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2017 Portfolio performance plus your questions answered

1/10/2018
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Paul briefly discusses the recent MarketWatch article, “4 simple and effective ways to help a young person get a jump on retirement” and continues with consideration of 2017 performance of the Vanguard, Fidelity, T Rowe Price, Schwab, TD Ameritrade mutual fund and ETF portofolios recommended at his site, including his favorite. He then turns to how to build the Ultimate Buy and […]

Duration: 00:52:01


What you should know about 2017 returns

1/3/2018
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DON’T LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST if you don’t like numbers. Many unexpected things happened in 2017. To understand them it’s important to look at the numbers. This discussion includes a comparison of large cap, small cap, growth, value, U.S. and international asset class returns. There is also a comparison of 1- and 15-year returns for […]

Duration: 00:46:27


What I think about Bitcoin and my 12 projects for 2018

12/27/2017
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This podcast presents plans for 12 major projects for 2018 by The Merriman Financial Education Foundation. They include fund selection for self-directed 401k plans, new 401k plans, more studies on the long-term impact of saving to retirement, answering more of your questions, teaching more young people about sound investing and interviewing some of the industry’s […]

Duration: 00:33:27


What to do about bonds?

12/20/2017
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What to do about bonds is probably the most common question I get from investors. In some ways it is the simplest of investment decisions but it can be made difficult due to emotional hurdles. In this podcast Paul reviews several past articles on bonds. Here are the links to those articles: “Why bonds are […]

Duration: 00:33:41


10 things you should know about small cap value

12/13/2017
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Small cap value continues to be an asset class that Paul recommends for all investors. Of course, for retired investors it may be a very small part as their position in equities is low. For first-time investors following Paul and Chris’ target date fund recommendations, the super-charged asset class may take up the entire portfolio. […]

Duration: 00:44:33


8 Great Investment Questions and Answers

12/6/2017
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Following are Paul’s answers to some great investing questions. Sometimes he needs to ask a question before he can answer your question, so please include your phone number in your “Ask Paul” questions sent to info@paulmerriman.com Also, keep in mind that due to the number of emails received, Paul can only answer a portion of them, […]

Duration: 00:57:02


34 ways to get more out of your 401k

11/29/2017
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For more than 90% of working adults, the most important investment decision is how to invest their 401k, 457, 403b or IRA. Each of the 34 points in this podcast addresses a way that is likely to produce better returns. In this podcast Paul mentions several articles: How to Turn $3000 into $50 Million, 30 Reasons to […]

Duration: 01:01:22


Is it time to get more conservative? And 9 more interesting questions…

11/22/2017
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On November 18, 2017, Paul spoke to 170 investors. Some were clients of Merriman Wealth Management and others followers of Paul’s online educational efforts. The following 10 questions were left to answer in a special podcast. 1. This bull market duration is unusually long. Is it time to get more conservative? 2. Is the next […]

Duration: 00:54:26


12 Answers to Investor Questions

11/15/2017
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Paul answers 12 questions from his readers and listeners concerning REITS, bonds, gold, investment risks, portfolio management, asset class allocation and emerging markets: 1. Is it a good idea to own both U.S. and international REITs? 5:45 2. Should REIT percentages change if we buy real estate? 8:55 3. How much should we invest in bonds […]

Duration: 00:54:29


Lessons learned at AAII Conference

11/8/2017
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The AAII (American Association of Individual Investors) Conference was a treasure trove of investment history and advice for amateur investors. In fact, Paul felt a lot of the information should be meaningful to professionals as well. Paul was impressed with the presentations from Meb Faber, Larry Swedroe, Dr. Craig Israelsen and Mark Hulbert. The one thing that all four […]

Duration: 00:28:18


Introducing The Merriman Ultimate Target-Date Portfolios

11/1/2017
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Chris Pedersen joins Paul to talk about their latest research on getting better returns from Target-Date portfolios. The discussion includes the pros and cons of Target-Date Funds (TDFs), how to make the best use of TDFs, recommendations for D-I-Y investors at Vanguard, and the easy solutions they created at Motif for those following Paul’s work. To enable investors interested in […]

Duration: 01:12:56


What’s wrong with target date funds?

10/18/2017
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Target-Date Funds are the most important financial product since mutual funds were first offered in 1924. With pensions a thing of the past, target-date funds should be the investment of choice because they are the most likely path to financial independence for most investors. Unfortunately, many target-date funds lack the appropriate fire power to super […] The post What’s wrong with target date funds? appeared first on Paul Merriman.

Duration: 00:26:26


How to Avoid the 20 Most Common Investment Mistakes Retirees Make

10/11/2017
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Warren Buffett says, “You only have to do a very few things right in your life, so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” Yes, there are only a few things you have to do right… but the list of possible mistakes is long. Here are 20 common mistakes that can make a […] The post How to Avoid the 20 Most Common Investment Mistakes Retirees Make appeared first on Paul Merriman.

Duration: 00:45:23


15 Risks of Managing Your Money

10/11/2017
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Risk is not limited to the pain of a big bear market. Sometime a risk can be a mistake of omission rather than commission. Join Paul to learn about 15 real investment risks that need to be managed. Watch this podcast in video format The post 15 Risks of Managing Your Money appeared first on Paul Merriman.

Duration: 00:37:44


20 Steps to Double Income During Retirement

10/11/2017
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Even a couple of the 20 steps will give you more money to enjoy life in retirement and will increase what you leave to children and charities. The post 20 Steps to Double Income During Retirement appeared first on Paul Merriman.

Duration: 00:36:20


20 Money-Losing Myths

10/11/2017
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Risk is not limited to the pain of a big bear market. Sometime risk can be a mistake of omission rather than commission. Join Paul to learn about 15 real investment risks that need to be managed. Watch this podcast in video format The post 20 Money-Losing Myths appeared first on Paul Merriman.

Duration: 00:55:23


10 Investment Guarantees Every Investor Should Know

10/11/2017
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This piece was produced for my 2012 “Financial Fitness After 50” PBS contributors premium package. Investors are challenged by what forces are controllable and what forces are out of their control. At a minimum investors should make sure they take advantage of the forces that are under their control. In this video Paul discusses 10 […] The post 10 Investment Guarantees Every Investor Should Know appeared first on Paul Merriman.

Duration: 00:53:07


How did the Best-in-Class ETF portfolio do?

10/4/2017
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Paul compares the asset class returns of his recommendations with the average returns of the same asset class funds. An understanding of the last 9 months may or may not give you a peek into the future performance of these ETF selections. He also discusses holding emergency money in a money market account or just […] The post How did the Best-in-Class ETF portfolio do? appeared first on Paul Merriman.

Duration: 00:40:57


Evidence that could derail the value vs. growth debate

9/27/2017
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“When I see a title that addresses the value vs. growth issue, you’ve got my attention,” says Paul. “A new article by Dr. Craig L. Israelsen titled, This piece of evidence could derail the growth vs. value debate, opened my eyes to the huge differences similar indices earn over similar periods of time. From his findings, it is easy […] The post Evidence that could derail the value vs. growth debate appeared first on Paul Merriman.

Duration: 00:37:10


Our 401k Project and answers to investor questions

9/13/2017
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In this fun conversation between two old friends and colleagues, Tom Cock of Vestory.com and Paul discuss their 401k Project, John Bogel, and answers to listener/investor questions about newsletters, currency, IRAs, annuities and more. Tom and Paul produced a radio show together for more than a decade. You can also access Vestory’s free video courses on “Real […] The post Our 401k Project and answers to investor questions appeared first on Paul Merriman.

Duration: 00:52:08

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