Take a married 72 & 73 year old couple, in good health, whose combined, indexed annuities enable them to live in the manner in which they have always lived: comfortably, and they can usually save $500 per month to invest. The male spouse (with full agreement of his wife)handles all investments: a little over $100,000. In 15 plus years of retirement, investments were made cautiously and fairly prudently: an array of mutual funds with varying amounts (30-70%)in money markets. About 2 years ago they decided to take greater risks with the money in order to be able to give (or leave)more to their children. He bought small amounts of common stock in 25 companies, watched them nervously and in a big downturn managed to get out unscathed, but unimproved. Then he learned about THE MOTLEY FOOL. He took the RB Seminar, along with 2 of his kids. They screened down to 9 RB companies. He picked 4 of those and invested half their money in the 4 and ALL of the rest in mostly high tech stuff.Crazy like a fox.He does not need the money so he can aford risk and he is long term which leans toward stock investments. He is having fun and what better use of your extra money.He should have an emergency fund and spend some money on extras for himself and wife.The rest can go into the market.I think his mistake was 25 stocks and then trying to time the market. He was lucky.The question is can he hold durning the next market down turn. I might also consider a littlebit of money into an inxed fund even if this is not so much fund. I consider the annuities the bond side of his investments if you are thinking about asset allocation.If his wife has no interest maybe one or two of the kids can be involved to help but more importantly be able to take over when he wants to devote his time to other efforts.
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