Weekly Notables

from the Desk of Brian Bickett, CFP®

for the Week of October 16, 2019

Living YOUR Life…

I recently stumbled into this TEDx Talk titled “Why is Everyone So Fat, Broke and Busy?” .   It wasn’t until the end that I realized that it was recorded in 2010.  Here I was 9 years later nodding in agreement based on my experiences attempting to change my own behaviors.  The Talk explained why the human mind will not allow you to be miserable for extended periods of time based only on the promise of being happier later.  The mind requires some (almost any) type of fulfillment in the present in order to continue any given behavior.

Shortly after the Tedx Talk, I found this article “Why We Ditched the FIRE Movement and Couldn’t Be Happier”.  It details the journey of a couple from being on the verge of taking on significant debt to extreme frugality to a balanced life, enjoying today while planning for tomorrow.  

I am confident there is a message in those two for me and maybe there is one in there for one or two of you as well.

Enjoy the ride of YOUR life!

— Brian

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The Long Term Investment Benefits of HSA’s

(Philip Van Doorn, MarketWatch) – This investment article explores how a Health Savings Account (HSA) can save you taxes immediately, in many ways like a Flexible Savings Account.  The benefits of the Health Savings Account over a Flexible Savings account include a higher contribution limit, the ability to carry-over unused funds from year to year, and the opportunity to invest those carry-over funds for the long term.  The article then walks thru the questions you should be asking to determine if a Health Savings Account might be good fit for you.

How Eliminating Trading Fees should be a boon for the ETF Business

(Andrea Riquier, MarketWatch) – This week’s second investing article explores one of the expected side effects of the recent brokerage fee wars where the major custodians Schwab, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade and Interactive Brokers all eliminated commissions on stock, exchange-traded funds (ETF) and option trades.  BlackRock executives point to the zero commission trades as yet another reason that investors are expected to increasingly utilize ETF’s.  

The High Cost of Long-Term Care Insurance and What to Use Instead

(Maryalene Laponsie, U.S.News) – This personal finance article explores the many factors that are driving the increasing rates for long-term care insurance.  It goes into how the insurance company initially under-priced plans issued in the 1990s and early 2000s based on faulty assumptions.  The article then details 10 alternative ways to pay for long-term care.  

Where’s Brian?

Preparing for the Open Enrollment period…

Additional Articles You May Find Interesting

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Summary of the 2019 Social Security Trustees’ Report

Summary of the 2019 Social Security Trustees’ Report

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