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Dirk Cotton is a retired executive of a Fortune 500 technology company. Since retiring in 2005, he has researched and published papers on retirement finance, spoken at retirement industry conferences and events, and regularly posted on retirement finance issues at his blog, ... more

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Life Cycle Economics And The Safety First Strategy
Why should you care about life-cycle economics? It is a theoretical model of retirement finance and a decision-making framework that can serve as a guideline for answering our retirement finance questions.
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Some Reading While We Wait
Staying home is a pain but it does have an upside. It creates an opportunity to catch up on reading and perhaps gain a new perspective. The following are some excellent columns and one video that may help pass some of that time profitably.
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End-of-Year Thoughts On Retirement Planning
Here are just a few thoughts I want to share about steps you might want to take for a year-end review.
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Remember Inflation?
Although stocks are commonly referred to as an inflation hedge, they are not truly a hedge because real equity returns are not correlated with inflation.
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EC The Mystery Of Dividend Preference And The 'Spend Dividends Only' Strategy
A good many retirees seem to be enamored with the "Spend Interest and Dividends Only" strategy for spending down their retirement savings.
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Take Your Best Shot At A Retirement Plan
I've been retired for more than a decade and I'm often asked about my biggest retirement regret. It's an easy call for me. I most regret retiring with an inadequate understanding of the risk I was taking.
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