Paul Merriman podcast
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 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.
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.
With all the speculation about the future of fiduciaries, I felt it was time to make some remarks about important differences between those inside and outside the world of commissions. But, as you’ll discover, even a fee-only fiduciary can give terrible advice. Plus, having just spoken at a conference sponsored by a local DFA advisor, I thought it appropriate to take another shot at explaining some of the essential differences between the great Vanguard funds and the sometimes even greater DFA funds.
There are three huge decisions that will likely lead to reaching the “early retirement” goal. Paul discusses why these three decisions are key, and shares stories about those who have been successful in reaching their financial freedom goal. How important is it to have a spouse who has agreed to the challenges of being an aggressive saver? How important is it to find a lifestyle that allows everyone to feel they are not missing anything that is more important than reaching the goal? There are lots of investments that would have worked in the past, but which are the ones most likely to work in the future? This is a good podcast for a couple to listen to together.
If you are one of the millions of people who are considering an insurance product as part of your retirement plan, listen to this! It is hard to believe that an insurance company would ever pay a 12% commission on a million dollar investment if the product promised everything a person could want in retirement, plus a cash bonus. The product promised guaranteed growth, guaranteed protection from loss, guaranteed income for life and a huge cash bonus for signing up. Thanks to Stan the Annuity Man, Paul and a friend found out the real truth behind this product. Before you buy an insurance product as part of your retirement plan, please contact Stan for his free books. Remember, according to Ben Franklin, an education pays the highest dividends. It can also keep you from going broke.