Personal finance

Questioning a financial rule of thumb

The idea that you should have a cash reserve equal to three to six months of your living expenses would almost certainly make any “Ten Commandments” list for personal finance.

It might also be one of the least obeyed commandments, … Read more

Personal finance

Generation D (for debt)

Graduation season is upon us. Many of us have children, grandchildren, or acquaintances sailing out of school … and hitting pretty rough seas in the job market.

I had planned to speak to my sons about investing once they graduate. … Read more

Investing

My “spin” on laundry … and investing

We spent part of last weekend looking for replacements for our old washer and dryer, which definitely were on their last legs. In doing a bit of research before heading for the appliance store, I found an unexpected parallel with … Read more

Retirement

Retired? Make the best of a bad situation

As Americans, we’re accustomed to having options. There’s always another answer, another solution, another way to lick a problem. (Sometimes, though, I think that’s how we got ourselves into the mess we’re in right now. Don’t have the money? Charge … Read more

Investing

Levers we can control

One of the biggest frustrations for investors is that there is one huge factor no one can control—the returns that the financial markets are going to provide in any given stretch of time.

When we first start investing, we probably … Read more

Retirement

Saving for retirement: What’s the priority?

Retirement … retirement … retirement. Most of us are painfully aware that the responsibility for providing for ourselves in retirement rests squarely on our own shoulders. If we didn’t fully appreciate this sobering situation before, we certainly do now.

Retirement … Read more

Retirement

Retirement: Don’t reinvent the wheel

On March 31, I was in New York City as a member of a panel speaking with a group of financial advisors on the issue of retirement income. Being back in the city brought back a lot of great memories, … Read more

Personal finance

The experts (you!) weigh in on saving strategies

In an earlier post, I asked readers to share techniques that have helped them to save. After all, spending less than you earn is the essential first step in investing. Vanguard shareholders tend to be people who’ve long made … Read more

Investing

All in, or bit by bit?

Dollar-cost averaging forces the discipline to continue to invest in good times and in bad.… Read more

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