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Train Wreck in Slow Motion (Part V): The Retirement Savings Crisis Linked-In

October 22, 2014  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

Earlier this month, a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Andrew Biggs and Sylvester Schieber (“The Imaginary Retirement-Income Crisis,” which reprised their January article, “Retirees Aren’t Headed for the Poor House”) attempted to debunk the long held belief that Americans lack adequate retirement savings. Their methodology, which is built around the notion of “career average earnings,” is flawed and their conclusions are dangerously misleading.

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America’s Foreign Language: Finance Linked-In

September 29, 2014  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

A recent article in The New Yorker magazine drew an analogy between the religious elite in ancient Egypt—who maintained a secret system for recording and projecting flood levels in the Nile River (called “Nileometers”) – and today’s financial elite…

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You Only Live Once, Do It Warren Buffett’s Way Linked-In

August 27, 2014  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

This week, Warren Buffett celebrates his 84th birthday.

Those of you who follow my blogs know I have a bit of a man crush on Buffett, not just because of his investing acumen but because he has always seemed to me endowed with a kind of uber-common sense… an ability to cut to the heart of a situation or an issue and capture it in a few words, understandable to experts and common folk alike.

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Bored Investors Beware Linked-In

July 30, 2014  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

This month, my home city played host to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. Over the course of five days, thousands of fans descended upon Minneapolis to celebrate America’s favorite pastime and, ultimately, to watch some of the best players in the game square off against each other.

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