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by Jeff C. Johnson


Why You Should Build a Bond Ladder

Making regular monthly contributions of a fixed amount into a retirement plan over a working career can make even an average-performing investment look good. The investment strategy known as “dollar-cost averaging” effectively forces investors to buy more shares when prices are down, potentially a very profitable practice during your accumulation years. Dollar-cost averaging is not...

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by Jeff C. Johnson


Using the Latest Stock Market News!

Today, our society benefits and suffers from an information surplus. Some information is valuable and helpful; some information is harmful. A young farming couple came to see me (I think of age 55 as young!) for guidance on how to improve their financial situation. They had taken my retirement planning class at the local community...

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by Jeff C. Johnson


Barry the Bartender

Barry was a student in my personal finance class at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was less than enthused about college, it appeared. He showed up for class every day, but usually fell asleep sometime during the first half hour. Finally, I asked him to stick around after class to see if I could help...

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by Jeff C. Johnson


Permanently Partially Distracted

Our world today is permanently partially distracted. This is true of most everyone who has a mobile phone with apps, text messaging, email, and social media connects. With so many conversations and contacts, it’s like having hundreds of balls in the air at one time. It’s a barrier to concentration and focus. It’s the urgent...

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by Jeff C. Johnson


Cocktail Party Talk

It’s that time of year. If you go to cocktail parties at all, you’ve likely been to one or more in the last few weeks. You bump into people that you know, and many people that you only see at the annual cocktail soiree around the holidays. And you have the same chats and discussion...

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