Tag Archives for " Financial Lifestyle "

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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Apr 10

1st Quarter Client Note – Covid-19 Edition

By Steven Smith | Waypoints

There are decades when nothing happens; and there are weeks when decades happen. I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I have quoted Vladimir Lenin in a client note. And probably the last. A great deal has indeed happened since my first post on the coronavirus pandemic, when the implications were just beginning to emerge. The public health implications […]

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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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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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Oct 29

Where are you on the Spectrum of Financial Dependence and Independence?

By Steven Smith | Financial Lifestyle , Meanderings , Uncategorized

Where are you on the Spectrum of Financial Dependence and Independence? (H/T to financial planning guru Michael Kitces for including this article by Morgan Housel in his October 19, Weekly Reading for Financial Planners.) Continuums I love continuums. Or is it contiua? You’ve seen a million of them. They are generally represented graphically, in an […]

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Sep 07

Fidelity’s Zero Cost Index Funds – Much Ado About Nothing?

By Steven Smith | Investment Management , Meanderings , Wealth Management

On August 1, 2018, Fidelity Investments, by introducing two zero-management fee index funds, seemingly fired a shot across the bow of the 18th century vessel that is Vanguard’s vaunted logo. For over forty years, Vanguard, the shareholder-owned behemoth has led the way in reducing the cost of investing to a level approaching zero. The Admiral […]

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