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On this episode of the podcast Jim Paris and Bob Yetman discuss the news that only 1 in 3 people say that will be able to fully retire at age 65, the risk of loaning out your car, are those ‘cash for your home’ deals worth considering, and a new website that makes it super easy to shop out your car insurance. Use player below, or download. (Free excerpt of podcast - members click here for full audio) Read more →

Laurence Kotlikoff - Secrets To Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits

Jim welcomes famed economist Laurence Kotlikoff to the program to discuss his new book, Getting What's Yours: The Secrets To Maxing Out Your Social Security Benefits. How to carefully select when you will collect your benefit, how to coordinate your retirement benefit with so called 'auxilary benefits,' benefits for children, grandchildren, disabled children, and more. Read more →

Terrorists Threaten Attack On Mall Of America

On this episode Jim discusses the possibility of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Kate Brown becomes the first openly bi-sexual governor, is another 'movement' beginning for the rights of bi-sexuals? Tax refund theft now reaching $5 billion dollars annually, how they are stealing your refund with the help of the IRS. U.S. Government sued for taking taxpayer refunds to settle Social Security overpayments from the 1970's. Google plans to jump into the cell phone market with a $10 monthly plan. When should you start taking your Social Security benefits? and free things you can do at Disney. Read more →

I don't know if you remember the old TV show The Equalizer. I absolutely loved this show. Edward Woodward was perfectly cast as the main character, Robert McCall. The Equalizer was a retired spy that used his background and special skills to help ordinary people get justice (when the authorities were of no help). By the way, if you missed it, the movie version starring Denzel Washington came out just a few weeks ago. The movie version was a bit more violent than the TV show (see trailer below). You have to love The Equalizer because he was ready, willing,... Read more →

Tom Sightings has written a great piece for the online version of U.S. News & World Report that details both retirees’ typically most substantial expenses, as well as some ways to limit each. There’s actually a lot of good information inside of what is a relatively brief piece; to what is surely no one’s surprise, expenses like housing, health care, and taxes make the list. It is, of course, a great idea to limit one’s expenses in retirement whenever possible, but the reality is that many people will find it to be extremely helpful to double their financial power in... Read more →

According to a new survey that hit the streets today, courtesy of, we have learned that over one-third of all adult Americans have yet to save anything towards retirement, and more than one-fourth of Americans in the 50 to 64 age bracket have nothing saved. These are startling figures, in one sense, but unsurprising, in another; while retirement planning has been a priority topic in American society for many decades now, the dedication to living as well as possible (more about “living well” in just a moment), as well as a deterioration in economic opportunity for many, have conspired... Read more →

Living Abroad - How Americans Are Expatriating For A Better Life

Online News Radio at Blog Talk Radio with Jim Paris Live on BlogTalkRadio Dan Prescher, editor of, joins Jim Paris live to discuss Americans choosing to live abroad. Live inexpensively in exotic locations, American are expatriating for a better life outside the United States. On this episode Dan Prescher joins Jim Paris live from Ecuador with information on expatriating to exotic locations throughout the world, including Central and South America. Read more →

Why Renting Can Be A Better Decision Than Buying A Home

There are many financial "traditions" that we all simply accept as true. One of the things I have done as a financial writer is to question many of these traditions to see how valid they really are today. This article will attempt to address the dozens of emails that I receive every month on the question of whether or not it is better to rent or buy a home. Right now, with the millions of empty homes on the market, rent is cheap. I would not venture out and even consider buying a home unless you have a minimum of... Read more →

Are Donald Trump Seminars A Scam?

In this episode Jim discusses the complaints and regulatory investigations into Donald Trump educational seminars. Also, May 21, is it the day of the rapture? AT&T accused of overcharging customers. Do cell phones cause brain cancer? Does it make sense to liquidate retirement accounts to pay off debts? Do you need to incorporate if you plan to start a small business? Hosted By James L. Paris Editor-In-Chief of The show is live on Fridays from Noon to 1 pm Eastern Download From iTunes Helping you make the most of God’s money! James L. Paris Editor-In-Chief Follow Me... Read more →

How Will You Retire If Social Security & Your Pension Go Broke?

“The Social Security trustees’ latest report moves up the system’s insolvency date by four years, to 2037. Medicare’s hospital fund runs out of money in 2017, two years sooner than expected.” St. Louis Dispatch (May 12, 2009) The alarming announcement was recently made that Social Security will begin paying out more money than it takes in within the next three to five years. Since Social Security is a ‘pay as you go’ system (otherwise known to the rest of us as a Ponzi Scheme), this means that the foundation of our country’s retirement system is beginning to crumble. Once this... Read more →

Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Borrowing From Your Retirement Plan

I will spare you a lecture about why you should not borrow from your retirement plan. You know it is money set aside for your retirement, and you are an adult. Last year, 18% of retirement plan participants borrowed from their accounts. It is widely expected that the figures this year will be considerably higher once 2008 statistics are available. If you have run out of options, and are considering making the move to tap into your retirement funds, today’s blog is an overview of the process and how to avoid the pitfalls. The Basics Of Borrowing From Your Company... Read more →

Retirement Planning In A Financial Crisis

Whenever people ask me about their IRA, 401k, or other retirement account, they almost always make reference to these accounts as their retirement plan. While this may just be semantics, I call these accounts not plans. Your retirement plan, is simply that; your plan for retirement. First, I want to stop here and really ask an important question, “What is retirement?” Webster defines it as withdrawn from active duty or from one’s career. I happen to live in Florida, and am probably somewhat of an expert on retirement living (since many of my neighbors are retired). I see them loading... Read more →

What To Do With Your Retirement Investments Now

After Monday’s 777 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the term ‘roller coaster’ is not quite descriptive enough to describe the stock market’s recent behavior. There seems to be two camps on what investors should do in reaction to the ups and downs of Wall Street. One group is telling you to sell everything and prepare for the worst. The other is advising to just stay put and ride out the storm, so who is right? I was a money manager for nearly twenty years and found myself in the middle of these controversies quite often. I always... Read more →