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Expected Sources of Premium Stock Returns Part I: Managing the “Daring Adventure”

When Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing,” she probably wasn’t thinking about the stock market … but she could have been. Recently, some investors have been wondering whether it still makes sense to pursue expected returns from small-company and value stocks. That’s understandable, as investing in these two asset classes […]

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Have You Seen the Elephant?

According to historical folklore, a common question posed to a new soldier during the American Civil War was, “Have you seen the elephant?” It meant something like, “Have you met the enemy?” Camp newcomers who had not yet experienced direct combat were viewed skeptically until they had survived the stress and terror of battle. Those […]

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Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) – Time is Running Out

Key Takeaways What are RMDs? Do they apply to you? How to calculate them.  If you or a spouse has a 401(k) or an IRA, and turned 70 1/2 in 2014 or earlier, don’t forget about your big deadline looming on December 31. And I’m not talking about New Year’s Eve plans. December 31 is […]

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The Three Most Dangerous Words in Investing: “We All Know …”

In my 30-plus years of experience in investment management, the three most dangerous words I hear are those found in observations that begin with, “We all know…” We all know … that stocks are overpriced (or underpriced). We all know … that interest rates are about to rise (or fall). We all know … that […]

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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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Planning Concerns of Divorcing Couples – Part 2

10 “Must Know” Areas of Potential Financial Contention Please see Part 1 here: Planning Concerns for Divorcing Couples – Part 1 Child Custody, Child Support, and Alimony When parents separate and divorce, one of the most emotionally charged issues involves the children and who will live with them. Determining the extent of child support, and […]

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File and Suspend No More: A Guide to the Recent Changes in Social Security

Key Takeaways: The recent budget deal eliminated the “File and Suspend” Social Security benefit strategy. File and Suspend allowed married couples to maximize their benefits by deferring collection of individual benefits until age 70 while still receiving a spousal benefit. If you will turn age 66 by May 1, 2016, or 62 by December 31, […]

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