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What do you think about senior living communities? Would you want to move to one? According to a recent WSJ article, occupancy in senior housing is on the decline despite the fact that baby boomers are aging and more of these communities are springing up all over the country. In the retirement headlines segment, we’ll take a look at the reasons for…
 
Has the Covid pandemic caused you to reevaluate your life and consider early retirement? If so, you are not alone. Now that we are starting to emerge from the pandemic, many Americans have a new 'life is short' mindset. This, coupled with an upswing in investments and home values is leading many affluent Americans in a rush to retire. Check out the…
 
Life throws us curve balls all the time. It’s part of the journey and we all have to figure out how to overcome the challenge and keep pushing forward. Having that added pressure of being a business owner makes it even tougher, but no matter how down you get, I want you to think about June Scharf. Our guest today might be familiar to some of the pe…
 
Episode 200! I can’t believe I’ve made it to this landmark episode. Thank you all for joining me on this journey and I hope you'll join me for the next 200. I enjoy looking back and reminiscing on previous episodes, but I don’t have to go too far back to find my most recent favorite. Episode 199 is one of my most recent favorites. In it, I intervie…
 
What is the number one travel goal for people approaching retirement? Disney! People young and old alike love to go to Disney. In my 15 years of retirement planning, I have discovered that a multi-generational trip to Disney is at the top of most people’s bucket lists. That is why I have brought the world’s foremost expert on Disney travel, Lou Mon…
 
If you’ve listened to our show at all, you already know that podcasting is a very cost-effective strategy for nurturing your clients but today we want to tell you about a Certified Financial Planner that has built his business around a podcast. Our guest today is Benjamin Brandt, who started the Retirement Starts Today Radio six years ago and has g…
 
Have you ever thought about your relationship with work? As retirement looms ahead, many people become fearful of the unknown that it brings. A common way to express this fear is to worry about money, but this fear goes beyond money. The real fear that people have about retirement is about how they will spend their time when they no longer have wor…
 
We’ve all been sitting at home for the past year and now everyone is getting the travel bug. That’s why today we’re kicking off the Summer Travel Series with an interview with Lee Huffman. Lee hosts a podcast called We Travel There and he writes a frugal travel blog at BaldThoughts.com. I’ve been curious about the world of travel hacking, so I have…
 
If you’re looking for a way to separate yourself from other advisors, tax planning just might be the answer. Most people are focused on tax preparation each year but providing tax planning as part of an overall approach to serving clients, you’ll be able to provide additional value to each person you work with. The holdup for people is not having a…
 
Nobody wants to think about becoming a widow or widower, but unfortunately, if you are married, there is a 50/50 chance that you could. In addition to the crushing grief that comes with losing a spouse, there are many details to take care of in that first year alone. This is why I want to share an article with you from NextAvenue.org. The article, …
 
Do you consider being rich and being wealthy the same thing? In the book by Morgan Housel, The Psychology of Money, the author argues that these words mean two different things. In this episode of Retirement Starts Today, we’ll explore the difference between rich and wealthy as well as the connotation of the word money. Outline of This Episode [1:4…
 
One of the positives that came out of the COVID pandemic was the increased comfort most people now feel on virtual calls and online video conferences. While we’ll be able to transition away from doing as many of these as advisors, it’s still a valuable tool that we now have at our disposal. The Renegade Advisor program now offers up a webinar servi…
 
Are you one of the many that are being held back from early retirement by the exorbitant cost of health insurance? If so, you won't want to miss this episode. This week’s retirement headline comes from Carolyn McClanahan at AdvisorPerspectives.com and it outlines the enhanced health insurance subsidies that stem from the American Rescue Plan (ARP).…
 
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the 4% rule for retirement planning. This rule is great for speculating your likelihood of success, but it isn’t always the best rule to follow in practice. Druce Vertes at AdvisorPerspecives.com offers a different approach to implementing the original 4% Rule. On this episode of Retirement Starts Today, we’ll dive i…
 
As you prepare yourself for retirement, you probably have a vision of your retired self traveling, spending more time on your hobbies, or with loved ones. Retirement will give you time for all that and more. I read an article recently that describes the 6 phases of retirement. I had never defined it that way before, but this was an interesting way …
 
Have you ever considered going back to school? Early retirement can be a fantastic time to explore new learning opportunities. In this episode of Retirement Starts Today, we’ll take a look at a Market Watch article that describes the burgeoning culture of adult learning for those at or near retirement age. We’ll continue by exploring many higher ed…
 
Since 2020 was the year of working from home, you may be wondering how you can deduct your home office expenses from your taxes now that tax time is upon us. For this reason, we explore an article written by Jeffrey Levine at Kitces.com. Learn the home office deduction rules and discover if they will apply to your situation. Outline of This Episode…
 
Today we’re excited to bring on a good friend and a successful business owner who’s managed to merge different practices into one operation. Trent Benedetti, CPA, CFP, IAR, owner of Benedetti Financial is our guest on this episode of the Profitable Advisor and he’s a perfect example of how to provide multiple services for clients. He started with n…
 
If 2020 has taught us anything it is that the future is not always certain. This has brought about feelings of insecurity and anxiety in some people. That’s why this week, I share an article from Harvard Business Review which describes how people can use micro-planning and biomimicry to combat feelings of uncertainty brought on by this post-pandemi…
 
Are you signed up for the My Social Security account from the Social Security Administration? In this episode, we’ll review a Kitces.com article written by Jeffrey Levine about this important resource. We’ll review the history of My Social Security, how to sign up for it, how its benefit calculations account for inflation, and how Americans can int…
 
If you want a master class on marketing strategy, this might be the closest you’ll get in a single podcast episode. Today we’re talking with Kia Arian, who we’ve worked with for a few years. She’s a strategist and graphic designer to many of the biggest marketing names out there. She’s also helped with Dan’s upcoming book, Advisor VooDoo: Mastering…
 
Despite the economic downturn, 2020 turned out to be a fantastic year for charitable giving. In this episode, we’ll look at how people chose to give and you’ll learn about the efficiency of giving through donor-advised funds (DAFs). In the listener questions segment, you’ll learn how to survive a bear market in retirement. We’ll investigate the len…
 
If you’ve been working from home over the past year you may wonder why you feel even more exhausted than normal. This could be due to Zoom Fatigue. In this episode, we’ll explore an article from CNBC that references a Stanford study about this phenomenon. In the listener questions segment, I’ll answer questions about RMDs and Roth conversions. Let’…
 
It’s time to introduce you to Paul Durso. He’s one of the original members of the Renegade Advisors program and has enjoyed a lot of success after stepping out on his own. To understand Durso’s process, you have to know his background. He left a successful practice in Michigan because the partnership wasn’t working like he hoped and moved to North …
 
You have fraud protection on your bank accounts and your credit cards, but what about your retirement accounts? Today we’ll explore an article from the Wall Street Journal outlining a case of cyber fraud in a 401K account. We’ll also discuss ways for people to safeguard their savings. In the listener questions segment, I’ll answer a question about …
 
If you have listened to the news at all lately, you probably know what our Retirement Headlines segment will cover. The American Rescue Plan is all any financial news is talking about these days, so in today’s episode, we’ll explore what you need to know about this recent piece of legislation. Then in the Listener Questions segment, I answer the qu…
 
When you think about the reasons you haven’t been as successful as you want to be, how often do you look to someone or something else to blame? It’s our natural inclination but what we’ve learned from mindset expert Nina Cooke is that we need to be examining ourselves. On this episode of the podcast, we have a follow up conversation with Nina Cooke…
 
Enrolling in Medicare can be extremely stressful and confusing. There are so many choices to make, there are different rules to follow, and timelines to be met. Additionally, there is so much information out there that it merely adds to the confusion. On this episode of Retirement Starts Today, I share with you an article written by Joanne Giardini…
 
How long have you been saving for retirement? Are you hesitant to break into your retirement funds and start living it up once you retire? This week I share two Retirement Headlines articles. The first is called Right-Sizing Retirement and it comes from the Financial Planning Association. In this article, the authors pose an important question: why…
 
Every advisor wants to find ways to increase AUM and the best way to do that is by maximizing the clients you’re already working with. Few businesses do that better than the Duffy Law Office in Davenport, Iowa. Along with estate planning, attorneys Dennis Duffy and Ryan Denman also provide a variety of financial planning services for their clients …
 
Have you heard of the Monte Carlo retirement projection analysis? It is being used more and more by advisors and even popular retirement planning websites. Today, in the Retirement Headlines segment, I offer some insight on an article from Kitces.com that argues that using the Monte Carlo projection, a 50%probability of success rate is good enough.…
 
Have you wondered why the markets had such an amazing year in 2020 when the economy was a mess and everyone was stuck at home? You aren’t the only one. That’s why in this episode, we’ll look at a New York Times article that examines this question. We’ll also answer some listener questions directly from our newsletter readers. Dave asks about divide…
 
Has the Covid-19 pandemic cut into your vacation plans? It seems like everyone’s travel plans have changed over the past year. But what does that mean for employees and companies? Anne Steele and Chip Cutter examine the effects of Covid-19 and vacation taking in a recent Wall Street Journal article that we’ll look at today. In addition to our Retir…
 
Has the news about the ups and downs in the market lately got you a bit worried? You aren’t the only one. Many people are even thinking about pulling their money out in case there is a market correction. Does this sound like you? If so, you’ll definitely need to listen to this episode. When you press play you’ll hear what would happen if you only i…
 
Making the decision to leave a brokerage and start working on your own comes with a lot of risk but provides an opportunity to work for yourself. It’s something many people think about but need the encouragement to take that leap. On this episode, we’ll continue our conversations with other financial advisors as we try to learn more about aspiratio…
 
Are you setting yourself up for a single-ply retirement? Do you find yourself trying to save money out of habit rather than necessity? Listen to the retirement headlines segment to find out why this may not be the best idea in retirement. In the listener questions segment, I actually have a listener answer. I asked the subscribers of my Every Day i…
 
I figured that you all may be a bit sick of hearing the news lately which is why this week’s episode will focus only on listener questions without the Retirement Headlines segment. I’ve got 2 listener questions that will pique your interest. Chris asks about long term care insurance. What is the difference between hybrid and traditional policies an…
 
I’m feeling optimistic this year and I want to continue to spread that optimism. That’s why I want to focus several shows on travel. Most people’s travel plans were foiled by covid in 2020, so 2021 will be the year of the vacation! We’ll be interviewing experts and discussing the mental and physical health benefits of travel. We get started on that…
 
A marketing expert that we’ve grown to know and appreciate is Mary Rose Maguire. She’s the mind behind The Maverick Advisor and helps financial advisors and consultants reach better clients and strengthen their business. She also wrote a great book called THE MAVERICK ADVISOR: The New Rules of Marketing for Financial Advisors and Consultants - Get …
 
Would you want to raise your standard of living for half of what you live on now? Tim Leffel did, which is why he chose to uproot his family from their life in Nashville to move to a small city in Mexico. Tim is the author of the book A Better Life for Half the Price and he joins me today to discuss the pros and cons of living abroad. Don’t miss th…
 
I’m thrilled to be back sharing the latest retirement headlines with you after my short holiday break. The biggest news on the retirement radar this week is that the 2nd Coronavirus stimulus package has passed. Together, we’ll take a look at the most relevant parts. Then I’ll answer the question: do you need a Roth IRA even if you make more than th…
 
As we move into 2021, we’ll look to feature more advisors on the show in order to provide a first-hand account of the business and strategies that are working across the country. Let’s kick off the year with someone we’ve known for many years, Brie Reyes. Her and her father, Tim Estes, run Estes Financial in Fort Worth, Texas, but she also founded …
 
Welcome back to another edition of Retirement Rewind -- episodes so good we played them twice! Time for travel is by far the number one thing that Retirement Starts Today Radio listeners look forward to in retirement. That’s why I interviewed David Jacoby on to this episode and why it was chosen as a Retirement Rewind. David Jacoby is a financial p…
 
Welcome to this episode of our Retirement Rewind. Retirement Rewind episodes are so informative that we decided to play them again while I take the month of December to spend a bit more time to enjoy my family. Estate planning attorney, John Ross from the Big Picture Retirement podcast, joins me to discuss how you can preserve your IRAs for your he…
 
What would happen if you go over your tax bracket by $1 when doing a Roth IRA conversion? On this Retirement Rewind episode, we’ll explore the best way that you can take advantage of the current tax cuts and get the most out of your money. What will Roth conversion season mean for you? Listen in and find out! Outline of This Episode [1:22] Why do w…
 
Welcome back to the Retirement Rewind! I take the last part of the year off from podcasting to spend more time with my family. But that doesn’t mean that you miss out on your favorite retirement podcast. Actually, I have a treat for you today. This episode is so good this is the 3rd time I’m playing it. Press play to find out which retirement podca…
 
This show helps advisors find a path to profitability and shares strategies to build your business. But no matter how many ideas and action plans get laid in front of you, it all comes down to whether you have the mindset to chase your dreams and believe in your own success. Most people, not just advisors, lack this ‘Millionaire Mindset’ that our g…
 
Welcome to Retirement Rewind! Each year I take the holiday season off from podcasting to spend more time with my family. The good news is that I prepare my favorite episodes from the past for you to enjoy. This episode is an interview with Fritz Gilbert over at the Retirement Manifesto blog. In this interview, Fritz and I discuss his new book, Keys…
 
Are you worried about what the election means for your retirement portfolio? Many people are tempted to make big changes to their retirement savings to reflect their election concerns. On this episode of Retirement Starts Today Radio, you’ll learn what you can do to your portfolio if you are nervous about the transition. You’ll also hear what the n…
 
After you finally get Medicare all figured out and everything in place, the last thing you want to do is ever think about it again. But unfortunately, you need to review your Medicare coverage annually. Danielle Roberts is back, yet again, to help us understand what we need to do annually to review our Medicare plans. In this episode, you’ll learn …
 
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