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My Top 10 Most Read Posts of 2016


I hope that 2016 was a good year for you and your families and that you’ve had a wonderful holiday season. For us it was great to have our three adult children home and to be able to spend time together as a family. We all ate way too much good food. Thankfully our newest family member Rex, a shelter dog we adopted in October, requires frequent walks. On a sad note, we had to say goodbye to Austin our 15-year-old Pekingese in August.


Hopefully you find many of the posts here at The Chicago Financial Planner useful and informative as you chart your financial course. Whether you do your own financial planning and investing or you work with a financial advisor, my goal is to educate and provide some food for thought.

In the spirit of all the top 10 lists we see at this time of year, here are my top 10 most read posts during 2016:

Is a $100,000 a Year Retirement Doable?

Life Insurance as a Retirement Savings Vehicle – A Good Idea?

401(k) Fee Disclosure and the American Funds

4 Things To Do When The Stock Market Drops

4 Reasons to Accept Your Company’s Buyout Offer

4 Signs of a Lousy 401(k) Plan

My Thoughts on PBS Frontline The Retirement Gamble


Protecting Your Savings from the Cost of a Long-Term Care Illness

Small Business Retirement Plans – SEP-IRA vs. Solo 401(k)

Full disclosure the last post listed was actually number 11, number 10 needs some updating and will be republished in the new year.

This past year saw me expand my freelance financial writing business. I wrote a number of pieces for various financial sites, several financial services firms and other financial advisors over the past year. I also had my first article published in Morningstar Magazine. I plan to continue growing this side of my business in 2017.

In addition to the above, I was a frequent contributor to these sites in 2016:

Investor Junkie


Go Banking Rates 

Thank you for your readership and support. Please let know what you think about any of the posts on the site (good or bad) and please let me know if there are topics that you would like to see covered in 2017.

I wish you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

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  1. Great little list, I’m new here so I have some catching up to do!

  2. This is such a great blog. I happened to find it to late, but I will stick around now. Read 3 posts from the list, will read the rest.

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