#217 Are Your Kids Bleeding You Dry?


Our guest - financial planner, author and speaker Jonathan Pond - worries that millions of Boomer generation parents have indulged their children, at their own expense. Jonathan, a pioneer in bringing low-cost, personalized money guidance to Americans, says that some greedy children have become "rapacious consumers of their parents’ money" OUCH!

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Jonathan also notes that the financial services industry in general, and the insurance business in particular, thrives on obfuscation. He warns that "if it can’t be explained to you in one sentence, don’t buy it…if you can’t get out of the investment without penalty within a few days or a week, be leery of it…stick to simple, understandable products".

And here's a simple product: Jonathan's SmartPlanner financial literacy tool, which costs $40--the equivalent of 5 bourbons at the cheap bars, where Producer Mark drinks!

In honor of the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (Go Upstart!), our first caller was John from Louisville, who's wife will be retiring shortly and has to make a pension election.

At age 63, Steve wants to know whether his retirement plan is on track and Chris asked about investing $25,000 on behalf of his famous daughter, who won the JIF Peanut Butter "Most Creative Sandwich Contest" in 2012. (Check out her recipe!)

Aaron asked about consolidating retirement accounts; Mark weighed in diversification; Mary asked about the safety of a couple of different financial institutions; Colette is just starting her retirement investing plan; Chris is considering entering the financial services industry; and Al and his wife are not sure whether or not they need a trust.

Thanks to everyone who participated and to Mark, the BEST producer in the world. (You can check out Mark's story on Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach here.) If you have a financial question, there are lots of ways to contact us:

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