Series I Bonds

SERIES I SAVINGS BONDS

One type of investment offered by the U.S. Treasury is often forgotten—I Bonds. When I was young, my parents bought U.S. Treasury Series E (purchased at a deep discount) or H Bonds (purchased at face value) for me. I bet someone in your family owned them, too. I cashed in some of them to purchase …

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Trees & NFTs

NFTs AND TREES

What are NFTs and what do they have to do with trees? Good questions! We’ll get to NFTs in a minute, but first let’s look at trees. I recently spent a weekend with family at a beautiful cabin in the forest. We are fortunate to regularly escape the heat of the summer and relax in …

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Municipal Bonds

WHAT ARE MUNICIPAL BONDS?

First, a quick review of bonds in general. You might want to refer to my blog, Asset Allocation = Investment Chili. In that blog, I talked about taxable bonds—those issued by corporations to fund operations, research, or capital improvements. Bond Review Bonds represent debt, an IOU, or a loan. When you own a bond, you …

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Mutual Funds & Asset Allocation

ASSET ALLOCATION MUTUAL FUNDS

Do you remember our discussion about asset allocation? Asset allocation is the process of dividing the money in your investment portfolio among stocks, bonds, and cash which are also called asset classes. For a review of asset allocation, check my Asset Allocation = Investment Chili blog. As you allocate funds between the three asset classes, …

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Woman Thinking

MID-LIFE PANIC

One of my readers asked me to address a situation that is not uncommon. What do you do when you reach mid-life and realize that you are not on track to have enough to retire? Or perhaps you saved well but realize you may need to work longer or change your retirement plans because you …

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Do you fear a recession

DO YOU FEAR A RECESSION?

The “R” word is appearing in news stories more and more and carries with it a sense of dread. Does talk of a recession make you afraid? Should you be afraid? What is a recession? The definition of recession is a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally …

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Consumer Beware

CONSUMER BEWARE!

At least once a week I receive an email or cell phone message that sounds like a scam and I bet you do, too. Despite television announcements, magazine and newspaper articles, and warnings posted in public places, scams and other fraudulent schemes take a toll. Investment Scams When I was an advisor in a brokerage …

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Computer Desk

MORE ABOUT IRAs

My blog, Traditional or Roth IRAs, covered the basics of contributions to and withdrawals from both Traditional and Roth IRAs. Those are the accounts that you as an individual can use to save for retirement, in addition to any company sponsored retirement plan accounts. There are different rules for Roth IRAs than there are for …

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bed

THE TALE OF THE BED

This is a story about a bed. You probably have a similar story. Let’s see …… Newlywed I was married between my junior and senior year in college. We were totally oblivious to the material needs and costs of life together. We did not own a car. My husband had a motorcycle, and I had …

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