John Kador

The REP. Index: By the Numbers
REP. Readers Do It by the Numbers
The Puzzler # 49: If-Then
Think you’re smart? Try these brainteasers that recruiters use in actual job interviews.
The REP. Index: Retirement Then and Now
How did 2013 stack up for retirement compared to, say, 1980? Timing is everything. The following statistics compare key factors facing recent retirees versus their counterparts 33 years earlier.
The Puzzler #48: Hidden Countries
Think you’re smart? Try these brainteasers that recruiters use in actual job interviews.
REP. Index: Financial Literacy 1
How financially literate are you in matters of annuities, taxation, retirement planning, IRAs and home ownership?
The Puzzler # 47 Part 2: Test Your Aging IQ
Researchers are finding that aging is not what it used to be. As people get older, friendships, creativity, earning ability and satisfaction with life can flourish. Test your knowledge of new trends in aging.
The Puzzler #47 Part 1: Pulley Puzzle
In the diagram above, equal weights are suspended by a pulley-rope combination. Assume there is no friction. If the structure is allowed to move to equilibrium, what is likely to happen?
Love and Marriage
Marriage confers big financial advantages to those who pursue wealth. Married couples have an edge when it comes to income, taxes, Social Security, inheritance, home ownership, dozens of other state and federal benefits, and even physical health. To better advise married couples, advisors should be informed.
You Need to Fail
Failure has emerged as a welcome teacher in other industries, but not yet in financial services. Here’s how to learn from “the other F word.”
Five Rules of Failure
Why do we go to such lengths to deny failure or downplay its importance? Failure is like gravity. It affects everyone.
What is Failure?
Failure differs from risk, mistake, error, set-back, screw-up, defeat and the countless other names we have for adverse events.
Fear of Failure is Worse than Failure Itself
The most debilitating aspect of overpricing failure is not the consequences of any particular failure event, but the double whammy that the pervasive fear of failure creates.
If I Knew Then What I Know Now . . .
Seasoned executives get to give one piece of advice to their younger selves.
Budgeting Woes
Is there a financial advisor who does not recommend that clients establish and maintain budgets? Yet surveys show that it’s not easy for clients to start new habits or break old ones. To encourage better budgeting, FAs need better statistics.
Ten Best Business Books of 2014
In compiling this list of 10 books of particular interest to finance professionals, there are some titles that couldn’t be ignored. But for the most part, we searched far afield to find lesser-known works that offer fresh comment on the mysteries of finance, leadership and customer service.
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