Robert Brokamp

Robert Brokamp

Staff Writer

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 GetRichSlow.org and Newsweek. He was a contributor to The Motley Fool's Money After 40 and Million Dollar Portfolio, 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, who is a Certified Financial Planner, wishes to one day definitively answer the question, "Why do we make bad decisions with our money when we know better?" He lives in a glorified tree house in Alexandria, Va., with his wife and four children, and is obsessed with Christmas music.

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Recent Posts
Is your 401(k) keeping up with the Joneses?

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp. Would you like to know how much your friends or relatives have in their 401(k)s? Of course you would! And once you found out, you’d compare their balances to yours. After all, most of us want to know how we’re doing compared to everyone else — so we can endeavor to keep up or even do better. Call it “beating the Joneses.” Perhaps it’s a vestige…

5 key retirement factors your financial plan may not address

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp. If you love cat pictures, today is your lucky day. Because I’m back! As longtime readers will recall, I contributed to Get Rich Slowly from 2009 to 2013. I often wrote about more “technical” (i.e., boring) topics, such as taxes and IRAs. In order to provide a reprieve from the technical-ness, J.D. occasionally sprinkled in cat pictures. I tried not to take it personally. Photo: ZUMA…

Farewell, Get Rich Slowly — and why bother getting rich anyway

This is the final post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. It is with heavy heart and overflowing to-do list that I have decided to hang up my Get Rich Slowly writing boots. An expanded role at The Motley Fool (my home planet) and the growing responsibilities of growing kids have led me to make…