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Investing Blog Roundup: Early Retirement and Comparative Advantage

Ever since taking my first economics course in high school, I’ve found the concept of comparative advantage to be both fascinating and informative, in terms of explaining why people do the things they do. This week, Harry Sit uses the concept to discuss why an extremely early retirement is often economically inefficient, even for people who can afford to do it.

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Investing Blog Roundup: So Long, “File and Suspend”

After today, the world of Social Security will be slightly less complicated, as there will be one less strategy for retirees to consider. (Also, just FYI, I will be traveling today, so if you are looking for last-minute guidance about whether you should file and suspend before today is over, I am not the person to ask!)

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Investing Blog Roundup: Feedburner Acting Up

Again, I apologize for the erratic behavior of my article-to-email delivery system (Google’s Feedburner) this week. After nearly 8 years of working without problems, it has decided to start behaving strangely — delivering the wrong article on Monday, delivering multiple articles (along with the correct article) on Wednesday, and delivering an extraneous email on Thursday.

I’ve been working on finding a solution, but unfortunately the nature of the beast is that I can only try 1 thing per day (i..e, change a setting and hope that on the following day Feedburner does what it is supposed to do).

If things aren’t fixed within the near future, I’ll be switching services.

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Investing Blog Roundup: Exploring RMD Rules

Natalie Choate is one of the leading experts (possibly the leading expert) on the rules regarding distributions from IRAs and other retirement plans. I was excited to learn this week that she’s writing a monthly column for Morningstar. For instance, in the following articles she does a great job explaining various aspects of RMD rules.

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Investing Blog Roundup: New Fiduciary Duty Rule for Financial Advisors

The big news this week is that the Department of Labor released the final version of its new fiduciary duty/conflict of interests rule for financial advisors. If you’re interested, you can find the actual text here.

The following articles explain the gist of the new rule:

And the following articles discuss some ways in which the final rule differs from the proposed version:

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Investing Blog Roundup: Employer-Employee Disconnect Regarding 401(k) Savings

This week, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College discusses a recent survey which showed a significant disconnect between employers and their employees when it comes to 401(k) plans. Specifically, employers are more likely than their employees to think that 1) the employees are saving enough, 2) the employees understand the investment options in the plan, and 3) the employees understand how much they should be saving.

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