Tag: "Early Retirement"

Retiring Soon? Pay off the House First

In 2011, the first of some 78 million baby boomers began retirement.  By the year 2031, the last year of the boomer generation will reach their full retirement age (67).  Many will consider moving to a less costly, low-tax state in an effort to reduce their living expenses.  However, more than half of those on […]

Retirement and Dependency (In Reverse)

A CNN Money article highlighted a recent survey examining worldwide retirement trends.  The survey, conducted by HSBC, found that 18 percent of Americans expect never to retire.  This is only slightly lower than the 19 percent of British who expect never to retire, but much higher than the global average of 12 percent. When I first read […]

Rich or Simply Frugal?

There is always a target for bad tax policy, and these days it seems to be the rich.  Every scheme designed to raise tax revenue is usually based on taxing the rich more, taxing the poor less, and generally redistributing wealth so that society is fair.  Sadly, however, the non-wealthy but frugal and hard-working citizen often […]

Old Retirement Rules are Now in Question

The conventional wisdom of playing if safe in the bond market may not be good for retirees after all, says the New York Times. The 4 percent annual withdrawal rule may also be out of date, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  

Reforming Social Security: The Case for Progressive Price Indexing

best antivirus software for mac p>In light of all of the worrying about sequestration, entitlement reform – of course – goes undiscussed.  While trimming around the edges of discretionary spending has sent people into a panic, the $100 billion in cuts are a drop in the bucket compared to the growing expenditures of the mandatory spending programs […]

Worse than I Imagined (Part II): Medicare

When I retired, Medicare became my primary health insurance, fully covered by American taxpayers (and federal debt-holders), while Anthem/Blue Cross became my secondary health insurance, fully covered by the University of California.  I will never have to spend a nickel of my Social Security benefits or inflation-adjusted defined retirement income on my health insurance. But […]

Worse Than I Imagined (Part I)

Social Security and Medicare are grand Ponzi schemes that make Bernie Madoff’s operations look like petty theft. They discriminate against black males especially because they pay into the system on every job they have, but many die of health problems and violence long before they collect a dime in benefits. Middle and higher income Americans […]

How Are Baby Boomers Spending Their Money?

order viagra without prescription In an August blog post, I referenced a New York Times Economix blog article highlighting the falling median income among 55 to 64 year olds during the past three years.  One of my blog readers asked me about consumer spending for this age group.  Has it fallen along with income? Alas, […]

Falling Incomes In the Midst of Economic "Recovery"

Baby boomers just can’t get a break. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times” Economix blog reports that since mid-2009, the median household income across the working age population has fallen, with the worst decline (10 percent) seen among 55 to 64 year olds. Rampell notes that re-employment opportunities for this age group are slimmer […]

Is the Path to Retirement Just Pure Luck? (Part I)

No. Last month, Wells Fargo and Gallup released a poll on household investors’ opinions. Wells Fargo’s media release headline reads: “Low Rates Force One in Three Investors to Delay Retirement.” The Los Angeles Times reads, “Low Interest Rates are Hampering Retirement Plans.” Whenever I see these kinds of headlines, I like to get to heart […]