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.
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?
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 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.
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.
Paul answers these common questions on investing from his readers and listeners. You can find more articles, recommendations and resources – including three FREE “How To Invest” eBooks – at PaulMerriman.com.
2. What is the difference in the risk of each of your portfolios? Why did your portfolios do so poorly last year? (7:18-17:53)
3. Is it possible for a do-it-yourselfer to use a mechanical market timing system, or does it have to be done through a advisor? (17:54-24:34)
4. Why don’t you make DFA recommendations as you do for Vanguard? (24:35-32:29)
5. Is an annuity a good way to save to set up an account for long term care at age 85? (32:30-37:49)
6. Is there such a thing as an ultimate timing system or portfolio? (37:50-45:14)
7. Why do you recommend Dimensional Fund advisors over Vanguard and others? (45:15-1:03:40)
2. Should I move my money from the U.S. Government TSP to your Vanguard funds when I retire? (9:11-15:12)
3. Are all the Vanguard ETFs commission free? (15:13-17:39)
4. How often should I rebalance when I am making monthly contributions? (17:40-22:00)
5. Can’t you have plenty of international exposure with a portfolio of large multi-national U.S, companies, like the S&P 500? (22:02-26:25)
6, I have most of my money in Vanguard Primecap fund. What are your recommendations for how much you should have in one fund? (26:25-35:11)