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What happens when a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional and an everyday investor sit down each week to talk about how to better understand today's financial and retirement landscape? Investing Sense! Every Saturday, Investing Sense hosts Andy Smith and Bob Richards each bring a different perspective as they talk about the financial and retirement topics that are on your mind -- whether it's your 401(k), managing investments and taxes for your IRA, dealing with market ups and downs or bouncing back from life's curveballs. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Not your father’s stock market: A bumpy road to record wealth

Happy Father’s Day weekend! The amount of wealth generated in this country keeps growing to record highs, from returns on stocks and bonds, to rising home values, to the job market… but statistics show that tens of millions of Americans are still missing out on this amazing opportunity. Bob and Andy dig into the reasons why from an historical perspective. Plus, more from Don Luskin and JT Taylor, along with the weekly visit and charts from Bill Tracy.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

The Ultimate Truth-Seekers: Financial markets have no political bias

The show rolls on into summer and as the guys explain, with Q1 earnings season over, this is historically a quiet time of year. But could the market knee-jerk react to news, especially ahead of the up-coming mid-term elections? Bob and Andy turn to JT Taylor, our resident Capitol Hill insider, to help keep you on the right side of headlines. Plus, Bill Tracy is back to share his latest chart pack and insights from the Financial Engines Research Center.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Rise and fall: The shifting sands in the bond market

A strange turn of events in the market this week after an abrupt shift in sentiment in the bond market. Bob and Andy, along with listeners, focus on the ups and downs in interest rates and discuss what it means for portfolios. Plus, with so many rules and regulations to follow, every retiree needs help when it comes to Social Security. Writer and claiming strategy expert Mary Beth Franklin joins the show to offer important insights and advice to help maximize your benefits!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26, 2018

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Mr. Smith (And Mr. Richards) goes to Washington, part II: Conversations from Capitol Hill

It's important for investors to avoid emotional reactions to political headlines, but it's helpful to stay informed of what's happening, why it's happening, and what it means for YOU. To these ends, the guys welcome back Washington D.C. insider JT Taylor and Trend Macrolytics CIO Don Luskin, covering a wide range of topics from FANG stocks to the recent trade skirmish with China, and much more!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ready to retire: Now what?

The goal of this show is to help hard-working Americans get to and through retirement. Due to the remarkable run of the market over the last 9 years, many investors are now ready to take the plunge into retirement, but may still need help taking that next step. Andy has an easy way for you to get started today! Plus, special guest Kyle Bingham joins the show to share how he helped his mother optimize her Social Security benefits.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time is a flat circle: A positive outlook on the inter-connected global economy

Investing can be emotional, especially when there's a non-stop flow of news stories that directly affect the markets. Andy re-assures listeners that there ARE positive trends around the globe, and you don't need to ride this roller-coaster alone. Plus, Senior Investment Analyst Bill Tracy shares his charts and trends that the Research Center is following, including rising oil prices and sector performance.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Medicine for market motion sickness: A breakdown of the latest activity and trends

If you've felt some queasiness due to all the market's ups and downs, consider this show as medicine for the market's ills. Financial Engines Senior Financial Analyst Bill Tracy is back to help the guys understand what is causing all this motion and decipher what the latest market trends and activity actually mean. Plus, Andy talks with author and New York Times critic Dwight Garner about his unusual relationship with money. 484399

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Investing Sense March 30, 2018

Investing Sense March 30, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

A new frontier: The present and future of the digital economy

In recent shows, Bob and Andy talked about the bright future of technology, but today, they dive even deeper into the massive opportunities of the new "digital" economy and what it means for American investors. Also, with tax deadlines fast approaching, our resident tax expert Ed Lyon talks about the changing tax landscape. Plus, investment analyst Bill Tracy joins the show to share his valuable insights on current market trends and whether recent volatility presents a buying opportunity.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Blink and you'll miss it: The market's remarkable recovery

As the market continues on the path to recovery, Bob and Andy revisit Bill Miller's call for a "melt up" in stocks. Also, the guys tackle a number of calls and emails about target-date funds and Andy breaks down a recent controversial news story about these funds that are common in 401ks and other retirement plans. Plus, an insurance salesperson emails the show to confront Andy about his anti-annuity stance!

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Space race 2.0: Amazing advances and groundbreaking technology

In a society that tends to focus on the negative, Andy continues to carry the torch and point out positive trends, especially when it comes to technology and medical advances. This week, the guys blast off and look into the amazing advances in the new space race and other breakthrough technologies that are leading the way. Also, former Olympic athlete and author Alex Allred joins the show to talk about caring for aging parents.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Panic vs. Perspective: How to feel about recent market volatility

Financial markets from stocks, to bonds and interest rates, to currencies are all seeing an increase in volatility over the last couple of weeks. Sometimes, in order to see where we are, we need to step back and look at where we came from. Bob and Andy offer some much-needed perspective for the recent market swings, along with practical steps and guidance for listeners after the wild ride this week.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

More than a soundbite: Controversies and conversations

A controversial statement from Ray Dalio, founder of the world's largest hedge fund, might have some investors re-thinking cash holdings, but Andy reiterates why financial planning requires long-term thinking and is much more personal than a trendy soundbite. Also, listen and learn from conversations with two special guests: Trend Macrolytics Chief Investment Officer, Don Luskin, gives his view on the tax cuts and the economy, while Washington insider JT Taylor returns to chat about the current kerfuffle on Capitol Hill.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Follow the money: Are investors finally ready to get back in the stock market?

Some investors may worry the market is "too high," others might let political views prevent executing an investment strategy, but Andy sees a lot of folks are finally looking to invest, citing the huge sums of money flowing into funds. He repeats how valuable it is to have a financial plan and fiduciary advisor by your side, along with a way to get started if you don't know how. Plus, the Wall Street Journal recently blasted advisers and brokers for allegedly pushing high-priced products. You might be shocked by which brokers the Journal named in this story.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Do you hear what I hear? Predictions and prognostications from pundits

It's the time of year when investors look forward to the promise of a new year, and look back at the returns of the past year. Bob and Andy take a listen to what some pundits in the financial media were predicting throughout 2017, and it turns out that fake news applies to more than just politics! But with all the reckless statements made by the media, what is an everyday investor supposed to do? Plus, Andy shares ways to avoid all-too-common holiday charity scams.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Baby, it's cold outside - but the stock market remains hot!

As Bob says, it's been a very "interesting" year, but through it all, the stock market continues to perform. Yet, too many Americans are missing out on the record rally in stocks because they can't tune out the noise coming from news and politics. Andy repeats that it's never too late to get in the market and emphasizes the importance of looking forward, not back. Also, author and financial expert Deacon Hayes sits down to explain how you CAN retire early!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Family, football, and financial food for thought: Happy Thanksgiving from Investing Sense!

As you are hopefully enjoying some days off full of food, football, and family time, enjoy a few fall highlights from Investing Sense, including real estate expert Greg Cooper’s in-studio interview and Diane Daniels’ tips on how to cut healthcare costs. Plus, re-visit what Tom Petty has to do with your estate plan!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How much higher can the stock market go?

If tax reform passes, should investors buy or sell? What if tax reform fails? Andy and Bob break down the answers to these critical questions going into year’s end. Plus, author Emily Guy Birken stops by to share advice on how to finally put an end to financial stress - with a story about Zombies? Also, get the scoop on new 401(k) contribution limits and Social Security benefit changes for 2018!