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Reflecting on the Retirement Journey After Climbing Mount St. Helens

Planning for Retirement
Preparation, a trusted guide, and perseverance—all made a significant impact as my wife and I climbed the majestic Mount St. Helens. Since one has to purchase permits many months in advance, we picked August 2 nd for the big day. For those who live outside the Pacific Northwest, early August usually ensures a high probability that it will be warm a...
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Thankful Thinking

Just as it's best to engage in year-round tax planning instead of waiting for April Fool's Day, we'd probably all be better off if we maintained a continuous "attitude of gratitude." Still, it doesn't hurt to have at least one day of the year officially dedicated to being thankful, to remind us of what we should be practicing all the time. Better l...
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Giving Holiday Thanks

As 2013 winds to a close, we at Fort Vancouver Investment Management pause from our usual money-management posts, to give thanks to those of you who have found our insights helpful. Whether you’ve shared feedback with us or enjoyed our posts without remark, we are so grateful to each of you for making time for us in your busy lives. In exchange, I hope we’ve been able to make a quality difference in your life. Speaking of making a difference, here’s some feel-good news also worth celebrating during this holiday season of giving. Scanning the financial columns in early December, I...
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How Do You Spell Investor Success?

As my wife Valerie and I approach our 20th wedding anniversary in early April we are finding ourselves making some last minute decisions on how to celebrate. Sure, the big, round number feels great; an occasion to pause and reflect. But anyone who’s been in a significant relationship for any length of time knows that numbers alone don’t spell marital success. What matters the most is the quality of life you’ve built together in whatever time you’ve shared. The same can be said about investing. Of course the numbers — your short term investment returns — are helpful in gauging how...
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