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David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // 5 Essential Facts On S.S. Statements
The Social Security Administration back in April 2011 suspended mailing Social Security statements to save money. Luckily, they added the ability to view your statements...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Offering A Gift For MW Readers
Congrats to MidWeek! You can tell the quality of a newspaper not only through the writers, editors or the stories written, but through the quality...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Important Retirement Ages To Know
In order to maximize your retirement benefits, it is important to meet certain deadlines. If you don’t take action on these age-based cut-off dates, you...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Social Security Numbers To Know
Maximizing your Social Security payments depends on the taxes you pay, your earnings history, the age you decide to take the benefits and the dependents...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // How To Calculate Your Net Worth
Each year, Forbes magazine lists the 400 richest people in the world. Bill Gates is the richest American 20 years running, and has reclaimed the...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Top Five Mistakes Millionaires Make
In a recent survey, high net-worth clients (those with more than $1 million in assets) were asked about their top five investing mistakes. Not surprisingly,...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // The Retirement Talk For Couples
According to a recent survey, couples said they discussed retirement planning an average of 14 times a year. The same survey showed 72 percent of...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Should You Invest Or Pay Off Debt?
If you have some extra cash available, should you try to pay down some debt like a mortgage or should you invest it? There are...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Market Investment Wisdom, Part 2
Last week we covered some of the essential investment wisdom of the world’s greatest investors. The greatest investors understand that we shouldn’t overreact to short-term...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Wise Words On Investing
With people living longer, the greatest risk they face today is longevity risk, or the risk of outliving their money. In fact, I have some...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Investing Social Security Benefits
Should you take Social Security earlier, instead of later, and invest it in hope that you will have more in retirement? I am asked this...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Benefits Of A 529 College Savings Plan
The average cost of a private college is $40,000 per year, and for a public college it is $18,000. The cost of college has increased...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // How To Avoid Unproductive Meetings
Do you hate unproductive meetings? The purpose of a meet ing is to discuss something face to face to get things done. Unfortunately, a third...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // How To Create Good Habits
Have you ever wondered why you do what you do? Some decisions are conscious choices, but more than 40 percent of the things we do...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Target-Date Investment Funds
During the past 20 years, target-date funds have become more popular with investors. Also known as life-cycle, retirement, or age-based funds, target-date funds were first...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Top Tips To Simplify Air Travel
I travel plenty and average about a week a month on the Mainland and internationally. Living in an isolated chain of islands in the Pacific...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // The Biggest Obstacle To Productivity
One of my first dates in high school was to see the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail, where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan use email...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Top Regrets Expressed By Retirees
Retirement is always one of the top concerns for Americans. This is no surprise, given that preparing for retirement is not something you can do...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // Inspirational Words To Live By
Prior to my deployment to Iraq with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in 2006, our commander had Kent Keith, author of The Paradoxical...

David S. Chang
Thinking Smart // How Much Do You Need To Retire?
According to a recent study, retirement is proving more difficult than expected for many Americans, in large part because they haven’t saved enough and don’t...

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