What more can be said?

Not sure I can add much more to this….it’s just sad!

A primer on the Middle East

This is a great way to get up to speed on what makes the Middle East such a volatile place, without spending too much time. It’s well worth spending 15 minutes going through it to gain a better understanding of the history of an area that plays a big role in geopolitics, which in turn impacts the financial markets. This is from a site that comes up with many interesting pieces which I highly recommend people follow them on Twitter.

A bus ride to get warm?

As if the state of retirement planning wasn’t depressing enough, the NY Times piece from the front page of Sunday’s paper is pretty darn disturbing! I know that this area is pretty intimidating for a lot of folks, but please people, become more informed about your finances, because stories like these are going to become more prevalent in the near future. If you don’t have the knowledge to dig a bit into your planning, find someone who does. It’s imperative that you have whatever funds are earmarked for your future working as hard as they possibly can for you. Don’t ignore this please, it’s your future standard of living that’s at stake here!

A great retirement planning read!

This New York Times review of a retirement planning book, specifically aimed at those 50 and over, but really apropos for all, is well worth your time. I highly recommend it for those of you struggling with your planning.  It is available on Amazon, at less that $13 in electronic form. It’s not your normal hard to understand, written for finance folks, tome.

Simple Advice, except to follow!

This article sums it up pretty succinctly, and makes it sound so easy. Until it’s your money on the line and then for a lot of people it gets really hard (wasn’t there a Seinfeld episode on this). This is where having an ear to bend when things get dicey, and they will at some point, is invaluable. Talk to someone that has your best interests at heart!

A thoughtful piece from the NY Times Editorial page

If there was a way to automatically post anything that Tom Friedman writes in the NY Times, I wish I could do it, since it would save me some work. Since there  isn’t, and also because I don’t want to just swamp you with his piece’s, I post now only certain ones. The one that appeared over the weekend I think is one of his better ones that make you think hard hopefully.

Time for your annual check-up

Those of you who are retired can’t just sit back and assume you’re doing OK. You must continue to monitor your assets and how you’re spending is impacting them. Here’s a pretty easily understood piece from the Wall St. Journal that sums it up pretty well.