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“Fun With Annuities” The Annuity Man Podcast

Dec 21, 2021

In this episode, The Annuity Man and David Blanchett discuss: 

  • People’s irrational preference 
  • A gap between perceived and actual ability
  • Is cryptocurrency going to last? 
  • Investing when there are low yields


Key Takeaways: 

  • In theory, people should be indifferent between spending down your portfolio and living off of it - but investors aren’t always rational, they have a strong preference towards not depleting their portfolio, they want to live off of the income. 
  • As you age, your probability of making a poor decision increases. At the same time, the gap increases between your perceived ability to make good decisions and your actual abilities. 
  • Blockchain technology is real, it has some potential public use but the value of cryptocurrency is effectively speculative and most investors are young people who have never seen market downturns. 
  • Don't focus on the fact that it could drop in value, focus on how it does in creating sustainable income. 


"The best thing you can do is to make 'easy buttons' and a way to enjoy retirement where you're not stressed out all the time when the market goes down." —  David Blanchett


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