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Let's Go Indexing: Taking A Different Approach

Index investing offers an attractive alternative to investing in the stock market, for investors who are just starting out.<p>Index investing also …

Don't Accept The New Retire Late Mandate: 5 Ways To Retire At 62

How did age 67 become the universal retirement target age?<p>When I started as a financial planner in the mid-80s, I distinctly remember using age 62 as the prime target age for retirement. We only used age 65 as a “back up,” since that was when full Social Security benefits kicked in.<p>Now it seems …

The Secret to Life

A title like that deserves better writing than my faculties permit; however, what I am about to tell you has been the secret to my success personally, financially and emotionally.<p>Everyone wants to be happy. People pay, search, and strive for happiness. There is only one way to truly be happy. It …

State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees

<b>Click on any state in the map below</b> for a detailed summary of taxes on retirement income, property and purchases, as well as special tax breaks for …

Jumpstart your career with this often-ignored tool

Mercedes makes cars, Apple makes consumer electronics. What do you do?<p><b>Southern California-based Chapman University social media professor Niklas Myhr has been known to give expectant parents this somewhat tongue-in-cheek advice: before making a final decision about your child’s name, check first to</b> …

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How Your Habits Become Productivity-Draining Distractions

Agonizing over our habits, obsessing over our choices–these are clever distractions. But what’s left is the real work.<p>It’s called a lilac chaser. You’ve seen it before. It’s an optical illusion with a small black cross in the middle, encircled by 12 blurry lilac-colored dots. A green dot animates …

10 paths to painless pizza-making

As you may have noticed, we’re <i>kind of</i> into pizza in the smitten kitchen. I mean, just a little. I can’t help it–in my mind, it combines the best …

Is $1 Million Enough To Retire?

The New York Times recently published an article headlined "For Retirees, a Million-Dollar Illusion," which questioned whether $1 million in savings is enough to retire on, given today's low interest rates and stock market volatility, the potential for inflation and increased life spans.<p>The article …

10 Solid Reasons You Shouldn't Retire

<b>Like your job</b>. If you enjoy the work you are doing, there's no reason to leave just because you hit a certain age. "A lot of times, your job defines who you are and you take part of your identity through what you do for a living," says Dana Anspach, a certified financial planner and author of …

Picking A Retirement Age That Works

Just for fun, have this conversation with a friend, co-worker or (if you dare) your spouse: Picking a retirement age.<p>The whole subject makes people nervous, and with good reason. Picking a retirement age implies a lot of positives, such as leisure, freedom and less stress in general.<p>It also implies …

Steve Madden's Path to Shoe Domination | Fortune.com

The first thing you notice about Steve Madden after meeting him is the baseball cap, which he wore backwards in a recent interview (because of the lights in the studio). Then maybe his shoulders, unusually broad and toned for corporate America. But what's most surprising is his directness. He's not …

Infographic: How To Tell The Difference Between 66 Varieties Of Cheese

Stilton or Roquefort? This chart’s got you covered.<p>With age and maturity must necessarily come more discerning tastes. Sooner or later, you’ll have to graduate from beer to wine, from <i>Shining</i>-Kubrick to <i>Barry Lyndon</i>-Kubrick, from Safran Foer to anyone else. And, of course, from cheddar to Stilton. Or …

Nova’s “Rise of the Drones” Looks At The Troubling World Of Unmanned Flight

The PBS show probes the little-understood world of drone technology and operations to discuss the controversy of remote warfare, increased surveillance, and a future of autonomous aerial robots.<p>They’re both wondrous and frightening.<p>Drones–aerial robots that carry visual sensors, navigation systems, …

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The 11 Most Fascinating Charts From Mary Meeker's Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends

Facebook is the only major social network in decline. Saudis share more online than anyone. You check your phone 150 times a day. And more.<p>Every year, Mary Meeker and the team from KPCB unleash upon the world the mother of all slideshows, which aims to sum up The State of the Internet. This year's …

We Have Been In The Grip Of A Treacherous Sideways Moving Stock Market

I started writing my first book, <i>Active Value Investing: Making Money in Range-Bound Markets</i>, in 2005; finished it in 2007; and published the second, an abridged version of the first (<i>The Little Book of Sideways Markets</i>), in 2010. In both books I made the case that there is a very high probability …