• DonShow5.23: Timing is Everything

    May 23, 2014 | 14 min
    We all know interest rates are rising. Right? Well, then why was this fund that bets on rising rates been such a loser? Speaking of losers. Many of you have redisovered one of the dumbest ways to speculate, ever! Finally, a cool new gadget that will help you find your lost keys or your lost phone (as long as you don't lose both).
  • DonShow5.16: Required to Do Right?

    May 16, 2014 | 16 min
    Shouldn't everyone who works with YOUR money be required to act in your best interest? You would think so, but most hope they don't have to. Some sneaky malware that will make you wish you had backed up your files. Plus, the only sure way to make more money.
  • DonShow4.25: Lower Fees are Better

    Apr 25, 2014 | 17 min
    Vanguard starts offering inexpensive investment advice and some advisors are mad. Brokers start offereing horrible, expensive, complicated, misleading, etc. Equity Indexed Annuities. About a third of U.S. households live "hand-to-mouth."
  • DonShow4.19: 80 Years and We Still Don't Get It

    Apr 18, 2014 | 20 min
    If over 80 years of evidence hasn't done it, what will it take to convince "investors" that no one knows what the stock market will do in the future. Why does Dave Ramsey believe that load funds are better than no-load funds? (Hint: Follow the money.)
  • DonShow4.11: Less Fee Lyching at Merrill?

    Apr 11, 2014 | 19 min
    Is Merrill's boss serious about fee transparency. My musings on our motivations for work. Finally, the case against gloom and doom.
  • Don McDonald Show 3.20.14

    Mar 20, 2014 | 7 min
    The Don McDonald Show merges with the old InvestoRadio for a new weekly podcast starting about March 28th.
  • Don McDonald Show 3.14.14

    Mar 14, 2014 | 10 min
    They sent a sales package to the wrong investment advisor. Why would anyone send me sales literature on a non-publicly traded real esate investment trust (REIT)? I'm sure glad they did though, so I can sgare the huge risks and high fees with you.
  • Don McDonald Show 3.12.14

    Mar 12, 2014 | 11 min
    Be careful when buying individual municipal bonds. The spreads are onerous, and then there's that whole issue of no diversification.
  • Don McDonald Show 3.11.14

    Mar 11, 2014 | 13 min
    Turn $25 a month into $100,000 in just 10 years! That's the claim of a class being taught at colleges across the country. Ready to learn the truth?
  • Don McDonald Show 3.7.14

    Mar 7, 2014 | 7 min
    Can you really turn just $25 into $100,000 in just 10 years? Sounds hard to believe, but someone is teaching classes across the country that promise to do just that. What huge annual return would be required? Find out in part one of my series, "Don't Getting Fooled in School."
  • Don McDonald Show 3.6.14

    Mar 6, 2014 | 9 min
    What a difference a year makes. When looking at past performance of investments, the longer the track record the better.
  • Don McDonald Show 3.5.14

    Mar 5, 2014 | 11 min
    Can you become a billionaire by simply investing well? The odds aren't good and you'll need some serious dough to get started. Plus, even the very best investing advice doesn't look so good in reality.
  • Don McDonald Show 3.4.14

    Mar 4, 2014 | 11 min
    Far too many investment advisors charge far too much to create portfolios that stand little chance of overcoming the "drag" of high fees. So, why does the Wall Street Journal give so much press to pricey advisors like McGaldrey Wealth Management?
  • Don McDonald Show 3.3.14

    Mar 3, 2014 | 11 min
    No big surprise; stock prices are falling today as those who call themselves investors panic about the possibility of a new Crimean War.
  • Don McDonald Show 2.28.14

    Feb 28, 2014 | 11 min
    One of our competitors, The Mutual Fund Store, is watching us pretty closely. Find out why they should be worried because of the fees they charge and the type of funds they use.
  • Don McDonald Show 2.27.14

    Feb 27, 2014 | 9 min
    Why does one financial columnist act like he knows what the market is going to do in one breath and then suggest long-term, low-cost, diversified investing in the next?
  • Don McDonald Show 2.26.14

    Feb 26, 2014 | 10 min
    Today, my concern is with the number of folks entering the crazy (and dangerous) business of day trading. Day trading is really gambling and the numbers prove it.
  • Don McDonald Show 2.14.14

    Feb 14, 2014 | 10 min
    Will retiring baby boomers bust stock prices? Find out what Vanguard believes.
  • Don McDonald Show 2.13.14

    Feb 13, 2014 | 15 min
    Fall in love with your fund? How (or) should you accomplish this?
  • Don McDonald Show 2.11.14

    Feb 11, 2014 | 9 min
    Why do fcolumnists give either bad or half-bad advice? Plus, the Journal adds a brilliant new disclaimer.
  • Don McDonald Show 2.10.14

    Feb 10, 2014 | 9 min
    What are the 3 good reasons to roll your 401(k) or 403(b) into an IRA?
  • Don McDonald Show 2.7.14

    Feb 7, 2014 | 9 min
    There are only three ways to make money. If you choose the path of Matt Martoma, you could find yourself doing time
  • Don McDonald Show 2.5.14

    Feb 5, 2014 | 9 min
    A recent op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal illustrates just how foolish and self-serving many investing ideas really are.
  • SDon McDonald Show 2.4.14

    Feb 4, 2014 | 9 min
    It appears that when it comes to investing, great minds do think alike.
  • Don McDonald Show 2.3.14

    Feb 3, 2014 | 9 min
    Wall Street just can't seem to find any eveidence that mutual funds managers exhibit any predictable skill.
  • Don McDonald Show 1.31.14

    Jan 31, 2014 | 9 min
    MyRA, a weak plan to try and get more young and/or low-paid workers to save for retirement.
  • Don McDonald Show 1.30.14

    Jan 30, 2014 | 9 min
    Buying individual stocks is almost like gambling. Here are some examples of the dangers of betting on one business
  • Don McDonald Show 1.23.14

    Jan 23, 2014 | 5 min
    Still fighting a nasty bug, Don checks in with listeners
  • Don McDonald Show 1.17.14

    Jan 17, 2014 | 9 min
    While looking back at the past does not provide a glimpse of the future, it can provide some serious perspective about how we should behave going forward.
  • Don McDonald Show 1.16.14

    Jan 16, 2014 | 12 min
    How safe are your investments from hackers?
  • Don McDonald Show 1.15.14

    Jan 15, 2014 | 26 min
    We check the market "time" from two well know "stopped clocks," Harry Dent and Rober McHugh. Are they right yet?
  • Don McDonald Show 1.14.13

    Jan 14, 2014 | 20 min
    Why would anyone in the investment business fight against being required to do what's right for you? Plus, is JP Morgan Chase truly incompetent?
  • Don McDonald Show 1.13.14

    Jan 13, 2014 | 20 min
    Why you should own bonds. Plus, Chuck Jaffe agrees that diversification is the key to investing success.
  • Don McDonald Show 1.10.14

    Jan 10, 2014 | 17 min
    Don answers listeners questions of the gold and investment tax strategies.
  • Don McDonald Show 1.9.14

    Jan 9, 2014 | 24 min
    What is the worst investment? Could it be gold? Also, a listener shares some other great reason for hiring a good investment advisor.
  • Don McDonald Show 1.8.14

    Jan 8, 2014 | 22 min
    Is the market going to fall 50%? Listen in as Henry Blodgett and Jeff Macke pay "Dumb and Dumber" on Yahoo! Finance. Plus, another positive piece about Dimensional funds is published.
  • Don McDonald Show 1.7.14

    Jan 7, 2014 | 22 min
    How does DFA compare to Vanguard? Don looks at a crazy new fund idea and how much money should you have in stocks?
  • Don McDonald Show 1.6.14

    Jan 6, 2014 | 21 min
    Don explains why his favorite fund family, DFA, became his favorite. He also answers a listener's question about the downside of deflation.
  • Don McDonald Show 1.3.14

    Jan 4, 2014 | 41 min
    Don's final broadcast program featuring a final poke at Dave Ramsey's and Jim Cramer's bad investing advice.
  • Don McDonald Show 1.2.14

    Jan 4, 2014 | 41 min
    Don answers listeners deep questions and which financial products worry regulators most.
  • Don McDonald Show 12.23.13

    Dec 26, 2013 | 41 min
    Don has a momentary "Scrooge" attack and why high performance money managers are either lying or cheating.