Tom’s Blog

What would be your advice to someone building their nest egg?

My nephew Rob, age 25, asked me for some of my thoughts on investing. I gave him a few quick thoughts but then decided to describe what I think I’ve learned over the decades. This post is my advice to someone age 25. I would

What would you do if your Safe Spending Amount increased by 50%?

How would your life change if your annual Safe Spending Amount (SSA) – your annual pay from your nest egg – increased in real spending power by 50% in the future?  How would you live your life differently? Buckle up. You have to think about

Are chances increasing for a Big and Painful market correction?

Blog reader Bill is starting out on his plan. He’s figured out what he can pay himself from his financial nest egg and asks, “We now have a long string of years without a major market decline. Are we ripe for one? Should I start

How much do higher fees eat from expected growth of your portfolio?

Neighbors Bill and Mary, nice folks age 50, told me that they just signed on with a financial advisor. He’s going to manage $800,000 for them. He said his fee is 1%, so they conclude they are spending $8,000 per year for his advice and

Is Rental Property a good income generator for you?

I read this article that suggests Rental Real Estate is a good investment for retirees. I hate even thinking about investing in rental real estate. Or why I’d hold onto it if I had it at this stage in life. This post discusses why I

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