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What Is Your Backup Retirement Plan?

June 26th, 2019 by

This article originally appeared in Forbes.com. You’re happy in your career. You’re earning enough for now and putting money away for later. You feel productive. You like working. When asked, you say you have no plans to retire until you’re at least 65. Surprise! Things happen. You could confront health challenges that affect you or […]

How You Can Apply The Serenity Prayer To Your Financial Life

December 17th, 2018 by

Photo courtesy unsplash This article originally appeared on Forbes.com. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. -Reinhold Niebuhr I often see families who could benefit from more serenity in their financial lives. To illustrate this concept, I […]

The IRS Announced Higher 401k And IRA Contribution Limits For 2019 – How Much Should You Save?

November 27th, 2018 by

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com. On November 1, the IRS announced cost of living increases to IRA and employer plan contribution limits for 2019. The IRA annual limit increased from $5,500 to $6,000; the employer plan limit (applicable to 401(k)s, 403(b)s, most 457 plans and the Federal Government’s Thrift Savings Plan or TSP) increased […]

Yield Curve Inversion

August 24th, 2018 by

Who’s afraid of the inverted yield curve? The financial press has been worrying about the yield curve[1] recently. The yield curve is “flattening,”[2] and that flattening “raises a warning flag.”[3] If you read the articles, you’ll see that the authors are most concerned about the possibility that the yield curve may become “inverted.” This raises […]

Trade Deficits And Tariffs And Trade Wars, Oh My!

May 17th, 2018 by
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International trade, and especially US international trade deficits, have been a large part of the news recently. President Trump has seized on trade deficits and the impact of globalization on US jobs and US businesses as central political issues. International trade plays an increasingly important role in the US economy. The chart above shows exports […]

Responding to the Recent Stock Market Decline

February 12th, 2018 by

You may have heard that the stock market has been very volatile recently, with several days of significant declines. The drops in the US market on Monday, February 5th and Thursday, February 8th were especially large, around 4%, depending on the index. This followed a decline on February 2nd of a bit over 2%. To add […]

Sustainable Investments: A Sensible Approach

January 17th, 2018 by

Edward Samp contributed extensively to this article. Many investors have become interested in the impact of their investment decisions on the world in which we live. While the primary objective of your investment strategy may be financial: e.g., allowing you to live comfortably in retirement or putting your children through college, some investors also desire […]

How Will Proposed Tax Reform Affect Me?

December 13th, 2017 by
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The US House and Senate are considering extensive income tax reform. The table below outlines current law and the bills for each chamber as they were at the close of business on Monday, December 4, and provides indications of the bill that has emerged as the “final deal” on Wednesday, December 13. While this “final […]

How to Succeed at New Year’s Resolutions, Without Really Trying

December 1st, 2017 by
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Every year, we provide guidance to help you with your New Year’s resolutions. While we used to say that our advice was based solely on introspection, evidence on how habit formation works has emerged, and it’s consistent with our recommendations. So, we can now say with confidence that if you follow these steps, you are […]

Sensible Financial Joins Mass Innovation Nights For a Night of FinTech Innovation

October 19th, 2017 by
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Sensible Financial team members Rick Fine, Chris Andrysiak and Rick Miller recently served as experts at Mass Innovation Nights (#MIN102), a monthly gathering featuring startups and local innovators. The theme for the event was financial technology and financial literacy, and included 13 startups with exciting new fintech products. The financial literacy theme tied in nicely with […]