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November 20, 2006

Podcast for 11/20/06: Interview with Dr. Larry Kotlikoff


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Kim interviews Dr. Larry Kotlikoff, an economist from Boston University and developer of the financial-planning software ESPlanner. The software is based on the concept of "consumption smoothing."

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Length: 29:01

2:00  The problems with conventional financial planning  -- it typically sets the wrong target for retirement spending and saving.
3:57  Even a 10% mistake in determining your target can lead to huge mistakes in savings amounts, life insurance, etc.
4:25  Technology and mathematics allow us a more realistic way of determining our targets, we don't need to guess.
6:10  Most of the traditional financial planning companies suggest bad targets and profit off their bad advice
8:40  There's a structural problem with the industry; going to traditional financial planners is like going to an old-time doctor who gives you a 2-minute checkup and charges you for a special elixir.
10:08  How do we distinguish the good advice from the bad? Dr. Kotlikoff talks about his software product, ESPlanner.
11:38  There's one prescription coming out of the economics profession, and that's consumption smoothing. ESPlanner is built on consumption smoothing.
12:35  Defining the terms consumption smoothing and sustainable lifetime standard of living
15:20  There are a lot of factors that go into generating the reports that ESPlanner makes. User puts in basic information.
21:15  Financial planning is not something to spend only 5 or 30 minutes on. You need to take it seriously.
23:27  Would this software replace the need for a financial planner?
23:55  All the data behind this software is continually updated (taxes, Social Security benefits, etc.)
27:00  Everyone's been putting their head in the sand when it comes to financial planning. There's a better way to do it.
27:52  Where to get the software and how much it costs.

ESPlanner software


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