I write this on a sad date, September 11. The morning of September 11, 2001 I was waking up in a hotel room in Clinton, IA and would be doing an employee benefits seminar for Ernst & Young later in the day. The first plane hit the tower and the cable news commentator speculated that it had gone off course. We of course learned the truth shortly afterwards. What a sad day and I’m sure none of us will ever forget where we were or what we were doing.
On a happier note the NFL season started last night with the Patriots beating the Steelers and most importantly there was no news about the firmness of Tom Brady’s balls. The real season starts on Sunday and I will be rooting for America’s team The Green Bay Packers.
It’s starting to look like fall here in the Chicago area; here are a few good financial articles to curl up with this weekend:
Mike Piper answers a reader question Should I Still Contribute to a 401(k) if I Plan to Retire Early? at the Oblivious Investor.
Barbara Friedberg shares Top Tax Strategies for Retirement at Investopedia.
John Rekenthaler discusses Where Active Management Succeeds (or Fails) at Morningstar.com.
Mark Hulbert shares Opinion: An investing lesson from the 9/11 tragedy at Market Watch.
Jim Blankenship explains RMDs From IRAs at Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row.
I continue to write for Investopedia, here are a few of my recent contributions:
Have a great weekend. Yes the recent stock market volatility is unsettling but always take a deep breath and fall back on your financial plan before reacting to this or any stock market or economic activity.
Please contact me with any thoughts or suggestions about anything you’ve read here at The Chicago Financial Planner.