This week we are trying something new – we took five questions from listeners and answered them on the podcast. The questions this week range from recent college graduates who are beginning their investment journey to general stock market insights. Tune in to get Blair’s two cents on each personal finance questions.
If you have any questions of your own, please, feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to get them answered.
- “My company is discontinuing the pension; we have the option to roll it into an IRA or move it to a new company who will manage the pension. What is my best option?” [0:55]
What is a pension? [1:20]
What is the pension fund worth vs. what can you get on the open market? [5:28]
- “I just got out of college and am interested in starting to save for retirement. What should I consider?” [6:36]
Getting away from the word “save” [6:59]
Get your financial house in order [7:17]
- Have your 6-month emergency fund in cash, on hand.
- Have no consumer debt (mortgage is fine).
Roth IRA or Roth 401k through work [8:12]
What kind of risk should you take? [9:06}
- “I heard the market is having its worst month since 1931. Should I buy more at a discount or sell and try to get back in at a lower price?” [10:41]
What’s your goal? [11:15]
- Long-term of short-term?
Buy or sell? [12:06]
- “An advisor is recommending an annuity for my mom who just turned 65 – is that the best option?” [15:24]
What is an annuity? [15:38]
- Long-term financial planning [16:21]
“What are all of our required needs?” [17:06]
- Food, medical insurance, living costs, etc.
Is the annuity guaranteed? [20:14]
- “Do I need a trust? I have a husband and a two-year-old; we went to set up a will with a local attorney, and her recommended we move our house and cars into a trust. Is that necessary?” [21:40]
What is a trust? [22:26]
“The same sort of thing can be accomplished in other ways.” [23:08]
- Will, beneficiary, guardianship, etc.
Thanks for tuning in – again, please don’t hesitate to send us your questions; we would be happy to answer them!
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