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Let’s Talk About Target Date Mutual Funds

Let’s Talk About Target Date Mutual Funds

The wonderful bloggers over at Millennial Revolution had an excellent post last week they entitled “Is Too Much Freedom Bad For You?” Personally, I think the answer to that question depends on the person. Politicians constantly promote the idea of freedom. More choices will drive down the market. The amount of choices we have on the internet is fantastic. The amount of television shows makes this a great time to be a fan of TV. That maybe true in the…

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Should I Invest in Real Estate?

Should I Invest in Real Estate?

*This post is updated from its original posting about six months ago. I have been thinking about buying real estate to add to my portfolio. I thought a multi-family home next door to us would come on the market as a foreclosure, but that isn’t going to happen. So I have been thinking about how else, if at all, do I get into real estate. So while this was a thought experiment 3 years ago I still think about it…

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How to Evaluate Mutual Funds

How to Evaluate Mutual Funds

Last week I talked about strategies I try to use to conquer the fear of missing out. Part of that post was focusing on staying the economic course. Part of my course is a focus on buying cheap, index funds. In fact, many personal finance bloggers (it might be most, but not all) also adhere to this rule. Warren Buffett has even argued his financial advice to people would be to stick their money in a low-cost index fund. I…

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Earmark Extra Income Ahead of Time

Earmark Extra Income Ahead of Time

One of the favorite things my dad would always tell me was that when I had money it was “burning a hole in my pocket.” And in some respects that was/is true. I remember using my allowance to buy toys, food, and games or other items. I don’t remember saving a lot of my money as a kid. I mean I had a savings account, but when I went to college I had enough money for spending money, but that…

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My Advice to New College Graduates: Live Like a College Student

My Advice to New College Graduates: Live Like a College Student

The end of the school year is always bittersweet for me. On the one hand, I get to watch several students graduate who I have become close with over the past few years. On the other, my world is much sadder that they are gone. It is also the time when commencement speakers will offer all kinds of advice to upcoming graduates. So consider this my version of a commencement address to my students on personal finance. My Advice to…

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How To Protect Your Portfolio From a Big Stock Market Decline

How To Protect Your Portfolio From a Big Stock Market Decline

  Reader Note: From time to time this blog will post guest posts. Today I have a great post from Troy over at Market History. You can obtain more sage wisdom over at his blog. Markets adhere to cycles because the stock market is ultimately tied to the state of the economy. Economic expansions and contractions have cycles as well. Economic expansions in the U.S. have historically lasted 5-10 years. We are currently in year 8 in this economic expansion….

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Our/Your Savings Rate

Our/Your Savings Rate

  One of the things that financial planners and professionals constantly complain about is the low savings rates among Americans. The average saving rate in the United States is 5.7%, which is woefully under the 10-15% that people recommend you save for retirement/other things. In the ROB household, we are saving about 20-25% for retirement and I hope to kick that number up even further. However, is the 5.7% really the savings rate in America? How should we calculate it?…

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Are You “Retirement Free”?

Are You “Retirement Free”?

I don’t know what it is lately but I have been reading and writing a lot about retirement, even though I have no plans for retirement any time soon. This past weekend I had a great time talking with a couple of colleagues about retirement, finance in general, and our discipline. I get a high off of helping others, talking about these items and I am not sure why. Now what does this have to do with this post. Well,…

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What is Your FIRE Number?

What is Your FIRE Number?

In the title of this post some of you may not know what FIRE stands for. FIRE stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early. Well in the personal finance blogosphere one of the big things is determining when you can achieve financial independence (e.g. what date, what amount you need, etc). Since I began writing this blog just over 2 1/2 years ago I said that I had three goals: To track my debate repayment progress. To hold myself accountable to…

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Financial Tip Friday: Do You Need A Financial Adviser?

Financial Tip Friday: Do You Need A Financial Adviser?

Yesterday on the way home from work I was listening to a fascinating interview on NPR with the author of the book Death of Expertise. I went out and immediately ordered the book. The interview sparked a number of questions about anti-intellectualism in America, the fallacy of reasoning by anecdote, the lack of trust in our institutions, etc. It is also got me thinking about personal finance and how many people actually seek out financial advice from a specific expert? If…

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