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Living with inflation

Living with inflation

The last post described the long-term effects of inflation and explained how a COLA pension (plus a portfolio of equities) can stay ahead. One of the issues with the COLA system is its reference: the Consumer Price Index, or CPI. Critics claim that the government manipulates the CPI to make each COLA as small as ...

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Effect of inflation on a dollar

Effect of inflation on a dollar

It's hard to appreciate inflation's corrosive effect on a retirement portfolio. From one year to the next it's so tiny that it's barely perceptible, and everyone has a different set of personal expenses that are affected by inflation at different rates. The following graph shows the corrosive effects of inflation ...

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The “fog of work”

The “fog of work”

This essay caps off the book's first seven chapters of ways to leverage your military career & benefits for financial independence and retirement. I wrote it after an exchange with Tomcat98 at Early-Retirement.org. We realized how often the daily grind of work gets in the way of planning, let alone recognizing ...

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