Q&As: 18-year-old should wait a bit before buying a house; Saving for the grandchildren — how much risk is good?; Rental property depreciation risks.
Keeping financial advisers on their toes — good for the rest of us. A warning to financial advisers: You’d better give good, unbiased advice to your next new client. And the one after that. And the one after that. You never know which one might be a “mystery shopper” working undercover. If you do serve a mystery shopper, they will report on a website whether the advice you gave “is truly in the best interests of the individual client” — something that Joe and Joanne Blow often find hard to judge.
House prices should worry reader. I’ve just re-read an email from a reader, and it concerns me — especially in light of a recent Economist cover story. The reader put $80,000 into two rental properties six years ago, and it has turned into $255,000, “with very little effort on our part.”