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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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Q&A I: Gaijin Shogun

Gaijin Shogun An original painting by Alex Ferrar On display at his restaurant Sobremesa, Antigua, Guatemala Traveling without a computer, as I do, provides a wonderful break from the relentless onslaught of non-stop connectivity that is the mark of our modern world. For a brief few weeks it gives me the chance to return to […]

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Top 10 posts

With any luck at all, by the time you read this I should be sitting in the cafe in Antigua that affords this view Since I’ve learned how to schedule posts to publish automatically (at least I think I have), I thought I’d put this one together to appear while I’m gone. Maybe it will give […]

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Cafe No Se

So I am here in Antigua, Guatemala hanging out in one of my favorite dives, Travel Menu, drinking beer and eating some awesome food and talking to my new pal Lito. The talk turns, as talk will do, to other worthy dives here in town and he asks if I’ve made it to Cafe No […]

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