Dear Dave,
My wife and I are in our early 70s, and weíre retired. We have about $136,000 in corporate bonds and $200,000 in mutual funds. Considering our age, should we move the investments into a CD?
Kurt

Dear Kurt,
Thereís always a chance youíll lose money if you leave it in mutual funds and bonds. Thatís the nature of the market. But thereís another kind of risk based on what youíre proposing, and thatís risk of value due to inflation.
Assuming you two are in good health, you could expect to live another 10 to 20 years. Most current CD rates are less than 1 percent. Even if they rise to 2 or 3 percent in the future, do you really want to see that kind of return when inflation is likely to rise 4 percent annually? Thatís in itself a type of risk, so I would urge you to keep that in mind.
No, I wouldnít advise moving all of your money to CDs. If I were in your shoes, Iíd live off the income generated by my mutual fund investments. As for the corporate bonds, Iím not a big fan of those. They entail almost as much risk as mutual funds without the good returns (on average) over a long period of time.
If youíre concerned about stability, Iím okay with you taking a little money from your bonds and putting it into a CD right now. But I wouldnít touch the mutual funds.
óDave

Her birthday money is symbolic

Dear Dave,
My wife received $100 from her parents for her birthday. When I asked what she planned to do with it, she said she was going to add it to her spending money. I think she should put it toward us paying off debt, but I bit my tongue and didnít say anything. Weíre in pretty good shape financially, so should I mention it or just let it go?
Charles

Dear Charles,
Iím sure youíre a smart man, so youíll understand when I tell you ó for the sake of your marriage and mental health ó to let this one go. Seriously, is $100 going to move the needle that much? Itís her birthday, and it was a gift designed to let her do something nice for herself. Thereís absolutely nothing wrong with her spending a little bit on herself on her special day.
If she had asked me about this, I would have told her it was fine. If she had asked me about putting it toward debt, I would have said thatís fine, too. Itís not a big deal for someone to have a little fun once in awhile. But itís a bad plan for you to try to get at her gift. Just let it go, and do your part to make sure she knows that you love her and that she has a great birthday!
óDave

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