Six Areas Where I Disagree with Dave Ramsey’s Investing and Retirement Withdrawal Advice

“A good financial planner is going to do more than pick your funds.” –Dave Ramsey Very recently, personal finance guru Dave Ramsey engaged in a heated discussion on Twitter with several financial planners regarding the appropriateness of his investment and retirement withdrawal advice. The questions were (and are) very legitimate ones, namely: Why does Dave […]

An Evaluation of an Indexed Universal Life Insurance Plan

“People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet.” –Temple Grandin After reading this article, if you need more convincing, I perform a second evaluation of an indexed universal life (IUL) policy here. I am almost universally against life insurance that isn’t term based […]

The Four Questions You Should Ask BEFORE Hiring a Financial Planner

“It is not the answer that enlightens but the question.” –Eugene Ionesco Let’s face it. I’m a Certified Financial Planner. I’m trying to convince you that, even if you think that you can do it yourself, it’s not worth the time, effort, energy, and risk to try to find all of the various bits and […]

Is Asset Allocation Just a Form of Market Timing?

“Only liars manage to always be out during bad times and in during good times.” –Bernard Baruch I recently had a reader ask me a question via e-mail: I’m writing regarding the research by Dr. Wade Pfau that suggests that retirees are significantly better off holding only 20% in equities during the first five years […]

What is the Asset You Least Want to Lose?

“By the time I have money to burn, my fire will have burnt out.” –Unknown I was speaking with a friend recently, and this friend bet that I would become bored in retirement. “You’ll go start some other company because you have the entrepreneurial fire burning within you,” my friend said (I paraphrase). “Nope. I’ll […]

Once You’ve Won, Stop Playing the Game!

“All Steve [Schwartzman, Blackstone’s CEO] kept saying throughout breakfast,” my friend told me, “is ‘how the F* is Larry Page worth $15 billion and I’m only worth $3 billion’.” –via James Altucher (source) When people think about how money relates to their personal life goals, they usually go through four stages, which are different from […]