Radio Show #115: Stock index highs (ho-hum, again?)


This may seem like heresy from a former investment advisor, but let’s be clear: Not everyone needs a financial advisor. If you have the interest, the discipline, the time and the intelligence to manage your own financial life, then you should do it!

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That’s what I told Mayer from CA, who wanted to know whether he should fork over $2,500 for a "deep-dive" with a financial advisor and David from Delaware, who is happy managing his money with dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs).

I’m not so sure about Faith, who probably needs a second opinion for her current advisor and Rita, who is trying to figure out whether to get back into the stock market after selling out last fall. I’m guessing that 34 year-old Alex, who has $500K in cash because he is scared of the stock market, might also benefit from working with an advisor. (It’s not that I am anti-cash – after all, I told 77 year-old Paddy to stay put with his money market account, because he self-identified as someone who has a low tolerance for risk.)

We fielded real estate/mortgage pay down questions from Brad in Arkansas, Vanessa in Colorado and Victor in Washington.

Katie asked a slew of questions about her financial life, including what is the appropriate amount and type of life insurance and what are the rules around opening a non-retirement account?

Margie and Kendall weighed in with questions about revocable trusts; and Sandra and Irvin provided me with ample opportunity to rant against variable annuities.

Thanks to everyone who participated and to Mark, the BEST producer in the world. If you have a financial question, there are lots of ways to contact us:

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