Like millions of Americans, I make a list of New Year’s resolutions each year that, come March, are all but out the window. This year, it’s going to be different. I’ve already hopped on the treadmill and made some progress … Read more
This may seem like an obvious point, but successfully planning for retirement has always required managing two sides of the household balance sheet: building savings and managing debt.
Two recent reports highlight how the debt side of the retirement balance … Read more
Financial services firms frequently develop new investment strategies and bring them to market. The latest financial inventions include alternative indexing, fundamental indexing, and smart beta, to name a few. Many sponsors of funds and ETFs based on these strategies make … Read more
I learned early in my life that humility is an important virtue regardless of the endeavor. Receiving the occasional B when I had expected an A or enduring a loss when my team was a heavy favorite taught me that … Read more
When I was growing up, the shopping authority in my family was Consumer Reports. As we shopped for cars, washing machines, or cassette players with Dolby stereo, we’d wield the magazine like a talisman to protect us from lemons.… Read more
It’s hot stove season and time to talk about the baseball season gone by and the promise for our favorite teams in 2014 and beyond. It was an exciting year—tight wild-card races, a play-in game, a back-and-forth World Series, as … Read more
Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman, famously said in 2009 that the most important financial innovation over the past 20 years was the invention of the ATM. Perhaps if he had looked back an additional 20 years, he might … Read more
Our mothers always taught us that “everyone else is doing it” isn’t a good reason to do something. But when it comes to IRA contributions, it looks like “everyone else” may actually be right.
Retirement is expensive. IRAs are one … Read more