Browsing Archive March, 2012
Military retirement with low savings
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Military retirement with low savings

Here's a question from a reader: OK Nords, I need a sounding board. Background: I retired two years ago with 21 years. I was recently found 80% disabled by the VA. After I retired I immediately shipped over to teach JROTC-- which I love. Present: While I love my job, it has incredible demands. To make a difference ...

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Starting your kid’s Roth IRA
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Starting your kid’s Roth IRA

Source: goodfinancialcents.com via Jeff on Pinterest   Earlier this month, noted CFP & military veteran Jeff Rose was running a financial seminar with a roomful of college students. These seniors are graduating in a couple of months to (hopefully) earn the big bucks for their retirement accounts. He ...

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Bridge career: “HA!”
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Bridge career: “HA!”

    One of the book's contributors checked in last week with an update. Ben retired from the military a few months ago, but he's been planning his transition for years. He spent many months on Early-Retirement.org learning about the financial issues and researching retirement calculators. Initially he was ...

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“So Nords, why are you still blogging?”  (part 3)
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“So Nords, why are you still blogging?” (part 3)

    This is the third part of a series. You can read the second part of blogging advice here and the first section of blogging advice here. By now you've begun to pick up on my hints that the top priority of successful blogging is regular doses of quality content. No tricks, no shortcuts, no magic ...

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Lifestyles in military retirement: Las Vegas
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Lifestyles in military retirement: Las Vegas

  (Gosh, I can't wait to see what sort of spam is attracted to that title...) A couple of weeks ago we spent four nights in Las Vegas. It's been eight years since our last trip there, and it'll probably be another decade before we "need" to go back. Mainland readers of this blog might not know that Las Vegas ...

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Is the Roth Thrift Savings Plan right for you?
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Is the Roth Thrift Savings Plan right for you?

The Thrift Savings Plan "Highlights" newsletter came out last month with an update on the annual expenses of their six type of index funds: 0.025%. Two-and-a-half basis points. 25 cents of expenses for every thousand dollars in your TSP account. As far as I've been able to learn, that's America's cheapest collection ...

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“So Nords, why are you still blogging?” (Part 2)
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“So Nords, why are you still blogging?” (Part 2)

If you're just joining us from a search engine or another blog, this is the second post in a weekly series on blogging advice. You can find the first part of blogging tips back there a week ago. I've written an earlier post on starting a blog, but today I'm going to add more ideas. This is probably going to go slop ...

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Completely worth the money
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Completely worth the money

Short post today. (Especially for me.) We just returned from Las Vegas and I have plenty to catch up on. I need to edit down a couple longer posts (on blogging, ironically) for the next two Thursdays.  I guess it wouldn't hurt to get started on our tax returns, either. I'm working up a bonus post for Jeff Rose's Roth ...

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“So Nords, why are you still blogging?”
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“So Nords, why are you still blogging?”

  Thanks for reading The-Military-Guide.com! I've blogged for nearly 18 months, and we just had our second-highest month yet-- 9400 hits! Sure, last August was higher because of the book's release and a guest post on a popular blog. (My hits died right off after that month.) Last month was noteworthy for a ...

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Book review: “Give Smart”
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Book review: “Give Smart”

Every once in a while a book review jumps into the posting schedule because I have to give it back to the library tomorrow.  I can't extend the loan because lots of other readers have reserved it. "Give $mart" must be a popular book.  It's only been out for a few months, but it's already jumpstarted our thinking. ...

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Get on LinkedIn, get a job
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Get on LinkedIn, get a job

    I guess I should've seen this coming. I've blogged about financial independence and using your military benefits and coping with drawdowns... and suddenly some of you are wondering exactly how to go about getting a bridge career. If you're just joining us here through a search engine, then you might ...

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