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Quick! Your money and your retirement rely on giving the correct answer to the following question. Which of the following is just a passing fad: A. Social Media B. Search Engines C. Smart Phones D. Streaming Video   There are a number of major blue chip companies that are betting on each of these products continuing their hot ubiquity. You know, in the same way that companies in years past bet on the train system, typewriters, and film developing. (Did you ever hear of a fly-by-night called Kodak?) Now, that doesn’t mean that every successful product is necessarily a fad...

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Posted by Daniel Sentell in Humor
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In the spirit of the day, here are the 10 funniest money jokes in the history of the world. (That little factoid has been corroborated by the International Association for the Preservation of Historical Financial Humor.) These one-liners are all modern day reincarnations of jokes that seem to have had dramatic counterparts throughout recorded history. Apparently money, and the way people react to it, never changes. (For those interested in the ancient Sumarian versions, just drop me a line.)   (P.S. We will refrain from “Wall Street” being a generic punch line to every conceivable attempt at financial...

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3 Truths for the Proactive Investor from the World of Weather Forecasting   A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Ben Eisen highlighted ten things that a person may not know about weather forecasting. This article was obviously easy pickings for the writer. The average joe around town knows more about the now inexplicably famous sport of curling than he does about how it rains. Being one of those ignorant ones, I slid my stone in (that was a curling reference, thank you very much) to get educated. As it turned out, the lessons learned seem to be equally ubiquitous in the retirement business...

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Posted by Daniel Sentell in How To
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What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital currency that functions in the same way as standard currency. You can buy goods and services with it, and accept it as payment in kind. It is stored in a digital wallet which comes in the form of a program or mobile app.   How does Bitcoin work? If you want to learn more about the technical aspects of Bitcoin, here’s a helpful guide from the main Bitcoin website.   How does a retirement account invest in Bitcoin? There are two ways a retirement account can invest in Bitcoin: by purchasing Bitcoin directly through an exchange or by investing in a fund (e.g...

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Government intervention has always resided in the nether world of Sisyphean dilemmas. On one hand the intervention itself is almost certainly going to do more harm than good. The problems addressed by government are too large, systemic, and chaotic to allow some policy wonk’s solution any reasonable chance of success. On the other hand, without any intervention, government faces the ever irate public cry of “why isn’t somebody doing something?” Regrettably, both for government and its unwitting constituents, the interventions that do occur usually produce regrettable, destructive, and often ridiculous...

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