Finance

Are You a Retirement Ant or Grasshopper?

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Aesop’s Fable Do you know Aesop’s fable about The Ant and The Grasshopper? Basically the ants work hard during the beautiful summer months while the grasshopper fiddles all the while making fun of the industrious ants. When the cold, harsh winter arrives the grasshopper is cold and hungry. When he asks the ants for some food […]

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How I Overcame the Loss of My Paycheck

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Disruption As my retirement date drew closer, I contemplated a future without my paycheck which not only provided financial means but also symbolized that I was valued, independent, productive, and “in the game”. My comfortable, predictable life was about to change big time! Expectations When it came to my future spending, my expectation was that […]

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Tax Reform May Provide a Tail Wind for Dividends

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Investors love dividends and rightfully so. Dividends increase a stocks total return, reduce risk regardless of investment style and provide a source of income. Dividend payouts also serve as a proxy for the overall health of the economy. Because the economy has been in growth mode, all-be-it slow, dividend payments have been solid. And there […]