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Investing Blog Roundup: Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving festivities with your loved ones yesterday.

As I’ve done in the past, I just want to explicitly say “thank you” to you folks. Being able to do this (that is, write about investing/taxes/retirement) for a living is, quite literally, a dream come true for me. And you all are the only reason it’s possible.

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Investing Blog Roundup: Safety-First Retirement Planning

When it comes to retirement planning, there are two broad schools of thought about how to cover your expenses. One method is to continue using a portfolio that looks much like the portfolio somebody would use during their accumulation stage (i.e., stocks, bonds, and mutual funds), albeit with a more conservative allocation. The other school of thought – the “safety first” method — relies on a different set of tools, such as bond ladders and annuities.

Elizabeth O’Brien of MarketWatch has more on the topic:

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Investing Blog Roundup: Is Long-Term Care Insurance Likely to Be Beneficial?

One of the toughest questions about retirement planning is the question of long-term care insurance. The available policies have an assortment of drawbacks, and they’re expensive. On the flip side, needing to pay for an extended period of long-term care out of pocket would decimate many people’s savings.

This week, a new paper from two professors and two researchers at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College takes a look at what percentage of people are likely to benefit from purchasing such insurance:

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Investing Blog Roundup: Dividend Stock Investing

One of the more common strategies for active stock selection is to be a dividend investor — buying stocks with favorable dividend characteristics (e.g., high yield, stability of dividends, or high rate of dividend growth). This week blogger Darrow Kirkpatrick gave what I found to be a very balanced discussion of the pros and cons of such a strategy. In the end, Kirkpatrick comes to the same conclusion that I have.

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Investing Blog Roundup: Schwab “Intelligent Portfolios”

The big news in the investment world this week is Schwab’s announcement of their “Intelligent Portfolios” platform, scheduled for release in early 2015. They haven’t provided all the details yet, but it looks to be a rebalancing and tax-loss harvesting service (much like the services provided by Betterment or Wealthfront), with one big difference being that it will be free. The Finance Buff has the scoop:

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Investing Blog Roundup: Bogleheads Conference

I’m flying home today from the annual Bogleheads event. As always, it’s been fun to chat with many Oblivious Investor readers face to face. And, as always, the visit to Vanguard and their ask-the-expert panel was very interesting. I’m looking forward to writing about a few of the conversations over the coming weeks.

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