Jill on Money: Kids and Money, Inflation, Bonds

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Beth Kobliner is back in the house! Beth is a widely acclaimed financial journalist, author, member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability and architect of the fabulous money.org web site. Beth highlights when to talk to your kids about money (as early as 2-3 year old!), the need to add financial literacy into the classroom and how our kids are measuring up when it comes to kids and money. Beth also discusses the need to limit college education debt and highlighted an important fact: where you go to college is less important than graduating with debt that is manageable.

Denny from KY is thinking about retirement, but with interest rates at such low levels, he is not sure whether the $400,000 he has accumulated is enough to provide the income necessary. The good news is that between his Social Security and his wife's Social Security, they can provide almost 2/3 of the need. Of course, the longer that Denny waits to retire, the better the scenario looks.

Nicholas and his wife have an infant and want to know whether a 529 in Texas is a good vehicle for saving for college versus investing in individual stocks in a brokerage account. In addition to the college planning, Nicholas is carrying credit card debt, which needs to be eradicated ASAP!

Augustine from CA is considering a reverse mortgage on his $450,000 house is a good idea for him. As I reminded him, the fixed payment of a reverse mortgage will remain constant, while prices will increase. In other words, the reverse mortgage payment that might make sense today, will not keep pace with inflation.

There is little evidence of inflation today there is little doubt that in the future, there will be price increases that could eat away at the value of bonds. Bob from MO called in to ask about whether given the prospect of future inflation, should move money out of his bond funds into stocks?

Mike and Ben wrote in with rollover questions; and Judi finished up the program with a question about using both 529 and the Lifetime Learning Credit. Check out the IRS web site for more information on coordinating educations credits and 529 plans.

Here are web sites and resources mentioned in this week's show:

-- Jill's Blog

-- NAPFA: National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (fee-only advisors)

-- The ABCs of Annuities: 6 Questions to Ask

-- The Pros and Cons of Annuities

--Immediate Annuity Calculator

-- Annuity salespeople don't like me

-- Social Security: Manage your account online

-- Social Security estimator

-- When to take Social Security?

--Social Security: File and Suspend

-- Social Security: Double-Dipping

-- Retirement Calculator

-- Retirement Plan Required Distribution Calculator

--Long-term Care - US government web site

-- Long term care conundrum

-- Life Expectancy Calculator

-- Life Insurance calculator

--Financial documents: What to shred, what to keep

-- Estate Planning: the Documents You Need

-- Money As You Grow

-- Reverse Mortgages via HUD Reverse Mortgages: The Basics

-- Reverse Mortgages: Don't let the Fonz sell you

Thanks to everyone who participated and to Mark, the BEST producer in the world. If you have a financial question, there are lots of ways to contact us:

Call 855-411-JILL and we'll schedule time to get you on the show LIVE

Send an email: askjill@moneywatch.com

Tweet me: @jillonmoney

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    Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Editor-at-Large for CBS MoneyWatch. She covers the economy, markets, investing or anything else with a dollar sign. Prior to the launch of MoneyWatch in 2009, Jill was the chief investment officer for an independent investment advisory firm. In her infancy, she was an options trader on the Commodities Exchange of New York.

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