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Young Professionals Edition: Meet Mr. Mustache

Posted by Myles B. Brandt, CFP® on 29 April 2013

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The Washington Post has an interesting article about a family that is retired at age 30 here. Many are achieving financial independence at a young age by following a philosphy of voluntary simplicity and efficiency, often with environmental motivations.

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Small Changes, Big Difference

Posted by Myles B. Brandt, CFP® on 15 April 2011

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There are primarily two factors which determine how much wealth you will have by the time you reach your golden years: your savings rate and your return. All accumulators should be aware of their savings rate and the implications of small changes. Here is a link to a calculator which shows just that:

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Getting Ready for Tax Season

Posted by Wm. C. Prewitt, M.S., CFP on 10 December 2010

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Here are a few tips to help you get ready for tax season:

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“Nudge” Yourself to a Better Life

Posted by Myles B. Brandt on 24 August 2009

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I just recently picked up the book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. Both authors are professors at the University of Chicago graduate school. It is a fairly comprehensive look at how we as a society can use the findings of social psychology to nudge ourselves or society as a whole to make better decisions and live a better life. Although I’m not even half way through the book (I want to take my time with this one), there are two things in particular I think are worth sharing:

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