retirement

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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SECURE Act Update Heading Into 2020

We’ve been keeping an eye on the SECURE Act for months now and recent legislation passed by Congress will make it effective starting in 2020. Get an overview of the adjustments and find out why Don believes this is the most important change to retirement accounts in nearly 15 years.

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Understanding 2020 Medicare Premiums and IRMAA Surcharges

It was recently announced that the Medicare Part B monthly premiums and the annual deductible would be higher in 2020, so how is this amount calculated? We turn to Don Cash to explain Medicare premiums, IRMAA surcharges, and how it breaks down into different tiers.

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Common Misunderstandings When It Comes to Social Security

Myths, rumors, and misunderstandings are pervasive in the world of Social Security. On this show, we’ll look to clear up the most common misunderstandings about Social Security, provide some background on the program, and forecast possible changes that could be coming.

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What Can We Learn About Retirement from Flying?

You’ve likely never thought about it before, but there’s a lot we can learn about retirement from flying. Yes, many of the same processes and principles that are used by pilots and planes can be applied to our financial plan. We’ll take you through those on this episode.

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5 Key Retirement Planning Mistakes

When it comes to retirement planning, it’s easy to make a mistake that you can’t undo. And oftentimes, it just comes down to the fact that you don’t know what you don’t know. So this week, Don sheds some light on the top 5 mistakes he has seen people make throughout the planning process.

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