5 big investments you don't know you have

You don't write a check for every investment you make.

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Jun 13, 2014 11:57PM
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Will someone please tell me where we can get those mythical 6% returns?!?
Jun 14, 2014 1:14AM
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Duped by yet another....crap article.
Jun 13, 2014 7:26PM
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Everybody should work for the Federal Government, they have the only and best pension in the country. Cost of living every year paid by us taxpayers. Then you don't have to worry about a 401k being there for you in retirement.
Jun 14, 2014 12:51AM
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Thanks for the education on Fed retirement. My brother has been retired for 12 years under the old system and is making more in retirement then when he was working.
Jun 16, 2014 10:09AM
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401k's replaced pensions that existed prior to 1984, that's the only reason for those misleading numbers.
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the median income is 51,000 for a household but minus the foodstamps and welfare and its 25,000 lol. yep most people are struggling but all drive new cars and have new phones and ****...man credit cards sure are nice huh?
Jun 16, 2014 8:58AM
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If you plan to retire at 65 and keep the same life-style, start saving at least 65% of your income 66 years before that date! Government-created inflation, (with the help of labor unions), will guarantee that you never can keep up with price increases..
Jun 16, 2014 9:11AM
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Good article.  People need to be invested in their families and communitieis.  Lions clubs are a good way to do that.  Give back a lttle and you reap big rewards.  A good balance between money and life rewards is important.
Jun 16, 2014 12:13PM
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I retired at age 53 in 1983 selling off my share of a successful business plus real estate investments. I also cashed in all of my insurance policies to add to my investment pool. Having a Masters Degree in Economics and 30 years of running a very successful business plus substantial successful real estate investments, I was confident that I could manage my own investment program. Needless to say, my Broker and my Insurance Agent both disagreed with me.  30 years later, the only major mistake I know that I made was beginning to draw S.S. at age 62.  At age 78 the early benefit terminated and from 78 till now, I am receiving less S.S. then I would have if I had waited 2 years longer to take it. At the time I took it early, I projected that the LBJ/Govt. plan to  turn SS into a welfare program which provided SS benefits to people who had not paid into the program, would result in the program going broke.  It did not, YET.  I still expect it will in a few more years. I will not have to worry about it however, even if I live to be 100, in 15 more years, I have managed to preserve most of my personal retirement funds, the bulk of which our fine government will take away in taxes on my estate. 
Jun 16, 2014 8:51AM
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We used to have another! Our Country, and we need to get it back so we can put the "United" back and not the "Divided" Obama , Reid, and Pelosi have created!
Jun 16, 2014 3:37PM
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You think you might be doing good with your 401K. Then all of a sudden your fund is non performing. You change a fund. The administrator in charge wants a few dollars from you fund. You can do a lot better with other investments.
Jun 16, 2014 1:19PM
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My career is my investment. My business is my investement. My job is subject to the highest bidder.
Jun 16, 2014 12:43PM
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My wife and I retired five and six years ago with a "guaranteed" income of $69,000 annually based on a teacher's annuity and social security. We also withdraw approximately 5% annually from investments of approximately $650,000 for a total annually of about $100,000. Without the annuity and social security we would need retirement assets of $2 million to have $100,000 annually based on a 5% withdrawal. We would not have reasonably ever achieved that total through investments only. Obviously a paid mortgage means quite a bit in terms of "the bottom line."
Jun 16, 2014 12:29PM
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MSN writers should learn the difference between the MEDIAN and the MEAN when reporting figures!
Jun 16, 2014 1:43PM
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The only thing that articles like this do is piss me off. So sick of all the bullsh1t. I busted my **** in college for nothing. Worked in a factory until my health "retired" me.
Jun 16, 2014 11:57AM
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What a crock of BS  What about flowers? What about spare ribs? What about laxatives?

What about new tires? This article is as stupid as my analogies

Jun 16, 2014 8:19AM
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I DON'T KNOW WHICH GOV.EMPLOYEES YOU REFER TO.

I AM RETIRED AFTER 25 YEARS AND MY RETIREMENT PAY IS BARELY GETTING ME BY.

 

I SUSPECT YOU REFER TO THE  TOP  EXECUTIVES .......THOSE IN HIGH PAYING JOBS, OF COURSE WILL HAVE A GOOD RETIREMENT,  AND IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR ALSO.

Jun 16, 2014 11:18AM
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IF you already have money, look into CDs at your bank. THERE is a problem. money has nothing backing it: not gold, not silver, not a smooth shinning rock from a stream. when money has nothing backing it, the value of money is based "by consent". save what you want, its value may decline, which is inflation and inflation breads only DEBT.
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