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The Bucket Plan

The Bucket Plan is a three-bucket approach to segmenting your money, based on the purpose and time before you will need it. Essentially, you are buying time with the funds you will need sooner, so you can invest the funds you won’t need until later for long-term...

Sequence of Returns Risks

Sequence of Returns Risk comes into play as you transition from your accumulation years, to your preservation and distribution years.  It simply refers to the order in which good and bad market returns occur. Think about it – if you take yearly withdrawals from...

The Money Cycle

Have you ever heard of The Money Cycle? The Money Cycle is something that we all go through during our lifetime. There are three phases: accumulation, preservation, and distribution. The accumulation phase starts early in life. When you are accumulating assets, you...

Managing Volatility

In order to understand how to manage volatility, I first need to explain what a majority of the financial industry preaches about it.  First, it’s based on something called Modern Portfolio Theory, which is based on some very good research. The problem is that the...

The Flaw of Averages

The Flaw of Averages is probably the most misunderstood concept in all of investing AND the most important concept to understand if you want to build a solid retirement plan. The Flaw of Averages has everything to do with volatility. The concept of volatility is...