Robert Brokamp

Robert Brokamp

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As a former financial advisor and English teacher, it was inevitable that Robert Brokamp would one day write about the management of money. His musings on retirement, investments, budgeting, and whoopee cushions can be found on Fool.com and in various other publications, including Better Investing and Newsweek. He was a contributor to The Motley Fool's Money After 40, the co-author of The Motley Fool Personal Finance Workbook, the author of The Motley Fool's Guide to Paying for School, and is the editor of the Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter service. Robert wishes to one day definitively answer the question, "Why do we make bad decisions with our money when we know better?"

Robert lives peripatetically in Alexandria, Va., with his wife and four children -- but on autumn Sundays he wishes he were in Raymond James Stadium or wherever the Tampa Bay Bucs are battling.

Recent articles

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My Big Fat Cheap Wedding

You don't have to spend $20,000 to have a memorable wedding.


The Benefits of Paying Off Your Mortgage Before Retirement

It’s not just about wiping out debt. There are some scenarios where paying off your home can cut your tax bill to $0.


How Much -- or Little -- Will You Really Spend in Retirement?

We put the conventional wisdom to the test.


Will Baby Boomers Sink the Economy and Your Portfolio?

The aging population is going to be a drag on the investment markets for decades. Here’s how to protect your portfolio.


7 Investing Disasters and How to Prevent Them From Happening to You

Confront the things that could go wrong with your investments so you can lessen the chances of them happening to you.

3 Financial Details You Should Absolutely Obsess Over

Obsessive attention to supposedly minor details helped a team win Olympic Gold and the Tour de France. The same strategy can exponentially improve your finances.


History Says There’s a Crash A-Comin’

A Yale professor thinks that stocks are overvalued and that we're due for a pullback -- here's how to protect your portfolio.


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Ask a Fool: What Is a 7702 Retirement Plan?

The Motley Fool's retirement expert gives his opinion of 7702 retirement plans, and how they compare to a more traditional IRA.


Ask a Fool: How to Diversify a Large Inheritance

You've just inherited a large amount of money. What's the best way to spread it out into smart investments?


Ask a Fool: Given the Option, Would You Invest in a Traditional 401(k) or a Roth?

Torn between the traditional 401(k) versus a Roth account? Here's the Fool's Robert Brokamp to give you the pluses and minuses of both and help you make the best decision.

Ask a Fool: Setting Up a Long-Term Dividend Fund for Retirement?

One Foolish retirement specialist gives his advice for the best way to set up a long-term dividend fund for your retirement.


Ask a Fool: Are There Recommended Percentages of What to Keep in Different Retirement Accounts?

How should you balance the holdings in your retirement accounts?


Ask a Fool: What Kind of Stocks Are Good for Coverdell Education Savings Accounts?

What are the best equities to hold when saving for college in a Coverdell Education Savings Account?


Ask a Fool: What Is the Best Way to Pay Income Taxes on Your 401(k) and IRA?

How should you be paying for taxes owed on your retirement accounts?


Ask a Fool: What Are the Rules for Withdrawing From an IRA to Buy a Home?

Wanna know how to use your IRA to help fund a home purchase without being penalized for withdrawing the money early? Here's how.

Ask a Fool: Are Financial Websites a Scam?

Are these financial websites' for-profit wishes in line with your own as an investor?


Ask a Fool: What Is the Best Way to Save for College?

How to save" for college the right way.


Ask a Fool: Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Early?

Is paying down your mortgage the best investment you can make?


Ask a Fool: My Broker Broke Up With Me

Is there any reason to stick with a firm once your broker leaves?


Ask a Fool: Help, I'm Stuck With an Annuity!

Is there any way out of a variable annuity without getting hit with big penalties?