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This month, we start with articles that reinforce timeless financial principles that are easy to forget.

As we rush to meet year end deadlines, prepare for the holidays and start thinking about a new year, several articles explore the importance of simplifying life by slowing down, limiting choices and focusing on the most important things.

However, we acknowledge that sometimes it pays to apply some extra time and effort. A few of the articles go into the weeds to help you save money on taxes, become a better investor and plan for retirement with more confidence.

Our selections also explore how attitudes toward aging and retirement are changing and how to create happy, healthy and fulfilling lives as you age.

We also explore how we all change throughout our lives. That impacts retirement planning, particularly for early retirees trying to project wants and needs 40-50 years into the future.

Enjoy the articles and have a great Thanksgiving!

Getting Back to Basics

Words matter. They create images in our minds that impact how we live our lives. Derek Sivers reminds us what it means to be rich, writing How I got rich on the other hand

Mark Trautman teaches another financial fundamental, creating a net worth statement with The Financial Basics – Where to Start.

Mike Piper uses a parable to remind us Why It’s Hard to Pick Stocks.

Embracing Simplicity

Ben Carlson discusses a few other financial fundamentals, getting the big things right and automating them, writing How Much Time Should You Spend On Your Finances?

One decision I made and put on auto-pilot is choosing to invest with Vanguard when possible. Is that still a good choice with the passing of its founder earlier this year? Allan Roth writes Vanguard Without Jack Bogle.

Zach at Four Pillar Freedom writes about the joys of limiting choices and developing routines with The Paradox of Choice: Why Complete Freedom Can be Paralyzing.

Micaela Marini Higgs explains Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself.

Sometimes It’s Not That Simple

One area where a little bit of effort can positively influence your investment returns is proactively tax planning. Allan Roth writes Don’t Miss Out On Tax-Free Money From Stocks.

Karsten Jeske dives into the numbers to help readers understand real recovery times from bear markets, writing Who’s Afraid of a Bear Market?

Getting Older Or Getting Better?

Dave at Accidental Fire expllains Why Middle Age is the Best.

Alix Langone writes What Retirement? People Over 65 Are Launching Encore Careers and Finding Fulfillment Like Never Before.

Changing Personalities, Changing Purpose

One of the challenges of retirement planning is accurately predicting what you’ll want over the rest of your life. Olivia Goldhill reports You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest running personality study ever has found.

The Financial Living Blog describes The 9 Types of People You’ll Meet In Retirement, giving a different take on finding purpose in retirement. . . or having it forced on you.

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[Chris Mamula used principles of traditional retirement planning, combined with creative lifestyle design, to retire from a career as a physical therapist at age 41. After poor experiences with the financial industry early in his professional life, he educated himself on investing and tax planning. Now he draws on his experience to write about wealth building, DIY investing, financial planning, early retirement, and lifestyle design at Can I Retire Yet? Chris has been featured on MarketWatch, Morningstar, U.S. News & World Report, and Business Insider. He is also the primary author of the book Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence. You can reach him at chris@caniretireyet.com.]

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