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PBS Frontline – “The Retirement Gamble” Facing Us All

Martin Smith – The Retirement Gamble: “Let’s say you sit down with an adviser at your brokerage or bank and ask for some advice on how you should allocate your retirement savings, or which funds you might want to choose for your IRA. You’ll get lots of advice, but chances are it won’t be worth much. Eighty five percent of all financial advisers and financial planners are really just brokers or salesman. Their incentive is to sell you a product that makes them a higher commission, not necessarily a product that maximizes your chances of saving more. Only 15 percent of advisers are “fiduciaries” — advisers who by law must operate with your best interests in mind.”

  • See also The Online Investing Knowledge Gap 2013 Investment Literacy Survey and The Retirement Savings Drain: Hidden & Excessive Costs of 401(k)s
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