Infographic: 10 Most Asked Money Questions

by Hank Coleman

Money Q&A's 10 Most Asked Money Questions

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Stock Market Education

Hi Hank, Great job on the infographic! I do however have a problem with the image statement… How much cash should I be holding in my portfolio? Were you fully invested in Sept 2008? Whether your 20 or 30 years of age no one likes an 80% drop in portfolio performance! And if you were Cash in May 2009 you would be sitting pretty now!! Educated Investors make more in the long term!

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Hank

Yes, I was fully invested in 2008. 100% in stocks except for my emergency fund, and I was continually buying more and more stocks and mutual funds during that time. I’m blessed by having 40+ years until retirement. Also, just to point out, the stock market did not fall 80%. I’m sitting extremely pretty now that I bought all that stock at the bottom of the bear market 2008 & 2009 and all the way through to today’s rise as well. I’ve got a lot of cheap stock then, and I’m glad that I wasn’t flush with cash.

You should also read my original post that the infographic was based off of about young investors holding too much cash. http://moneyqanda.com/young-investors-hold-too-much-cash/

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Paul @ The Frugal Toad

Great tips Hank! How about making that chart into a giant refrigerator magnet?

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Hank

That is an awesome idea! I will send you the first one, Paul.

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BE @ BusyExecutiveMoneyBlog

I agree. Crisp, concise and to the point. I will say that if your time horizon is one where you are looking to retire “early” (for example, in your 40’s or 50’s) there might be some flexibility needed in a couple of these answers.

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SB @ One Cent At A Time

Good infographic in its basic form, where do you do that? Lately I have been seeing them around a lot. Also is infographic text searchable?

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Joe

I read the first item, which advises people to pay MORE interest than necessary to financial institutions (by making debt an emotional “psychological” issue, as the big banks would like, rather than analyzing it rationally like the big banks do) and I stopped reading. Dave Ramsay’s “Debt Snowball” method is a snowjob, plain and simple, and it can be proven with simple math. Apply your cash to your highest interest-rate debt. You’ll have more cash flow and you’ll pay off your debt quicker.

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Hank

You are absolutely right. You will pay your debt off faster by tackling the debt with the highest interest rate. But, there is something to be said about knocking off a bunch of small “ankle biter” debts fast though.

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Dannielle @ Odd Cents

This is great…. I have to share.

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Kevin @ SpringCoin

This is great Hank, I’d love to share this, however, I wish there was a way we can enlarge it a little bit.

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Kylie Ofiu

I love infographics like these.

As to a couple of the comments above I think everyone’s situation is different and what you do depends on that. Infographs like this are based on averages. Good job on investing in the stock market when it was low. I wanted to but my husband didn’t.

Also the comment about the snowball method, the reason so many promote it is because it has worked for lots and lots of people. Yes, if you are financially smart you would go the highest interest debt first, but many people need the feeling of achievement when knocking off their first small debt to propel them onwards to clear more debt.

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Monica

Awesome infographic Hank! I believe that everyone has a unique financial situation and different methods work for different people, kind of like raising a child. The best thing to do is be informed as possible and determine the best strategy for your particular situation.

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