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When seeking advice follow the money, but focus on trust

By Byron Moore, posted November 27, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
 

follow the money_sm.jpgQuestion: Someone told me that when I look for a financial planner always look for a fee-based financial planner because they are unbiased. Is that true?

Answer: When it comes to money, no one is unbiased.

But the person who gave you that advice is on to something.

Am I crazy to hate money?

By Byron Moore, posted November 13, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
 

cash stack_0.jpgQuestion: If someone said they would give me $1,000,000, but I had to be responsible for managing it, I would turn it down. I used to own a business that was making good money, but I sold it because I hated handling all the details. Am I crazy to hate money?

Answer: You don’t sound crazy at all.

You sound like a human being. Probably a pretty nice one, too.

By the way, it doesn’t sound like you hate money so much as the details and decisions that surround its care and feeding.

Podcast - Retirement income – how much do I need? Part 2 (3:09)

By Byron Moore, posted November 9,  2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

A look into the three spending phases of retirement...

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The value is in the plan, not the products

By Byron Moore, posted November 6, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
 

Trophy_sm.jpgQuestion: How do I pick the best mutual fund amongst all those available? I read about so-called actively managed mutual funds and some people like them. Others think passively managed funds are best. I’m afraid I’m a bit confused by the whole discussion. Which is the best kind of fund to choose?

Answer: Have you ever watched an all star game?

The concept sounds great. You get the best players on each team in the league, split them into two teams made up of these all-star players and let them compete. Every major sport has an all-star game of one sort or another. It’s a great idea.

Unless you’ve ever watched one.

Podcast - Retirement income – how much do I need? Part 1 (3:10)

By Byron Moore, posted November 2,  2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

There are four things you need for a financially and emotionally healthy retirement.

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Exchange your savings account for a spending account

By Byron Moore, posted October 30, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 29, 2017.
 

piggy banks_sm.jpgQuestion: I just got a significant raise in my income at work. My wife and I are not budget people. We’ve tried and failed every time. But we don’t want my extra income to just go to frivolous stuff. What’s the best way to make sure we save my increases in income?

Answer: Reverse the way you do your banking.

Podcast - Contentment – the secret to financial success (3:06)

By Byron Moore, posted October 12, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

The secret to financial security is not financial. It is contentment. 

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Cash is oxygen

By Byron Moore, posted October 9, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
 

drowning_sm.jpgQ: I was always taught to pay my bills on time and avoid debt like the plague. As a business owner I try to practice these values. When I started my own business, I took out a large loan amortized over 15 years, but I am trying to pay it down as fast as I can – maybe a soon as five years. The business is profitable, but sometimes the rate at which I am paying down debt can create cash flow issues for me. What’s the balance?

A: How long could you last without oxygen? When it comes to breathing, do you think in terms of balance or unlimited access?

In business, cash is oxygen. Other than that, it’s no big deal.

Podcast - Financial organization (3:23)

By Byron Moore, posted October 5, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Hoping to organize your finances? Let’s not do this: straighten up all the unopened bank statements and investment account reports on your desk and call that financial organization. That’s just making your mess look neater.

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Replace financial cynicism with careful trust

By Byron Moore, posted October 2, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
 

trust but verify_sm.jpgQ: I had a really bad experience with a so-called financial advisor several years ago. Since then I’ve kept my affairs pretty simple and done everything I could for myself. Because of that man I really don’t trust anyone any more. The problem is that things are getting complicated enough where I do need some help. What’s the balance between being gullible and getting the help I need.

A: The word you are searching for is trust, and it’s something a bad person caused you to discard as too dangerous to handle when it comes to money.

When I was about five years old, I stuck a safety pin in an electrical socket and quickly discovered the conductivity of metal and the shocking power of electricity. I thought I would never go near a light socket again!

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