Saver’s Credit: An Overlooked Tax Credit for Many Beginning Teachers

Correction 1-21-23: The original version of this post contained a mistake. The credit rate (50%, 20%, 10%) only applies to the first $2,000 you contribute to a qualified plan. Amounts above $2,000 don't get the credit. In the original post, I assumed that as long as the credit rate times the amount contributed didn't exceed … Continue reading Saver’s Credit: An Overlooked Tax Credit for Many Beginning Teachers

Investing, Volatility and Asset Allocation

I've written a bit before about investing, volatility and asset allocation (here, here, and here, as well as in my books). Individual circumstances matter a lot, including - but not limited to - your goals, your risk tolerance and your investment horizon. But, in general, I think that many people are not invested enough in … Continue reading Investing, Volatility and Asset Allocation

How Much Will You Spend on Health Care in Retirement?

One of the major concerns of retirees - and of folks who are pondering their eventual retirement - is the cost of health care. It's a major concern for at least two reasons. First, of course, people realize that there can be significant health care costs as we age. But perhaps just as important is … Continue reading How Much Will You Spend on Health Care in Retirement?

Taking Another Look at T-Bills

I've written before about some ways we have tried to have our savings keep up with (or at least close to) inflation. One thing I didn't list was bond mutual funds, which often are considered a fairly safe place to put money that will typically earn better-than-a-savings-account yields. That's because at the time of that … Continue reading Taking Another Look at T-Bills

Do You Feel Lucky?

Whenever the topic of investing comes up with teachers (and other folks, but most of my experience is with teachers), two common obstacles often appear: fear and overconfidence. While these obstacles are on opposite ends of a spectrum they both can be very damaging. Let's take a brief look. Fear Probably the more common of … Continue reading Do You Feel Lucky?