Retirement Watch editor Bob Carlson discusses the importance of managing your cash well
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Mohammed El-Erian, formerly of PIMCO, stunned a few people when he announced recently that his portfolio primarily was in cash. I know a lot of small investors also are heavily weighted in cash, because they’re afraid of all the other investments. Here’s an analysis of why you don’t want to be 100% in cash in […]
The Securities and Exchange Commission revised the rules for money market funds earlier in 2014, making the first substantive overhaul of the funds in decades. Investors need to understand the rules and consider if they want to make changes to where they cash is held after the rules are effective. The first thing to know […]
Stock markets and other investments have been on a roll since early 2009. But not many investors have enjoyed the increase. Investors are holding a lot of cash in their portfolios, and they increased cash holdings as markets rose, according to a new study. Why? Mostly because after the financial crisis people don’t trust the […]
More and more people say that they plan to work in “retirement.” A growing minority say they will never retire. I’m not opposed to that. There are good reasons to continue working after age 65 or any other age, even if it’s not full time work. Some people need the money. A few extra years […]
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Most of you are familiar with the concept of a mental health day, when a person takes a day off from work to relax and recharge. Most of us need a financial health day to increase our financial independence and well-being. There are many relatively simple, easy steps people need to take to improve their […]
Early in the year I reported to Retirement Watch readers that cash balances were extremely high. Many people and businesses made moves late in 2012 to avoid higher taxes they suspected could take effect in 2013. The moves generated a lot of cash from asset sales, special dividends, and the like. Money market funds and […]
Many people are overwhelmed by the financial options and decisions they face. That’s clear from both the feedback I receive from people and studies I read. When people are overwhelmed and uncertain, they procrastinate. We need to prevent procrastination in financial matters. It’s too expensive. One of my goals is to simplify your financial life. […]
The safety of brokerage accounts is front and center for the first time since 2008, thanks to the bankruptcy of MF Global. News stories indicate that about $1.6 billion of customer funds disappeared from MF Global accounts. Customers are denied access to all or part of their account balances and many won’t be made whole. […]