2. With the market selling at record levels, is it time to consider a bear market fund to defend against big loses?
3. How can the combination of a great short-term track record and a commission-motivated salesperson lead to terrible financial outcome?
In this interview with Jimmy Dot Direct & Stan The Annuity Man, Paul discusses the impact of an extra 1/2 percent, loss expectations with different combinations of stocks and bonds, and other topics important for both first-time investors to those getting ready for retirement. For those interested in immediate life annuities, get Stan’s free books on all types of annuities, available at: http://www.stantheannuityman.com/. He offers great information and will not call you.
Paul reviews Clements’ new book, “How to Think About Money,” highlighting key topics from each chapter and encouraging you to purchase this book for any first-time investor… reading it before passing it along. This informative book can motivate first-time investors to increase their savings rate, put more long-term savings into equites and stick to low-cost index funds.
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In this first of a 10-part CD series produced for the PBS Show, “Financial Fitness After 50” (2012), Paul discusses how to identify an advisor who will provide all the services you need to ensure you maximize the advantage of working with a professional. He’ll also show you how to tell if the advisor is working in your best interest or in his /her own.
Over the last 3 years the S&P 500 has been the best performer of all the asset classes, as shown in the table of returns at http://paulmerriman.com/
This is part 2 of a 2 part podcast with Michael Port. If you have not heard part 1, Paul suggests you listen to that podcast first. In this 2 part podcast you will hear Paul interviewed by Michael Port, https://en.wikipedia.org/
Paul considers this podcast, the best of his career. In this 2 part podcast you will hear Paul interviewed by Michael Port, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
For 10 years, Paul had a weekly “Outrage of the Week” on his Seattle radio show. He says it was never a problem finding something that made him hopping mad. In this podcast, Paul explains his recent outrage about one of America’s most trusted insurance companies giving their employees the shaft. He also answers questions from his listeners and readers at paulmerriman.com (Note to listeners: there are 12 Q&A’s mentioned on the podcast, but one was removed in order to better address it in a future Q&A).
1. As a first time investor afraid of losing money in the market, can you recommend a book to read and what can you say that will help me take the high risk of stocks?
2. Why don’t you create a portfolio of ETFs that can select from all available ETFs?
3. How can I get you to update your 401(k) for my company?
4. Now that Fideliity has lowered their fees on ETFs, should I move from Vanguard to Fidelity?
5. How can I get my company to add index funds to the 401(k) choices?
6. How about using some of the best performing REITs rather than index funds?
7. How are ETF portfolios changed as the companies change size or value/growth characteristics?
8. What do you do with proceeds from a RMD that you don’t need to live on?
9. What would you do to make my portfolio better?
10. What do you think of The Mutual Fund Store?
11. Should I use the Four Fund Solution or The Ultimate Buy and Hold Portfolio for the equities part of my portfolio?
Paul explains the importance of adding value to your portfolio. The higher long-term returns of value stocks is not in question, but it is confusing to many investors as to why troubled and out-of-favor companies are expected to make more than great companies. To clarify this, Paul reads sections from both “Financial Fitness Forever” and “Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money.” And for those who aren’t interested in all these details, it’s important to know that almost every famous professional investor became famous using value stocks (e.g., Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, John Templeton, and Michael Price).
How do you choose the best small cap value ETF? How do you help grandchildren pay for college? How do you decide between a money market fund and a short term bond fund? How do you get the most out of ETFs? Why not put more of your portfolio in emerging markets? Paul answers these questions from his readers and listeners.
Paul responds to 10 comments and questions about the article, “How to turn $3000 into $50 million.” This article has produced more comments and questions than any other he has written for MarketWatch in more than three years. In some cases, Paul points out how short-sighted investors can be and, in others, he tries to find ways to make people comfortable with the risky nature of stocks. For more on this “Legacy” strategy, go to: http://paulmerriman.com/
In this podcast Paul discusses the 12 investment decisions all first time investors must face. He speaks to both the parents, as well as the young investor, about the life changing impact good decisions can have on the young investor’s future. There are a couple of important links mentioned in the podcast.
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The Hulbert Financial Digest has been closed. HFD was to financial newsletters what Morningstar is to the mutual fund industry. HFD tracked the performance and risk of over 200 newsletter portfolios. Paul shares what he learned from subscribing to HFD for over 30 years. He discusses newsletters that recommend low-risk to very-high-risk PORTFOLIOS using individual stocks, mutual funds, market timing and buy and hold.