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Most Popular BLOG Posts of 2018

Most Popular BLOG Posts of 2018

At the beginning of 2018, I started to regularly post new content on the Resilient Asset Management BLOG.  Through various means, I am able to measure which posts were read the most by recipients.  The following are the top 10 posts for this year:

1)  Those Pesky Robocalls...

Automated calls - i.e. Calls from Robots - are estimated to make up nearly half of every phone call in my United States.  Back in the day of land lines, not such an issue...we aren't home all THAT much.  Today, with mobile phones dominating the landscape, this is a much bigger concern.  Fortunately, there are some relatively simple things you can do to avoid the calls.

2) The Survivor Benefit Plan

Prospective Military Retirees face a bevy of choices on the road to retirement.  Among the more important - and complicated - is the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).  

3)  All About Your VA Disability Claim

One of the more important items on a Military Retiree's To-Do list is his/her VA Disability Claim.  This process can have a profound financial impact on military retired pay, thus it deserves the keenest attention to detail.

4)  A Military Member's Guide to the TSP

The Thrift Savings Plan – also referred to as the TSP – is the U.S. Government’s version of the better-known 401(k) Plan.  This program has become one of the primary financial retirement tools for military members, who should be quite familiar with the program.

5)  So You’re Retired and Want to be a Contractor

By any objective standard, Military Retirement is an extreme transition.  Among the many issues the prospective Retiree considers is the professional next step – i.e. “2.0 Plan”.  For many reasons, contracting is a bright, shiny object.  Embarking on this path is far from trivial.

6) Hitting the Buy Button During a Market Correction

In advance, it is very easy to say market corrections won't bother you.  In the heat of the moment, it's a different story for most.  In the long run, lower market prices are the seeds of long-term portfolio growth.

7)  Is VGLI a Good Deal for Military Retirees?

A military retiree must confront a bevy of issues during transition.  Among the seemingly endless programs and opportunities presented is the Veteran's Group Life Insurance program.  While somewhat similar, this program differs substantially from the more familiar Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program.

8)  Income Tax Considerations Prior to Year End

Most people start to tackle Income Taxes after the New Year.  For some tax-related transactions, this is adequate.  For others, it is too late.  So there are indeed some items you can shore up now, especially before Holiday Season kicks into high gear.

9)  Quotes and Thoughts from My Favorite Podcast

I listen to A LOT of podcasts.   Recently, I happened across Tim Ferriss' interview with Howard Marks...boy was I lucky!

10) My Favorite Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report Quote

Warren Buffett is indeed the cream of the crop of all-time great investors.  To say he has influenced my personal investing philosophy and principles would be a supreme understatement.

Bonus Content

Lastly, in case you noticed, there has been a good bit of volatility - up and down that is - for the US Stock Market recently.  While Resilient Asset Management does not stare at the ticker all day, we do monitor markets on a daily basis.  When needed, we communicate with our Clients - either through email or video - to provide perspective, emphasize the need to have a long-term view, and to prevent the onset of panic.  The following is the most recent video sent to Clients on December 24, 2018:

Market Turmoil Client Video

That's it for 2018 - I wanted to thank all the readers for the support throughout the year.  The feedback has been great and well-received.  Comments, criticism, and suggestions are always welcome.  If you would like to provide any, please contact me here.