Do you really want to retire? You may give up more than you realize. I was on the verge of tears when I called Amy 30 minutes before I was supposed to pick her up for our first date. My parents broke their promise and said I couldn’t use the car; I had no wheels! Amy (fictitious name) was a […]» Read more
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I was on the verge of tears when I called Amy 30 minutes before I was supposed to pick her up for our first date. My parents broke their promise and said I couldn't use the car; I had no wheels!
Amy (fictitious name) was a pretty freshman girl who sat behind me in study hall. It took weeks to get up the courage to ask her out. I was humiliated; I was going to be the laughing stock of the school.
That traumatic event of 60 years ago changed my life. I swore I would never do that to my children. In a few short minutes I discovered the need for financial and emotional independence that's never gone away. Ten days out of high school I was on a train to Marine Corps boot camp. I never looked back!
That drive to become independent was a heck of a motivator. It never went away.
The Allianz Life survey that reported, "A surprising 61% of all respondents said they were more afraid of outliving their assets than they were of dying," makes perfect sense to me. Running out of money means giving up your independence.
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It’s time to go back to the trust-busting days of yesteryear and break up the big banks. Does congress represent the people or special interests? Consumers lost when the Glass-Steagall act was repealed in 1999. It created banks, “Too Big to Fail”, with billions in taxpayer bailouts and mind-boggling fraudulent activity. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner in economics sums it […]» Read more
Chicken Little proclaimed, “The Sky is Falling”, warning all who would listen. Wikipedia tells us, “…Chicken Little … is a folk tale … about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. The phrase ‘The sky is falling!’ … (is) … a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent. Versions of the […]» Read more
I’m very afraid right now and I’m not alone. My life changed radically in 2008. I have written about the government pulling the financial rug out from under retirees. Today I will venture into new, uncharted territory. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bill, signed by President Bush, authorized $700 billion to bail out the banks. In 2011, using information […]» Read more
I was in a panic. I was living off the interest from our Certificates of Deposit (CDs). The government passed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and interest rates tanked. My world went topsy-turvy as the banks redeemed my CDs. The new, lower rates won’t pay the bills. Not even close! Isn’t high inflation caused by increasing the currency supply […]» Read more
When it comes to currencies and inflation, my go to guru is Everbank’s Chuck Butler. Chuck writes the Daily Pfennig which is a must read. He keeps us up to date on the currency markets and his predictions are almost always spot on – generally well ahead of everyone else. Chuck also has a terrific sense of humor. He goes in […]» Read more
Remember the American Dream? Get a good education, find a good job, own a home, raise your family and retire comfortably when you turn 65. Build a solid foundation when you were young and you would have a wonderful life. I recall many friends taking jobs as teachers, firemen, police officers, or working for Sears, United Airlines or Motorola that […]» Read more
Assuming no reader would want a graphic of a fur ball I looked for a large ball of twine. I discovered friendly competition with several locations claiming the prize for the biggest in the world. Regardless of the winner, the governments and central banks of the world have created a ginormous fur ball that would make this ball of twine […]» Read more
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