Ep. 362: “Quite the Financial Quagmire,” He Says…

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And we’re back for a new week. Today, Pete and Damian dig back into the mailbag to address what’s going on in our listeners’ lives.

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Show Notes:

Mailbag Question 1:

    • Our writer says she’s got a perfect credit score. But she’s 54 years old, and has $50,000 in credit card debt. She’s never defaulted but has no savings, and her retirement is gone. She is a real estate agent, but steps from homelessness. “To default or not to default?”
      • This is a tough situation. The pandemic doesn’t make it any better. Defaulting isn’t the first thing we would do. …It may be best to just get a job.

Mailbag Question 2:

    • “Do annuities make sense?” Our writer read an article describing annuities as bad. “Can you explain how that could be?
      • There are no “bad” financial products; only bad fits. They do tend to be more expensive, but could be beneficial in the right circumstances.

Mailbag Question 3: 

    • Our third writer is 68 years old, single, and has worked since 16 years of age. At 55, they had a nervous breakdown at work due to unbearable stress. After the breakdown, life went on a downward spiral. Now jobless and living off of social security, she found that her income is too high for certain government assistance programs.
      • This one is quite the financial quagmire. It’s situations like these, in which we show our greatest empathy. There is no easy solution here. Call 2-1-1 to get in touch with other potentially helpful community programs. Get connected in the community, those relationships can lead to significant support options.


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