Monthly Archives: March 2012

Finance Friday: The Prediction Game

Everybody has an opinion about the future: what’s going to happen to the stock market, when will interest rates rise, who’s going to win the presidential election, which basketball team will win the Final Four, and so on. The only … Continue reading

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The Folly of Predilection for Prediction

We’ve all seen the mutual fund disclaimer: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” But if we’re honest with ourselves for just a moment, don’t we all look at a fund’s track record to see if it’s worth investing … Continue reading

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Finance Friday: Investment Lessons from Your Own Backyard

From the gardening center at Integrity Financial Planning, we can learn a few lessons about investing from mother nature. Here in mid-March, some trees and plants are already in full bloom. Others are just barely beginning to show their new … Continue reading

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Big Decisions Near Retirement

As you approach retirement, if you’re like many soon-to-be retirees mentioned in various surveys, you have a big question to answer: how will you convert your retirement savings into lifetime income? In other words, you’re transitioning from the “savings phase” … Continue reading

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Finance Friday: Rising Gas Prices & Your Retirement Accounts

When gas prices change quickly at the pump, we notice. After all, gas prices are posted every few blocks in the city, so the frequency of gas price exposure is high. On average, every 10 cent increase in gas prices … Continue reading

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Finance Friday: Lowering Retirement Healthcare Costs

The number one concern regarding retirement security in various surveys is rising healthcare costs. Bureau of Labor statistics show healthcare costs as a percentage of household expenses rise from 8% in our 50s to 15% in our 70s—nearly doubling! But … Continue reading

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