How Much Would You Have to Budget to Go to the World Cup in 2014?

“The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything.” –Mia Hamm Editor’s Note: Numbers and locations updated February 25, 2014. My wife and I went to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. I’d been to Cape Town before, so it was an excuse to get her to go with me, not to […]

Are We Too Conservative in Our Investments When We Are Young?

“Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.” –Woodrow Wilson Nobody wants to run out of money when they’re retired. They don’t want to eat cat food. They don’t want to dive in dumpsters. They don’t want to be the bag lady. Those images are the ones that fuel us whenever we think of retirement planning. […]

USAA – The Not So Good

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” –William Blake This is part three of a three part series on USAA. You can read the first part here and the second part here. Disclosure: USAA flew me to San Antonio for a three day conference from November 6-8, 2013, put me […]

USAA – The Good

“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” –Groucho Marx This is part two of a three part series on USAA. You can read the first part (are you eligible for membership?) here and the third part (the not so good) here. Disclosure: USAA flew me to San Antonio for […]

Are You Eligible for USAA Membership?

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” –George Orwell This is part one of a three part series on USAA. You can read part 2 (the good) here and part 3 (the not so good) here. Disclosure: USAA flew me to San […]

How Much Do You Have to Save to Retire Early?

“The best time to start thinking about retirement is before your boss does.” –Anonymous When I was in the Army, I had the option of staying in – assuming they didn’t kick me out at some point – for 20 years and then retiring. Had I stayed in, I’d have less than 2 years left […]