

To be more transparent about my overall investment strategy, I’ve redesigned my Portfolio page and will be explaining the changes in today’s blog post. It now includes the details of our retirement asset allocations, my dividend growth stock portfolio, the forward 12-month investment income (F12MII) chart, and a new financial independence progress chart.  I did […]

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How to Retire at Age 55 – An Interview with Fritz Gilbert of The Retirement Manifesto

Not long ago, a fellow retirement blogger retired at the age of 55. I have the same retirement goal! So when I read about his triumphant exit from corporate America, I thought, who better to interview about how to retire at age 55 than Fritz Gilbert of The Retirement Manifesto? Fritz spent 30+ years at […]

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Transferring Retirement Assets from Vanguard to Fidelity

I recently completed a six-figure transfer of retirement assets from Vanguard to Fidelity. The transfer is part of an account consolidation effort I put in motion last year to simplify our finances. The need to consolidate accounts became apparent when we started working on our family estate plan. We’re coming close to finally completing our […]

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6 Powerful (and Low-Risk) Financial Maneuvers that Put Extreme Frugality to Shame

Powerful financial maneuvers are meaningful decisions you make with your money and lifestyle that have a significant long-term impact on building wealth.  Too often, we focus on the little ways to save money. We used to be a coupon clipping couple before having kids. We had more time back then. Coupons influenced our shopping choices […]

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Never Depend on a Single Income

Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source. – Warren Buffett Buffett quotes are usually more eloquent. My grammar checker hated this one. But it’s one of my favorites because he sounds like a caveman. And it’s one way I like to think about investing, as a secondary source of income.  […]

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Should You Max Out Your 401(k) in 2020?

The department head at my job invited me into his office for a 30-minute chat when I first started. We spent the time getting to know each other and talking about our past experiences and current roles at the company. Then he asked if was contributing the 403(b). I live and breath this stuff so I saw it […]

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A Three-Pronged Approach To Funding Your Child’s College Education

About twelve years ago before starting a family, I met up with an old college friend for happy hour at a bar in Washington D.C. called The Big Hunt. I remember the booth, nachos, and the conversation like it was not so long ago. My friend was a new Dad. He told me about the college […]

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Nerding Out With My New Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan

One of the best benefits of my new job is the employer-sponsored retirement plan. The plan was confusing at first, even for me who lives and breathes this stuff. But they made it complicated to maximize the tax advantages. It’s so good, the plan is even better than most of the 401(k)s of the big […]

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Is Your 401(k) Naughty Or Nice?

Thanks to all the extra time away from work, our family is taking a few days of vacation before seeing relatives for Christmas. I wasn’t planning to publish anything this week until one of my affiliate partners* shared a cool holiday-themed infographic about 401(k)s. Before reading the infographic (below), check out this free deal they’re offering […]

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10 Life-Altering Money Moves You Can Start Today

Very few decisions during your time on this earth actually change the trajectory of your life. After a party in 2007, I scanned the huge Evite email list to try to find a woman I met there. Then I ‘stalked’ her on Facebook and asked her out. We have three kids together now. Though truly […]

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Why Your 401(k) Is Broken (And How To Fix It)

My 401(k) savings grew to a plump 6-figure level after 14 years of participating in my employer’s plan. For 13 of those years, it was a very crappy 401(k) plan due to poor fund selection, high expense ratios (fees), and third-party adviser fees. The third party did nothing after 2004. But they still took fees every […]

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