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DR 119: Advanced Social Security Benefits Strategies–Interview with Marc Kiner

One of the most important and confusing decisions retirees must make is how and when to claim social security benefits. There are countless things to consider including age to start taking benefits, whether you’ll continue to work, spousal benefits, and full retirement age. For that reason, I asked Social Security benefits expert Marc Kiner to […]

Published or Updated: October 22, 2014

DR 118: 9 Actionable Tips to Help You Stick to Your Investment Plan

Asset Allocation Returns

It’s advice we hear time and again–stick to your asset allocation plan. Whether the stock market is reaching new highs are new lows, don’t change your investments apart from rebalancing. It’s the kind of advice that is simple to understand, but difficult to follow. In fact, a lot of investors don’t follow this advice. In […]

Published or Updated: October 22, 2014

DR 117–Cheapest Place to Buy a iPhone 6

iPhone Comparison Chart

The release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus raises an important question–is the iPhone 6 worth the cost? While nobody can answer that question for you, I decided to pull together as much information as I could on how to find the best deal on the 6 and 6 Plus. What a headache. […]

Published or Updated: October 16, 2014

DR 116: Dividend Investing (Part 3)–Dividend Growth

Pepsi Quote Morningstar

This is the third article in an ongoing series on dividend investing. In part 1 we started with an introduction to dividends. In part 2 we examined how dividends work in conjunction with mutual funds. Today we are going to look at dividend growth. My goal for this article and podcast is to convince you […]

Published or Updated: October 12, 2014

DR 115: How to Prepare Your Spouse to Invest When You Are Gone

In many families, one spouse handles the investments. As for the other spouse, he or she often has little interest in understanding mutual funds, ETFs, asset allocation, or retirement accounts. Yet what would happen if the one handling the investments were to die or incapacitated. How would the non-investing spouse handle this important responsibility? The […]

Published or Updated: October 11, 2014

DR 114: 3 Tools to Track Your Net Worth

Personal Capital Net Worth

Tracking your net worth is an essential step to managing your finances. In a single number your net worth can measure your financial progress, whether you are climbing out of debt, building an investment portfolio, or both. We’ve covered how to track your net worth in the past. Recently I received an email from a […]

Published or Updated: October 8, 2014

DR 113: How to Invest in a 529 Plan

Vanguard 529 Map

How should you invest money in a 529 plan? These college savings plans present some unique investing challenges. On the one hand you want the money to grow to at least keep up with the rising cost of college. On the other hand, there is a limited time horizon. Assume too much risk and the […]

Published or Updated: October 3, 2014

DR 112: 7 Things that Cause Your Credit Score to Fluctuate from Month-to-Month

Changes in FICO Score

Have you ever paid off a debt only to find that it caused your credit score to drop? That’s exactly what happened to Lakisher, a listener who graciously sent me the following email: “I have a question. I think I know the basics of my credit and credit report but I recently paid off my […]

Published or Updated: October 3, 2014

DR 110: The Complete Guide to Cash Back Credit Cards

Guide to Cash Back Credit Cards

Recently two readers emailed me about cash back credit cards. Their questions prompted me to put this guide together to help readers better understand, compare, and choose a cash rewards credit card. First let’s look at the emails. From a reader named Pop: You have a great post on a strategy to use cash back […]

Published or Updated: September 25, 2014