Robinhood has been taking the investing world by storm the last few months. I thought it would be worth mentioning a few things about Robinhood on the podcast. Robinhood is just a brokerage account. It does have no commissions and allows you to buy fractional shares so it is convenient for people without a lot of money. It has become a bit of a cultural phenomenon, particularly attracting young people who have never invested before. The problem is that it tends to inculcate people with a trader's mentality, making investing fun and exciting. Everything that good investing is not. There are dangers to Robinhood and this trader's mentality that I discuss in this episode to hopefully help you avoid the perils of day trading.
I also answer reader and listener questions about the finances of starting your own practice, whether it make sense to invest in bonds in a taxable account when you have a mortgage, making estimated tax payments as a W2 employee with 1099 income, what to do with a 401k when you leave your employer, and setting up an account to invest in real estate.
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Our guest this week is one of my favorite writers. Morgan Housel is a partner at The Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal. His passion for finance and investing come through in his writing. I am intensely jealous when I look at his writing because of his talent. He is insightful and easy to read. He takes complex and important topics and makes them simple to understand. We really dive into behavioral finance topics in this episode. My favorite piece of his was called The Psychology of Money and was the base for his new book coming out September 8th. It is filled with so many pearls that it should be required reading for humans. I pull a few of those pearls out today and discuss them. We talk about some of "the flaws, biases, and causes of bad behavior" he has seen often when people deal with money. Listen to the episode and go pre-order his book. It will almost surely be a best seller and definitely on my recommended reading list.
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Asset location is something that is completely missed by a lot of otherwise pretty financially sophisticated people. So I do a deep dive into this topic in today's episode before answering listener questions. Asset location is basically that process of dividing up your investments into your various accounts. Each of them have different issues and are taxed in a different way. This has some bearing on how your investments perform and which investments should be going into which of these various types of accounts. Unfortunately it is a rather complicated discussion. There are some rules of thumb, but very few absolutes. However if you get this right, it can be worth a million dollars or more. So it is worth looking at, but perhaps not obsessing over. We go over six principles of asset location that you should be aware of in this episode as well as some basic tips that you should follow if you are trying to invest tax efficiently.
Listener questions that we discuss today include the new charitable deduction that came into being with the cares act, paying your spouse for working in your practice, SIPC insurance, how much is too much in assets, UGMA accounts, health insurance premiums, the positives and negatives of having your practice own your life insurance policy, tapping your retirement accounts to invest in real estate, and more.
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This is part 2 of the lively debate between Rick Ferri and Paul Merriman where we continue the discussion on the pros and cons of factor investing. See part 1 here https://www.whitecoatinvestor.
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