Retirement Planner: Weighing home options in Maine

Across the country, the increase in housing prices since 2012 has been 27 percent. In the Bay Area, that statistic has been more like 65 percent with the median single-family home price in San Francisco at more than $1.2 million.  
More realistic assessments of what to expect from the stock market are offered by books such as "The Vanguard Guide to Investing During Retirement."  
 
If a healthy relationship with a significant other is said to be worth the equivalent of $50,000 of annual income, what similar kind of a value would we put on a healthy pain-free existence in retirement? Whatever it takes to live the fitness lifestyle is time well spent.  
 
I need some help from both the proponents and detractors of the Affordable Care Act -- the Odd Couple of the sociopolitical landscape.  
 
This might be a good time to talk about stock market bubbles. Not that they matter to the long-term buy-and-hold investor, but as an object of curiosity they are interesting to watch.  
 
Some people have had issues with jHub, but in general their products work well  
 
China's stock market is finally coming back after about eight years of lackluster performance.  
 
In a recent interview of Bill Gross, the former Pimco bond fund manager, he happened to mention that one of his favorite, most entertaining and inspirational books was "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator," by Edwin Lefevre in 1923.  
 
In spite of the rising tide of the economy raising all the boats (new and used), the improved consumer confidence surveys may just reflect people who are laughing on the outside, but crying on the inside.  
 
I hate to continually sound off about the behavior of the "too-big-to-fail" banks, but what just keeps coming up with these huge financial institutions is impossible to ignore.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wine snobbery or oenophile bashing?

Internet name-calling is not restricted to cyberbullies. Oenophiles have pulled out the nasty too. Here's what a wine critic thinks of wine snobbery, name-calling and more. 
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Amy Schumer tells Jon Stewart about new bestie Jennifer Lawrence

'Trainwreck’ star kicks off 'The Daily Show’s’ host final week by also talking about theater shooting.