There’s this lingering myth of “old money families” where wealth is easily passed from generation to generation. But studies have shown wealth attrition to be more common, as bad investment decisions, mismanagement and dilution of assets between heirs eats into the family fortune.
When I entered the investment industry in 1984 Peter Lynch was managing the highly successful Fidelity Magellan Fund. There was no talk among individual investors about excluding certain stocks from their portfolios for social reasons. The overall goal of investing was to maximize shareholder value. In other words, make the most money without regard to social impact.
Many of us cringe at the thought of paying for college. How do we even begin to think about that process? It's an incredibly expensive pursuit. The costs are forever rising when it comes to college expenses and that goes for private, public or trade schools.
You may have been told to start taking social security as soon as possible (when you reach age 62). Or that you can just keep right on working full time even as you collect. These are just two of the biggest Social Security misconceptions, and if you follow that advice it can end up costing you a lot.