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What I’m Reading – NFL Training Camp Edition


Training camp is in full swing for the teams in the NFL which means the start of football is only about a month away.  I enjoyed the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the huge win in the Stanley Cup finals for our Blackhawks and certainly the great performance by our women in winning soccer’s World Cup.  However football is the end all be all for me in terms of sports.

I love the college game but as regular readers here know I am a lifelong and diehard fan of the America’s team, the Green Bay Packers.  Let’s hope the defense holds up this season and they can shake off their collapse in the NFC title game and go on to return the Lombardi Trophy to its rightful home.

Here are a few articles I suggest for some good financial reading:

Robert Powell writes The secret to a happier, healthier life?  Just retire at Market Watch.

Barbara Friedberg shares The Dark side of High Yield Investing at US News.

Dan Caplinger discusses Why a 401(k) Match Matters More Than You Think at The Motley Fool.

Michelle Singletary asks There is a retirement storm coming.  Are you prepared? at The Washington Post.

Sterling Raskie shares How to Interview Your (Potential) Financial Advisor at Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row.

Lisa Hay urges retirees to Have a plan when tailoring retirement draws to your income at Market Watch.

Have a great week.  As I requested in my last post What Should I Write About? please contact me regarding any financial topics that you would like to see covered as well as any questions or comments you might have about the blog.  

What Should I Write About?

For those of you who are regular readers and for those who just visit occasionally you may have noticed that my last post on this blog was back in March. After a several month hiatus from writing I plan to resume writing new posts shortly.  While … [Continue reading]

Schwab Intelligent Portfolios: The Evolution of the Robo Advisor?

Charles Schwab (SCHW) recently launched its much anticipate entry into the Robo Advisor space, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios.  Schwab instantly will become a major player here simply because they are Schwab. I honest don’t know if Intelligent … [Continue reading]

Do I Own Too Many Mutual Funds?

In one form or another I’ve been asked by several readers “… do I own too many mutual funds?”  In several cases the question was prompted by the number of mutual fund holdings in brokerage accounts with major brokerage firms including … [Continue reading]

What is a Hedge Fund?

The term hedge fund is used often in the financial press.  I suspect, however, that many investors do not really know what a hedge fund is.         Investopedia defines a hedge fund as follows: “An … [Continue reading]

What I’m Reading – Winter Chill Edition

It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend and it's really cold out.  For the next week we are supposed to be in the “deep freeze” so to speak.  Our friends in the Boston area are supposed to get slammed with even more snow.  We will be spending … [Continue reading]

Why Using Home Equity to Invest in the Stock Market is a Bad Idea

Not that I needed one but an email newsletter that I received from attorney Dale Ledbetter recently served as an excellent reminder what a poor idea using home equity to invest in stocks really is.  From his email: “Strong stock market … [Continue reading]