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October 30, 2014

Some Alternatives to Expensive Brokerage Accounts

Q: We are paying 2.2 percent in fees to Merrill Lynch. I don't think I can tolerate that. We have some Merrill Lynch investments, so if we move our money to another firm, say at 0.9 percent or 1 percent, will we have to sell the Merrill Lynch properties and pay taxes on that? They are in an IRA worth about... continue

October 26, 2014

The Hedonic Clock

Anticipating the future is confusing. It's unknown, for one thing. And we don't have any tools for measuring. What I can tell from reader mail is that we put a steep discount on the future. If it ain't soon, it ain't. You would be amazed at the number of 55-year-old people who casually assume they will... continue

October 23, 2014

The Best Basic Books on Investing Are Small and Short

Q: I am married, and both my husband and I are retired. My husband has always managed our investments, but is now in declining health. I feel I should be learning the basics of investing. I have gone to presentations on the subject. And I've read your column. But sometimes I don't even understand some of the... continue

October 19, 2014

Are We (Still) Quitting at the Wrong Time?

EDITORS: The chart referred to in the column below is available on our server with a filename of sb141019_chart.pdf. You can also get an email of the chart by contacting Patty Adams at Over the last 50 years, our life expectancy has increased. So has our health, however many... continue

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