When I got my first 401k at work, it quickly realized that I had no idea what I was doing. There were more than a dozen fund options to choose from and I didn’t know what it was going to cost me to participate because there were so many hidden fees.
It made me want to give up right away … and I did. I thought, “This is too difficult and I can’t afford to invest for my retirement anyway.”
To help us solve this retirement conundrum, I invited the founder of blooom, Chris Costello, to tell us more about how their popular service is helping Americans save more money, time and heartache with the 401k process.
We all know it’s important to invest for the future. But with endless investing options like the 401k, the IRA, the 529, the 457, the 403b, it’s no wonder we’re confused on where to start. I mean, what kind of names are these anyway!?
Our guest today is going to help us make sense of all this investing madness. Andy Wang is here with us today. He is a Managing Partner at Runnymede Capital Management and the host of the Inspired Money Podcast. He has been named among the INVESTOPEDIA 100: Most Influential Advisors, Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors by Brightscope, and has appeared on Reuters TV, The Huffington Post, Barron’s, and Forbes.
Outside of his financial advising world, Andy is a father of three and loves playing the Hawaiin guitar.
For our FinTech Spotlight segment this month, we are featuring Lively, a modern health savings accounts platform designed to help you save for healthcare expenses. I’ve invited the Co-Founder and COO of Lively, Shobin Uralil, to tell us more about this intuitive HSA solution.
We’re also going to discuss the benefits of an HSA and how it protects our families.
Our question of the month comes in from Anonymous from Cleveland:
I just finished reading an article of yours about paying off your mortgage early. Congratulations on that. I have a 30-year mortgage and I’m not sure if I want to pay it off, but it got me thinking about where I should be with my financial goals.
I’m 35, married, two kids. I want to make sure I’m on track.
What financial goals should I have checked off my list by the time I turn 40?
For our Fintech Spotlight segment this month, we are featuring qplum, a company that is bringing AI, data-driven strategies, and affordability to the world of investing. I’ve invited the co-founder and CEO of qplum, Mansi Singhal, to tell us more about the company today.
We’re also going to discuss why monitoring our investment portfolio might actually be a really bad idea.
Andy Hill: The markets have been up and down a lot lately, and I’ve been checking my portfolio a lot more frequently. Why is that not a good idea?
Our second question of the month comes from Angela from California:
I’m enjoying your podcast and wanted to ask you a question as I’m starting to get into more aggressively saving for my retirement.
I’m 32 years old. I recently modified my contributions to my workplace 401k so I’ll be maxing it out at $18,500 this year. I recently paid off my last student loan and had extra money. My husband is matching his 401k too after a little convincing. So we’re really getting serious about our retirement savings now. Both our companies match so that’s another perk.
I do feel like I’m behind overall though. Where else should we consider investing outside of our 401k?
Our first question of the month is from Brian from Michigan:
After reading one of your millionaire interviews, I found your debt freedom story and your path sounds like mine.
My wife and I have gotten serious about paying off our debt after we learned she was pregnant 6 months ago. We are now nearing the debt-free finish line. Only two more months to go and we’ll be student debt free, car debt free and credit card debt free … really all debt free outside of our mortgage.
All in all, we’ll have about $600 extra each month when we’re done. Outside of going on a weekend getaway to celebrate (no drinking because of the baby *snap*), we want to keep building wealth. Any suggestions for the extra cash each month that will keep moving us forward?
Our question of the month comes in from Luke from Indiana:
I was reading on your blog that you recently paid off your mortgage early. Congratulations!
I’m a Dave Ramsey guy like you and we’re getting close to baby step 6. I’m considering going heavy into paying off my mortgage like you did, but I’m also thinking it might be smarter for me to invest more for my retirement or just simply invest in the market. I also know market returns are unpredictable and we’re near all-time highs.
I have a 15-year mortgage at around 4% and the principal sits around $200,000. My wife and I are both working – we like what we do and combined we make around $200,000 per year. I feel like we could throw $50k per year at the mortgage and we’d be done in 4 years or less.
That could also be a good amount to throw at our retirement each year too.
What would you suggest for us? Should we pay off our mortgage or invest the money?