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Structured Products (Plus Just Keep Buying with Nick Maggiulli) (EP.255)

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Structured products can offer unique investment opportunities and customization but also come with risks and complexities. It is vital to thoroughly understand the product's structure, risks, and potential returns before investing. In this episode, we delve into the value of structured products and recap a past episode about the philosophy of money before continuing our focus on reading and finance by diving into the book, Just Keep Buying by Nick Maggiulli. Nick is a highly regarded author known for his insightful and engaging works on finance and investing. With a passion for demystifying complex financial concepts, Nick has earned a reputation for his ability to present information in a clear and accessible manner. His ability to blend storytelling with data-driven insights made his articles immensely popular among readers of all backgrounds. We discuss the pros and cons of financial products, why investors prefer them, the dark side of structured products, and what investors need to avoid. We recap a past episode with Barry Ritholtz about the philosophy of money and the main takeaways from our conversation with him. Then, we delve into Just Keep Buying and the invaluable lessons and uncover hidden gems it offers readers before speaking to Nick about savings and investing. We discuss the best strategies for investing, how to spend your money comfortably, why you should never wait for the markets to dip, and much more. To learn everything about structured products and valuable insights about saving and investing, tune in now. 


Key Points From This Episode:


•    Learn about structured products and what they offer investors. (0:03:12)

•    Why structured products can be a problem for investors. (0:07:00)

•    We discuss whether the pricing of structured financial products is fair. (0:12:05)

•    How financial institutions use complexity to exploit uninformed investors. (0:14:51)

•    Outline of key findings from research conducted on structured financial products. (0:17:47)

•    The behavioural aspect of structured products and why investors prefer them. (0:22:20)

•    A recap of the main takeaways from our interview with Barry Ritholtz. (0:26:10)

•    This week’s book review of Just Keep Buying. (0:28:54)

•    Nick explains the difference between saving and investing. (0:32:54)

•    A comparison of just keep buying and dollar cost averaging strategies. (0:35:21)

•    Whether people should wait for a dip in the market before investing. (0:37:23)

•    Why you do not need as much savings as you think you need. (0:39:04)

•    What the biggest lie is regarding personal finance. (0:42:29)

•    Find out how to spend your money guilt-free. (0:44:13)

•    He unpacks what comes after the just keep buying strategy, and how to be comfortable spending more in retirement. (0:46:48)

•    Financial advice that Nick has for listeners. (0:51:03)

•    The aftershow: upcoming guests, feedback about the show, and more. (0:53:59) 


Links From Today’s Episode:

Nick Maggiulli —
Nick Maggiulli on LinkedIn —
Nick Maggiulli on Twitter —
Just Keep Buying —
Episode 57: Barry Ritholtz —
Episode 248: Professor William Goetzmann — Episode 253: Professor Paul Calluzzo —
Episode 126: Dr. Brian Portnoy and Josh Brown — ‘The dark side of financial innovation’ — ‘Catering to Investors Through Security Design’ — abstract/132/3/1469/3057435
‘Engineering lemons’ — S0304405X21001653
‘Ex-post Structured Product Returns’ — Ritholtz Wealth Management —

Animal Spirits Podcast —
Masters in Business Podcast — business
Die With Zero — Superfans — 1949709469
Storyworthy — dp/1608685489
Rational Reminder on iTunes — podcast/id1426530582. 

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