Learn about preparing for life after full-time work through posts from Don's upcoming book.
This tale by a master story-teller is scary. It reminds us that we should think about potential disruptive things before they’re upon us. This post also explains why we prefer to postpone tough decisions.
If it’s possible, it helps a lot to have some money set aside for emergencies. In fact, as we’ll see in this post, a bit of cash also helps enormously to smooth out the impact of investment fluctuations.
This post looks at the main kinds of financial goals we have for retirement, and why each goal needs its own financial instrument.
This post expands on the notion of philosophies that embrace only the safety or only the growth end of the spectrum along which goals are placed.
Here’s a clarification of the goals of safety and growth.
What’s the relationship between happiness and money? When we understand that, we can understand what retirees say scares them the most.
I’ve talked a lot about risk, particularly the impact of uncertainty in investment returns, all the way through. Here I’ll gather together a lot of those thoughts, give them names, and set them out in a way that gives you a framework for the sequence in which you can make risk decisions.
So now, through the personal funded ratio calculation, you have an idea of where you are, relative to your target. What if you’re above your target? Or below? How does that affect your lifestyle options?
Our exemplary couple decide that they want to play with the numbers, a little bit.
It’s time to assemble the facts required for a funded ratio calculation. If you’ve never done it before, gathering the information is not always easy. Here’s how one couple did their best, even though it was far from perfect.