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October 30, 2007

The Marvelous Miss Mary

I was on the phone the other day with the nicest lady. Her name was Mary. She had called in to my radio program the previous Saturday. I had given her my number and told her to call me so I could give her the name of a good, fee-only financial planner because that was what she really needed.


Mary had worked hard her entire life. Her job wasn't glamorous. It didn't pay anywhere near the top of the pay scale, but you can tell she did it with pride. She started putting money in her employer's retirement plan back in the 1980s, when they first came out, and she had been contributing religiously ever since.


Her house is paid for and she has saved a hundred thousand dollars or so outside her 401(k). She will also get a small pension and Social Security. She is getting ready to retire at the end of the year. She told me she has always read as much as she could about personal finance. She wanted a financial planner who could help her, not tell her what to do. (You go girl!)


We chatted about mutual funds. Some of her friends, she said, were afraid of the stock market because they didn't want to lose money. But she understood, from watching her 401(k) all those years, that sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down, but over the time she has had it, it has gone up a lot! You just have to leave it be.


Unlike most of her generation, she understood intuitively that she had to focus on not outliving her money rather than the fear of losing it. She knew she had to keep investing in the stock market for her nest egg to keep up with inflation. She is the exception, not the rule in this regard.


Mary listens to me on the radio all the time, she says. The idea of that makes my heart skip a beat and brings a smile to the corners of my lips. I love the idea that I might have helped her in my own small way.


She brought up the Snider Investment Method™. She never graduated from high school, she told me, and she doesn't know how to use a computer - yet. She is thinking about taking some courses now she is retired.


"I just wish I was smart enough to do your Snider Method!"


"Miss Mary", I said, "I can tell you one thing for sure. After what you have told me today, what is holding you back is not lack of smarts. When it comes to your money, you have accomplished what only 20% of people ever do - financial success. If you ever set your mind to learning the computer well enough, I am CERTAIN you could do the Snider Method. Look what you have already learned on your own!"


As you can probably tell, I thought Miss Mary was just marvelous! I could have talked to her all day. It just goes to show, investing and personal finance is mostly common sense … and they don't teach you that in school or hand it out with your promotions!


What Miss Mary teaches us is anybody can be a good investor and a good steward of their money.

Kim Snider Financial Communications makes no representation that the information and opinions expressed are accurate, complete or current. The opinions expressed should not be construed as financial, legal, tax, or other advice and are provided for informational purposes only. All investments are subject to risk, including possible loss of principal. Call 866-952-0100 to request the Snider Investment Method™ Owner's Manual, which includes a description of the Snider Investment Method, investment objectives, risks, suitability and other information. Please read and consider carefully before investing.

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Kim Snider is an author, speaker and host of Financial Success Coaching, Saturdays at noon, on KRLD Newsradio 1080, Dallas - Fort Worth. This blog is primarily devoted to empowering individual investors with information to help them be good stewards of their money. Above all, it is about achieving true financial success. Kim's book, How To Be the Family CFO: Four Simple Steps to Put Your Financial House in Order is in bookstores now. Order yours from Amazon or other fine booksellers today.

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