The Good Old Days

Why is retirement planning different than the “good old days” that our parents and grandparents experienced? Things like pensions, Social Security, and even RMD age have changed. Is your financial plan set up accordingly or is it in need of some changes to match?

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Mailbag: When Should I Retire?

When is the perfect time to retire? One question from the mailbag asks whether retiring now or in two years will make a big difference. Eric explains what you’ll need to consider and what differences you might encounter from a work and lifestyle standpoint. Then, he answers Nancy’s question on how important it is to have a financial advisor in retirement.

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Discussing Dave Ramsey and His Core Beliefs

More than likely, you’ve heard about financial commentator, Dave Ramsey. Today, we talk about some of Dave’s core beliefs and how it may differ from those of a licensed financial advisor. While Dave’s tips and baby steps have helped people, it’s worth taking some of his advice with a grain of salt. 

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Mailbag: What Should I Do With My Inheritance?

Every day you have to make choices about your money. What to spend it on, when to save, and how to manage it well. We tackle three questions from the mailbag today from people facing a financial decision. From learning how to take care of the household finances after one spouse passes to deciding about helping a child pay for college, Eric can help point clients in the right direction.

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The Voice of Greed

What does the voice of greed sound like? We hear a lot in the financial space, some of it sound advice, and some of it just plain greedy (and even risky). There’s a time and a place for risk, but it comes down to planning. Not all of your money should have the same risk profile. Working with a financial advisor can help you determine how much risk is good vs. having safety.

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The Financial Guessing Game

Sometimes we fall into playing the guessing game when it comes to our finances. For instance, how much do you really need in retirement? Instead of grabbing at arbitrary numbers, first think about how much you spend. Some of your expenses may change in retirement compared to your working years, but plan for your needs based on your expenses and your goals.

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Inheritance FAQ

We’ve found that some common questions come up around inheritance, so today we are going to tackle a few! Whether you have recently inherited or want to set up your estate in a way that makes it easier on your beneficiaries, there’s something for you to learn in today’s show.

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Questions that Are Hard to Answer

When you sit down to talk about your finances, sometimes you run into a question that stumps you. Even if you can’t fully answer the questions, it’s still important to consider these when financial planning.

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Tax Consequences

Taxes are a major part of your life, especially your life in retirement. Having a good understanding of how you can prepare may save you in the long-run. Discussing your options with a financial advisor can help point you in the right direction. Listen in as we chat about tax consequences in today’s episode.

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Cutting Corners Financially

Sometimes we want to take the easy way out instead of the smarter way. Today, we talk about ways people have tried to cut corners financially and where that falls apart. Think you can take extra risk to make up for lost time? Letting your financial life fall to disarray?

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Risk Aversion

risk aversion

No one loves losing money. So how do you strike the right balance of investing vs. being overly risk averse? Eric talks through how he guides clients through this dilemma. You might be surprised to find out your investment accounts are riskier than you realized!

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Tax Planning in Retirement

Tax planning in retirement

Next to income, tax planning is the most important thing Eric focuses on with his clients. If you can control how much tax you pay, it’s more money you get to keep, spend, and enjoy. Retirement is a prime time to focus on tax planning as you have more opportunity to control the taxes you owe. 

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Overconfidence in Your Financial Life

When can overconfidence cause catastrophe? If you are setting your financial goals based on a rule of thumb or a certain arbitrary dollar amount, you might want to reconsider. Having overconfidence, especially in the wrong things, can lead to financial disaster.

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Learning From Financial Mistakes

Sometimes we learn from our mistakes, and unfortunately, sometimes we make the same mistake over and over. Having a financial advisor can help you navigate through your financial decisions so you don’t get stuck in the same rut of financial mistakes on repeat. In today’s episode, Eric will share some of the mistakes that he sees people make frequently. 

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The Hierarchy Of Retirement Needs

You may be familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs which breaks down a human’s needs into five different tiers. In today’s episode, we apply those tiers to what you need when retirement planning. Have you planned and saved in a way that will cover all of these needs?

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Finances with Forrest Gump

The classic movie, Forrest Gump, is full of great quotes. We see how some of those quotes can be applied to your finances. From figuring out what to do when life isn’t going just like you thought to learning from past mistakes, there are a lot of takeaways from Forrest.

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Financial Matters People Put Off

Humans can be really good at procrastination. When we have the basics covered, it’s easy to put off the decisions and actions that we don’t want to deal with just yet. Today, we talk about some of the financial matters people are prone to put off and what you would be better off tackling right away. You might be surprised to find it wasn’t so hard to handle after all!

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