Retire Better Blog Resurrected

There has been a seven year gap in my posts since I created Retire Better Blog.  So a bit of explanation is due.  I began with two posts, but then was forced to put the blog into mothballs for reasons I’ll come back to in a moment. I created the blog out of my strong desire to help and encourage a community of people searching for ways to prepare for a better retirement. The 2008 great recession had dealt a staggering blow to many family retirement plans.

Before I could make my third post I was presented with the opportunity to become a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, a prominent US financial services firm. Because of Edward Jones’ conservative observation of FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) regulations, their company rules would not allow me to continue writing a blog that deals with financial matters.  I had to stop then but I’ve recently retired from my role as a Financial Advisor.   I now want to continue pursuing my passion to help families prepare for their future financial well-being here in the blog world.

During my years as a Financial Advisor, I became painfully aware in my initial interviews with over a thousand family units that most of them were woefully ill-prepared for their financial future.  More disturbing still, many seemed too pressed by their current life concerns to even think about their future life, their future well-being.

Some years ago I became obsessed with discovering what was causing this serious lack of preparation for the financial future of our nation’s families. Depending on which national statistics you look at, somewhere between 50% and 70% of the nation will not be able to live in retirement a standard of living that is close to what they had while employed. Most actually retire with little more than Social Security.  I wasn’t willing to just accept that and write it off to an irresponsible lack of discipline in our society.  There had to be a cause, a serious reason for such a pervasive problem. How can such lack happen when you consider the fact that every dollar invested in the S&P 500 fifty years ago would have grown to over $100 today?

So I’m resuming this blog to share the findings of my years of study and the solution I’m confident would change those national retirement statistics drastically for the better.

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