Today, Brian and Bo tackle the risk that you take by sitting on the investment sidelines. They have been fielding a number of questions over the past few months covering this very topic. The moral of this episode is to get started doing something sooner rather than later so that you do not miss out on what the market has to offer.
Today’s show is more of a “life” podcast, giving you the motivation to move ahead and the challenge to believe in yourself. While on vacation last week, Brian read two very interesting books. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and How To Be Like Walt by Pat Williams. These books help us to dream big and believe that you can accomplish those dreams. An individual with passion and the right opportunities can truly change the world.
We are always happy to receive emails from our listeners, and, on this show, Brian shares two different emails, one from someone beginning their financial journey and one from someone who is far enough along in his journey to see the fruits of his labor. The lesson from these listeners is simple: don’t let another day go by without saving for your future. Why are you waiting? Every day that goes by makes it harder to reach your goals. Start today to save and make it a part of your life that is automatic. Every dollar that you put away will help you build an army of soldiers that will work for you in the future.
Downturns over the last 5 years have provided an incredible opportunity to learn core principles about investing. During crisis times, there is a lot of rich material about learning to become a good investor. 2008 was a monumentally historic year for the stock market, but not in a good way. If we could bottle up the feeling we had during the crisis, it would be truly priceless.
When investing in mutual funds, you normally choose between Class A, Class B or Class C. The main difference in these options is the fees that you will be charged and how they are charged. A good way to understand how these fees work is to look at the funds one by one and determine which plan is best for you financially.
Almost everyone has a story about a financial mistake that they made at some point in their lives. These mistakes are some of our best learning moments, and they teach us a lot about how to make good choices in the future. We hope that by sharing our past mistakes with you, we can help you avoid these same mistakes.
The basic key to a good retirement is to save money and earn a decent payback on your investments. However, there are other keys to working this plan, and they involve all stages of life from the early years into your retirement. Earning money and investing it wisely is not the only thing to consider. According to an article from CNN Money, there are 6 important secrets to having your dream retirement.
Although life insurance may be a morbid discussion, it can be a very important piece of your financial plan. Rates can be very affordable, even for people in their 40’s and 50’s. We believe that it is important to educate yourself by doing your homework and getting a good understanding of what you are buying. Remember that your family is dependent on your income, and it will make such a difference in the lives of those you may leave behind.
The look and feel of the personal financial planner is changing. No longer is an office surrounded by mahogany and crown moldings the only choice. Some of today’s financial planners are much more laid back and casual, but maintain the same level of expertise and financial knowledge. The internet offers many choices for a planner as well, and it’s up to you to decide based on your needs and goals what will work best for you.
Now that Christmas is over, remember that it is not about the gift itself but about the thought that went into it. With our New Year's resolutions right around the corner, we decided to share some Money-Guy insights with our listeners. Sometimes age changes how we look at life and financial planning. It’s so important to enjoy the smaller things in life. Here are some keys we feel are important to remember.
The Christmas season is quickly approaching, and, in our office, the Michael Buble holiday Pandora channel has been playing nonstop (we are using the wireless speaker purchased on Black Friday) to help us get ready for the holidays...
Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We certainly did and, as expected, ate way more that we should have! With the end of the year quickly approaching, we thought we would share some planning strategies you may want to begin thinking about as we close down 2012. From investment planning to tax planning, the end of the year is always a great time to put the ‘finishing touches’ on making sure your financial house is in order.
Now that the Presidential election of 2012 is behind us, what will the future hold? Democrats and Republicans are currently deeply divided. With the victory for the President, our hopes are that he will use his re-election to help the country heal and find compromise.
For many parents out there, one of the biggest concerns is providing their children with a college education. We have done shows in the past about the benefits of 529 savings plans and, in today's show, we revisit this topic and update you guys on the best plans of 2012.
It is a great thing in life when you do good work for people, and good things turn around and happen to you. We started this podcast because we have a passion to share free advice for the "do-it-yourselfers" out there who need straight-forward, honest advice. In turn, we have not only transformed many of those listeners into clients, but we have also been fortunate enough to connect with others in the podcast and blogging community. In today's show, we share some of the thoughts and research from members of the blogging world who we truly value having a supportive relationship with.
America is a country that is addicted to addiction. From Oprah to Dr. Phil, everywhere we turn there is fascination with the negativity surrounding alcoholism, overeating, overspending, etc. What you don’t hear a lot about are addictions that can have a positive impact on your life. In today’s show, we focus on a positive addiction to get you excited about being addicted to saving!
That’s right. We’re bringin’ simple back...again! Our 2009 show, Bringin' Simple Back, was one of our most popular shows to date, so today we are re-releasing this show to remind our listeners to keep it simple. Lately we have been reminded that, regardless of complicated economic situations, simple is often better. Though it has been over three years since we recorded this podcast, it is incredible to see that with all of the changes in the economy since 2009, the information in this show is still very relevant.
Truly successful people are those who consistently do well in many different areas of life. There are actually patterns that successful people follow in order to reach their goals. In today's show, we share some traits and skills of highly effective people as well as some Money-Guy tips to apply all of this to your financial lives.
We have all heard that patience is a virtue. But did you know that you can actually get paid for being patient? In today's show, we share some data that reveals just what a plan and a little patience can do for your portfolio returns.
Bill Gross is someone we respect greatly and we have been following his career for years. He co-founded Pacific Investment Management and runs the world's largest bond mutual fund, PIMCO Total Return. He recently released an Investment Outlook piece, titled Cult Figures, and we wanted to share our opinion on his thoughts in today's show.
The year is halfway over and it's time for us to share our reflections of the year so far and what we are looking at going forward. At the end of each quarter, we send quarterly reports to our clients accompanied by our commentary on the financial world. Check out today's show for some highlights from this quarter's commentary that we wanted to share with our Money-Guy family.
With mortgage rates at record lows, a trending topic is refinancing and strategies for paying (or not paying) off your mortgage. In today’s show, we highlight some of the pros and cons of the various options for homeowners.
Tipping someone for the service they are providing is meant to be a token of appreciation for a job well done. However, every time you turn around, there are tip jars making it very confusing as to when you should tip and how much. Listen to today's show for our insights and experiences as someone handing out the tips as well as the perspective of one who has worked to increase their tips in the service industry.
Many investors are looking for a hot, flavor-of-the-week investment tactic to bring them success. With a long-term outlook, though, it is important to develop a sensible investing strategy that will withstand the test of time. In today's show, we cover some timeless retirement planning and business tips to help you reach your goals.
As technology advances and the way we communicate, shop, and live becomes more automated, identity theft is also on the rise. In today's show, we cover ways you can prevent it from happening to you and what you should do if it does.
The trending topic in the investment world is the fact that Facebook is going public. With the IPO date quickly approaching, we focus today’s show on the ins and outs of initial public offerings and what happens when companies don’t live up to the hype. An IPO is the first sale of a stock by [...]
As many of you know, Bo is getting married in less than two months, so his upcoming wedding has been a hot and heavy topic around our office. We feel that Bo is a little naive about marriage and financial expectations, so picking on him has provided a lot of entertainment for the rest of us lately. In today's show, we thought we would let you guys in on the fun and talk about the biggest financial mistakes couples make as well as some of the financial benefits that come along with marriage.
The average shopper may blindly pay retail price for their goods. The average investor may make rookie investment choices that cost them dearly. But Money-Guy listeners are anything but average when it comes to financial matters. In today's show, we talk about the rewards involved with being an above-average shopper and investor.
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