Why Saving Now Should Pay Off Later

Q: What is the best financial gift for a young worker? A: Teach them to save as much as they can now. Here’s a lesson for your adult children and adult grandchildren: It’s easier to save $400 per month toward retirement than to save $6,000 per month. To save something out of every paycheck might be the hardest thing a young person can undertake. The reward, however, is a more secure retirement with greater financial independence.

What Happens in Vegas Should Stay in Vegas

If you do not have enough money to retire, what should you do? Should you consider investing in riskier investments to compensate for not having saved enough? During the final races at horse tracks, gamblers tend to bet on long shots. In Las Vegas, there is a pronounced tendency for people to place long-shot bets near the end of the day. Gamblers who lose money during the day desire to go home as winners.

Are You Gambling or Investing?

Do you enjoy betting at the casino? Would you consider spending your time at a casino a sound way to prepare for your retirement? Most people I talk to who enjoy gambling are smart enough to set a budget for their gambling, maybe $100 or $500, to go and have some fun at the tables or slot machines. Sometimes they come out ahead, but when they lose, they consider the money they lost as part of their vacation expenses.

Are You Investing for Six Months or for 20 Years?

“I see the noise, and it’s ugly.” Yes, an equity strategist said, “I see the noise and it’s ugly.” But he went on to say, “But understand the big picture: if you’re a long-term investor with the ability to look out beyond a few years, you’ll look back and say, this was a chance to pick up stocks I missed on the way up.”