Is Apple Pay Really The ‘Bitcoin Killer’?

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Many of you know that in the interest of asset allocation and journalistic integrity, I’ve taken a dive into bitcoin investments.  For more on this please read my  previous articles on Marketwatch.com. I decided to place an investment with retirement funds into the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT).  The disclaimer information for the BIT investment should be enough [Read More…]

Retirement, bitcoins and asset allocation


Over a month ago, I embarked on a financial journey that was built around evaluating the asset allocation of my retirement funds. Here I now stand, a month older (not sure if I would say a month wiser), and I’m holding bitcoins in my retirement account. How did that happen? For those of you who [Read More…]

How to get bitcoins into your retirement account


Most investors have little trouble making an “alternative investment” in their retirement account. The current “rule” of asset allocation calls for having about 5% -10% of your overall investment portfolio to be in “alternative investments” as a compliment to other assets such as stocks and bonds. Before 2008, alternative investments were discussed strictly as an [Read More…]

My risky retirement bet in bitcoins


I’m in search of a bitcoin investment for my retirement account — but that doesn’t mean that I consider bitcoins safe for retirement. By placing a bitcoin investment into my retirement account, I’m adhering to an asset allocation “rule” that suggests I should have some small portion of my overall portfolio in “alternative investments.” Alternative [Read More…]

Why I’m adding bitcoins to my retirement portfolio


“Practice what you preach” was the Golden Rule in my parent’s house. These days, this adage seems less a rule and more a relic of the past. Clearly few of our national leaders follow this rule. The same could be said of our most highly valued business leaders as well. Whatever happened to the law [Read More…]

Easier to talk religion or politics than money


Wells Fargo has just come out with a new survey about the health of American adults. The good news is that most Americans feel that they’re in good or great shape physically (this may ease some concerns about health care costs), but the bad news is that less than half feel the same about being [Read More…]

Little known Medicare fact will impact your retirement


Michael Gerali and the six other authors of the new and controversial book, “What You Don’t Know About Retirement Will Hurt You!” are on a mission. They want all investors and advisers to recognize that the rules for retirement have changed in the new landscape of rising health-care costs, Obamacare and people working longer. They [Read More…]

Tatar’s top 10 retirement articles from 2013


This is the first time that I’m doing a Top-Ten list for the year but it seems fun to go over the wide range of topics I covered this year. From bitcoins to long-term care to preparing your home for retirement, these articles struck a chord for readers this year. So here they are: 10. [Read More…]

Is your financial adviser an endangered species?

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A decade ago, we heard the talk of how online and call center brokers were going to bring about the demise of the financial adviser. Even though online trading has provided easier ways to buy mutual funds and stocks, the need for advice is still so strong today that this prophecy hasn’t taken place. In [Read More…]

Pay college athletes by funding their IRA

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It’s March Madness. You know, that time of the year when the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) issues its report on the current “retirement crisis.” Oh, and it’s also that time of year when I can’t watch anything else but college basketball on my television set. It was while I was searching through the many channels on [Read More…]