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My Investment Portfolio: 2016

It was another dull year for my investment portfolio. Until last week. In all of 2015, I made a single investing move. Then came the first week of 2016: Questions swirled around highly respected financial firms. I did some long-overdue portfolio pruning. And the Dow, adding drama, dropped more than 1,000 points. When the smoke …

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Socially Responsible Investing: Worth the Price?

Most of us want to be “socially responsible” — however we define that. We don’t want to trash the planet for our children and grandchildren. We don’t think corporations should exploit their workers or their communities. And we don’t intend to profit from the misery of other human beings. Yet most of us also need …

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My Investment Portfolio: 2015

What makes a successful investor? Is it getting double-digit returns? Beating a certain stock index? Outperforming the market for years, and making millions? Or is it just growing and protecting your wealth well enough to achieve your lifetime goals? If you came here looking for sophisticated investing strategies from a self-assured financial wizard, you’ll probably …

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My Investment Portfolio: 2014

How do you actually manage your investment portfolio in a real-world retirement? Nearly every prospective or current retiree has this question. And there are lots of answers out there…. The article I wrote at the end of 2012 disclosing my actual investment portfolio has been in the Top 10 Popular Posts here for most of …

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My Investment Portfolio: Full Disclosure

In writing about safe, simple investing, I often mention that I hold just 9 funds in 2 accounts. And often people ask me about those specific investments or accounts…. I’ve been reluctant to talk about this, for a variety of reasons. Originally I had some privacy concerns, though with a year of blogging behind me, …

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My First Dip Into Principal: Market Timing or Cash Management?

This isn’t one of those full-disclosure "reality" blogs where I document every lurid detail of our financial life. I’m a pretty private person by nature and it’s been a long, drawn out process just for me to talk about our finances as much as I do. I got to this point because it became clear …

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How My Investments Prospered in the Lost Decade

Some might wonder how I managed to retire in early 2011, after the terrible 2000’s, which many analysts have called the “lost decade.” (At the start of January 2000, the Dow index stood at 11,497. At the end of December 2010, it was less than 1% higher at 11,578. An atrocious return, even if dividends …

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