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34-year financial talk radio veteran, Don McDonald and former host of Serious Money on PBS, Tom Cock, join forces to talk about real money issues. In each episode, they solve real money problems, dole out real investing (not speculating) advice, and really explain the financial issues that effect all of us. Plus, it's actually fun! Talking Real Money is a podcast designed to provide the real help we all need to enjoy a really great future. Call in with your questions anytime at 855-935-TALK (8255).

Talking Real Money - Investing Talk Don McDonald

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    • 4.5 • 518 Ratings

34-year financial talk radio veteran, Don McDonald and former host of Serious Money on PBS, Tom Cock, join forces to talk about real money issues. In each episode, they solve real money problems, dole out real investing (not speculating) advice, and really explain the financial issues that effect all of us. Plus, it's actually fun! Talking Real Money is a podcast designed to provide the real help we all need to enjoy a really great future. Call in with your questions anytime at 855-935-TALK (8255).

    TGIQAF

    TGIQAF

    In this week's Friday Q&A edition:

    How safe are investment in brokerage accounts?

    Why shouldn't someone tranfer an IRA to Robin Hood to collect a 3% bonus?

    What do we think of Fisher Investments "bucket" strategy?

    How should money be invested for the beneficiary of a special needs trust?


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    • 18 min
    Small Index, Big Stocks

    Small Index, Big Stocks

    One of the problems with index funds is the fact that they slavishly follow the index. This means that for long periods they can own stocks that are way outside the indexes parameters. This is one argument for rules-basd funds. Then, listeners ask:

    Are we concerned about the decline in the number of publically-traded stocks?

    Is it okay to be 100% in stocks close to retirement?


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    • 29 min
    Emergency Funds and More

    Emergency Funds and More

    Most American's have saved enough for even a $400 emergency? Start there, and then it's time to work on retirement savings. Along the way have those tough financial conversations with your partner. Plus, Don goes on a rant about the financial services industry and it's lack of client care. We hear from callers:

    With a little help for a previous caller.

    What do we think of a particular brokerage firm?

    How can money be moved from a regular IRA in an annuity to a Roth?

    Is Empower providing good investment advice?

    How should money be invested in a after-tax IRA?


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    • 45 min
    Should You Worry?

    Should You Worry?

    We recorded this episode as the Iranian attack on Israel was beginning. We discussed the impact of global events on your portfolio and how to invest during market turbulence. Then, we give you the chance to build your perfect economy with a quiz. We hear from some of you, too:
    Is a Fidelity advisor a fiduciary or not?
    Where should money for intermediate-term spending be invested?
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    • 45 min
    A New Day of Q&A

    A New Day of Q&A

    Listeners love our question and and snswer episode, so here a special Monday Q&A featuring Tom and Roxyu Butner answer your written questions:

    Is a Total World Stock Market Index Fund Enough?

    Should You Pay Off a Low-Interest Mortgage Early?

    What do we think of the Geiten Clinger Withdrawal Strategy?

    Is Vanguard Advisor Services Worthwhile?

    What has happened to ESG Investing?


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    • 24 min
    It's You and Don Day

    It's You and Don Day

    On today's FridayQ we discuss:

    Robin Hood's recent offer of a 3% bonus on IRA rollovers.

    Avoiding a tax penalty of an inherited annuity.

    A listener's Talking Real Money Road Trip suggestion.

    The proper small cap portfolio allocation.


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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
518 Ratings

518 Ratings

RockinRollDad ,

Tom on fire!

Perhaps it’s the holiday spirit talking but Tom was on fire today (Dec 18th)! Set him free more often!

BoomerMe ,

Phony Financial Advice

This show often promotes itself as providing sound financial advice. However, one of the show’s hosts advocates for the socialization of his daughter’s student loan debt to the rest of us. Not really very sound financial advice! I would have thought a show named “Talking Real Money” would lean a little more towards promoting personal financial responsibility. You won’t find that here..

Seano rrrrr ,

Love Tom and Don

These guys are fantastic. A bit conservative and sometimes grumpy about bitcoin, but the investment world needs more of their type speaking to investors.

Roxy should be a regular guest to break up the cranky old men shouting at crypto…..from time to time

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