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  • Getting To Sandy Beaches: Realistic Retirement Planning

    Retirement planning doesn't have to be scary. Nearly half (39%) of households admit to not having formal retirement plans. Avoid the subject and you risk becoming one of the 4.2 million Americans over the age of 65 living in poverty.

    The post is the third in our 5-week personal finance fix.

    What Does Retirement Look Like?

    I think a lot of people put retirement off because they see no real need to start planning. It's likely more than a decade off before most of us can tell our boss what to do with his weekly efficiency reports. Besides, if you are already putting money away in an investment account, what more is there to retirement planning?

    Quite a bit as it turns out. While having an investment account is a good start, you really don't know how much you will need or how to get there until you really think about what retirement will look like for you. Who knows, after actually mapping out your retirement plans you might find that you've got a little extra in your current nest egg. Party!

    Click through to find out what retirement looks like for you, how much you'll need and how to get there.

    Tags: retirement
    Feb 09 9:47 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Infographic - How Much Is Lending Club Stock Worth?

    Detailed analysis and comparables with an infographic on the upcoming Lending Club IPO. Looking forward to your feedback and please share.

    How Much is Lending Club Stock Worth?

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    Dec 08 9:30 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Building Wealth Through Peer Lending, An Interview With David Shipman

    I'm pleased to present our very first of many interviews on this site. I am interviewing both online loan investors and peer lending borrowers for their story on how the online loans revolution has changed their lives. You will never find a more insightful and honest discussion of peer loans than you will going right to the source and the people in the community.

    Our first interview is with David Shipman, an investor in online loans with experience in loan underwriting. David spent ten years in consumer lending before the distaste of selling families into high-interest loans and associated insurance products left him unsatisfied. He now works, through the church setting, helping people with various life problems including financial problems. He is a seasoned investor; continuing to trade in the stock market, buying and selling real estate as well as other investment vehicles.

    Check out the full interview plus others, including how one investor has earned a 14% annualized return over five years on a simple strategy. Click through to Building Wealth through Peer lending.

     

    Nov 19 1:29 PM | Link | Comment!
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