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Investing for Retirement Income: Straw, Sticks or Bricks? Part II: High-Yield Bonds - Sticks and Stones Can Break You.

Sustainable Retirement Income
In Part I of our three-part series on investing for retirement income in low-rate environments, we explained why we don't advise bulking up on dividend-yielding stocks as a reliable way to generate retirement cash flow. Like the Three Little Pigs' straw house, dividend-yielding stocks can disappoint you by exhibiting inherent risks just when you mo...
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Investing for Retirement Income: Straw, Sticks or Bricks? Part I: Dividend-Yielding Stocks – A Straw Strategy

Investing for Retirement Income: Straw, Sticks or Bricks?
Part I: Dividend-Yielding Stocks – A Straw Strategy
If ever there were an appropriate analogy for how to invest for retirement, it would be the classic fable of The Three Little Pigs . As you may recall, those three little pigs tried three different structures to protect against the Big Bad Wolf. Similarly, there are at least three kinds of "building materials" that investors typically employ as the...
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Five Good Habits, Five Good Quotes

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Happy New Year! It's already been an interesting one so far. At FVIM, Rob Pool is back in action following some necessary foot surgery. In the meantime, Matt Ebeling's son learned how to ice skate during the holidays. In almost no time, he'd abandoned his "trainer" (like a walker, but for using on ice) and was tearing around on his own. "That's for...
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The "Gift" of Market Volatility

The "Gift" of Market Volatility
​ Bad news isn't always a bad thing Have you ever noticed, some of your luckiest breaks come from events that initially seem like bad news? An illustration struck close to home for FVIM advisor Matt Ebeling when he and his wife attended an October event hosted by Decoding Dyslexia . After their daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia this summer, they...
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