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Managing Household Records

Spring cleaning and tax season go together like peanut butter and jelly. Every year we are faced with decisions about what to keep and what to throw away. How long do I need to keep my tax returns? Receipts? Brokerage trade confirmations? Having a system to find all of these records is just as important […]

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The Safe Savings Rate

Key Takeaways • Where it all started–the safe withdrawal rate. • My transition to the safe savings rate—the amount of income you need to sock away for retirement. • A comprehensive financial plan is best, but off-the-shelf tools and two popular “rules of thumb” can help. The Safe Withdrawal Rate About 20 years ago, a […]

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Rainy-weather Investing: A Lesson From a Fishing Adventure

The weather promised to be unpleasant: cold winds with occasional rain. Such conditions are bad news for just about every activity you might want to do during a Yellowstone Park adventure … with the exception of fly fishing. When we arrived at Yellowstone’s Soda Butte Creek parking area, we were the only fishermen there. This […]

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My Identity’s Been Stolen, Now What?

Key Takeaways: Over 3 million Americans are projected to be the victim of tax-related identity theft in 2015. If you are notified by the IRS that your taxes were filed multiple times for the year, it might be that your Social Security number has been compromised. If you’re identity has been stolen, it’s important to […]

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IRS Reverses Long-Standing Position on One-Rollover-per-Year Rule

Key Takeaways The IRS has indicated that a taxpayer may make only one tax-free, 60-day rollover between IRA’s within each 12 month period.  This rule applies to a taxpayer regardless of how many IRA’s he or she maintains. The one-rollover-per-year rule also applies–separately–to your Roth IRAs. Roth conversions don’t count as rollovers for this purpose. […]

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Why Does Active Investing Flourish?

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to run an educational workshop at the SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2015 Meeting. The workshop was entitled “Evidence-Based Investing and Financial Planning.” We covered the 12 most important insights about evidence-based investing and how those insights can be applied to a rational financial planning process. Evidence-Based Investing is the […]

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What is the Backbone of an Evidence-Based Portfolio?

An accumulation of studies since the 1950’s has identified three risk factors that form the backbone of an evidence-based portfolio. They are:  The Equity Premium – The additional return investors should expect to earn for taking the risk of investing in stocks rather than short-term bonds. (6.27% per year since July, 1926)*  The Small Cap […]

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