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
Should gold be part of my portfolio?
This article is by staff writer Robert Brokamp.

[Editor’s note: This is Part I of a two-part series on whether it makes sense to include gold in your portfolio. Part II is “Why gold should be part of your investment portfolio.”] Humans have valued gold for several millennia, and that will likely continue. It is understandable, then, that a human such as yourself might consider trading some green for gold. I say, “Don’t bother,”…

How to prevent mobile phone theft
This article is by staff writer Robert Brokamp.

Modern technology is amazing. For example, thanks to the wonders of Find My iPhone — an application which allows you to use another device to locate a phone on a map — I was able to watch my stolen iPhone travel northward until the signal stopped deep in the heart of Washington, D.C. I haven’t heard from it since, so I don’t think the person who…

How to evaluate mutual funds to boost your returns
This article is by staff writer Robert Brokamp.

I’m a bit of a nut about Christmas; I even have a daughter named Noelle. So this time of year can be a bit of downer for me. The tree gets disassembled, the Bing Crosby CDs get packed away, and the holiday cards stop coming. Regarding that last one, however, the void in my mailbox will soon be filled by a different type of tiding —…