Many experts tell you to base decisions on your “gut” reaction, and often that is a good and accurate way to make up your mind, such as when you meet a politician face-to-face for the first time or your daughter brings home a new boyfriend.

Better retirement decisionsBut when you are making decisions about your financial future, it’s usually better to rely on reason and fact, such as numbers that you can calculate. After you have looked at the analysis and the potential results, you can make a decision that fits your life and personal preferences. More