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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 […]

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

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 […]

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Vanguard Investments

Should You Hire an Investment Advisor to Manage Your Investments?

With the advent of low cost index funds, the case for an expensive investment advisor grew considerably weaker. As technological advances have given way to robo-advisors (e.g., Betterment and Wealth Front), the case in favor of expensive advisors has all but cratered. It was with this background that I read the following email from a […]

Changes in FICO Score

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

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 […]

What to do with 401k when leaving a job

DR 111: What Should You Do With Your 401k When You Leave Your Job

What should you do with your 401k or 403b when you leave your job? This is a question that confronts more and more people. According to the Department of Labor young Baby Boomers held on average 11.3 jobs from age 18 to 46. So it was no surprise when I received the following email from […]

Guide to Cash Back Credit Cards

DR 110: The Complete 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 […]

Series 65 Exam is Easy

How to Pass the Series 65 Exam

Earlier this month I took the Series 65 exam. The test is designed for those who want to become investment advisors to manage other’s investments. In response to a number of email from my newsletter subscribers (I mentioned the exam in a newsletter), I thought I’d share my experience studying for and taking the exam. […]

5 year Roth IRA Rule

DR 109: The 5-Year Rule on Roth IRA Conversions

The 5-year rule on Roth IRA distributions comes in two flavors. The first applies to earnings from Roth IRA contributions. We covered the rule in Podcast 105. The second aspect of the rule applies to distributions of Roth IRA conversions. That’s what we’ll look at today. Listen to this Article 1. The Two 5-Year Rules […]

Pay Off Mortgage or invest

DR 108: Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest for Retirement?

Imagine you’ve just inherited some money. The amount just happens to match the outstanding balance on your mortgage. Now you have a decision. Do you pay off the mortgage or invest the money for retirement. That’s the question facing a podcast listener named Shelly. Here is her email to me: Great job on your podcasts. […]

Asset Allocation September 2014

DR 107: Monthly Investment Update–September 2014

It’s time for our monthly investment portfolio update. In each update I run through the tools I use and the results of my investments. I show you the good and the bad. We’ll even cover some mistakes I’ve made and what I’ve learned from those mistakes. Let’s start with the tools and a high level […]

FICO Formula

Reader Question: Does Applying for a Balance Transfer Card Hurt Your Credit?

A podcast listener named Jennifer emailed me about balance transfer credit cards and her credit score. She plans to apply for a home equity line of credit soon and is concerned that getting a card before then could lower her FICO score. Here’s Jennifer’s email: I have started listening to your 31 day money challenge […]

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