Episode 47
Meir Statman

What Is the Right Balance Between Saving and Spending in Retirement?

In this episode, Tom McCullough interviews Meir Statman, well-known author and professor at Santa Clara University who specializes in behavioral finance. We talk about what behavioral finance really means and how it impacts the lives of families of wealth. Meir also talks about his chapter in Wealth of Wisdom answering the question “What is the right balance between saving and spending in retirement?” In his research interviews with couples in retirement age, he finds that many have more than enough money to pay for whatever they need, without risk of running out of money before running out of life. Yet they resist, insisting that they cannot afford these services. Why do people behave this way? Can they change? Should they change? Fascinating conversation with a remarkable person.