Retirement

Buckets of Money for Retirement!

I’m pretty sure National Lampoon’s 1985 movie “European Vacation” was based on my family’s 1972 trip to the same destination.  Both were comedies. Back then, European borders and currencies were as numerous and confusing as a Byzantine map.  To this day, I have no idea where we were when I tried to mail that postcard.  …

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What Airplanes Can Teach Us About Money

In my financial planning practice, I meet with a lot of “Type A” entrepreneurs. Their number one question? “Couldn’t I be doing better with my money?” I always have to smile. These driven individuals are used to optimizing everything they touch—or at least trying to. If they have three rental properties today, they want to …

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6 Essentials for a Life of Wealth

In my last column we looked at the difference between affluence and wealth.  My simple definition of affluence is “your income relative to everyone else’s.” If you make $36,000, you qualify as an average Joe – you’re right in the middle of the income numbers for the rest of the country.  However, someone making $36,000 …

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Who is Really Rich – the Affluent or the Wealthy?

“We’re gonna be rich!” Don bellowed as he beat his fist against the steering wheel. He drove a white Lincoln Continental with burgundy leather interior. It was longer than most living rooms and at that moment was lumbering down I-55 from St. Louis to Jackson, MS. The windows were down and his heart was full.  …

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