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Chautauqua 2014: Lightning strikes again!

Well, this was a rare delight. Photo courtesy of Kate Last year’s Chautauqua was so much fun, attracted such cool people and was just so damn epic it seemed unlikely to repeat. But it did, and this year we got coffee! Let’s start with that. Our hosts: Coffee grower Cheryl and her husband Rich Photo […]

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Stocks — Part XXVI: Pulling the 4%

Courtesy of Fritz Cartoons At some point, if you have been following the Simple Path to Wealth described in these posts, you will be able to chose to have your assets pay the bills rather than your labor. How quickly you reach this point will have much to do with your saving rate and how […]

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Stocks — Part XXV: HSAs, more than just a way to pay your medical bills.

Much as been changing in the world of health care here in the US. While the opinions on these changes vary widely, one thing I can say with some certainty is that the number of people having access to and choosing High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans is likely to increase. These plans basically allow you to […]

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Stocks — Part XXIV: RMDs, the ugly surprise at the end of the tax-deferred rainbow

   Illustration courtesy of The Hindu Someday, if all goes well and you haven’t already, you’ll wake up to find you’ve reached the ripe old age of 70 1/2. Hopefully in good health, you’ll rise from bed, stretch and greet the new day happy to be alive. You’ve worked hard, saved and invested, and now are  […]

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Summer travels, writing, reading and other amusements

  Katerina Plotnikova Photographs The beach just steps out side the Shamba door Summer is full upon us and so are the jlcollinsnh annual travels. This year we are headed back to our in-laws beach house on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. It is a drop dead gorgeous setting with sandy beach stretching for miles in […]

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Moto X, my new Republic Wireless Phone

Moto X, my new phone Long-term readers might recall my original review of Republic Wireless and their dreadful Defy XT phone last October. In short, I said great company to deal with, but wait until they make the Moto X phone available before you sign up. Having dealt with the Defy XT since then, that was excellent […]

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Stocks — Part XXIII: Selecting your asset allocation

Life is balance and choice. Add more of this, lose a little of that. When it comes to investing, that balance and choice is informed by your temperament and goals. If I had it to do over, this blog would be likely named The Simple Path to Wealth after one of my very earliest posts […]

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Stocks — Part XXII: Stepping away from REITs

Samsara An original painting by Alex Ferrar* Last week I received a comment from a reader named Paul. In it he asked this very provocative question: “Curious why you view REITs as an inflation hedge any more than stocks are an inflation hedge.” As it happens, that’s a question I’d been pondering a lot of late. […]

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Q&A III: Vamos

  Vamos An original painting by Alex Ferrar On display at his restaurant Sobremesa, Antigua, Guatemala Welcome to the third in this series of posts featuring questions and answers from the comments that have accumulated during my recent travels. As with the first two, it is named after the featured painting above. As described in the last two […]

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Q&A II: Salamat

Salamat An original painting by Alex Ferrar On display at his restaurant Sobremesa, Antigua, Guatemala Welcome to the second in this series of posts featuring questions and answers from the comments that have accumulated during my recent travels. As before, the post is named after the featured painting above. As described in the last post, Q&A, traveling […]

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