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The Smarter Investor

June 2012


100 Years to Live

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As I listened to the radio last week, I heard one of my favorite songs: “100 Years” by Five For Fighting. The song has a wonderful melody and some thought-provoking lyrics that speak to moving through life and how quickly the years can fly by. The song starts at age 15 and finally reaches 99; each ...

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Another Summer Market Roller Coaster?

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Driving to Milwaukee last week on our way to see the Cubs play the Brewers at Miller Park (one of my favorite sports venues), we drove past the Six Flags amusement park. From the Interstate, we could see many of the rides, including several of the roller coasters.

Investors might think they are on a ...

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Charting a Steady Investing Course

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Summer is upon us. It brings vacations, barbeques, pool parties, and maybe a few lazy days of just relaxing.

Stock markets often join in the season’s take-it-easy spirit. In fact, there’s an old (but unwise) adage: Sell in May and go away.

Summer has historically been a sluggish season for U.S. and ...

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401(k) Fee Disclosure: Some Thoughts

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If you participate in your company’s 401(k) plan, you have received, or will be receiving, a notice from your employer that provides disclosure information about the plan’s investment options, their performance history, and fees and expenses that are paid from the participant’s accounts.

The biggest ...

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Avoiding Common Investing Mistakes

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There are a lot of things you should do to take control of your retirement planning and make good saving and investing choices.

You should figure out what kind of retirement you want and how much it will cost. You should create a long-term strategy to reach your retirement goals. You should plan ...

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