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Work toward your own financial independence

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Once again, Independence Day is here, bringing fireworks and barbeques. Of course, the Fourth of July is more than hoopla — it’s a time to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country.
Yet, for many people, one important type of freedom — financial freedom — is still elusive. So you may want to use this holiday as an occasion to think of those steps you can take to eventually declare your own Financial Independence Day.

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Late starting financially — should I just give up?

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Question: My wife and I had children late in life and the last one just left home. We now recognize that we are very late getting started with any kind of savings plan. I don’t see any way I can ever retire from working. Is it just too late for someone like me?
 
Answer: Too late for what?
If you are 55 years old, have saved zero and have a middle class lifestyle, yes, short of a miracle, it is too late for you to become financially independent by age 65.

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What you should know about market corrections

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Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part article about market cycles. The second part will run July 8.
There is no way around it — markets generally move in cycles!
Although the past is no guarantee of the future, historically, the stock market has spent more time on bullish advances than on bearish retreats — which is why stocks have been considered a good investment over the years — the market also tends to retrench more than the average investor would like to think about. The traditional definition of a bear market is a 20 percent or greater decline in stock prices as measured by the Dow Jones Industrial Average or other relevant index. A full-fledged bear market can persist for many months or, in rare cases, years.

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