I am bombarded with data from financial institutions every hour of every day. So, I just turn it off when it comes on TV, unless it’s from a celebrity I recognize. I do listen to the radio, though. But I won’t read an ad in the newspaper or a magazine. I look at my mail, but I don’t visit websites or anything like that. I am always interested to hear what someone has to say when they want to give me a free meal to listen. It’s easier to learn in a group when you can share with others.
-Hazel N., 71, Bloomington, Minn.
My credit union has proved to be a good source of information. They give me the information and let me take it home to read. I don’t want to be rushed into making decisions, so I like when they give me time to read and absorb the material.
-Jerry G., 66, Paterson, N.J.
I have been to retirement seminars and dinner meetings. I have learned quite a bit, but I was frustrated that some advisors have not wanted to do anything with my investments unless I would turn everything over to them. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to convince me that they are omnipotent enough to secure my investments except in their own minds.
-Donna W., 61, Salem, Ore.
I am more likely to read mail. Unsolicited e-mail goes right to my junk mail, and even though I browse it before I dump the entire file, it would have to be something really unusual for me to open it.
-James P., 62, Cambridge, Mass.