Every weekday, I host a financial talk radio show online. The Financial Impact Factor Radio with Paul Petillo, Dave Kittredge and Dave Ng is the one place where talk about money comes alive. Tune in whenever you like. Archived version of the Financial Impact Factor can be found here.
As Jeffrey Kluger writes: “We’re suckers for scale. Things that last for a long time impress us more than things that don’t, things that scare us by their sheer size strike us more than things we dwarf. We grow hushed,” he writes in his book Simplexity “at say, a star and we shrug at a guppy. And why not?” he asks. “A guppy is cheap, fungible, eminently disposable, a barely conscious clump of proteins that coalesce, swim about for a few months, and then expire entirely unremarked upon.” He then suggests that “a star roars and burns across the epochs, birthing planets, consuming moons, sending showers of energy to the limits of its galaxy.” Yet, he points out, “the guppy is where the magic lies.” A star is just a furnace whereas a guppy is a symphony of systems. So it is with the world of finance.
And joining us today on the Financial Impact Factor Radio we have Roger Wohlner, Certified Financial adviser at Asset Strategy Consultants based in Arlington Heights, Ill., where he provides advice to individual clients, retirement plan sponsors, foundations, and endowments. He recently cofounded Retirement Fiduciary Advisors to provide direct investment and retirement planning advice to 401(k) plan participants. Roger also blogs at Chicago Financial Planner and columnist for USNews and World Report. He has been kind enough to join us today to help us sort through the complexity, the scale we are so impressed with.
That scale, that complex mechanism that Roger has agreed to speak about is the target date fund. If you use one, you should listen to this explanation. If you invest, you should tune in as well.