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On May 17, rebel Financial’s president, Phil Ratcliff gave a quarterly update on how we create client portfolios. He covered three topics: making smart investments, economics, and behavioral trends. Phil shares how rebel Financial is doing in each of these areas as the company continues serving their clients in the best way possible. Investments Investing [...]

We’re Saving More Than We Realized Quick: What’s America’s national savings rate?  A generation ago, you might have guessed 10% and been pretty close to the market.  More recently, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about a precipitous decline in how much of their income Americans are saving—down, according to the U.S. government’s Bureau […]

DB Plan for All Few people have a defined benefit pension plan any more, thanks to the popularity of the 401(k).  But the DB concept is simpler: a corporate annuity that pays out retirement income every year based on the amount contributed to the plan over the years.  Yes, you can buy annuities on the […]

Deficit Funding Many were alarmed when, on June 5, the good people who run Medicare and Social Security released a report that said that the Medicare program will become insolvent in 2026 and Social Security will face a similar fate in 2034.  The Medicare projection is three years earlier than the previous report, while the […]

The Cost of Waiting The median retirement portfolio account balance for persons age 56-61 is just $25,000—which is obviously not enough for a healthy retirement, and suggests that many Americans followed less-than-healthy savings habits. In fact, this amount could have been accumulated simply by saving $6 a month in a 60/40 portfolio from 1980 to […]

  Medicare’s Future   Several items that everybody seems to be overlooking in the recent budget deal signed by President Trump are potentially-significant changes to how Medicare is administered.  First on the list is the elimination of Medicare’s independent payment advisory board, authorized under the Affordable Care Act to serve as a check on higher […]