Financial Decoder

15 EpisodesProduced by TKWebsite

Cognitive and emotional biases can have a big impact on your financial life. Each episode of Financial Decoder looks closely at one financial decision--and the biases that might cloud your judgment and cost you money. Host Mark Riepe, head of the Schwab Center for Financial Research, decodes the beh… read more

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Should You Be More Active With Your Portfolio?

June 17th, 2019


Trading is a crucible of emotions and analysis. During volatile markets and periods of economic change, it is common for regular investors to ask …

Do You Really Need an Estate Plan?

June 3rd, 2019


Discussing what will happen to your children and your assets after you die might not sound like the most pleasant task. Is that why so many people …

When Should You Retire?

May 20th, 2019


After saving up your whole life, is it finally the right time to retire? It’s a complex decision with a lot of variables. In this episode, Mark Riepe …

How Can You Catch Up on Retirement Savings?

May 6th, 2019


Saving for retirement can seem overwhelming—especially if you are 50 years old and haven’t saved nearly enough. Fortunately there are some provisions …

Should You Rethink the Risk in Your Portfolio?

April 22nd, 2019


Your willingness and ability to take on risk in your portfolio has a significant effect on how your portfolio performs. However, perceptions of risk …

Should You Diversify Differently?

April 8th, 2019


Two corrections for the broad market in 2018, coupled with bear markets in various segments of the market have many investors facing a decision: do I …

What Should You Do with Your 401(k)?

February 25th, 2019


A recent survey of people participating in 401(k) plans revealed that 62% of them expect their 401(k) to be their biggest source of income in retirement. But if these accounts are so critical to retirement, why are they …

How Much Risk Should You Take with Bonds?

February 11th, 2019


Like any investment, bonds do come with their own set of risks. How can you best evaluate these different risks? It’s easy to be distracted by stories or personal experiences that aren’t necessarily representative of …

How Do You Evaluate an ETF?

January 28th, 2019


In the U.S. alone, ETFs now account for more than $3 trillion in assets. When deciding whether or not to invest in a particular fund, what are the …

How Can You Reach Your Financial Goals?

January 14th, 2019


We all have goals. Juggling multiple goals in a world of finite time and money can be tough. Whatever your goal in life is, can you name the steps …

How Can You Save More?

December 17th, 2018


People are hardwired to value earning money more than saving it. A recent report shows that 26% of all workers have saved less than $1,000 for retirement and 64% have saved less than $100,000. In this episode, Mark …

Does Your Portfolio Need Adjusting?

December 3rd, 2018


What’s an acceptable level of performance for your portfolio? Before you can answer that question, you first have to be sure you’re calculating your …

When Should You Take Social Security?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode of Financial Decoder, host Mark Riepe examines one of the most critical retirement decisions: When should you take Social Security? …

What Should You Sell?

November 5th, 2018


In this episode of Financial Decoder, host Mark Riepe, head of the Schwab Center for Financial Research, examines the psychological forces that …

Introducing Financial Decoder

October 29th, 2018


In this new podcast, host Mark Riepe, head of the Schwab Center for Financial Research, unpacks important financial decisions and the biases that may prevent you from choosing wisely. Subscribe for free today to get the …

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