Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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