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How to build a rich life, even if you aren't a financial genius

How to build a rich life, even if you aren't a financial genius

You don’t have to be a genius, a math brain or know anything about the stock market to invest your money well and retire comfortably.

Most people don’t think of themselves as investors. But just about anyone with a fourth-grade education can get key money decisions right — like feeding a 401(k) or IRA regularly — and retire with a stash that’s large enough to last until you’re in your 90s. But you have to be deliberate.

So today, as I write the final installment of this advice column before moving to another writing venture, I want to leave you with some crucial basics. Get these right, and a lot of money matters fall into place.

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