Bad Investor Behavior Again Causes Financial Harm

When U.S. stocks, as measured by the S&P 500 index, fell 13.52% in 2018’s fourth quarter, many felt like the market was in the midst of a major collapse. And their behavior showed it. In December alone, U.S. investors pulled … Continue reading

Episode #13: Deconstructing Variable Annuities & Why Commissions Drive Their Sale

If you listened to Episode #12, you heard the rundown on just about every type of annuity except the variable annuity. So what exactly is involved in a variable annuity? Why is it almost like a four-letter word to so many in the retirement community? Kevin will give you the details on what these annuities do, what you should look out for, and if there ever truly is a reason you would want to invest in one. Continue reading

Episode #12: Behind The Curtain Of Annuities And Free Steak Dinners

Have you ever received an invitation to attend a steak dinner seminar event to learn about a financial product? Were you pitched an annuity? This is a popular phenomenon in the financial advising world and it’s one that drives Kevin a little crazy. Join us on this episode as we take a peek behind the annuity curtain and talk about what’s really happening at these free steak dinners. Continue reading

The Myth of No-Cost Fixed Annuities

Some financial salespeople tout annuities as a better way to protect and grow your money. They’ll often say things like ‘no cost’ or ‘stock-market-like returns’ neither of which are true. Even smart people can get caught up in the hype. … Continue reading

Understanding Mutual Fund Total Costs

Costs matter. Whether you’re buying a car or selecting an investment strategy, the costs you expect to pay are likely to be an important factor in making any major financial decision. People rely on different information about costs to help … Continue reading