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Talking Real Money - Investing Talk
16 minutes | a day ago
Financial Fee Fury
A new listener is outraged at the fee structure of fee-only investment advisors. Don addresses his concerns.
23 minutes | 2 days ago
Another Q&A Friday
Don answers five of your questions on:How should mom invest a small windfall for a more comfortable retirement?What is the difference between a bond mutual fund and a bond ETF?A "financial advisor" recommends an annuity or universal life. Is the a better idea?How can she avoid having her mortgage sold to Wells Fargo?Sell a house that needs a lot of work now or fix it and sell it later?
23 minutes | 3 days ago
Is 60/40 Dead Yet?
Reports of the 60/40 portfolios death have been grossly exaggerated. Seriously? What are the alternatives to bonds in a well-diversified portfolio?Then we takes questions about:Differences between US vs international bond investing?Which Fidelity funds to use in a self-directed retirement account?
16 minutes | 4 days ago
Sell in May? Go Away.
"Sell in May and go away." Wall Street has been saying this for decades based on the believe that summers have been bad for equities. What are the facts?Plus, we share the tale of dumber investment than GameStop, a tiny $100 million New Jersey deli.
39 minutes | 5 days ago
The Realities of Berkshire Hathaway
We start with a special YouTube channel update.Then, we talk a bit about Buffett. Is he the best stock picker ever, just lucky, or something else?Listeners ask questions about Roth IRAs and tax-efficient mutual funds.We discuss Tom's $43 dollar hamburger order.Caller want to know when to start converting a portfolio to retirement cash and whether to use ETFs in tax-advanr=taged accounts.
36 minutes | 6 days ago
Retiring Early? Why?
Survey's show that record numbers of older American's plan on retiring early. Do you have a plan for both the money and the life you want to live.Plus, YouTube ban's Talking Real Money's video feed for no apparent reason. Still waiting for a resolution.What's up with Warren Buffetr's Berkshire Hathaway? Is it really doing badly?Will Amazon rule the world of retail (and more)? Many years ago another company had a similar reputation.Plus, we take some listener questions.
10 minutes | 8 days ago
Trampled by YouTube
Why was Talking Real Money banned from YouTube? We have no clue. Do they believe that talking about cryptocurrencies will somehow incite violence? We are truly baffled. So, here is the latest on our battle with this giant division of Google and a plea for you help.Please ask the Google CEO to look into this by sending him an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks.
6 minutes | 8 days ago
Best Way to Balance Portfolio
Don takes a question about the best way to allocate Paul Merriman's 10-fund portfolio.Plus, he shares the story of YouTube's inexplicable takedown of our first video podcast and cancellation of our "Talking Real Money" YouTube channel.
30 minutes | 9 days ago
NEW: Tom, Don, and Paul
Watch the video on Vimeo or at talkingrealmoney.com.Welcome the first episode of something new.After working together for many years, Paul Merriman, Tom Cock and Don McDonald are teaming up for a new audio/video podcast every two weeks. The audio podcasts will become a part of both the Talking Real Money and Sound Investing podcast feeds.In episode one, we share of thoughts and opinions about the various crytocurrencies like BitCoin and discuss the technology behind it.
19 minutes | 10 days ago
Disciplined Buying and Selling
Proper rebalancing is more important than ever, but it needs to involve both buying and selling.Plus, another listener has a beef about our advice to shop for insurance.
14 minutes | 11 days ago
Social Security Q&A
Tom and Don answer common questions about Social Security.Plus, a listener is looking for our favorite small cap fund.
36 minutes | 12 days ago
Hottest Consumer Scam
One of the biggest problems people have is our belief that we can get everything we want. This is true for investing and romance.Then, lots of questions and comments:How to choose a mortgage lenderYou can move directly between a Vanguard fund and its ETF.We are chewed out for our insurance shopping advice.Are muni bond gains taxable?Why don't we talk more about retirement lifestyles?A real estate agent shares his perspective on mortgage lenders.Does it make sense to use Roth IRA money to buy a second house.
36 minutes | 13 days ago
Stocks Hot. Now What?
We may be nearing peak insanity in almost every financial markets. So, now what should you do with your money?Plus, we take a lot of calls:Starting over and wondering whether to buy a house or invest.A long-term 100% stock investor nears $3 million. It is time for bonds?As she nears retirement, what should be done with 401k?Why is one international fund doing better than another?How to invest for retirement in your 30s?
8 minutes | 15 days ago
Why Not Berkshire?
On today's QQRR, Don takes a question about the differences between Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and total market index funds.
19 minutes | 16 days ago
A Big Day for Q&A
This is a great problem to have. Too many questions piling up. So, today Don dives into a bunch of them:Does it make sense to convert an elderly woman's IRA into a Roth for beneficiaries?A guy tries to pitch his friend on the benefits of Primerica.Does it makes sense to have earthquake insurance?What is a good tax efficient fund?What should be done with an actively managed Fidelity fund that is paying out lots of gains.
18 minutes | 17 days ago
Be an Imperturable Investor
There is a powerful case for financial stoicism. As an investor there is very little we can control, so it pays to concentrate on those and ignore all of those things over which you have no power.A caller is heartbroken over a delayed investment.Missing the best 10 days and you missed a lot. What about missing the 10 worst days?
23 minutes | 18 days ago
More Than Just Investing
In addition to helping you invest better, we also want to help you spend less (while still enjoying life to its fullest).Why do we talk about bonds being risky?Jim Rogers is (perpetually) bearish. What should investor do?
37 minutes | 19 days ago
Just Making It Worse
Whatever the markets have done tell you nothing about what they will do. So, stop trying to guess the future. You'll just make it worse.Is an ultra-short-term bond fund as safe a money market fund?Do US debt levels make us nervous?Investing overseas makes even more sense.Why are speculators believeing Hertz?How much is a katrillion?The wrong question gets asked...again.How many countries back their currency with gold?
37 minutes | 20 days ago
Investing Your Conscience
We discuss the growth of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing. Is it something you want and how much should it cost.As part of an effort to reduce the hodgepodge, which agrressive growth index funds make sense.We take a call about the world's preminent gag cryptocurrency, Dogecoin.Are there any drawbacks to using bond ETFs?What should be done with financial gifts to grandchildren?Where should $100K be parked for 18 months?
7 minutes | 22 days ago
QQRR: Need a Bigger Umbrella?
In a possible new weekend edition of Talking Real Money, Don takes on a single question:This episode he explores the question of liability insurance. Do higher net worth individuals need greater coverage to protect themselves from torts?
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