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#200 Index Of Blog Posts

This update includes all posts to the end of 2023 — and the Bull Market Song!


As much for myself as for you, I’ve updated this list of all blog posts to the end of 2023. And I’ll keep doing so at the end of each year, to give you a fresh starting point.

The categories are the same as before:

Prologue (what you should know before you start reading the posts)
Happiness and the Psychology of Life Two (my name for what retirement used to be called)
Retirement Finance
Freedom, Time, Happiness (the free book shown on the top line of the website)
Podcasts (also available on the top line of the website)


I hope you find this an easier way to locate posts that have a special meaning for you, than saving each post separately (which a number of you have told me you do).

Each listing in the index includes the post number, a link to the full post, the blurb describing the contents of the post, and any takeaways. That should enable you to find exactly what you’re looking for.

When you’re in the index (hyperlink below), click on a category name to go to all the posts with that theme, and when you find the one you’re looking for, click on the link to read the post in full.

Here’s the link to the index itself.


This year would have marked the 100th birthday of my wonderful father-in-law, John Dalgetty. On the day itself we raised a happy yet tearful glass to him. And at this time of every year I remember the parody we wrote to a well-known Christmas song (with apologies to Irving Berlin), the time of our writing being the summer of 1974, when we were into a severe bear market (that is, falling asset values) and longed for the bull market (rising asset values) of just two years earlier. Here’s what John and I came up with. The sentiment is timeless!

I’m dreaming of a bull market,
Just like the one in ’72,
When bonds were untroubled
And equities doubled
And real estate was booming too!

I’m dreaming of a bull market,
With every index out of sight.
May the bulls keep winning the fight,
And to all bear markets: “Good night!”




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I have written about retirement planning before and some of that material also relates to topics or issues that are being discussed here. Where relevant I draw on material from three sources: The Retirement Plan Solution (co-authored with Bob Collie and Matt Smith, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009), my foreword to Someday Rich (by Timothy Noonan and Matt Smith, also published by Wiley, 2012), and my occasional column The Art of Investment in the FT Money supplement of The Financial Times, published in the UK. I am grateful to the other authors and to The Financial Times for permission to use the material here.

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