On today’s show we’re taking your letters, but first, we’re talking to Hannah Rounds, our favorite tax software reviewer, who gives us the lowdown on the good, bad and ugly of tax software. She’ll tell us which brands to avoid, which are her favorites, and which packages are surprising. Whether you’re willing to pay for your tax support or are looking for the best software package for free, we’ll dive into all of the brands to help make your filing season easier.
We’re happy that the government shutdown is over for now, but what if it happens again in three weeks? We’ll talk to Lacey Langford from the Mil Money Movement podcast about the fallout from the shutdown. If people are trying to duct tape together their financial picture until they receive their first paycheck after the shutdown, what do they do? We’ll discuss resources, advice, what NOT to do, and more.
Later on, we’ll throw out the Haven Life Line to Pete, who wants to know if he should invest some of his extra cash into a short-term bond fund. He has a large cash reserve, and with interest rates being very low on savings accounts, he wonders whether it’d be worth the time to spike the interest rate possibilities a little.
And don’t worry… we’ll still take some time for Doug’s trivia.
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- Hannah Rounds
- Lacey Langford
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Today we’ll dip into the mailbag and answer a few more of your letters!
- Osvaldo is interested in robo advisors. They come with diversified portfolios and automatic rebalancing for a small fee, which seems to him like a great idea for an investment platform. Is there anything Osvaldo should know before he gives the thumbs up to a robo advisor?
- Sue inherited some money in an IRA from her spouse in Fidelity funds. Sue doesn’t like how the funds are invested heavily in healthcare, and she’s lost about $10k on paper with the market downturn. Should Sue sell her funds now and move to an index fund, or wait until they recover to their original amount? She’s 33, so there’s no pressing need for retirement money right now.
- Keiko’s husband’s employer uses Vanguard as their 401k administrator. They can change their contribution amount in based on a percentage, but not in a dollar amount. They want to max out 401k, but it’s either going to be too short or go over the limit. What’s going to happen to the excess cash invested inside the 401k?
<34:36> Doug’s Trivia
- What famous Secretary of the Treasury formed the U.S. Coast Guard?
<36:45> Haven Life Line
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- With a big purchase coming out in a few years, should Pete put a small portion of his extra cash into a short-term bond fund?
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