Browsing Archive December, 2011
Should You Join The Reserves or National Guard?
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Should You Join The Reserves or National Guard?

Fair warning: this is a long post, even by my standards. Hey, it's Thursday, it's a holiday weekend, and (for a change) it's not financial. There's not even any math. But let's get to the post. Ironically for being one of my personal writing milestones, most of this one is written by other people! A couple ...

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Book review: “A Bittersweet Season”
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Book review: “A Bittersweet Season”

      Jane Gross' mother died in 2003 after several years of declining health. Jane and her brother spent those years moving Mom from Florida back to New York, settling her in one assisted living facility and then moving her to another, working through a number of medical problems, and finally ...

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Infographic on Drawing Down the Troops from Iraq
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Infographic on Drawing Down the Troops from Iraq

    First, some background. As a newbie niche personal-finance blogger I've learned a lot (more) about the seamy financial side of the blogosphere. A whole cottage industry is swapping links and posts for SEO & money, and it's going corporate. I've been surprised to learn how many bloggers have ...

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Parent’s letter to an 18-year-old
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Parent’s letter to an 18-year-old

    After those last two blog posts, it's time to lighten things up a little. Let's talk about figuring out the "new rules" when your fledgling leaves the nest. Our daughter has given me permission to blog about an e-mail that we sent her a few weeks after she started college. Until she turned 18, her ...

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Five reasons to NOT retire early
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Five reasons to NOT retire early

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford A Yahoo! Contributor recently posted an article explaining five reasons why she'll never retire early. She's going to work as long as she can, and well past "traditional" retirement age of her 60s. The author is one of Yahoo's more ...

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Military Drawdown Predictions
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Military Drawdown Predictions

A reader posted some great questions the other day: What do you think is going to happen with the “retired benefit” debate within the greater context of the DoD portion of the Federal Budget? Will it be another ... slash and burn? What does your financial sense say? The 1990s military drawdown was about the end of ...

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Update to “Just Write It”
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Update to “Just Write It”

I'm writing my first post from our new familyroom. The construction is finished and 99% of the interior painting is done, so yesterday my spouse and I spent a couple of hours moving back in. (We bribed a neighbor's teen at $10/hour to help us haul the boxes and move the big pieces of furniture.)  For the last four ...

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Covering a Mortgage in Retirement – How Not Paying Off Your Mortgage Can Lead to More Financial Flexibility and a Larger Investment Portfolio
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Covering a Mortgage in Retirement – How Not Paying Off Your Mortgage Can Lead to More Financial Flexibility and a Larger Investment Portfolio

Conventional wisdom claims that retirees shouldn't carry debt. If you're going to enjoy retirement then you want to minimize your non-discretionary expenses and maximize your entertainment! discretionary spending. However, military retirees (and retirees with annuities) have the “unusual” situation of highly ...

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Retirement planners and calculators (part 2 of 2)
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Retirement planners and calculators (part 2 of 2)

This is the final post on the choices of retirement planners and their strengths/weaknesses. If you're new to this blog (or if you've discovered this post through a search engine) then you might want to read about the problems with retirement calculators.  They all have advantages & drawbacks (no matter how well ...

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