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One of the most important decisions an investor will make is how much to take out of their investments in retirement. That, in conjunction with the right balance of equities and fixed income, can lead to smooth sailing or some rough seas during retirement. In this podcast Paul compares using the S&P 500 equity asset class, a worldwide equity allocation and an all-value portfolio along with different percentages of fixed income. One of the surprises from this new research is the huge difference in dollars can come from the same long-term return from the same balance of equities and fixed income.
As promised to the more than 125 attendees of this Puget Sound chapter presentation, Paul answers the following 20 questions. Since many investors have the same or similar concerns, this podcast should be of interest and use to a broad range of investors, from first-time to well into retirement.
Paul discusses the Ultimate Buy-and-Hold Strategy – its value to protect your money and provide peace of mind no matter what the market does – and much more, with Rob Berger of DoughRoller, a website dedicated to “making the most of your money.” Rob’s mission is to help people make sense out of the ever-more complicated world of personal finance, investing, and money management. A transcript of the interview can be read here.
Every year Paul updates his Ultimate Buy & Hold Portfolio. In this podcast he covers the original 50/50 U.S. and international equity asset classes, AND the recent all-value portfolio (find those tables here). What if you added each of the asset classes – that have historically led to higher returns – without increasing risk? Join Paul to consider the impact. To follow along, Paul recommends that you print out the 2017 Tables and the 2-Fund Portfolio table
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I am thrilled to introduce George Sisti one of the smartest people in the field of personal financial planning, as well as asset allocation. I think the best way to introduce George’s work is to share a couple of his recent articles. In the first, George discusses the possible impact of “Fake News” on an investors’ financial future. He ends the article with one of the best pieces of original advice I’ve read. Don’t miss it! In the second article, “The Illusion of Wealth,” he discusses the important choice between whether to annuitize your 401k or roll it over to an IRA. Stay tuned for his advice at the end of the podcast. By the way, George is a long time personal friend. We have some differences of opinion but I have never heard him give a bad piece of advice. To read these articles, click here.
In a recent interview on Ken’s Bulls and Bears, Ken Roberts and Paul discuss a range of topics including the differences between the expected risk and return of small cap value mutual funds and ETFs, the steps that investors can take to invest for an early retirement, the most important facts that every investor should know and the lessons investors might have learned from what happened in the market in 2016.
In this podcast Paul reads and comments on a letter from a regular listener. The letter discusses what the investor is doing for her 3 children and the concerns she has when the children are old enough to cash out the proceeds. The letter also offers some of the confusion she had when she first contacted Motif to open an account. Finally she asks for Paul’s advice on which portfolio is best if she wants to be aggressive. These are the 3 websites the investor claims have motivated her to adjust her lifestyle and save for the future. I can see why they are appealing to young investors. http://www.gocurrycracker.com
Paul discusses the latest update of the Fine-Tuning Your Asset Allocation tables, which compare three different portfolio scenarios. In this podcast he focuses on the Ultimate Buy-and-Hold All-Value Equity Portfolio. The “Fine-Tuning Tuning Your Asset Allocation” table – created and updated by Paul and Rich Buck for 15 years – allows investors to compare possible returns and likely risks of various combinations of asset classes. The 2017 FTYAA Table compares all-value, worldwide equities, and the S&P 500, which is the most common benchmark for returns and risk.
You can see and access all of Paul’s recommended portfolios by setting up a free account at Motif Investing and then SEARCHING FOR: “MERRIMAN DIVERSIFIED.”
Paul talks with collaborator Chris Pedersen about the new Motif Investing portfolios they created based on Paul’s Ultimate Buy and Hold portfolio strategies and sound investing principles. These portfolios were created to make it simple and inexpensive for anyone with a minimum of $300 to get started investing now; and also for those more-seasoned investors to implement Paul’s principles and rebalance annually with one click. Learn more here.
Paul explains why he’s excited to offer this new, easy, low-cost way to implement his Ultimate Buy and Hold portfolio recommendations, and invest wisely for the long term. To learn more about Paul’s “one-click-and-you-re-done” portfolios at Motif Investing, Click here.
We know the 8 year market is unlikely to go for much longer. In this recording I made for PBS, I cover 10 ways to protect your hard earned gains from the coming bear market. If you don’t have your defense in place maybe one of these 10 will feel right. Of course young investors should be hoping for a bear market to take advantage of lower prices.
Joe Shaefer of Stanford Wealth Management, an old friend of more than 30 years, recently wrote an article for Seeking Alpha. “Passive Index Investing is a Delusion” is an active manager’s view of investing in indexes. In the podcast I address Joe’s views of why index investing is a losing strategy and why I think he is dead wrong. While Joe raises many interesting problems of investing in indexes, he fails to give investors credit for being able to address all those problems successfully.