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Retire on $75 per Day? Ask Cindy About Little Rock

That’s what U.S. News and World Report did when they voted Little Rock one of the 10  best places to retire on $75 per day. According to the article, “Retirees who rent pay a median of $627 monthly to live … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Dimon’s Recommended Reading List

So, I was in New York a few weeks ago, at JPMorgan Asset Management for their Wealth Management Summit.  As it so happened, Jamie Dimon was our keynote speaker at the conference.  Yes, that Jamie Dimon.  He chose to take … Continue reading

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FRONTLINE: The Retirement Gamble

Go forth, watch “The Retirement Gamble” by Frontline on the PBS website, then come back and I’ll talk you down off the ledge.  Here are my reactions.  First off: Of course people don’t know how much they need to retire.  … Continue reading

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Required Reading About Healthcare

As a financial planner, I talk to people about saving up for emergencies, and having adequate insurance coverage.  There are situations where all the prudent planning in the world won’t help you.  We don’t talk about it much, because it’s … Continue reading

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Cindy Says…

“It’s not the market that’s unstable, it’s Fox News.”

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9 Year Mortgage – Some More Mortgage Payoff Thoughts

It turns out the post I made last September titled “9 Year Mortgage – Some Thoughts” has gotten a lot of attention.*  I’d like to write about a larger point that I didn’t make in that post, which really needs … Continue reading

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Reign of the “The Queen of Versailles”

There’s a new documentary out that’s worth watching – “The Queen of Versailles.”  It’s available on Netflix.  The movie’s about Jackie and David Siegel, owners of Westgate Resorts, and their family’s fall from wealth during the recession.  At the beginning … Continue reading

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Your Paycheck Changed – Here’s What’s Going On

So you notice your paycheck looked a little different, didn’t you.  A little smaller.  Do you want to complain?  Maybe you’d like to get hot under the collar at President Obama’s “secret, middle-class tax hikes (brought up in the comments … Continue reading

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I Think I Just Got Trolled By a Bank

So, I’m not going to name names here, but the other day I heard a radio spot for a local Little Rock bank.  The radio ad is meant to encourage listeners to refinance their homes with the local bank.  Here’s … Continue reading

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Suddenly Europe Makes More Sense…

A great metaphor for the EuroCrisis.  I love Spain in this.  Who’s your favorite?

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9 Year Mortgage – Some Thoughts

So, the other weekend I was bopping along to the radio while cleaning my house.  A commercial came on for something called “9 Year Mortgage.”  My planner antenna went up as I thought, “Sounds a little scammy, but I’ll check … Continue reading

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Credit Card Collection Practices on “The Diane Rehm Show”

There was a great episode from The Diane Rehm Show the other day “New Concerns Over Credit Card Debt Collection” (Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – 10:06 a.m.), in which credit card collection practices are discussed.  According to the episode summary … Continue reading

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Worthwhile Discussions from “The Diane Rehm Show”

I found a couple great recent epidoses from The Diane Rehm Show, and you guys may enjoy them: Jeff Faux: “The Servant Economy” (Tuesday, July 17, 2012 – 11:06 a.m.) –  From the website: “Jeff Faux of the Economic Policy … Continue reading

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Survey of Consumer Finances: Net Worth

Tell me I’m not the only one around here who’s totally stoked that the Survey of Consumer Finances came out!  You’re not?  I asked you not to tell me that!* The Survey of Consumer Finances is a “triennial interview survey … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Elder Care

In financial planning, you hear a lot about retirement or college,but you don’t hear as much about elder care concerns.  NPR has a great special series on Morning Edition about elder care, and I suggest you take a look at … Continue reading

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