There is a new rule pending approval which could dramatically change 401(k)s. If the ruling is approved, 401k plan managers, while choosing investments, will have to consider the ESG criteria (Environmental, Social and Governance factors) of investments for the plan. Generally speaking, fees on ESG funds are higher and there is some research which shows the ESG market may have already peaked.
Despite privately held beliefs on whether investments based on ESG criteria are generally better/worse than other investments, these factors, combined or individually, could hurt 401k balances.
Today on Wealth Talks, Tom and John discuss this problem and some ideas for working against a disintegrating status quo.
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Ever heard that? It seems to be a prevailing theme nowadays. Look to the experts. Don’t ask questions. Do what you’re told. Looking to the experts is fine but relying solely on them can be catastrophic. We have to exercise discretion and make our own decisions. Today on Wealth Talks, Tom and John discuss some of the core thought processes we need to have to be financially savvy.
We live in a world of lies. This isn’t anything new or unique to this time in history. We’ve been living in a world of lies for a long time. So, who should we trust? The government? Yeah, not us either. On today’s episode, Tom and John share what we need to know to survive in our “world of lies”.
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Taxing the rich is a topic many elected officials harp on with a religious zeal. Despite their moral high tone, taxes on the rich seem to do more damage to the middle and lower classes. The income tax, supposedly to penalize rich tycoons, ended up being paid mostly by people other than the rich. Whoops! Guess it’s time for a new tax. Any suggestions for a name?
On today’s episode, Tom and John discuss how we can avoid getting squelched by taxes and inflation... it’s one of the few weapons we have left.