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Bob Carlson shares miscellaneous advice on retirement and related topics

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7-Step Checklist: How to Shelter Your Financial Security from Natural Disasters

December 15, 2017

The recent string of high-profile natural disasters caught many people by surprise — and created major gaps in their financial security. It can happen to any of us… It doesn’t have to be an historic hurricane, flood, or wildfire. You could be at risk from a broken water pipe, a tree falling on your home, or some other event. Bottom line: You […]

Investing When Rates are Low, Poised to Rise

September 1, 2015

What do you do when interest rates are low but the Federal Reserve makes clear it is going to start raising rates? Now, you earn very little money from cash and safe investments. Bonds and similar investments have higher yields, but they’re going to lose value when interest rates rise. In many cases, principal losses […]

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How Safe Are Your Assets?

November 1, 2008

Is your money safe? It is amazing how quickly investors went from not worrying about risk to having that be the first question on their minds. As the financial crisis spreads, people are worried about the safety of their money and how to make their assets more secure. Here’s an overview of the rules for […]

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How Improved Websites Boost Your Benefits

October 1, 2008

Government benefits are complicated. It often is difficult to understand the rules well enough to maximize benefits from Social Security and Medicare. The government agencies know this and in response recently added features to their web sites to make it less painful to learn your benefit options. I have reviewed these features and believe they […]

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Pay Off Debt or Continue Owing in Retirement?

October 1, 2008

Paying off the mortgage used to be part of the American dream and a prerequisite to retirement. Times have changed. These days many people enter retirement with mortgages and other debt, and some do not hesitate to increase debt during retirement. What is the best approach? Should you try to pay off the mortgage as […]

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Should You Take that Early Retirement Offer?

May 1, 2008

With the economy slowing more people have to face one of work life’s more difficult issues:  Should the early retirement offer be accepted? Evaluating the value and merits of a buyout offer can be difficult, because the offer contains many parts. Here is a summary of key points to consider when a buyout offer is […]

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Planning Your Retirement: What’s Really Important?

November 1, 2006

Most people do their retirement planning backwards. They are guided that way by conventional advice and advisors. Retirement is more fulfilling and the planning is easier if the steps taken are a little different than those in the conventional planning process. The traditional retirement plan begins with money. The first step or series of steps […]

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Your Personal Backup Plan

October 1, 2005

A natural disaster destroys more than property. It also destroys financial records and other important documents. Many evacuees from Katrina say that they cannot even prove who they are, because they lost driver’s licenses, passports, birth certificates, and other identification in the hurricane and its aftermath. The traditional advice is to preserve important documents in […]

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