Step #5 – Retirement Preparedness Checklist: Create Enough Cash Flow to Cover Retirement Expenses

Think about this. Most companies don’t go bankrupt because they are not profitable. They don’t go bankrupt because the value of their assets has declined. They go bankrupt because they do not have sufficient cash flow to pay their creditors and employees. A company can lose money, on paper, but stay in business indefinitely so long as it has sufficient …

Step #4—Retirement Preparedness Checklist: Put Away 12 Months of Expenses in an Emergency Fund

Harold Wilson, former British Prime Minister joked, “I am an optimist, but I’m an optimist who carries a raincoat.” You probably already have some cash stored away for the inevitable rainy day. Indeed, you should have savings for those one-time, non-recurring expenses that come up—a water heater replacement, a roof repair, the auto insurance deductible—but this savings should actually be …

Step #2 – Retirement Preparedness Checklist: Insure Risks You Cannot Afford to Take

One of my clients, a physician, when discussing insurance, said to me, “We’re all just one step away from the banana peel.” She would know better than most. While it’s not particularly pleasant to think about becoming sick or needing assistance, healthcare and long-term care costs pose very real risks to your retirement nest egg. Can you afford to chance …

Step #1 – Retirement Preparedness Checklist: Create Personal Financial Statements

No self-respecting Chief Financial Officer would dream of trying to run a company without a constantly updated set of financial statements. Neither should you. That is why the first step, in our Retirement Preparedness Checklist, is to create personal financial statements. The Purpose of Personal Financial Statements Personal financial statements serve several very important functions: 1) they tell you where …

Tools for surviving the investment income famine

UPDATED 2019: This article, originally published in 2010, continues to be one of our most popular posts. Please keep in mind that it is possible some of the facts offered have changed throughout the years.However, our sentiments have not. Scott Burns and I agree on many things. We agree that you cannot beat the market by picking stocks. We agree …

Stock Market Slot Machine

I strongly recommend an excellent article to you, from the Psy-Fi blog, a regular on my daily reading list. The title of the article is B.F Skinner’s Stockmarket Slot Machines: Win Big, Win Rarely, Win Never. I often refer to B.F Skinner, intermittent variable reinforcement, and how the stock market creates superstitions much like those created in Skinner’s birds. This …

10 Items for Your Year-End To-Do List

Can you believe it? 2009 is almost over! The older I get, the faster they go! I thought I would put together a quick note to remind you of some helpful, year-end tasks you may want to consider: 1. Rebalance investment accounts – this is something few people do but I highly recommend. This involves bringing your investment accounts back …