Not too long ago, a conservative investor could easily earn 5% in an insured bank account, or 8% on risk-free Treasury bills.
But as today’s savers are only too well aware, those days are long gone. Today, banks are paying nothing, or close to it. And Treasury notes? Agree to lock up your savings for 10 years, and Uncle Sam will still offer you less than 2%.
So, what’s a saver, especially one close to retirement, supposed to do?
That’s the topic of this week’s “Money!” podcast. We’re going to explore some ideas, and see what we can earn by sticking our necks out a little — but not too much.
As usual, my co-host will be financial journalist Miranda Marquit. Listening in and sometimes contributing is producer Aaron Freeman, and our special guest is Roger Whitney, star of the Retirement Answer Man podcast and president of Agile Retirement Management.
Sit back, relax and listen to this week’s “Money!” podcast:
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Want more information? Check out these resources:
- 4 Ways to Get Better Returns Than CDs
- How to Earn More Money on Your Savings
- 11 Passive Income Ideas to Help You Make Money in 2021
- Ask Stacy: How Can We Earn More on Our Savings?
- Money Talks News’ savings account search tool
- Kiplinger: 15 Dividend Kings
- Kiplinger: 25 Dividend Stocks the Analysts Love Most for 2021
- Kiplinger: 10 High-Yield ETFs for Income-Minded Investors
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I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and I have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.
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