Don't look at your 401(k), she says. Unless you're retiring in November, in which case you're no longer retiring in November anyway, so no reason to look.

I did, however, look. Unbelievably, I'm up 12 percent this year. The only bad news is that all my assets are pegged to the Zimbabwean dollar.  

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