Seven Alternative Facts about your Money

People love to use words and expressions to cloud their real intentions. Often these expressions can cloak lies and make you feel better about doing something that is just plain awful. George Orwell wrote about how governments can mask some pretty nasty stuff with word tricks. In our time, political speech and writing are largely…

Interview with a Financial Vampire

     403(b) plans leak an astounding $10 billion annually in unnecessary investment costs; according to data analysis by human resources consultant, Aon Hewitt. A big reason for this financial atrocity is the hiring processes of many large insurers and brokers. I have noted before that certain companies place deceiving ads to lure young people…

It’s Monday Again…..When Is My Retirement?

Good Morning! Here are our weekly top ten links for issues concerning 403(b)s, 401(k)s, retirement savings tips, pensions, and various variable annuity products. Enjoy! What Every Woman Needs To Know About Social Security Benefits – Social Security Teacher What It Takes To Be A 401k ‘Super Saver’ – 401KSpecialist Promises By Congress To Protect Retirement-Savings…

Numbers Can Lie

Numbers can lie if you let them. Context needs to be part of any mathematical equation. “Narratives without statistics are blind, statistics without narratives are empty.” Steven Pinker, the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, describes this paradox perfectly. Most people suffer from something called denominator bias. This means they focus on the…

We Are ALL Victims of Bad 403(b) Plans

EVERYONE is affected by a bad 403(b) plan. Taxpayers, students, and teachers all suffer the consequences of the misdeeds of price-gouging financial salespeople. The conventional wisdom is: “Why do I care about some teacher’s retirement plan?” Predictably, this is neither conventional nor wisdom; ignore this at your own peril. First, let’s take a look how this issue…

It’s Monday Again…….When Is My Retirement?

Good Morning! Here are our weekly top ten links for issues concerning 403(b), 401(k), retirement savings tips, pensions, and various variable annuity products. Enjoy! Excessive Fee Suit Filed Against Another Ivy League 403 (b) – NAPA Keeping It Simple Is Key Lesson For Encouraging Retirement Savings – Pensions&Investments Should I Keep My 401(k) With My…

The Investment Night is Dark and Full of Terrors

Winter is coming for the current eight-year bull market. Only a charlatan or a fool will confidently tell you the exact date of its imminent or much deferred arrival. There is no red clad sorceress like Melisandre out there to revive the dead or predict the outcome of great battles for retirement savers. In other words,…

Greed is Good, at The Harvard Business School

Cliques are not just part of the torture chamber, more commonly known as high school. A disproportionate number of our nation’s CEOs and board members hail from one place: The Harvard Business School. According to “Book Pins Corporate Greed on a Lust Bred at Harvard,” by Andrew Ross Sorkin, “An M.B.A. from H.B.S., as those in the…

It’s Monday Again……When Is My Retirement?

Good Morning! Here are our weekly top ten links for issues concerning 403(b)s, 401(k)s, retirement savings tips, pensions, and various variable annuity products. Enjoy! Where Did Baby Boomers Go Wrong? This Generation Isn’t Financially Prepared For Retirement – MarketWatch Should Retires Have Life Insurance? –  The Wall Street Journal Be Wary Of Annuities Inside Your…

Do You Invest Like the Cool Kids?

Indifference turns the highest power into no power. Seneca, the ancient philosopher got it exactly right when he said, “The highest power is no power, if you desire nothing.” Too many people are servants to the bells and whistles of the devastating distractions of their electronic devices. Others nauseatingly suck up to their egotistical bosses in…