retirement

Get Your House in Order! Why You Need an Estate Plan

As we move towards the end of the year, we’re looking over checklists for items that need some attention, and while it’s not specific year-end planning, now is a great time to address your estate plan.

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Your Health Span vs Your Life Span

We are all familiar with the term life span and the concern inflation and social security changes may impact living a long life. Today, we are going to talk about “health span” and what we need to think about as we live longer, and hopefully healthier, in retirement.

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Artificial Intelligence: Should We Be Afraid?

Join Don and Marc as they dive into the fascinating world of artificial intelligence. Discover the potential risks, benefits, and the ever-expanding reach of AI across various industries. From AI-generated music and artwork to robo-advisors and facial recognition, AI is revolutionizing the way we interact with technology. In this episode, we’ll explore the origins of AI the blurred lines between reality and AI, and ultimately answer the question: should you be worried?

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2022 Year in Review

Market volatility became the norm in 2022. In this episode, we will be discussing the ups and downs of the last year, from volatility to celebrity news. Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode: Current inflation and the outlook for next year. Examples of volatility throughout this last year. Big events/drama that happened…

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Year End Planning (It’s Not Too Late)

We are heading toward Christmas and The New Year at lightning speed. We are only weeks away from 2023.  It looks like we came off Black Friday and Cyber Monday with lots of shoppers and over the past week we have had better-than-expected economic data, yet the stock market has dropped. What are we to…

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Inflation, Early Retirement, & Proposed Changes to Social Security

In a normal year, just one of these topics would be significant news for us to discuss, but 2022 is filled with headlines that impact retirement planning. On this episode, we’re going to provide an update on inflation and the indicators to be watching, share stats on the early retirement trend, and give you the truth on the latest proposed legislation that impacts Social Security.

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What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Planning

Washington recently passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which on the surface appears to be aimed at solving the inflation problem. But there’s much more inside the bill, including a few different items that directly impacts financial planning. We’ll break down this new legislation on the podcast and highlight other laws that might be on the way.

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Summer Heat and Economic Stress

There’s a heat wave spreading across the world right now, along with a lot of economic stress. On today’s episode we’ll explore some expert opinions on our current bear market. Does Don agree or disagree with them?

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Inflation, Interest Rates and Bond Prices – Oh My!

Interest rates are going up, inflation is impacting our wallets, and bond prices are down. On today’s episode, we break down these issues and how they could impact you.

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Winners and Losers 2 Years After Covid Market Crash

What does it take to be a winner in today’s stock market? We’ll explore the difference between winners and losers when it comes to investing on today’s episode.

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New Inflation Numbers, What Do They Mean?

We’ve already seen tremendous inflation in housing, lumber and other areas since Covid hit. But will that soaring inflation continue?

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How Could the Capital Gains Tax Affect You?

Do these proposed changes really only affect high-income earners and the wealthy? On today’s episode, we look at recent changes and proposals that could impact your finances.

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What You Need to Know About Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Are you or someone you know considering living in a retirement community? What should you know ahead of time? What kind of costs might come with that?

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What Does the Stimulus Package Mean For You?

We talk through what the stimulus package includes, what it means, and where we’re headed on today’s episode. Then, Don answers a question from the mailbag about refinancing.

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Planning for Social Security Benefit Changes

The federal government recently announced an increase to Social Security benefits for 2021 but it also came with an increase in Medicare premiums. On this episode, we’ll tell you what you need to know about these adjustments along with thoughts on additional changes that could come be coming down the road.

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Obsolete Financial Planning Axioms

Have you ever heard of the 10-5-3 rule? It’s one of the outdated financial planning axioms that just don’t make sense anymore. Today we’ll tell you why and explain interest rates, inflation, and factors that determine where we’re headed.

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Stock Market & Real Estate Update

As summer winds down, the economy is still facing numerous challenges but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the stock market and real estate these past few months. Let’s try to make some sense of what we’re seeing in both markets and find out what Don thinks about the rest of the year.

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Preparing For Financial Storms

Are you prepared for a financial storm? We explain what to do and why a financial advisor is so important in helping you weather tough conditions when the forecast gets dark.

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2019 Financial Year in Review

Before we turn the page and move into the new decade, let’s take a look back at a busy 2019. We saw a strong market, interest rate cuts, the passing of the SECURE Act, and more, but there are also some signs for concern heading into 2020.

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