Bite-sized guidance to help you properly plan for your retirement and financial future.

Outdated Financial Rules

June 11, 2020

What financial rules are worth following and which ones need an update? On this episode, we discuss several known financial rules to see which ones are dated and which ones stand the test of time.

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How To Mess Up Your Retirement Plans

June 4, 2020

How can you know your retirement plans are what they should be? What thoughts and assumptions can ruin your retirement? One thing’s for sure–you don’t want to mess it up!

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The Customer Ain’t Always Right In Financial Planning

May 28, 2020

When you see a financial advisor, do you want them to always tell you “you’re right” or do you want someone to coach your through your financial plan? Let’s talk about when the customer isn’t always right when it comes to financial planning.

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What To Do With Unexpected Extra Cash & Other Mailbag Questions

May 21, 2020

While many are hitting hard times financially, maybe you are among the few who are doing well and trying to make the most of it like Grace in Ames. Eric gives some advice on what to do with extra cash as well as answering two other questions from the mailbag.

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Coronavirus Update and a Look at Interest Rates

May 14, 2020

When you retire, it’s important to set up several sources of income, particularly predictable income. What are some forms of reliable income and what streams of income are more vulnerable? We’ll explore the options and help you determine if they might work for you.

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Finding Predictable Income Sources in Retirement

May 7, 2020

When you retire, it’s important to set up several sources of income, particularly predictable income. What are some forms of reliable income and what streams of income are more vulnerable? We’ll explore the options and help you determine if they might work for you.

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What’s The Difference Between These Important Financial Terms?

April 30, 2020

Do you know the difference between a Roth contribution and a Roth conversion? What about individual bonds and bond funds? Eric explains the difference between these important financial terms so you can decide what should be included in your financial plan.

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The Fool’s Gold of Retirement Planning

April 23, 2020

Are you clinging to financial ideas that give you a false sense of hope? On this episode, Eric points to clear strategies for you to make wise decisions when retirement planning.

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Dealing With The Death Of A Spouse

April 16, 2020

A financial plan should consider more than just where your investments are. Even though it’s
uncomfortable to bring it up, do you know what your plan is following the death of a spouse?

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Social Distancing For Your Finances

April 9, 2020

In order to keep safe, we’re all practicing social distancing right now. With your finances, are there some areas that need a little bit of space between them for safety and protection? Let’s run through four examples of social distancing in your financial plan.

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Should I Keep My Life Insurance Policy + Other Mailbag Questions

April 2, 2020

If your life insurance policy goes up after you turn 60, you may wonder if it’s still something
worth paying for. Or maybe you’ve just received an inheritance and don’t know what to
expect when it comes to taxes. Eric answers three questions from the mailbag this week.

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Making Home Renovations and Protecting Your Retirement Income

March 26, 2020

Are you wondering how to pay for a home renovation in retirement? Or, are you concerned about the market volatility with retirement a few years away? Eric answers three questions from the mailbag all related to making wise decisions regarding money in retirement.

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Life Happens: How Will Your Financial Plan Be Impacted?

March 19, 2020

We all know at one point or another something is bound to happen that can throw off your financial plan. How will you address these possible scenarios when it comes to your financial plan?

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Don’t Mistake Good Intentions for Sound Financial Advice

March 12, 2020

Can you tell the difference between good intentions and bad advice? Sometimes, even people who are truly trying to help can give you bad information and cause you to question your financial decisions.

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Stages Leading Up To Retirement

March 5, 2020

Life isn’t just “before retirement” and “after retirement” when it comes to your financial plan. There are several stages leading up to and through retirement. Which stage are you in?

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5 Frequently Asked 401k Questions

February 27, 2020

Do you have a question about your 401(k)? There’s a good chance you’ve wondered about at least one of these five frequently asked questions when it comes to your 401(k).

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What You Should Know About Leaving an Inheritance

February 20, 2020

Estate planning is just one piece of a comprehensive retirement plan but it’s an important one because you only get one opportunity to get it right. The problem is many individuals have very little experience with inheritances and often make mistakes when handing them down or receiving them. Let’s try to change that today by informing you about inheritances and the steps you need to take.

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Reasons Why People Don’t Retire

February 13, 2020

Why would someone put off retirement? Are there valid reasons to wait, even if you are of retirement age? Today we’ll look at the reasons that we often hear and the meaning behind what is said.

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Financial Advisor Green Flags

February 6, 2020

How do you know if you’ve found the right type of financial advisor? What is most important when looking for someone to work with who will create the right types of financial strategies for where you are in life?

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Understanding The SECURE Act, Part 2: Stretch IRAs

January 30, 2020

In part two of our series on the SECURE Act, we talk about some of the downsides to the changes. Eric explains the stretch IRA and what impact the SECURE Act made on it.

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