The Market's Response to Crisis

The 7 Retirement Planning Questions

If you can't answer these seven questions confidently, then you need to work with a financial planner...

1. How will we fund our living expenses in retirement?

2. What do we we need to know about required minimum distributions (RMDs)?

3. Do we need Long Term Care (LTC) insurance?

4. When and how should we start taking social security benefits?

5. When should we apply for Medicare?

6. Is our investment allocation too risky?

7. What would happen if we died today?

Hint...see below for quickie answers to the above questions:

Getting Your Money's Worth in Higher Education

My alma mater, U.C. Berkeley, is often at the top of domestic and global ranking for academic reputation. However, its interesting to note a recent study showed Cal to be among the best values for your education dollars as well. The data was published in Money Magazine and comes courtesy of the UC Public Affairs office.

The Ever-Expanding Universe of Social Media

Study up! There will be a test on Monday!! 

Quote of the Day....

A Fanatic is One Who Can't Change his Mind and Won't Change the Subject.

                                                 ~ Winston Churchill

Basic Rules on Living : A Stoic Philosophy Primer

Stoiscism in 3 sentences:
1. Some things are in your power and some are not—do not confuse the two and do not desire the things that are not in your power.
2. It is our opinion of things that determines how we feel about a particular event, not the event itself.

The Uncertainty Paradox

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.

When Rates Go Up, Do Stocks Go Down?

Should stock investors worry about changes in interest rates?

DFA came out recently with a short paper explaining how to look at this issue. The following is courtesy of DFA.

Why Facebook is Part of the Problem

Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter said it best: "The trouble with the internet is that it rewards extremes. Say you’re driving down the road and see a car crash. Of course you look. Everyone looks. The internet interprets behavior like this to mean everyone is asking for car crashes, so it tries to supply them"

Complaining vs. Making Money

The economist/actor Ben Stein once wrote a New York Times column 'Everybody's Business', entitled 'You can Complain, or You Can Make Money' This was back in 2006 a bit before the issue of income inequality in America was a widespread concern.
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