Christine Dugas, Money Watch columnist from USA Today answers reader questions about saving protecting and growing money. On March 22, 2013, I answered this question. Q: When my wife retires this year she will receive a lump sum retirement benefit. We are trying to decide what to do with it to provide a steady monthly [...]
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I was on the phone with a client yesterday, and he mentioned that he and his wife had watched a great PBS Frontline documentary called The Retirement Gamble. He told me that “they were saying the same things about fees and low cost index mutual funds that you and Peggy have been telling us” That [...]
The utility of “Buy and Hold”, AKA Strategic Asset Allocation, was once again demonstrated in 2010. The 2010 Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns was recently published. A link to the Periodic Table is here. BlackRock has a periodic table tool, which supports the creation of customized reports. I prefer the BlackRock tool because the [...]
Amy Buttell, a freelance writer and editor, describes creative strategies for saving money in retirement in an article for Fox Business. I provided background information and am quoted in the article. “By the time people are ready to retire, or have already retired, they should have a very current picture of what their spending is,” [...]
Medicare Open enrollment starts on November 15th, and the 2011 plan information is available on the www.medicare.gov website now. Oregon 2011 Medicare Fast Facts • 32 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) available • 85% of people with Medicare have prescription drug coverage (including 64% with Part D) • 27% of people with Part D get [...]
Amy Buttell, a freelance writer and editor, tackled the complex issue of when to claim Social Security Benefits in an article for Bankrate.com. I provided background information and am quoted in the article. “Retirement planning is complicated, beginning with the decision about when to begin taking your Social Security benefits. On one hand, if you [...]
What does the term “get your ducks in a row” mean? According to the wiseGEEK, when a person is fully prepared for any eventuality and has every element in place, he or she can indeed be said to have his or her ducks in a row. Jim Blankenship, CFP®, EA Getting Your Financial Ducks In [...]
Review of the 2009 Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns, including the BlackRock Asset Class Returns Table
January 2010: Tim helped the Ebers family with a Portfolio makeover, published in Money Magazine. You can read about the Ebers family and the advice I provided here.
Intel employees are now eligible to exchange their current underwater stock options for new options at a lower strike price. Employees should carefully consider the assumptions and trade-offs to make an informed decision.