Like a whiny child that throws the occasional tantrum, the stock market demands our attention—and wastes our time.

This Week/July 16-22

PONDER WHEN TO CLAIM SOCIAL SECURITY. Start with the calculator offered by United Capital. Many folks are inclined to claim benefits as soon as they retire, but often it makes sense to delay. To understand why, learn more about Social Security, including the advantages of delaying and the different strategies that couples might use.

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Looking Bad

AS I THINK BACK over the past three decades, I have one overriding investment regret.
No, it has nothing to do with the investments I bought. For much of the past 30 years, I’ve owned a globally diversified portfolio, with 100% in stocks when I was younger and closer to 70% now that I’m in my mid-50s. Initially, I owned actively managed funds and a few individual stocks, but I substituted index funds as they became available,

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Less Green

I WAS STAYING ON THE OUTSKIRTS of Mexico City, with no internet access. But I had my satellite radio and I was listening to CNBC. The reception wasn’t good, but the news was even worse. While bad financial news had been pouring in from every corner of the globe for months, it seemed matters had suddenly got much worse. It was September 2008.
The global financial crisis affected many companies, big and small, and the commercial landscaping company that my twin brother and I owned was no exception. 

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Housing: 10 Questions to Ask

HOUSING IS THE BIGGEST EXPENSE for most American families, typically devouring a third of their budget. Are those dollars getting spent wisely? Here are 10 questions to ask yourself:

Should you buy? If you play around with the mortgage calculator at Bankrate.com, you can figure out how big a mortgage you could support with your monthly rent payments. That will give you a sense for whether homeownership is within reach. Even if it is,

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Jonathan Clements is the founder and editor of HumbleDollar. He spent almost two decades at The Wall Street Journal, where he was the personal finance columnist. His latest book: How to Think About Money.

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