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  • Retiring Very Early: The FIRE Movement

    by Doug Carey | Nov 16, 2018
    We're conflicted about FIRE. On the one hand, frugality is an underappreciated and powerful thing. A movement that inspires people to save money, consume less, and lead a more conscious life--what could be bad about that? Getting off the hamster wheel and spending more time living? That sounds pretty good.
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  • The Impact Of Declining College Costs On Retirement Plans

    by Doug Carey | Nov 05, 2018
    Adjusted for inflation, the cost of going to college went up by about 350% from 1985 through 2010. The constant increasing costs of going to college became a major burden for both students and their parents. Many parents sacrificed an early retirement to help put their children through school and many students left college saddled with thousands of dollars in student loan debt.
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  • Fund Fees Are Moving Towards Zero

    by Doug Carey | Oct 22, 2018
    In August, Fidelity announced that it was launching a couple of index funds that would be free to invest in--that is, their expense ratios would be 0%. Between Fidelity Zero Total Market Index (FZROX) and Fidelity Zero International Index (FZILX) funds, you get globe-spanning passive equity investments with no fees attached.
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  • How The Tax Code Impacts Your Retirement

    by Doug Carey | Oct 02, 2018
    The recent tax law and changes to the tax code was pretty dramatic in terms of how it impacts most taxpayers. Not only did federal tax rates go down across the board, but the law regarding tax deductions changed a lot as well. Many people who used to itemize the taxes now will simply use the standard deduction of $12,000 per person, which is double what it used to be.
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  • Don't Assume Rosy Returns Forever In Your Retirement Plan

    by Doug Carey | Sep 13, 2018
    This example shows just how important stock returns are to a retirement plan. The power of compounding cannot be underestimated when we are talking about long periods of time. On the flip side, one should not underestimate what a long period of stock market stagnation can do to a portfolio either.
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