Retirement

The 4% rule lives despite what the NY Times says

OK, deep breaths, deep breaths….The drivel the passes for reporting on retirement issues never ceases to amaze me. But this time I found a real howler. The “paper of record”, the venerable NY Times, recently published a piece on the 4% safe withdrawal rule, titled “4% Rule for Retirement Withdrawals Is Golden No More”, that is truly a piece of…

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Retirement

Beating the market to maximize retirement income

Warning, this is a somewhat geeky technical post! Besides accumulating more wealth by working longer there is one very direct way to increase your income in retirement. Beat the market’s return. Higher returns will lead to higher SWRs (safe withdrawal rates) for the most part. (The other way to increase retirement income is to reduce volatility). Of course, most would…

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Portfolio

2012 in review

Happy New Year everyone. Hard to believe its 2013 already. Time to look back at 2012 and see how I did versus my retirement goals. For those interested the 2011 review is here and the 2010 review is here. This marks the end of our 3rd year living the full time RV lifestyle and all I can say is bring…

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Bonds

Do you know why you own bonds?

Do you know why you own bonds in your portfolio? There are many reasons to own bonds but one of the biggest reasons historically is no longer a good one for many investors. Bonds are often held in portfolios to provide a safe and steady source of income, in particular for retired investors. But the long bull market in bonds…

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Portfolio

December portfolio review

A relatively non eventful month for my portfolio, especially compared to last month, but nonetheless there were a few changes made. Most of the changes that were made were short term in nature given my uncertainty in the market. All my IRA accounts are run on the IVY timing portfolio and this month there was one new buy signal for…

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November 2012 portfolio review

A little late for this month’s portfolio review but there has been a lot going on  lately on the personal front.  My apologies. This month there was a lot of changes to the portfolio. I’m mostly in cash now and starting to make a new shopping list. Lets get to the review. I’ll start with the retirement accounts. Most of…

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Retirement

Revisiting a recipe for a happy retirement

Time out in the boonies, in our case the wonderful eastern Sierras, almost forces you into a reflective mood. Yesterday was one of those days where the amazing beauty of a spectacular hike (see my wife’s post and pics here) got me thinking about what is needed for a happy retirement. Well, I should say rethinking because early on in…

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Portfolio

October 2012 portfolio review

Time for the October portfolio review. For last month’s review see here. Not many new changes for October and for the most part unless there are some dramatic events in the market you will rarely see any major changes in my overall portfolio. Let’s start with my equity positions. In general, I’m still finding stocks quite attractive. It’s a sign…

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Portfolio

Every investor needs an information management strategy

Today I want to talk about information overload. Investors today are bombarded with more information than ever from an expanding array of sources. Many think this is a good thing but in reality it mainly leads to investor under performance. Investors and traders need to learn how to narrow their focus, limit their information intake, in order to increase their…

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