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Old 12-12-2014, 07:40 AM   #21
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worrying too much about what probably won't happen!
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Don't want to bring out all the worriers, but a large scale ebola outbreak in the US.
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If the volcano under Yellowstone blows...the clock is ticking on that one.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:25 AM   #24
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There is a lot to be said about health and aging. Simple things like a slip on the ice, a drunk driver crossing the median, or even a identity theft could derail you for a bit.

One thing not thought about lately, is the impact of inflation. If we ever return to 18% inflation, like we did in the 70s, it would devastate bond funds. It would also derail the stock market.
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Just watched "Olympus Has Fallen", where the white house was taken over by terrorists. Got me thinking. One thing that would for sure ruin even the best planned retirement would be a destabilazation of world power. What other far fetched things could happen that would ruin retirement plans?

No, I'm not a doomer, just amped up from a really good show.
I could see a time in the future when Roths gains are taxed as ordinary income. If it ever even gets to committee, I'm buying a flame-retardant mattress and filling it up.
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There is a lot to be said about health and aging. Simple things like a slip on the ice, a drunk driver crossing the median, or even a identity theft could derail you for a bit.

One thing not thought about lately, is the impact of inflation. If we ever return to 18% inflation, like we did in the 70s, it would devastate bond funds. It would also derail the stock market.
So true...all the naysayers said his diet was dangerous, but it took a slip on some sidewalk ice to kill him.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:36 AM   #28
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There is a lot to be said about health and aging. Simple things like a slip on the ice, a drunk driver crossing the median, or even a identity theft could derail you for a bit.

One thing not thought about lately, is the impact of inflation. If we ever return to 18% inflation, like we did in the 70s, it would devastate bond funds.
Might be a good idea to add some tips to your port now, just in case.
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The Sun burns out.
That would cast a dark shadow on things...

On the other hand, a great opportunity to make some extra money hording batteries and shorting solar panels...
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It's already happened. (e.g. WWII)
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Bet it might end global warming too.
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I didn't, but now that you call it to my attention, the melody and tempo are definitely French. I always thought it was a trifle too bouncy for its somber topic, and now I know why

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I am sure many of us remember this song, "Seasons in the Sun" (1973). But I am willing to bet that not too many of us know that this is originally a French song, "Le Moribond" (1961), by the well-known late Jacques Brel. Brel also wrote the original "Ne me quitte pas", which was translated into the English version "If you go away".



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No one mentioned a 1930's style Depression yet?
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Disability, dementia, and the like aren't farfetched, but those are what I worry about.

For outside events (although, not really farfetched), and not mentioned yet: Repeat of Carrington Event would wreak havoc for a good year or two and leave casualties in its wake.
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Repeat of Carrington Event would wreak havoc for a good year or two and leave casualties in its wake.
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The solar storm of 1859, also known as the Carrington Event,[1] was a powerful geomagnetic solar storm in 1859 during solar cycle 10. A solar coronal mass ejection hit Earth's magnetosphere and induced one of the largest geomagnetic storms on record. The associated "white light flare" in the solar photosphere was observed and recorded by English astronomers Richard C. Carrington and Richard Hodgson.

Studies have shown that a solar storm of this magnitude occurring today would likely cause widespread problems for modern civilization. There is an estimated 12% chance of a similar event occurring between 2012 and 2022.[2]
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A little more far fetched one:

A nuclear war - North Korea vs South/US, Israel vs Iran, India vs Pakistan, China vs US, Russia vs NATO.
For a more interesting first-round match-up:

North Korea v. India; Israel v. South Korea; US v. Nato; Iran v. Pakistan; China v. Russia
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I'm still waiting for the 1973 toilet paper shortage as reported by Johnny Carson. That would be unexpected and devistating.

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I'm still waiting for the 1973 toilet paper shortage as reported by Johnny Carson. That would be unexpected and devistating.
I was going to say "well, at least we'd still have the Sears catalog" but I'm not sure they print one anymore. At least not the massive one they used to.
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