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Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of interviews with JR Robinson, founder of Honolulu-based Financial Planning Hawaii. Holding a degree in Economics from Williams College, he has been a financial advisor since 1989. A regular contributor to Hawaii Reporter, JR has written on a broad range of financial planning...
Editor's Note: Technology is affecting virtually every aspect of our lives.  It is disrupting how we shop, how we eat and sleep, how we travel, how we interact with each other, and, of course, how we manage our finances. Today’s column features the latter. I recently met up with...
Enough about the past; let’s talk about the future of work. How, when and where will we work? We are already working full-time, part-time, on-demand, temporarily, once-in-awhile time… ...from home, from our car, a train, plane or automobile and from across town or across the world. We work for free, for a fee,...
Since 1987, individual investors who were not eligible to make deductible traditional IRA contributions have still been permitted to make non-deductible contributions. The original allure of this opportunity is/was that it gives people an additional avenue to save for retirement on a tax-deferred basis. While the popularity of non-deductible IRA...
Investment Commentary from John H. Robinson February 3, 2016 Warren Buffett is widely regarded as one of the most astute investors in modern history. The following are some of his classic pieces of advice: ▪ Be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful. ▪ The stock market is a device...
By J.R. Robinson It is said that nothing tests the mettle of a long term investor like a good bear market.  While the stock market’s slide over the past few weeks hardly qualifies as a bear market, it has already been enough to send scores of investors  - both laymen...
This article first appeared in NerdWallet By J.R. Robinson As a practical matter, the factors that determine how long our accumulated nest eggs may last after we retire fall into two categories – those that we can control and those we cannot. Primary factors that are largely beyond our control include, of...
Less than a year ago, two Island School brothers decided to follow their dream and start their own cutting-edge technology company, Solomon Technologies (Solomon-tech.com). Solomon Technologies builds high-end custom computers designed for large workloads and graphic intensive tasks.  In addition to the many computers they have custom built, their...
As financial services become increasingly automated, retirement-spending apps have emerged that enable users to enter their income needs and portfolio information and ostensibly get a reasonable prediction of whether or how long their nest eggs may last in retirement. There are many of these apps on the market now,...
By J.R. Robinson The deed is done, the die is cast.  President Obama’s November 2, 2015 signing of the Bi-Partisan Budget Act introduced sweeping changes to Social Security that dramatically alter popular Restricted Application and “File & Suspend” claiming strategies.   The following articles discuss the ramifications of the new...