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The Financial Pyramid Approach

The Financial Pyramid Approach

One of the strongest structures mankind has ever produced is the pyramid, and that’s why I’ve chosen to model my ideal investment plan after it. Build your pyramid with stable financial foundation and risk factors.

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The Rules of Thrift: The 80 Percent Rule

The Rules of Thrift: The 80 Percent Rule

Saving is a skill. It’s a learned habit that needs constant work and attention to maintain at a level that’s healthy for your long-term retirement plan. Keeping an itemized list of expenses can be tedious and the upkeep can be difficult. In my experience, few can...

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Rules of Thrift: Build an Emergency Savings Account

Rules of Thrift: Build an Emergency Savings Account

You’re making the effort to stick to the 80 percent rule. Things are going well. Now it’s time to start setting milestones. Having goals can help keep a saving plan on track and motivate you to save as much as—or more than—you can. Before you start saving for a...

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We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

It’s true, maybe even obvious. It’s too easy to assume that doing the bare minimum when it comes to planning, budgeting, and saving is not only enough, but it is all we can do. We don’t know what we don’t know; we don’t know the little things that can make a big...

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A Universe of Two

A Universe of Two

Unless you come from a business or finance background, investments can sometimes be confusing. Trust me. There are times even I get confounded by market fluctuations. The key is knowing how to react and keep things in perspective. Understanding some basic, fundamental...

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Plan Retirement like a Vacation

Plan Retirement like a Vacation

For most of our lives, retirement is this thing that always lives in tomorrow. That can make it difficult to think about and plan for our retirement in immediate and actionable ways. Even if you have a plan in place, sticking to it closely or feeling an urgency to get...

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Downsizing Your Lifestyle: Upsize Your Bottom Line

Downsizing Your Lifestyle: Upsize Your Bottom Line

As you approach retirement, the challenges of maintaining a full-sized home that was once populated by your kids can begin to feel burdensome. With life expectancy climbing ever-higher, more and more Americans are retiring with almost half of their life ahead of them....

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Beware of Inflation

Beware of Inflation

You feel like you’re on solid ground. You’ve done the work and feel prepared for each phase of your retirement – go-go, slow-go, and no-go. Your investments are balanced, your 401(k) has seen regular contributions for the majority of your career. Retirement is just a...

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The Importance of a Fiduciary

The Importance of a Fiduciary

You’ve taken great care, been disciplined in your spending and saving, and worked hard to get where you are today. Now, it’s time to start considering a financial planner - someone who can help you direct and optimize your wealth for the long term. As you begin your...

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Building the Ideal Financial Planner

Building the Ideal Financial Planner

We spend a lot of our life in pursuit of perfection. We know that practically speaking, perfection is unattainable, but keeping our dreams in mind is a crucial guide. Whether thinking about our health, family, home, job, vacation, or car – we know what our ideal is...

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