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Retiring YOUR Way Or Just Like Everyone Else?

Imagine living in a world where everything is identical. You come home from work in a white Buick that looks just like your neighbor’s white Buick. You pull into the drive of your little white house that is identical to every other little white house on the street. There is only one restaurant, and it …

Should Retirement be a Miraculous Buzzer-Beater?

This past Sunday, The Toronto Raptors played the Charlotte Hornets. With just 3.1 seconds remaining, the Hornets were down by two, and Jeremy Lamb received the ball. As the clock ran down, Lamb was forced to throw a Hail Mary from half court… Swish! Three points and a winning basket at the buzzer. The crowd …

Lost a $7,500 Check, Never Asked Them To Reissue

Procrastination is funny. A recent article prompted readers to share things they had not “gotten around to.” Here are a few examples: “A bathroom that began its redecoration twelve years ago and has yet to be painted. Oh, that hurts!” The Christmas tree is still up from the year before… and it’s September. A reader …

Stay the Course, and take the best route to retirement (not the shortest)!

Each fall, monarch butterflies migrate over 2,000 miles to Central Mexico. Interestingly, monarchs do not simply take the shortest turn to get back on course. When making course corrections, they align themselves according to what’s called a “separation point”. If a monarch begins flying off-course, it realigns itself relative to that separation point, without crossing …

Build a Retirement Blueprint to your Exact Specifications

Tryon Palace was built in 1770 as the first permanent capital of the colony of North Carolina. Governor William Tryon brought John Hawks, an English architect, with him to design the palace in a similar style to manor homes in London. Once completed, it was considered one of the finest buildings in America. Sadly, in …

What does GPS technology have to do with your future?

Since the late 1980s, geophysicists have been building a network of hyper-advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments to monitor the Earth. With this technology, they have discovered something that the Earth’s surface is constantly moving AND changing direction. By carefully observing and recording this data, it’s possible to simulate possible future changes and courses of …

Let’s paint your Rembrandt retirement together (before the courts do it for you)

By analyzing each of his paintings pixel by pixel and creating a height map to mimic his brush strokes, scientists have produced what they believe to be a painting Rembrandt could have painted himself. With powerful data analysis and computer graphics technology, the creators actually manufactured this new, real-life “Rembrandt” portrait with a 3D printer. Would Rembrandt be happy with this? …

Customized or cookie-cutter: what should YOUR dream retirement be?

How would you feel if you hired an architect to custom-design your dream retirement house, but it turned out looking like everyone else’s house in your neighborhood? Not good, I’m assuming. Can you believe this happens every day in the world of retirement and estate planning? Folks think their “custom plan” is truly personalized… but …

The “hidden” IRA/401(k) estate tax…..

In the 1983 hit film, Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy, Aykroyd’s character, Winthorpe, is haggling with a pawnshop owner over the value of the watch he is desperately trying to pawn in order to get cash. When the pawnshop owner offers $50 dollars, Winthorpe indignantly says, “This is a Roche Vouceau. The …