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Old 01-03-2012, 07:41 PM   #21
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Crs1, if you feel burned out, take a break. I'm not sure how aggressive your investment goals are but investing should certainly not be life consuming. That is not what life (esp retirement life) is all about. Personal financial planning is part of my routine and given that I don't have an aggressive portfolio, I don't make structural changes to it often. I do trade regularly but am ok to suspend trading for a month or two if I need a break.

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Old 01-04-2012, 08:24 PM   #22
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I'm kinda feeling the same way although I have always been really into tracking my portfolio, keeping up with the latest on several financial web sites, etc. Over the past year I've simplified my portfolio (which consists entirely of VG mutual funds, most of them indexes, I-Bonds and CDs.) My objectives are:
- to make it simple enough for my wife (who is not into this stuff) to be able to handle/
manage if I predecease her;
-make it so simple I won't need to/want to pay as much attention to it.

One of my New Year's resolutions is not to check my Vanguard portfolio on-line as often as I used to. Specifically, no more than once a week and hopefully less than that.

I've also grown bored listening to "Marketplace Money" on NPR.

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Old 01-04-2012, 08:37 PM   #23
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Before FIRE, I ran the numbers every which way. After starting FIRE, we kept track of every expenditure to make sure we did not have our assumptions wrong. At the end of 2010, we were satisfied we had our numbers right and stop tracking all of our 'outgo'. Now it is on autopilot (sorta). We no longer track everything, but we do keep an eye on out portfolio.

IMO you should satisfy yourself that everything is ok, then lighten up. It sounds like you are over thinking (and over stressing) this (as we all did at one time).

Hope this helps. Best of FIRE to you.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:03 PM   #24
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Thank you all. I somewhat worried about my posting after having done it. After all, who enters, with a first post, a financial website about financial planning and says he is burned out with financial planning? I must be nuts! I was sincere though and have a very nice opinion of this site based on all of your responses.

There are many circumstances related to my "burnout" - a substantial retirement plan rollover which required much research & jostled all of my accounts, the reinvestment of that money, the threat to my job from BRAC (I'm now employed many miles from my residence), the pressure on me to retire due to that circumstance, the threat to my family's residence from imminent domain, the threats to my retirement itself from federal budget cutting measures, etc. I was OK with all of that.

Then, the movement of money to Roth accounts struck a few days ago leaving more decisions. That was the straw I think.

I'm OK with it all, but certainly fatigued. A short break will help. Thanks again to everyone here.

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