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Dave Says 04-23-14

Your bank’s advice
is bad

Dear Dave,
I want to roll over a 401(k), and my bank is encouraging me to roll it over to fixed annuities. Is this a good investment?
John

 

Dave Says 04-09-14

Extravagant giving,
foolish spending?

Dear Dave,
My husband and I are debt-free, and we have several hundred thousand dollars in savings. We pay for our children and grandchildren to visit during Christmas each year, but my mother thinks this is foolish spending. What do you think?
Linda

 

Dave Says 03-26-14

Financial Russian
Roulette

Dear Dave,
My wife and I are debt-free except for our home. She travels one week per month and charges her expenses to a personal credit card for reimbursement later. I’d rather we open a checking account with debit card privileges just for these expenses. What do you think?
Dustin

 

Dave Says 03-19-14

You don’t inherit debt

Dear Dave,
My in-laws have lots of debt. In fact, they’re always joking that the debt they’ll leave us is more than the inheritance. How will this affect my wife and family if they die with all their debt still in place?
Matthew

 

Dave Says 03-12-14

Gambling entertainment?

Dear Dave,
How do you feel about gambling at a casino, as long as you limit your spending and don’t expect to win big money?
Brian

 

Dave Says 03-05-14

Letting kids make money mistakes

Dear Dave,
My 6-year old son has saved up $400. He said he wants to buy a motorcycle with it someday, but he recently changed his mind and wants to buy a computer tablet. Is it okay for him to change his mind like this, and how should I handle things?
Christina

   

Dave Says 2-26-14

Invest now or pay off debt?

Dear Dave,
I went to medical school, and now I have $70,000 in debt. I just started a three-year residency making about $50,000 a year, while my wife makes $40,000. The student loans represent our only debt. Do you think we should be paying this off or investing in a Roth IRA?
David

   

Dave Says 2-19-14

Getting them to stop

Dear Dave,
How can I get credit card companies to stop sending us preapproved offers? My wife continues to sign up for these, and now we have $40,000 in credit card debt.
Dan

   

Dave Says 2/12/14

What’s so special about $1 million?
Dear Dave,
I’ve heard you say many times you shouldn’t buy a brand-new car unless you have a net worth of $1 million. What’s so special about a million dollars?
Angela

   

Dave Says - 1/29/14

Pay the IRS first!

Dear Dave,
My husband has his own business installing windows. As a result, we now have IRS and state tax debt. We’re managing the payments, but where should these debts be placed in the debt snowball plan?
Olivia

   

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