Weekly Notables

from the Desk of Brian Bickett, CFP®

for the Week of November 20, 2019

How can they afford that…

This week’s personal finance article explores the seemingly more common phenomenon of comparing your financial situation and lifestyle to that of others and asking the question “How do they afford it?”

It truly is an interesting article that explores the emotions and mindsets surrounding the secrecy that we all have with money.  Couple that secrecy with our tendency to compare our lifestyles with those around us and we often end up with a good ole dose of  inadequacy.  While the article likely won’t stop you from making the comparisons, it should help develop a better understanding of the possible trade-offs or forms of assistance.

While I certainly am not immune to making judgments and assumptions using my own view of the world, this is a common comment I hear from clients; especially when comparing their lifestyle with that of younger generations.  “I just don’t know how they can afford to live like that.”

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Wait a Minute.  How Can They Afford That When I Can’t?

(Alina Tugend, The New York times) – This week’s personal finance article explores the phenomenon of comparing ourselves to others in the seemingly same financial situation.  We view from the outside how others appear to spend money and often wonder why we ourselves seemingly cannot afford the same things.

Fed’s Rates Are “In The Right Place” But Not Set In Stone

(Jeff Cox, CNBC) – This week’s economic article covers the view of New York Fed President John Williams on the current Fed monetary policy, inflation and the U.S. economy.

How Far Off Are The Actuarial Adjustments of Social Security Benefits? 

(Alicia H. Munnell, MarketWatch) – This week’s retirement article focuses on Social Security Retirement Benefits and the comparison of the cost of lifetime benefits for early versus late claiming in the context of increasing life expectancy.

Where’s Brian?

Reaching out to clients concerning the Equifax Data Breach Settlement options…

Additional Articles You May Find Interesting

CARES Act – Returning unwanted 2020 RMDs

CARES Act – Returning unwanted 2020 RMDs

Article written by Brian Bickett   One of the key provisions of the CARES Act, the coronavirus relief act that took effect this spring, permitted retirement account holders to bypass required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020. RMDs are the annual withdrawals...

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Summary of the 2020 Social Security Trustees’ Report

Summary of the 2020 Social Security Trustees’ Report

The Social Security Board of Trustees released their annual report at the end of April once again this year.  The report for 2019 spans 276 pages that go into detail about the current financial status, future assumptions, and projections.  Once again…

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Understanding Arch Coal Pension Plan Benefit Options

Understanding Arch Coal Pension Plan Benefit Options

Article written by Brian Bickett   I’ve been able to help a handful of people make educated decisions concerning their Arch Coal Pension Plan in the recent months. While it all comes down to your personal financial goals, here are a few points that have helped my...

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