All posts by: Melissa Varvarezis

Retirement Through the Years

My great aunt recently turned 103 years old.  From walking to school to watching walks on the moon, from a chicken in every pot to a smart phone in every hand, she’s certainly seen a lot!  When we look at retirement through her eyes, that has certainly changed too.

Jun 10, 2019

My great aunt recently turned 103 years old.  From walking to school to watching walks on the moon, from a chicken in every pot to a smart phone in every hand,...

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What My Dog Can Teach You About Compounding

If you’re saving for retirement with each pay, it might not seem like it will amount to much.  But, keep filling your account up, give it some time to compound and when you turn the corner, maybe you too might end up with a birdbath full of retirement assets!

Apr 11, 2019

When my dog was just a puppy, I spent a rainy afternoon training him on commands.  It was around Easter, so to keep his interest, he’d sit while I filled 3*...

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market volatility and risk tolerance

Risk Tolerance and Reaction to Past Market Volatility

In the markets, we had a negative 2018 but started off with strong January 2019 performance.  Frankly, I’m a little disappointed about the 2008 data dropping off the fact sheets. Why am I sad to see those numbers go away?  Because, I like to use them to gauge a participant’s ability to tolerate risk. 

Feb 11, 2019

Even a groundhog can’t predict the future It’s February 2019.  Most of us have probably broken or revised our New Year’s resolutions by now.  After a few brutally cold days, the...

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market fluctuations

Market Fluctuations

Here are some thoughts to consider when reviewing your investments during a market downturn.

Feb 13, 2018

I was driving for about a year when I received my first speeding ticket. Do-gooder that I am, I was a bit dramatic about it, especially as I explained it to...

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Investment Choices

Investment Choices

The average person spends 2.7 - 2.9 hours researching a major appliance but only 2.5 hours making an investment choice in their retirement plan.

Nov 27, 2017

“Change of plans”, he said, “my fridge just broke.” So, on my second date with my now-husband, we went appliance shopping. I didn’t put much thought into it (hey who knows...

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contribution amounts

Contribution Amounts

When it comes to contribution amounts, simplicity is the greatest sophistication.

Oct 30, 2017

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. –   Leonardo da Vinci Best known as a Renaissance artist, Leonardo Da Vinci also dabbled in the engineering world. His sketches essentially predicted some of today’s...

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valid email address

You’re One in 2.7 Billion!

By keeping a valid email on file, we’re committed to making things more convenient and accessible for you.

Sep 19, 2017

No, that’s not your chances of winning the next big lottery. Chances are, you are one of the 2.7 billion email users in the world. As a participant, you may have...

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