Where’s Waldo? My Recent Appearances

Occasionally, others ask me to share some insight with their audiences on a variety of personal finance topics. I’m always grateful to them for sharing the opportunity. Here are a few of my recent appearances for (what I hope is) your reading pleasure: Clark Howard | Hyperbolic Discounting: The Psychology Behind Getting Clark Smart How […]

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How Much Retirement Does $1 Million Buy?

“If it weren’t for baseball, many kids wouldn’t know what a millionaire looked like.” –Phyllis Diller One of the most commonly asked questions I get as a financial planner is “when can I retire?” followed by “how much money do I need to retire?” The answer, of course, is “it depends.” How much you need […]

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Twentysomethings: You Have an ENORMOUS Asset! Do You Realize It?

Most recent college graduates feel like they don’t have a dime to their names. They probably have an old beater car, some second-hand furniture – or, better yet, cardboard boxes and milk crates – and probably a hefty student loan debt from their friends at Sallie Mae. They may be getting a paycheck at the […]

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Can You Handle a Windfall?

“Die and endow a college or a cat.” –Alexander Pope I have clients who have received a substantial windfall and they bring me on to help them navigate the blessing that a windfall means and avoid turning it into a curse. When we read stories of the people who win the lottery only to wind […]

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Another Evaluation of an Indexed Universal Life Insurance Policy

Several months ago, I provided an evaluation of an indexed universal life insurance (IUL) policy. In the comments, I said that if any insurance agent could come up with a policy that met the standard of beating term + invest the rest when aftcast using the guaranteed levels provided in the policy, I’d change my […]

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Personal Finance is Not About What You Can’t Have

“Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.” –Stuart Smalley There was once a time when I pretty much turned a blind eye to what was happening with my personal finances. Well, I didn’t turn a blind eye. I at least paid the minimum payment on my credit card and invested money in my IRAs, but […]

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