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2004 Investment Performance

by Luke Landes

According to my Microsoft Money 2004 report, my investments did well in 2004. My 401(k) produced a 23.9 percent return over the year, not accounting for my employer match, just the change in fund values. My Roth IRA delivered a 17.2 percent return. I have a regular investment account that provided me with a less impressive 6.8 percent ... Continue reading this article…

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401(k) Exploitation

by Luke Landes

Robert Powell has written an article entitled, Seven ways to fully exploit your 401(k), and it appears on CBS MarketWatch. In it, he does what the title suggests and gives the reader seven important things to remember when planning for retirement. Here they are, with infamous Flexo commentary. Enroll now. I have a friend of ... Continue reading this article…

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More Millionaires This Year

by Luke Landes

There are more millionaire households in 2004 than ever, and they have increased in number at a record rate year-over-year. The latest research shows that the number of millionaires has increased 33 percent this past year to a total of 8.2 million U.S. households. Most of the people surveyed said that it was not real estate ... Continue reading this article…

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Better Than The Bare Minimum

by Luke Landes

The Lazy Man’s Guide to Retirement (from CNN Money) lists five easy steps for those who don’t want to expend energy and still be able to retire. Here are the five steps: Think about how you want to live when you retire Take advantage of your 401(k) or a similar investment account Use automatic contributions ... Continue reading this article…

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Post-Election Update

by Luke Landes

Like the rest of the country, I am dealing with the aftermath of the presidential election. The stock market rallied for the day after the elections, but it’s probably more of a response to the fact the election was over quickly, not a response to specifically the guy who won. While we could think about ... Continue reading this article…

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Short-Term Savings

by Luke Landes

The Motley Fool on the importance of short-term savings. Having an easily accessible cash stash can prove to be one of the most important parts of your saving and investing strategy. Maintaining the liquidity of the equivalent of six-to-twelve months of your expenses means that if you run into an emergency, you don’t have to ... Continue reading this article…

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Speaking of Fees

by Luke Landes

Is your financial manager worth it? Walter Updegrave from CNN/Money answers a writer’s question. The writer has had a financial manager in charge of $400,000 in mutual funds and stocks since 2001, to whom the writer has paid 1 percent per year, or $16,000 total, in fees. The assets have increased 1 percent over the past 4 ... Continue reading this article…

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Active Trading?

by Luke Landes

I added a link in my sidebar to an Exceptional Blog called The Kirk Report. The author, Charles Kirk, appears to be an accomplished investor. For the last few years, the amount of time I’ve spent thinking about wealth expansion and making a comfortable living, I’ve been following the theory of passive investing, that is ... Continue reading this article…

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