Category Archives for "Peak Thoughts"

Sep 26

Book Review: The Deficit Myth, Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy, Stephanie Kelton (Public Affairs, 2020)

By Steven Smith | Money , Peak Thoughts

“Trillions of dollars of debt! This is what Republicans stand for?” Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, reacting to his own party’s proposed stimulus legislation in July. “Now is not the time to worry about shrinking the deficit.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, on September 15 2020. “If you elect me, your taxes are going to be raised.” […]

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Sep 10

Retire Early? Retire Late? Or Retire Right on Time? – Lessons from the Early Retirement Movement

By Steven Smith | Financial Lifestyle , Peak Thoughts , Retirement , Uncategorized

The FIRE movement captured my interest only recently. Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) is an aspiration of motivated young people today to stop working and retire in their 30’s and 40’s. As a retirement advisor, seeing the obvious challenges of saving enough money and otherwise getting one’s act together at such an age, I rather […]

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Oct 10

Dreaming of a Mountain Retirement

By Steven Smith | Financial Lifestyle , Life Transitions , Mountain Lifestyle , Peak Thoughts , Retirement , Wealth Management

Do the mountains call you for your dream retirement? Many people, including most of my clients, aspire to retire to the active lifestyle, fresh air and natural beauty of the Colorado mountains. What will it take to achieve that dream?  Here are some considerations for planning your mountain retirement: Follow Your Dream        […]

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Sep 20

Value Investing and Skiing May be The Key to Living Longer

By Steven Smith | Peak Thoughts , Uncategorized

A recent column entitled, Survivor Bias: Why Successful Value Investors Live Longer, mused on the apparent longevity of legendary value investors Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett. Today’s long suffering value investors, looking for a silver lining in the decade plus underperformance of value stocks, may find one in Munger’s quip that “professors, judges and value […]

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Mar 25

Book Review: Your Complete Guide to a Successful & Secure Retirement, Larry E. Swedroe & Kevin Grogan

By Steven Smith | Peak Thoughts , Uncategorized

One of the great influences in my practice has been Larry Swedroe. (Another, of course, was the late John Bogle). Fifteen years ago, I started this practice by giving away copies of one of Larry’s first books, The Successful Investor Today, 14 Simple Truths You Must Know When You Invest (St. Martin’s Press 2003). (I […]

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Nov 16

The IRA Charitable Rollover – Laserlike Tool for the Seasoned Philanthropist

By Steven Smith | Peak Thoughts , Philanthropy , Tax Planning , Uncategorized

‘Tis the season…for charitable giving. In our last post, we discussed the basics of the new tax law, its possible effects on charitable donations and the concept of “bunching” and a Donor Advised Fund as a workaround. Today we address the IRA charitable rollover – or, more technically, the qualified charitable distribution (QCD). IRA Goes […]

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Nov 06

Regaling the Donor Advised Fund – The Swiss Army Knife of Charitable Giving

By Steven Smith | Peak Thoughts , Philanthropy , Uncategorized

Nothing sharpens the mind like a deadline. Sometime around Halloween, when we have a couple of months left in the year, we begin to think in earnest about our charitable giving. On account of the charitable contribution deduction on Schedule A of the 1040 individual income tax return, many taxpayers scramble to complete their charitable […]

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