Author Archives: Paul Brustowicz

You Can’t Make This Up!

The Mensch was at lunch recently with some Romeos, retired old men eating out, when the conversation turned to New York City. All of the Romeos had grown up in or near New York and the memories were coming fast … Continue reading

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Happily Ever After

If you expect a fairy tale ending to your work life when you start your retirement life, you need to pay as much attention to your spouse as you give to your finances. The results of 2013 Fidelity Investments Couples … Continue reading

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70 is the New 65 – Part II

The Mensch no sooner published his little piece about 70 being the new 65, then up pops an article in the Credit Union Times, http://www.cutimes.com/2013/10/22/retirement-at-70-or-not-at-all-survey?ref=hp, about a new survey from Swiss Re. Oh, Swiss Re is a multinational reinsurance company … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Beneficiary?

Over the years, the Mensch has had dealings with several different financial institutions: banks, brokerages, and insurance companies.  Only one has ever reminded him to check on the beneficiary designations of financial products.  That one is Vanguard. It’s important that … Continue reading

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70 is the New 65

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has published a new paper proposing that Social Security’s real retirement age is 70. It is about time someone raised their hand and pointed out the obvious. Not only are people living … Continue reading

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Not Exactly Roughing It

In his preface to Roughing It, published in 1880, Mark Twain “alludes to the rise, growth and culmination of silver-mining fever in Nevada”.  Along the way he describes his adventures at Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Virginia. It is Virginia … Continue reading

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Bordeaux: Wine and Research

There is nothing the Mensch enjoys more than a complex red Bordeaux with a T-bone steak grilled to a medium pink interior and a side of pommes frites, those gorgeously golden French fries in a paper cup.  Now Bordeaux has … Continue reading

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Hot Dog Buns

A guy goes out for hot dog buns and comes home with $399 million. Where but in America can that happen?  The PowerBall lottery had not had a winner for several weeks and the prize had steadily increased. Last year, … Continue reading

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More Than the Money

A recently retired friend was bemoaning her lifestyle to me. It seems that she doesn’t know what to do with herself from 9 to 5. She worked all her life. Graduated from community college in the 60’s, got a clerical … Continue reading

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Do It Anyway

The Mensch attended a graduation ceremony in May that was pretty much produced entirely by the graduating class, eight graders at Summerville Catholic School.  I saved the program because I was moved by the closing reading which the children had … Continue reading

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