No matter how old your kids get, there’s a good chance they’ll still play some sort of role in your financial plan. Let’s talk about some of the common scenarios we see where children somehow come into play during the retirement planning process.
The news has been really slow recently, hasn’t it? Just kidding. We’ve seen the market react to all sorts of news. Fears of a trade war, Facebook in the headlines and further developments in the Mueller investigation have all force market movement. We’ll explore what you should take away from these market hiccups. We’ll also look at why the dollar is losing value and if it’s a bad thing for investors going forward. And is raising the minimum wage a good thing? We’ll explore that question and more as we look “in the news” on this week’s podcast.
They say these days that there’s a holiday of every day of the year. It’s kind of true. In fact, the month of April, for example, is home to Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Fresh Florida Tomato Month, Fresh Celery Month, Multiple Birth Awareness Month and National Soft Pretzel Month (sorry hard pretzels, you guys have to wait until the overall National Pretzel Month in October). What does all this have to with finances? Well, April is also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which gave us the idea to discuss some of things that distract us financially. And since every single other thing in existence gets a holiday, we’ll make up our own to discuss on this week’s podcast. It’s National Distracted Investor Awareness Month. We’ll reveal the distractions that often peel our attention away from being good investors and savers and give you tips on how to stay on track.
If you only knew… As financial professionals, there are things that we wish everyone knew and understood. On this podcast, with David Lee of Mach 1 Financial Group, we’ll explore how a financial advisor’s job would be different, and easier, if everybody understood at least four things.
We’re not trying to be mean at all, but it’s a good idea to be blunt when it comes to this topic. You see, retirement planning doesn’t have to be overwhelmingly complicated. It certainly doesn’t have to be as complicated as some people make it. On this podcast, let’s explore why people make things harder than they need to be and what we can all do to keep the process simpler and easier to understand.
You probably have a specific routine for how you like to go grocery shopping. Some of us are list-makers, others kind of wing it. Some put everything neatly in the cart while you might be one of those folks who just tosses it all into a big pile. Let’s discuss how retirement is a lot like shopping for groceries.
Are you lined up for a big bonus from work this year? Have you thought about what you'll do with that bonus? If you're thinking about purchasing a car or another material item, you might want to think about it some more. On this week's podcast, Kyle Alexander takes us through a fantastic illustration of what would happen if you spent that bonus on, for example, a Miata. And then we'll look at what would happen if you utilized those dollars a little differently. The results might surprise you.
You know it’s not a good thing to lie to yourself in any aspect of life. So, let’s “keep it real” and go over some of the common financial lies we tell ourselves and explore why it’s dangerous to approach retirement planning with these mindsets.