Ep. 420: “Pete, Am I Investing Too Aggressively?”

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This week on the Pete the Planner Show, Pete is back from vacation and Dame’s AquaDunns are expected to do quite well in the swim meet! 

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Show Notes:


  • “My daughter and her husband keep bringing up the topic of an early inheritance. My husband and I do plan on leaving our something for children, but we don’t feel compelled to give either child money now. I already view their financial prudence to be lacking, but she keeps bringing it up. Are we being selfish?

    • PETE: This is called a living inheritance
    • One generation accumulates wealth and instead of passing that on when they pass away, they gift the funds to them now.
    • DAMIAN: Sure, there may be some tax reasons for some people to start giving their money ahead of time. But for the majority, this feels a bit tasteless.



  • “My wife and I have about $2.5M in the stock market made up of IRAs and joint accounts. I’ve always bought and sold stock on my own. Our portfolio is made up of index funds and conservative dividend-paying stocks. All dividends are reinvested. We now are in our 70s. I have defined pension plans that exceed our living expenses and own our home with no credit card bills. Our medical bills are simple. I turn down our last company’s medical coverage and for this, they supplement me an additional sum each year. We have a son and 2 grandchildren we’d like to leave our estate to. We have prepaid college plans paid for both grandchildren. I see myself investing for the long-term as I don’t require any money from the portfolio. Is this the right strategy? Should I be investing in a less aggressive manner? My portfolio is mostly 30% index funds, 24% Microsoft, and the rest all American companies – mostly dividend stalwarts. Is this too aggressive?”

    • DAMIAN: I appreciate Mike’s honesty. With his allocation, I’d expect this turn out. Is it aggressive? Not so sure.
    • PETE: I would say his allocation itself is too aggressive, but this is an inheritance play now.
    • DAMIAN: I’d encourage him to start setting goals for what he wants to do with it. Some use. Some defined purpose.

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