Paul discusses the Schwab, Fidelity and TD Ameritrade commission-free ETF offerings. He helps investors find the least expensive ETFs, as well as the firms that offer the best selection of asset classes. To help those following the “Turn $3,000 to $50 million” strategy, Paul reviews the small-cap value offerings of all three firms, plus Vanguard. He suggests reading the Vanguard article, as well as the latest on the other three.
On this short special podcast Paul addresses the difficult market decline that has many investors concerned the market is heading for a bigger sell off. If you are having serious concerns about what should be done next, he suggests you reread “22 things we should know about bear markets.” He also pleads with young investors to celebrate the opportunity to buy equities at a discount, and for older investors, to control the downside with the right amount of fixed income funds. http://paulmerriman.com/22-
Paul answers 20 questions. His goal is to answer each question in less than a minute. Here is a list of questions. Let’s see if he can keep his answers short!
If you have decided to set up a legacy account for a child or grandchild, as described in Paul’s article, How To Turn $3000 into $50 million there will come a time to tell the lucky recipient what was done to help him or her have a more financially secure retirement. Paul feels strongly a letter from the family members who made the gift will be important to help the child or grandchild stay the course. A sample letter is included in a new article (dated Jan. 13, 2016). In this podcast Paul explores other ways that parents and grandparents can be instrumental in keeping the child or grandchild on a path to success. He also asks for your help in finding more ways to get investors to stay the course.
The Gift That Really Keeps On Giving
Warren Buffet says, “To be a success you only have to do a few things right, as long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” The best way I know for investors to be sure they are doing the right things, and protecting against the wrong things, is to get help from a professional. Paul discusses two simple and low cost ways to get professional help. His hope is that the payoff is more money, less risk and greater peace of mind. During the podcast he mentions two sources of advice: garrettplanningnetwork.com and dfaus.com.
In a recent radio conversation with Ken Roberts of Bulls and Bears, Paul discusses compound interest, the best asset classes, small cap value, target date funds, portfolio diversification, calculating retirement distributions, young investors, house swapping and more. You can find articles on all these subjects at http://PaulMerriman.com
In this podcast Paul discusses the historical returns of the S&P 500, large cap value, small cap blend and small cap value. He knows many investors live with the belief they will find an actively managed that will outperform his favorite of the four, small cap value. Three of the most famous investors of all time, Peter Lynch, Bill Miller and Warren Buffet had records that few will ever match. What are the odds these great investors will do it again? But you may find small cap value did almost as well as the three did during the peak of their careers.
In 2011 John Bogle predicted a 7% 10 year growth rate (including dividends) for the S&P 500. In June, 2015 he reduced his prediction to 5%. Now he is predicting a 4% growth rate for the next decade and that doesn’t include mutual fund expenses, taxes or inflation. That might not be unsettling to investors if he didn’t have all the historical info to make his point. In this podcast Paul talks about the steps one might take to improve their return, including one that suggests a 20% return should be easy. In fact, the promotional literature for this service shows how an investor could have turned $5000 into $154,250. Paul suggests there is a safer way to add returns without taking much more risk—and maybe less risk than the S&P by itself.
Paul Merriman and Andrew from The Disciplined Investor discuss some of the basics of investing, psychology and a better understanding of corrections and bear markets.
Paul offers a dozen things every first-time investor should know before they make their first investment. Get these dozen things right and you are almost guaranteed to be a successful investor. Want to know the single best step to becoming a successful long-term investor? Paul shares his suggestion, which includes spending about 2 hours reading what he feels are the most important decisions you will make.