A personal finance and investing podcast on money, how it works, how to invest it and how to live without worrying about it. J. David Stein is a former Chief Investment Strategist and money manager. For close to two decades, he has been teaching individuals and institutions how to invest and handle their finances in ways that are simple to understand. More info at moneyfortherestofus.com
Why respected investors and economists believe India will be the fastest growing economy and potentially best-performing stock market over the next two decades. What are the risks that could prevent that from happening?
Here are precautions we can take to avoid ponzi schemes and not become victim to investment fraud. Thanks to LinkedIn and Sleep Number for sponsoring the episode.[0:17] Personal stories surrounding fraudulent investment schemes.[2:38] The importance of authentic registration.[4:28] Who you are working with, and what are they promising?[6:34] Registered securities and registered investment companies.[8:41] Disclosing information properly when being compensated.[12:07] Deciphering performance clai...more
How the increase in indexing is leading to the creation of more stock indexes, most of which are used by active managers. How more indexing makes it more difficult for active managers to outperform even though managers are getting more skilled. Thanks to TripActions and WIX for sponsoring the episode.[0:22] Definition of “alpha.”[0:49] Why there are so many indexes available.[4:35] The business of indexing.[7:01] The criteria that index providers use.[8:04] The cost of change in the index.[...more
Why an inverted yield curve is disconcerting given such low interest rates. Why those low rates could lead to radical central bank policies during the next recession. Thanks to Policy Genius and Blinkist for sponsoring the episode.[0:23] Yield curve inversion has generally led to a recession.[3:00] Stock market behavior during a recession.[5:19] Why has the yield curve inverted?[7:04] Understanding who controls and defines the policy rate[14:42] Why can’t the economy support higher interest rate...more
#245 With more and more college degrees being granted and higher student loan balances, when does it make sense to go to a highly selective college or to college at all? What can increase earnings more than just having college degree? Thanks to TripActions and Shipstation for sponsoring the episode.[0:17] The price paid by parents for their children’s prestigious degrees.[3:28] David’s college experience.[5:14] Does ambition or a selective school earn more?[7:44] The influence of family backgrou...more
#244 How we can use filters to better manage how much we spend and make sure our spending has a meaningful impact on ourselves and the world. Thanks to EveryPlate and LinkedIn for sponsoring the episode.[0:16] The FIRE movement and how much you need to retire early.[1:23] What are we supposed to be seeking?[3:23] How do we define the “bare necessities?”[8:58] The superfluous things in life are what we spend our money on.[11:12] Finding joy vs. chasing pleasure.[13:51] Skills to reduce spending i...more
#243 What are the key metrics to determine if you have reached financial independence and can retire early. How major stock market losses can derail early retirement plans and what to do about it. Thanks to Sleep Number and Blinkist for sponsoring the episode.[0:19] Interview opportunity with Suze Orman.[1:15] FIRE: Financially Independent Retire Early.[2:06] Suze’s response to the FIRE movement.[3:36] Controversy over the motives driving FIRE.[6:42] Understanding the math of early retirement.[1...more
#242. Does it make financial sense to buy Berkshire Hathaway stock and let Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger manage your money? We evaluate Berkshire Hathaway's people, investment process and performance to determine what to do. Thanks to ShipStation and The Great Courses Plus for sponsoring the episode.[00:19] Berkshire Hathaway as a money manager.[1:49] Looking at the people to determining who to hire as a money manager.[3:37] What is the succession plan of the founding partners?[5:57] Berkshi...more
#241 Why modern monetary theory isn't worried about federal budget deficits, why budget deficits never go away and what are the risks if budget deficits get too large. We also explore what else proponents of modern monetary theory believe.[0:22] What is Modern Monetary Theory?[3:20] Taxes create demand for fiat money.[5:32] Taxes and government bonds don’t finance the federal government.[8:56] Budget deficits increase the net financial assets of theprivate sector.[13:16] Taxes destroy money.[13:...more
#240 What Henry David Thoreau can teach us about calculating costs, profits, benefits and living a life free of "quiet desperation." Thanks to Blinkist and LinkedIn for sponsoring the episode.0:23] Moving into a new house and considering the simplicity of Thoreau.[2:34] Preserving Ralph Waldo Emerson’s woods.[5:15] A two-year experiment living in the woods.[6:32] Calculating cost in terms of our life.[8:37] Distinguishing profit by the benefits.[10:59] Living in the present.[15:24] Usi...more
#239 Why successful trading of commodities futures, foreign currencies and options depends on exploiting novice traders. Thanks to Molekule and Sleep Number for sponsoring this episode.[0:20] Learning how to trade.[4:52] David takes a look at a trading school for himself.[9:15] Red flags in the trade school learning process.[10:32] Common mistakes in managing wealth according to the trade school.[16:29] Is the solution found in only trading and shunning the stock market?[19:48] The patented appr...more
#238 How the U.S. mortgage market differs from the Danish mortgage market. Danish mortgage rates and defaults are lower than the U.S.. and unlike the U.S., the Danish government is not involved in protecting investors against mortgage defaults. This episode also explores how the mortgage broker industry has evolved since the housing crash. Thanks to ShipStation and The Great Courses Plus for sponsoring the episode.[0:23] The socialist catastrophe of Venezuela[1:42] Who is the most socialist in h...more
#237 What can we learn from the difficulties the UK is having in negotiating an exit from the European Union. What happens next? Why there is always a conflict between globalization and national sovereignty. Thanks to LinkedIn, Blinkist and The Great Courses Plus for sponsoring the episode.[0:32] Update on Brexit since the British Parliament Vote.[1:20] Basic Principles of Brexit.[3:58] The problem of the Irish border.[10:35] Debate over the withdrawal agreement leads to the current r...more
#236 How heuristics, filters and reasonable stories help us cope with radical uncertainty and make investment decisions. Thanks to Netsuite and The Great Courses Plus for sponsoring the episode.[0:17] Investing is a world of radical uncertainty.[1:57] Risk vs. uncertainty.[6:01] Coping through the use of narrative.[10:39] Using filters to keep ourselves from being overwhelmed.[12:48] Staying shy of the consensus and “phantastic” objects.[16:04] Learning to tell ourselves reasonable stories....more
#235 How to evaluate the purchase of a depreciating asset, such as buying a house in Japan where prices have declined 23 out of the past 29 years. Thanks to The Great Courses Plus, LinkedIn and Sleep Number for sponsoring the episode.[0:20] Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic formula for dealing with a housing bubble.[2:33] Making the decision to purchase a second home.[5:31] Japan’s declining housing market.[13:10] Another quirk of the Japanese house: it’s freezing.[20:28] Should we imitate...more
#234 How and when to use passive indexing strategies without following the crowd. Thanks to Masterworks and Sleep Number for sponsoring the episode.[2:25] Do all index investment followers herd?[4:13] Why it has taken so long for indexing to become established.[11:05] Comparing the statistic of active management to passive management.[16:14] Keeping your portfolio diverse while indexing.[19:54] Example of a return driver outside of indexing.[24:54] Steps to take to keep from following the herd.
#233 What is the cause of the economic crisis in Argentina and how likely is it that other developing nations will experience a similar financing crisis. Thanks to Policy Genius for sponsoring the episode.
#232 Why investing in commodities such as oil and gold is challenging. What you need to know before you invest. Thanks to New Retirement Planner for sponsoring the episode.[0:18] Where do commodities help us in the economic cycle?[2:00] How to interpret the apparent statistical decline in commodities.[5:40] Are master limited partnerships (MLPs) helpful to your portfolio?[8:19] How the energy transition will affect the future of commodity investment.[11:43] Contango and how it affects the perfor...more
#231 Why different occupations pay differently or even the same occupation in different countries. Why the same occupation can pay differently for different companies that reside in the same city.[0:12] A bit of background on today’s question for Money For the Rest of Us[2:28] Why do certain occupations pay more than others?[11:36] Wages vary from county to country - here’s why[20:09] Even jobs in the same city pay different wages, and there’s a good reason behind it[25:52] You can do a few thin...more
#230 With RealtyShares and other crowdfunding platforms shutting down, should you invest on these platforms and if so how do you go about evaluating the investment opportunities. Thanks to Policy Genius for sponsoring the episode.
#229 Why modern portfolio theory is a defective way to build out an investment portfolio. This episode explains a better approach to asset allocation.[0:11] What is modern portfolio theory?[4:29] There are many downfalls to relying on this theory while investing[7:05] We should prepare for the worst possible outcome when investing, not the average positive outcome[14:08] The true goal of investing should be about “minimizing your maximum regret in the meta-game”[18:34] There isn’t the best “righ...more
#228 How distributed ledger technology and tokenized assets will increase liquidity, transparency and fractionalization, allowing investors to purchase very small, liquid positions in real estate, private companies, art and other assets. Thanks to LinkedIn for sponsoring the episode.[0:12] Stocks ownership used to be tied to paper certificates, but there’s a problem with electronic records as well[10:00] Proxy voting in trading can lead to complicated issues that are almost impossible to so...more
#227 Here are four most important things to teach children about money and why showing is better than telling when it comes to kids and money. Thanks to CNote for sponsoring this episode.[2:58] Here’s how you can start teaching children about money[5:30] #1 - The right attitude about money comes with a balance of respect, understanding, and trust[8:40] #2 - Healthy relationships with money come with accountability and choice[11:38] #3 - Money is tied to work[20:25] #4 - Avoid the wrong kinds of ...more
#226 What are the characteristics of an asset bubble and how to invest when one exists. Are cannabis stocks in a bubble? Thanks to Blinkist and Policy Genius for sponsoring this episode.[0:10] Is the cannabis industry in an asset bubble right now?[4:41] Public conversation is often a sign of an asset bubble[8:19] Hopeful assumptions are often what drive an asset bubble environment[13:24] Tesla can be considered an example of a micro-bubble[21:57] You can handle an asset bubble in a variety of wa...more
#225 How to evaluate interest rate risk, credit risk and other factors when investing in bonds. Thanks to Sleep Number for sponsoring the episode.[0:11] Predicting interest rates can be tough - here are some things to consider[4:28] What determines the rate of return if you invest in bonds or fixed income securities?[7:00] Bond prices fluctuate as interest rates change[15:30] Data on default rates for bonds and other investment strategies[19:40] Consider this before deciding whether or not to ho...more
#224 How to position your investment portfolio based on market cycles. Investing principles from Howard Marks' new book Mastering the Market Cycle. Thanks to CNote and LinkedIn and for sponsoring today's episode.[0:11] Howard Marks’ new book is the inspiration for this episode of Money For the Rest of Us[7:13] The first tool in learning how to invest during a market cycle[11:49] The second tool in learning how to invest during a market cycle[18:00] Successful investing involves a mix of ski...more
#223 How commission free ETFs, mobile apps and zero fee index funds make it easier to invest if you have little money. What are some examples of commission fee ETFs and funds for Vanguard, Fidelity, Robinhood and TD Ameritrade. Thanks to Blinkist for sponsoring this episode.Episode Chronology[0:14] Here’s how to invest when you have little money[4:26] How do brokerage firms make money if they don’t charge commissions? [11:37] What happens to investments if a brokerage firm goes bankrupt?<...more
#222 How asymmetric information, price discrimination and the stories we tell ourselves contribute to artificial profits and income inequality. Thanks to CNote for sponsoring today's episode. [0:20] Rents, overpayments, and income inequality are all side effects of market distortions[8:55] Value-based pricing vs pricing based solely on cost[17:13] Pricing is inextricably tied to the stories we tell about ourselves and to others[22:30] Consumers need to consider these 4 things when evaluating the...more
#221 How the Great Financial Crisis changed how individuals and institutions invest, and why we shouldn't invest solely focused on the next crisis. Thanks to CNote for sponsoring today's episode.[0:40] Overview of how the 2008 financial crisis continues to impact investing today[6:48] Data on current investments and the stock market[8:40] How you invest depends on your experience in the 2008 crisis[11:41] Future investing is enveloped in big questions and unknown variables[16:10] The great finan...more
#220 How to evaluate cash savings options at banks, credit unions and brokerage firms. Why are yields on cash savings so much higher than a few years ago. How to tell if your bank or credit union is in experiencing financial difficulties. Thank you to Blinkist for sponsoring this week's episode.[0:10] All about banks, credit unions, and the pros and cons of cash savings[4:47] How can banks and credit unions become financially unstable?[14:25] The Federal Reserve is setting a new short term ...more
#219 How fewer publicly traded companies, less stock shares outstanding and more intangible assets have led to higher earnings growth for U.S. listed companies and ultimately stronger stock market performance. Thanks to Circle Invest for sponsoring today's episode.[0:08] Observations on the current state of the US stock market[4:01] What if there’s something going on within the US market that suggests continued outperformance is coming?[7:23] Why the number of publicly listed companies, particul...more
#218 What are the headwinds facing China that could slow economic growth, but still could lead to China growing faster than the U.S. Also, what is going on with Turkey and are other emerging market countries vulnerable to the same plight? Thanks to Circle Invest for sponsoring today's episode.[1:07] Is China or the US more vulnerable to economic downturn?[4:55] Why have emerging markets done so poorly recently?[8:51] The concept of balance of payment is reviewed and examined in a case study of T...more
#217 Which rebalancing strategy is best or should we even bother rebalancing? Should we just exit stocks completely, especially given how overvalued the U.S. stock market it is? And why do companies split their stocks? In this episode, we answer these and other listener questions.
#216 Why peer-to-peer lending on platforms like Lending Club and Upstart is no place for individuals to invest given higher defaults, lower returns and competition from institutional investors. Thanks to Circle Invest for sponsoring today's episode.Episode Chronology[1:04] There are a lot of issues going on with the global P2P lending market[5:34] How the P2P lending environment has changed over the past few years[11:24] Why advertised returns are higher than actual returns[15:35] How are t...more
#215 Will stagflation cause the dollar to crash and be a bottomless pit when the next recession hits? That is what Peter Schiff is predicting. We look at where he is right and where he seems to be off the mark when it comes to the U.S. economy and a dollar collapse. Thanks to Haven Life and Wunder Capital for sponsoring today's episode.Episode Chronology[0:33] Is a dollar collapse imminent? [3:07] Economic expansions don’t die of old age[5:22] How tariffs and imports impact the US economy[1...more
#214 How the foreign exchange market works and how George Soros made more than a $1 billion shorting the British pound in 1992. Why currency trading today is more like gambling than when Soros made his billions. Why trading closed end funds can be more profitable than currency trading. Thanks to Wunder Capital and Blooom for sponsoring todays' episode. Use code DAVID on Blooom for your first month free.[0:35] David introduces the listener question for this episode, “Should You Trade Foreign Curr...more
#213 How health insurance isn't really protection against a catastrophic illness but prepayment of routine healthcare consumption, leading to overconsumption of healthcare and over treatment by medical professionals that drive up costs. What would it take to reform the health insurance marketplace so it is more fair and functions more like life insurance or homeowners insurance. Show notes and links can be found here. Thanks to Circle Invest for sponsoring today's episode.
#212 How a complex global trade system has reduced poverty, raised incomes, increased productivity, and lowered prices while a trade war will reverse those trends. You can find show notes and links here. Thanks to Blooom and Wunder Capital for sponsoring this episode.Episode SummaryPresident Trump recently unveiled new tariffs on trade with China, and many fear this decision could lead to a trade war. This 25% tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports into the U.S. and an additional $216 bi...more
#211 Why housing bubbles can last such a long time and what to do if you really want or need to buy a house in a frothy market. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryNavigating a housing bubble is often on everyone’s minds. With changing family needs, balancing multiple incomes, and varying environmental factors, finding a great house is a struggle most families face. On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us, David responds to a listener’s question of how to...more
#210 Why fair markets require uncertainty for both the buyer and the seller, and why sellers don't need to disclose everything they know to the buyer. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Thanks to Wunder Capital for sponsoring this week's episode.Episode SummaryA recent listener of the Money For the Rest of Us podcast posed the question, “Are there always winners and losers when trading?” This question is the focus of this episode of the podcast. David explains an age-old ...more
#209 Is it worth investing outside your home country given the risk? Should you hedge currency risk? What is the impact of Chinese "A" share listed companies being added to emerging market indices. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryShould you be investing internationally? What are the benefits to having foreign stocks in your portfolio? Do the currency risks outweigh potential returns? On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us David considers these questi...more
#208 How a Chinese ban and careless recycling habits by households and businesses led to a market collapse in recyclables. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryThe biggest market crash facing the United States today isn’t entirely economic in nature. It’s actually surrounding the idea of recycling and recyclable goods. Recycling is a service that most communities require and demand. But is it economical? Why has the market crashed in recent months? What are th...more
#207 Why the mega rich don't have magical investing powers, but there are some investing attributes they possess that we can emulate. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryA new listener of Money For the Rest of Us inspired the question for this episode: how do the mega rich invest? Forbes reports that there are 585 billionaires in the US and most of them utilize a family office/professional management structure. But do they have some magical, secret way of mak...more
#206 Why the leveraged loan market (i.e. bank loans) is becoming more risky. What are collateralized loan obligations and how do they influence bank loans. Why I will sell my bank loans fund when the economy turns. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryJust as you need to be “bear aware” when traveling in the backcountry, you also need to be aware of the risks and benefits when investing in asset classes such as bank loans. What may seem harmless on the su...more
#205 If the Federal Reserve has printed over $2 trillion dollar and given it to banks to lend, why is U.S. inflation still low? More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryMany people wonder if the Federal Reserve is really printing money. Varied schools of thought exist behind the value of money, how it gets injected into a country’s economy, and how it impacts the private sector. On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us David offers insights into this complex su...more
#204 How low real interest rates contribute to low returns for stocks and other risk assets. How real interest rates are determined. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryLow investment returns are never the best news for financial investors. On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us, David examines the relationships between real interest rates and investment return, who or what is driving real rates, and offers historical information on previous periods of l...more
#203 How to make better investing and life decisions. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryDavid asks the question, “Is investing more like poker or chess?” on this episode of Money For the Rest of Us in order to help you better understand why investing is inherently unpredictable. The book, “Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts” by Annie Duke inspired this episode. David ponders big ideas such a reflexive vs. deliberati...more
#202 What are the impediments to the mass adoption of electric vehicles. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryOver the past few months David has been traveling across the country and throughout the trip, he’s covered thousands of highway miles and seen countless vehicles. This inspired him to ask the question, “Will my next car be electric?” On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us he outlines how the vehicle market is changing, the benefits of electric veh...more
#201 Why most conventional portfolios make huge and often unintended bets on the stock market. How role based investing can lead to a more balanced portfolio. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryHaving a balanced portfolio is a key to financial success. It offers a secure future and provides a level of security to your day-to-day lifestyle. On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us, David considers the question, “Is your portfolio unbalanced?” A new me...more
#200 Joshua Sheats from the Radical Personal Finance podcast and I discuss our different views regarding the national debt and the severity of the U.S. government fiscal situation. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryNavigating a housing bubble is often on everyone’s minds. With changing family needs, balancing multiple incomes, and varying environmental factors, finding a great house is a struggle most families face. On this episode of Money For the Rest of ...more
#199 How a bank panic led to the creation of the Federal Reserve, and why having diversified sources of money can protect us in case we have a bank panic today and can't get access to our bank deposits. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryAsking the question “What kind of money is it?” may seem a bit unnecessary. Everyone knows what money is, what it does, and why it exists. However, on this episode of Money For The Rest Of Us, David explains the different ty...more
#198 Why save for retirement if capitalism is going to collapse and/or universal basic income will be available. How millennials can lead the next work transition. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryCapitalism, universal basic income, socialism, and artificial intelligence are all tied together in America’s current economy. Today’s millennials are asking big questions about the future of the national economy and what place AI has in the job market. On t...more
#197 Why having less things and activities gives us more freedom and happiness. Why low probability risks are unacceptable if the consequences affect all of us. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryThe inspiration behind this episode came from the idea of the power of local and less, from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Skin in the Game. David discusses the power behind experimenting at the local level in order to avoid systemic risk, as well as why less is more ...more
#196 Why relying on averages is dangerous given our fate is often determined by extreme events and how we react as financial markets, the economy and our own lives evolve. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryAs people age, one of the most common questions asked is “how can I survive financially?” The world is filled with unpredictable markets, unforeseen circumstances, and lifestyle events that may impact your ability to be financially secure. On this episode...more
#195 Why duties and other actions are necessary to address trade disputes, but across the board tariffs are a blunt instrument that can lead to a devastating trade war and global recession. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryWith President Trump recently unveiling new tariffs, many investors and economists are asking the question, “has a trade war begun?” On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us, David Stein explores this idea and explains the new tariff ...more
#194 Four investment lessons from Berkshire Hathaway's fiscal year 2017 Shareholder Letter with additional insights from Howard Marks and Seth Klarman. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryEvery year, Berkshire Hathaway releases a letter written for their shareholders filled with information on their performance, portfolios, and investments. On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us, David digs into the 2017 letter and discusses four investment lessons Warre...more
#193 How planning helps us avoid catastrophic errors while maintaining flexibility and margins of safety allow us to thrive even if our plans don't work out. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode SummaryThere are two sides to the “why plan if life is so unpredictable?” debate that David talks about in this episode of Money For the Rest of Us. Some individuals believe you should plan even though countless variables exist, and others insist on not planning for even the ...more
#192 In this episode we explore scarcity. Artificial scarcity created by laws and real scarcity created by our evolving lifestyles and economy. We'll see that most physical products, with drinking water being an exception, are becoming less scarce while trust and attention are becoming more scarce. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode Summary – Is Anything Scarce Anymore?Scarce goods and services have been a topic of debate since the original intellectual property (I...more
#191 Why interest rates are rising and what could happen to bonds, stocks and the economy if rates returned to more normal levels. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary – Has A Bond Bear Market Begun?On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us, David Stein walks you through the complex idea of a bond bear market. He explains that a market consisting of losses of 20% or more are considered a bear market type loss and that this type of loss is possible even in ...more
#190 What investments are best for maintaining purchasing power relative to inflation. Using the pencil as an example, how inflationary and deflationary forces work together over decades to determine the price of product. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary – How To Keep Up With InflationBusinesses and individuals are asking questions such as “How can we protect our earnings and purchasing power? How do we invest smartly while keeping inflation in mind?” On...more
#189 Will increasing the minimum wage help or harm workers and businesses? How many U.S. workers are paid at or below the minimum wage? More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary – Should The Minimum Wage Be Raised?Nearly every employee in the United States has grappled with the minimum wage question at some point in their lives. High schoolers, recent college graduates, and older workers all ask themselves, “Can I survive on an hourly job making the minimum wage?...more
#188 How our net worth is more than our financial capital but includes our lifetime earning capacity or human capital. What role does debt play in investing in human capital and how our human capital impacts how we allocate our financial investments. Why stocks aren't less risky in the long-term. How to invest a lump sum payment and how I recently did so in today's market environment. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode SummaryAt some point in our lives, we all hav...more
#187 Why opportunity costs should be our primary frame for deciding what to buy instead of anchoring, mental accounting or whether we pay with a credit card or cash. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode SummaryWhen David noticed that a new book by Dr. Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler was actually titled, “Dollars and Sense,” he couldn’t believe his eyes. That’s one of the most tired and overused phrases when it comes to financial writing and publication. Yet, there it w...more
#186 Why paying taxes has very little to do with funding the federal government. We also explore the potential impact of the U.S. tax reform on households, businesses and the economy. More information, including show notes, can be found here.Episode Summary – Why Do We Pay Taxes?They say the only things certain in life are death and taxes. While that’s probably true it’s also likely that many people who have resigned themselves to paying taxes don’t truly understand why taxes are necessary. In t...more
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A wide ranging discussion on retirement math, sequence of return risk, investing buckets, scaling exposure to Bitcoin and gold, and creating a lifestyle business.
#185 How Illinois and other states can suffer a debt crisis like Greece but why it wouldn't lead to an economic depression similar to what Greece suffered.
#184 Why technology eliminates jobs but doesn't increase the level of unemployment even though for more than 50 years that has been the worry.
#183 What to look for when investing in public real estate investment trusts ("REITs), private REITs and direct real estate deals on crowdfunding real estate platforms. What are current valuations for REITs and commercial real estate.
#182 What caused tulip mania in the 17th century in the Netherlands and how is it similar to Bitcoin?
#181 What is the economic impact of illegal immigration. What would be the cost and impact of mass deportation.
#180 Why have college endowments underperformed a simple three fund Vanguard portfolio? Should you mirror a simple two or three fund portfolio or invest more like an endowment with multiple asset classes?
#179 How a concern about interfering in markets and trade may have contributed to over one million deaths during the 19th century Great Famine in Ireland.
#178 How a country’s working age population growth impacts economic growth and stock returns. What Japan can do about its population decline.
#177 How high profits and low investment by business in R&D and workers lead to income inequality. Why the current situation is unsustainable and what can be done about it.
#176 What percent of Americans are insolvent and what makes data trustworthy.
#175 What attributes should you look for in analyzing an investment advisory firm, financial planner, investment partnership, crowdfunding platform or other investment related offerings.
#174 What the Amish can teach us about adopting new technology without being overwhelmed.
#173 What are some of challenges of investing using long-term economic cycles.
#172 Why your personal data will be compromised if it hasn't already been, and what to do to protect yourself from the consequences of identity theft.
#171 Why cities are the primary driver of economic growth and why do they outlive companies.
#170 Why investment markets can be both efficient and inefficient depending on the environment, and how that should impact your investing.
A short episode on the August 2017 solar eclipse as it happened.
#169 What could happen if the U.S. Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling and defaults on U.S. financial obligations, and why does Congress wait until the last minute before it acts on these things.
#168 How being a millennial is both different and the same from young adults of earlier generations.
#167 Why bitcoin is a compelling speculative diversifier and how it has been a better store of value than both the U.S. dollar and gold.
#166 Why enterprises, industries, and economies can't grow at all costs but need to enrich humanity and strive for permanence and sustainability through regeneration.
#165 How corporations evaluate and use investment capital provided by individuals. Why companies find it easier to buy back stock rather than invest in capital projects.
#164 How to use the asymmetric payoff of options, trial and error, and commitments to better yourself financially and in other areas of your life.
A conversation with Roger Whitney about retirement investing, asset allocation, active versus passive management, luck versus skill, behavioral finance the difference between investing, speculating and gambling.
#163 How an indexing bubble is manifest, why most active managers underperform and how individuals can structure their own quasi index fund that outperforms the market.
#162 What causes inflation and why do central banks allow it to persist instead of having a 0% inflation target.
#161 How retirement planning and retirement spending calculators work and what are some of their flaws. Why figuring out how much money you will have when you retire and how long it will last is a lot like the work hydrologists do to figure out whether Phoenix or Los Angeles will run out of water.
#160 How cost, complexity and an unachievable standard keeps us from consuming ethically while the stories we tell ourselves make us feel good about our purchases anyway.
In this interview with Michael Port, we discuss asset allocation, business, healthcare, minimalist investing, roboadvisors, our emotional relationship with money, and selecting a financial advisor.
#159 What is volatility, what determines it and how to invest in it. But should you?
#158 How reserves, slack and simple rules of thumb help us deal with radical uncertainty. Why the next financial crisis is unlikely to be like the last one. This episode of Money For the Rest of Us is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates. Go to healthiq.com/david to support the show and learn more.
#157 Why the likelihood of a future fiscal crisis sparked by the national debt depends on whether there is a limited or an unlimited supply of money. Is it possible the federal government's endless borrowing could crowd out the private sector and harm the economy?
#156 How to gain a personal competitive advantage in an evolving job and business environment. This episode of Money For the Rest of Us is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates. Go to healthiq.com/david to support the show and learn more.
#155 How panic caused the great financial crisis and what to look for to see if it is happening again.
#154 How a transitioning economy, government regulation and tax policy have contributed to stagnating wages, rising housing costs, and homelessness.
#153 Why Social Security will not collapse and the four actions government can take to make sure it won’t.
#152 How simple rules, just-in-time learning and checking your understanding can help you make better financial decisions.
#151 How even index fund investors have a big stake in the Amazon revolution.
#150 How to navigate matching markets where price alone doesn’t determine the outcome.
#149 How to estimate how long your assets will last in retirement and the steps you can take to take make them last longer.
#148 Why some financial advisors must show undivided loyalty to you while others can have undisclosed conflicts of interest. How to tell the difference.
#147 How to invest in infrastructure assets and why there is a perpetual infrastructure "crisis".
#146 How to optimize your purchase decisions and why eliminating negatives can increase happiness more than buying more stuff.
#145 Our view of the world dictates how we should and should not invest.
#144 What causes trade deficits and how they can both help and hurt a country's economy.
#143 What is the difference between investing, speculating and gambling. Why binary options trading is gambling.
Poor nations work harder than rich ones. Why then are they still poor?
#141 How to overcome the second law of thermodynamics in investing and living.
#140 Is there a carbon bubble whose bursting could lead to financial instability?
#139 How to design a life, pursue a career, and build financial security without acting out of fear.
Conversation with Brian Bain of Investor In the Family at the Fincon financial media conference about what we learned investing in 2016.
#138 How to make decisions in the face of uncertainty and why deciding to sell stocks should be based on feelings of regret rather than gut feelings about what we think will happen with financial markets and the economy.
#137 Are private equity buyout activities contributing to income inequality and the death of the American Dream?
#136 How framing and filtering by asset classes makes investing easier. How to invest in preferred stocks.
#135 Why we need to control the chaos while embracing messiness in living and investing.
#134 Why we should be indifferent toward money and what are the risks of a dollar shortage.
#133 Here are four investment strategies investors can use to avoid losses due to rising interest rates.
#132 What should you do about Trump presidency? And how the truth was the real loser in this presidential election.
#131 How hedge funds and pension plans earn 20% a year buying life insurance policies from unwary individuals. Why it's better to keep your permanent life insurance rather than sell it.
#130 How changes in financial circumstances, property markets, zoning rules and personal taste can make owning an illiquid vacation property a risky proposition, but why we bought our dream place anyway (and then sold it).
#129 Why we need to embrace complexity in order to find lower cost, less stressful solutions to challenges including with investing. Plus is investing moral?
#128 How holding onto goods longer before replacing them and a global savings glut impact the economy, interest rates and stock returns.
#127 Investing is like exploring an unknown territory. What are the tools to help us navigate.
#126 Why cutting federal spending and trying to lower the national debt reduces household income and spending, potentially causing a recession.
#125 How to thrive in an ever changing, increasingly complex economy.
#124 How to balance developing new skills, learning new things and becoming an expert.
#123 How pharmaceutical companies use of maximum pricing power is leading to double digit annual increases for prescription drug prices and health insurance premiums.
#122 How negative interest rates increase volatility and lower future investment returns. What can you do about it.
#121 How more and more indexing via ETFs leads to market fragility, lower diversification and herd behavior, but why most investors should index anyway.
#120 What ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu can teach you about living and investing. Plus two contrasting views of today’s market environment and what to do about it.
#119 The primary role of investing is to preserve your wealth not grow it. How then do we grow our wealth?
#118 Does the significant growth of solar and wind energy mean companies in the space are attractive investments? Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny118-invest-renewable-energy-etfs/
#117 Why lower retirement spending rates means most retirees will need to work some during their retirement years. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny117-retirement-journey/
#116 Will China's growing debt burden lead to a banking collapse? How would that impact investors globally, and what should you do about it. Show notes at
#115 Why we can't not invest due to fear and uncertainty. Plus how to tell if the stock market is overvalued and what to do about it. To get the U.S. stock market valuation charts, text the word "charts" to 44222
There is no regular episode this week due to the 4th of July Holiday and the Stein Idaho family reunion. Instead, here is the audio from a conversation that Brian Bain of Investor In the Family and I had on investing in family relationships. In the interview, we discuss work and family and balancing the two. We also discuss career transitions and the challenge of raising children.
#114 Two outcomes from the Brexit vote is money got cheaper and politics got scarier. What should you do about it. Plus we profile a man who never retired and was still working at 87. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny114-money-cheap-freedom-expensive/
#113 Does immigration harm or benefit a country’s economy? And should the UK leave the European Union?
#112 How productivity increases due to robots and other technology enhancements should lead to both higher wages and higher investment portfolio returns, allowing workers to save enough to eventually retire. Show notes at
#111 How to be a minimalist both in life and investing. To get the Portfolio Charts summary sheet, text the word PORTFOLIOS to 44222. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny111-minimalist-investor/
#110 What are bail ins and how to protect yourself from them. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny110-protect-bail-ins/
#109 How to shift money from the present to the future and vice versa in order strike an equitable balance between our present and future selves. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny109-money-time-machine/
#108 What to consider when investing in commercial real estate via crowdfunding platforms. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny108-investing-real-estate-crowdfunding-platforms/ To sign up for the free Insiders Guide, text the word INSIDER to 44222
#107 How to find the balance between work, freedom, meaning, and leaving a legacy. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny107-work-freedom-financial-peril/
#106 Why some nations are at risk of default on their national debt and others are not. Plus why the U.S. national debt will never be repaid. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny106-national-debt/
#105 What drives corporate profits over time and how they contribute to long-term stock returns. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny105-corporate-profits-drive-stock-returns/
#104 When a country runs a trade deficit is that a good or bad thing? It depends. Learn why in this episode. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny104-possible-win-trade/
#103 Here are the three things you need to coax yourself back into the stock market if you are on the sidelines. Plus, why short-term market declines are difficult to accurately predict but bear market declines can often be anticipated and avoided. To get a U.S. stock market decline frequency and magnitude summary sheet, text the word "DECLINE" to 44222. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny103-reenter-stock-market/
#102 Why the value style outperforms growth investing, and what are the attributes of successful value investors. Show notes at: http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny102-takes-value-investor/ To get the article on growth investing mentioned in the episode, text the word "BUBBLE" to 44222.
#101 How memes, stories, people, systems, goods and services mix and interact to create an expanding economic web that is ceaselessly creative and radically unpredictable. To sign up for the Insiders Guide, text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#100 How to invest and live in a radically unpredictable, low investment return world. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny100-navigating-negative-carry-world/ To sign up for the Insiders Guide, text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#99 How money originated and why our relationship with money is driven by the stories we tell. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny099-money-story/To sign up for the Insiders Guide, text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#98 How a lifestyle business can offset the impact of lower investment returns and contribute to a more sustainable economy. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny098-need-lifestyle-business/ To sign up for the Insiders Guide, text the word INSIDER to 44222
#97 What caused the great financial crisis and how the lessons learned apply to our own financial lives. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny097-great-financial-crisis/ To sign up for the free Insider's Guide, text the word INSIDER to 44222
#96 Rumors are always circulating about economic collapse. How the stoic philosopher Seneca would handle these predictions of calamity. To get the Seneca's 5 Wealth rules and supporting quotes, text the word "SENECA" to 44222. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny096-five-wealth-lessons-stoic/
#95 Steps to take to keep investing simple. Plus how changes in China are having spillover effects for global economic growth and asset class returns.
#94 How federal governments allow banks to create the vast majority of the world's money supply, and why that erodes the value of money over time. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny094-money-created-destroyed/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#93 Why uncertainty and failure is necessary for a functioning economy and why Cuba is embracing both in its struggle to reform its economy. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny093-capitalism-complexity-cuba/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#92 How do the leading robo-advisors compare in terms of their recommended portfolio mixes, fees, expected returns and risk. To get summary sheet of my robo-advisor review and sign up for the Insider's Guide text the word ROBOADVISOR to the number 44222.
#91 How the number of retirees compared to workers impacts economic growth, inflation and stock returns. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny091-demography-rules/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#90 Knowing what things truly cost can help us live like we are already retired. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny090-trust-cost-takes-retired/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#89 How using smart beta and timing economic regime changes can lead to market outperformance. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny089-outperform-market/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#88 Our total wealth includes both financial and human capital, which is the value of our future employment earnings. How to consider both in your asset allocation. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny088-stock-bond/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#87 How long-term trends in inflation, stocks and climate changed are hidden by short-term countertrends, creeping normalcy and myriad moving parts. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny087-normal/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#86 How not to be a commodity even if you work in a commodity business. Plus, an update on commodities and master limited partnerships. Show notes at: http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny086-commodity/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#85 Why you should invest outside of your home country. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny085-home-country-biased/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#84 Why money requires trust and cooperation in order to function. What happens when trust disappears. Show notes at: http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny084-money-trust/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#83 Why individuals need to save more for retirement and how to figure out how much more you should save. Show notes at: http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny083-please-save/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#82 How have various asset classes performed when the Federal Reserve begins tightening by raising short-term interest rates. Show notes at: http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny082-assets-return-fed-raises-rates/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#81 What are the early warning signs a boom has turned to a bubble or the boom / bubble is about to burst. Case study: Australia. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny081-booms-turn-bust/
#80 Don’t be overwhelmed or play it too safe when it comes to investing and living. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny080-investing-means-getting-lost/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#79 Is it better to dollar cost average or invest a lump sum? And what type and how much life insurance should you buy. http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny079-lump-sums-life-insurance/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#78 How a zero-growth economy would impact investing, employment and lifestyle. It depends on whether the economy is flat lining due to population shrinkage or a willful choice to be less productive. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny078-economy-stopped-growing-permanently/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#77 Why ethical investing will underperform the stock market unless consumer behavior changes. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny077-ethical-investing-generating-higher-returns/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#76 How peer-to-peer lending works and what annualized return should you expect. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny076-lend-peers/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#75 The biggest challenge facing Money For the Rest of Us listeners is how to allocate their assets in order to be able to retire. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny075-invest-somewhere/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#74 How investment capital seeks out the most attractive opportunities, and why that is causing China to dump some of its U.S. Treasury bonds. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny074-capital-flows/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#73 How trading differs from allocating and why human traders have lost their edge to trading bots. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny073-shouldnt-trade/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#72 How robots and information technology are replacing humans at work and what we can do about it. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny072-will-robot-takeover-job/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#71 When the stock market is falling, understanding market history and current conditions can help us make objective, less fear-driven investment decisions. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny071-please-dont-panic/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#70 Should you invest like Warren Buffet? How your temperament, experiences, interests and skills influence how you invest. Plus why most passive index investors unknowingly make active investment decisions. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/rule-1-investors-journey/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#69 What to do when you feel financially hopeless. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny069-feeling-financially-trapped/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#68 How technology and too much free stuff is undermining the middle class. What can be done about it. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny068-middle-class/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#67 I share with you what questions to answer to decide whether you should sell, hold or buy more of an underperforming investment. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny067-investments-lose-money/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#66 Why focusing too much on the future and too little on the present can be dangerous. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny066-impermanence-winning-losing/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#65 How the Greek depression and the euro crisis started with Greek citizens just wanting to buy a decent car. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny065-greece-really-caused-crisis-never-ends/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#64 Should you invest in a rental property? Here are some things to consider and pitfalls to avoid. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny064-pitfalls-private-real-estate-investing/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#63 Why economic alarmists are dangerous, and what has to happen for the financial system or economy to collapse. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny063-alarmists-economics-collapse/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#62 The link between honey bee colony collapse, asset bubbles and income inequality. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny062-income-inequality/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#61 Why your retirement spending rate should vary over time based on individual and market circumstances. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny061-retirement-spending/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#60 What is the difference between hoarding and investing. Most people do both. Show notes at: http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny060-hoarding-investing/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#59 What are the three attributes of money and does gold have them? Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny059-gold-money.html To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#58 What are the hidden risks of ETFs and passive investing. Sow notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny058-etfs/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#57 Hacks to live like a local when traveling including how to rent homes through Airbnb.com. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny057-travel/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#56 How we can thrive amidst volatility and not become complacent due to a false sense of stability. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny056-volatility/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#55 How to gauge your financial fragility or vulnerability and how to be the opposite of fragile. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny055-antifragile To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#54 Why you don't need money to have more freedom and happiness. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny054-live-work/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#53 What you need to know about bitcoin in order use it and invest in it. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny053-bitcoin/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#52 What factors determine interest rates and why interest rates matters to the economy and your investment portfolio. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny052-interest-rates/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#51 The world is flirting with deflation. How GDP growth, debt, population changes and exchange rates will determine whether a Great Depression like deflation is coming. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny051-gdp-deflation/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#50 Navigating early retirement is less about money and more about allowing space and time for your true path to emerge. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny050-early-retirement/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#49 Is monetary collapse imminent as some pundits say? Plus another look at gold and how to tell if a government's debt burden is unsustainable. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny049-money-dying/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#48 How fear of another market crash may be causing you to keep your stock market allocation overly conservative despite evidence global stock markets are in a secular bull market. More info at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny048-secular-bull/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#47 Why individuals should follow the lead of endowments and foundations and focus on total return investing. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny047-income-total-return/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#46 How to begin investing and discover your investment style. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny046-investment-style/
#45 With student loan default rates soaring, what are some education funding models besides debt. Plus is college even worth it? Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny045-education/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#44 How a home mortgage can help you build real wealth. Plus what factors to weigh if you are considering paying off your mortgage. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny044-mortgages/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#43 What investment return should you expect for your home and what leads to housing booms and bust. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny043-home-prices/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#42 Why all federal governments are insolvent but investors still line up to buy government debt at low interest rates. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny042-insolvency/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#41 Why overworking is so dangerous and why leisure is on a completely different plane from work. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny041-overwork/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#40 What you need to consider before investing in oil and other commodities. Two schools of thought regarding the direction of oil prices. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny040-commodities/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#39 Why currencies fluctuate, what are the impacts and should you hedge against currency movements. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny039-currency-exchange/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#38 What are hedge funds and how can individual investors apply strategies from top-tier hedge funds to their own portfolios. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny038-hedge-funds/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#37 Why and how to invest in gold. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny037-gold/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#36 Wealth can be measured in more than money. Wealth is also time and mobility. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny036-wealthy/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#35 Power laws, fractals and investor psychology. Why security prices behave like they do. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny035-investment-returns/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#34 Why simple investment rules are more accurate than complex formulas. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny034-rules-of-thumb/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#33 The simple formula to sustain an early retirement without running out of money. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny033-mind-the-gap/
#32 How to deplete most of your assets before you die by using single premium immediate annuities. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny032-broke/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#31 How luck and skill intertwine to make you successful. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny031-role-luck-success To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#30 How to tell if your investment portfolio is really diversified. Hint: Don't focus on correlation. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny030-diversification/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#29 Why quantitative easing is both a financial placebo and an unpredictable game of musical chairs. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny029-quantitative-easing/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#28 There are no hard-and-fast financial rules other then don't cause yourself irreparable financial harm. Show notes at http://moneyfortherestofus.net/mny028-own-rules/ To sign up for the Money For the Rest of Us Insider's Guide text the word INSIDER to 44222.
#27 The right price for something is dependent on our state of mind. Anchoring, mental accounts and other behavioral tricks we rely on when buying. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny027-right-price/
#26 How stories drive the financial markets and why markets are currently declining. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny026-stories/
#25 Why paying more for what you buy not only helps the economy but enriches your life. Plus why we prefer things that are wabi sabi. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny025-materialist/
#24 What are the economics behind vacation timeshares, how to implement a permanent portfolio and has the stock market ever taken decades to recover from a major sell-off? Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny024-permanent-portfolios/
#23 What is the difference between beta, smart beta and alpha when investing. Plus, what are the different ways to index a portfolio, and why it's easier to be a successful investor by focusing on things that won't change rather than trying to predict what will. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny023-smart-beta/
#22 What causes interest rates to rise and fall, and what can you do to adjust your investment portfolio when interest rates begin climbing. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny022-interest-rates/
#21 I share my own portfolio as an example of investing without a map. Plus why I don't use peer-to-peer lending platforms such as the Lending Club and Prosper. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny021-no-map/
#20 What you need to know about asset allocation, including the flaws in modern portfolio theory. Show notes at <iframe src="https://art19.com/shows/af988101-e0ae-4c9c-b552-cd64e62c123d/episodes/2a55f0ed-6c5a-4358-bd81-dd0a1393083d/embed" style="width: 100%; height: 200px; border: 0 none;" scrolling="no"></iframe>
#19 A traditional thirty year retirement will be out of reach for most people. Here's how to live like you're already retired. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny019-retired/
#18 How do closed end funds, open end mutual funds, exchange traded funds ("ETFs") and exchange traded notes ("ETNs") differ and when should you use each one. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny018-investment-vehicle/
#17 How China's stunning economic growth impacts everything from how much you pay for gas and burgers to what you can earn investing. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny017-china/
#16 What is risk and how do you manage it so you can protect against the downside and capture the upside. Plus, why the world is more risky and what to do about it. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny016-risk/
#15 Discover the four things you can do to stop worrying about financial calamities. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny015-market-crash/
#14 Has the Federal Reserve and other central banks led you to be complacent about risk? Plus, I share an investment strategy with surprisingly good returns. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny014-complacent-investors/
#13 How to know if you are saving too much or too little for retirement. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny013-saving-enough/
#12 What you need to know if you want to trade currencies. Also, will the dollar collapse? Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny012-currency/
#11 How bank runs were a leading cause of the global financial crisis and why it could happen again. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny011-repo/
#10 How to live like your rich without the money. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny010-rich/
#9 Expected portfolio returns are currently very low. Why that is and what should you do about it. Plus learn how to calculate the expected return for your portfolio. https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny009-expected-return/
#8 We can have sustainable economic growth and a thriving stock market while working less and enjoying life more. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny008-four-hours/
#7 Is it possible to successfully predict the future? Every investor has three choices. They can ignore the future, predict the future, or react as the future unfolds into the present. In this podcast, we'll take a close look at each of these strategies and what it takes to be successful at each one. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny007-predicting/
#6 Most people don't understand what the economy is, how it grows and what causes recessions. Nor do they care. This episode describes in simple terms how the economy works and why you should care so you can influence the quality of economic growth and its impact on the Earth's limited resources. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny006-care-about-economy/
#5 The price of something does not always reflect its true cost, both to ourselves and to society. Through the eyes of Henry David Thoreau and a discussion of why I no longer shop at dollar stores, you'll discover the true cost of a thing. https://moneyfortherestofus.com/mny005-true-cost-of-a-thing/
#4 If you understand how a seesaw works, then you'll be one of the few who understands why we need both federal budget deficits and the national debt. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/seesaws-budget-deficits-and-the-national-debt-004/
#3 Why investing in individual stocks can be so intoxicating and dangerous. What you should know before you try. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/should-you-invest-in-individual-stocks-003/
#2 Studies show most people have no idea what inflation is and what to do about it. Don't be one of those people. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/what-causes-inflation-and-deflation-002/
#1 How banks and governments create money out of thin air, and what you should do about it. Show notes at https://moneyfortherestofus.com/what-is-money-001/