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Month: November 2016

Why Early Retirement Isn’t For Me

Why Early Retirement Isn’t For Me

The personal finance blogosphere is full of great writers and wonderful blogs. So much so that I consider myself a bit of a personal finance nerd. It is not unusual for me, in a weekend, to devour a couple dozen blog posts, write two of my own, listen to personal finance radio shows like Dave Ramsey or Ric Edelman, and watch YouTube videos of people who have paid off their debt. I even will listen to a podcast or look…

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Politics, Money, and the Value of Work

Politics, Money, and the Value of Work

I don’t know about you but the past two weeks have felt really surreal. I was in Prague for the presidential election and stayed up all night to watch it. As a student of politics I was fascinated by the results. As a partisan I can’t say I was happy about it. Ever since that moment there have been dozens of articles trying to diagnose what went wrong with Hillary Clinton’s candidacy? Was it sexism? Racism? Did she not connect…

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Accelerating Your Mortgage Payoff

Accelerating Your Mortgage Payoff

There are a variety of debates in the personal finance world about whether or not you should pay off your mortgage. With interest rates so low it often makes sense to take whatever money you have left over and invest it. While others, including myself, despite the idea of debt and would like to pay off our mortgage quicker. I know that the math favors investing, but I like the idea of paying off the mortgage early. In fact, I…

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Financial Tip Friday: Don’t Cash Out Old IRAs or 401ks

Financial Tip Friday: Don’t Cash Out Old IRAs or 401ks

Finally, another edition of Financial Tip Friday. Sorry I have been away from these, but this semester has been tough emotionally for Mrs. ROB and I. However, things are getting better so I hope to write a lot more posts on this blog. Right now there are thousands of Americans who have switched jobs and have left their old retirement accounts at their previous employer. Many people are unsure of what to do with those accounts. Those same people might…

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Our Trip to Prague

Our Trip to Prague

For the past week I have been away from the blog. I felt guilty for a couple of reasons. For one I blog here pretty regularly so I didn’t have any posts prepared while I was away. Secondly, I really wanted to talk about the presidential election, economy, financial independence, and early retirement on the blog. I will do that, but at another time. However, Mrs. ROB and I were away for a conference in Prague, Czech Republic. As a…

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Election Day and Investing

Election Day and Investing

I am a political junkie. I love it. Lots of people hate this campaign, but I am truly invested in a variety of ways. The biggest reason is because it is part of my job. I teach courses on political communication and this semester I am teaching a course on the campaign. So I am checking polls, articles, and advertisements constantly. So much so that it is actually making me a bit depressed. I probably need a bit of a…

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