Rodger On Retirement

Is this the right time to retire?

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Few decisions in your life are as complex and fraught with significant consequences as the decision on when to retire. For most of us, this decision will affect more than just ourselves. Your decision cannot be made in a vacuum if you have a significant other, spouse, or others that depend on your paycheck. Many […]

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What is your plan?

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Answer this question: What is your plan to increase your income by two and a half times during retirement? If you are stumped and do not know the answer, welcome to the great majority! You see, there is a select group of people who are planning for their retirement and this is the foremost question […]

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Plan well, plan early

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How many times must you read the dire warnings about Social Security going broke or about another year with no cost of living increase for recipients of those federal retirement checks? Perhaps your parents or grandparents receive those monthly checks and mutter that the amounts are too low. Maybe the government has to substantially raise […]

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Life is full of consequences

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My friend Vance Morris recently wrote about children getting “do-overs” when they fail a test or homework assignment in grade school. His rather strong comments spoke to the idea that in life, there are rarely do-overs. Children are being indoctrinated into a system that does not exist outside the walls of their schools. They are […]

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What Brian taught me

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When Brian talks, I listen, whether I am watching one of his many instructional DVDs, playing a CD in my car while I commute, or sitting in his office earlier this year. Brian taught me there are four ways to change anything in your life: You can start doing something you are not currently doing. […]

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Who has your back?

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Years ago, my friend and roommate Stu told me, “Don’t worry, I got your back.” I remember the feeling that I got when he said that. I felt special and protected, knowing that someone was looking out for my interests so that I would not get hurt.  It is now decades since Stu said that […]

Retirement paid in full: 85 cents

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If only it were that simple: 85 cents and you’re done. No more saving, no more planning, no more choices about spending or saving. You can buy that new car you were eyeing in the showroom window with no guilt, knowing it would not affect your retirement security. But, like waking from a dream, you […]

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Facing retirement with faith

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Successful, long-term investing requires a set of characteristics that is uncommon among many of today’s investors. Without these, many are relegated to sub-par long-term investment performance. The first of these is a conviction in the future. It is extraordinarily difficult to be a successful investor if one is timid and apprehensive of the future. The […]

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Simple, consistent, and now

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Do this, don’t do that. How much simpler can these instructions be? In order to achieve a specific outcome, you must do certain things in a certain order. It’s like building a home without architectural blueprints. You are not going to get a truckload of lumber delivered to your home until you have a specific […]

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Put your ego away

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By all outward appearances, Jack and Cheryl were living the life reserved for the wealthiest people in the country. Jack was a consultant in government contracting earning a little more than $450,000 a year, yet he lived a million dollar lifestyle. There was a new Mercedes-Benz in the driveway next to a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. In […]