Q.I recently inherited $25,000. I would like to invest this money where I can earn more interest than my savings account. I am afraid to take risks with my money. What do you recommend?
A. What I would recommend would depend upon your individual situation and whether or not you want any or all of this money accessible to you. For example, if you need part of the money as a cash reserve for emergencies, I would recommend that you consider an insured money market account available through many banks and savings and loan associations. The money would be readily available with no penalty for withdrawal. If you want to save some of the money for retirement, you may want to consider an annuity. These are available through insurance companies and are considered to be safe if purchased from a reputable company. It is best to deal with a well-established company that has an A plus rating from A. M. Best, a company that rates insurance companies.
Q.I opened an IRA account with a mutual fund. I had a portion of my money in their money market fund and they just sent me a dividend check for a small amount. Since this is my IRA, and I am not yet retired, can I cash this check?