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“Debt” – The Big Picture

As I write this, debt is front and center on the world stage. In the United States, the Congressional supercommittee failed to reach a compromise that would even begin to address the soaring national deficit. In Europe, the crisis is even more acute, bringing down governments and threatening to take out the euro currency itself. …

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3 Proven Investment Strategies

I’ve been investing for the better part of two decades now. I’ve managed a sizable portfolio through two historic bear markets and spent countless hours reading every book, blog, and article I could find on investing and personal finance. During that time I’ve examined nearly every strategy and wealth-building scheme that’s crossed my path. In …

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What Do We Mean by “Retirement”?

The idea of retirement is an invention of the last 75 years. Before then, people had no expectation of “retirement” in the modern sense. It’s worth analyzing this concept a little closer, before we arrive there, to make sure it’s a place we want to go. What is the purpose and meaning of “retirement” to …

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Wish Lists and Dining Cash

Spending less is the simplest, most direct way to increase your effective income, and build wealth. Done right, being thrifty is fun and liberating. Here are a couple of easy, favorite techniques for reducing or controlling your expenses: Use wish lists to delay and defuse the need for instant gratification. I have extensive wish lists on …

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Can You Count on Social Security?

It’s trendy in some circles to discount Social Security completely. But when you look at the facts for those nearing retirement now, that just isn’t realistic. Social Security will be a key part of retirement for most of us. Social Security is in genuine trouble: According to a recent Social Security Statement of mine, “the …

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