19 Jan 2017

Managing the Big Risks of Medical Bankruptcies and Retirement Planning

People planning for retirement, along with financial professionals who do retirement planning, should incorporate the risk of medical bankruptcies into contingencies as the Trump administration moves to shift more of the costs of medical treatment to individuals as part of their new conservative policy regime. Bankruptcies due to medical costs

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28 Nov 2016

Financial Professionals Must Acknowledge the Dangers of Financial Stress

For decades, investment professionals have focused on wealth management, trading, selling funds products and 401(k)s, but there has always been one glaring omission: These same professionals have intentionally avoided the millions of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck and have no savings. And since they are unable to participate in

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30 Sep 2015

Why Modern Business Requires Changes in Retirement Planning

Most advice on retirement planning has traditionally focused on the basics of portfolio construction, risk management, diversification, maximizing contributions and other financial considerations. But there is also another important aspect of retirement that only gets marginal coverage.  That aspect is happiness. Various indexes, such as the World Happiness Report, now

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01 Jul 2015

Examining Why More Americans Are Considering Becoming Expatriates

“Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.” — Stephen Decatur, U.S. Navy captain, (1779-1820)   The United States may always be right, but sometimes people decide they want to watch the nation from another location. That

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26 Jun 2015

The GOP’s War Against Retirees

As millions of Americans remain concerned about whether they will have enough money to fund their retirement, they can remain assured that the GOP is intent on making these post-working twilight years as difficult as possible. While retirement once had an appealing ring to it over 50 years ago, that

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11 Feb 2015

What the Daily Show Can Teach Financial Journalists

  Yesterday’s announcement that comedian Jon Stewart, 52, is leaving the Daily Show after 17 years as host and writer marks a major turning point in comedy, but also in how news is presented. TV critics have rightfully pointed out that the show’s irreverent style, humor and tweaking the face of

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01 Oct 2012

Find Out How You Can Save Thousands of Dollars in Mutual Fund Fees

      New Department of Labor (DOL) regulations on 401(k) fee and expense disclosure are having a profound impact on the trillion dollar retirement industry.  But these big changes hinge on whether millions of 401(k) investors want to save their own money by getting better informed. And if you do,

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26 Oct 2011

Welcome to Mutualfundreform.com

Mutual funds have, by default, become one of the primary vehicles to build wealth in America.  Pensions and savings were the traditonal vehicles in the last generation, but today, the erosion of home equity, decreases in 401(k) accounts, and threats to the future of Social Security all translate into new

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