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Benjamin Brandt wants to teach you how to retire! Listen in as Benjamin Brandt CFP©, RICP© answers the questions on the minds of the modern retiree, often joined by the top experts in the retirement planning industry. Ask Benjamin a question here: https://retirementstartstodayradio.com/ask-a-question/
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Dec 15, 2018

The calendar is almost done for 2018 – and I’ve been thinking about podcast goals for 2019. Great things have happened with the show in the past year and the future looks very bright. I’ve enjoyed the interaction I’ve been able to have with you – the loyal listeners of the show – and look […]

Dec 1, 2018
As you might imagine, tax strategies for retirees are not the same as those for non-retired investors. Not only do typical considerations like income brackets make a significant difference there are also changes in the tax laws that impact retirees differently than others. In this episode, I dive into specific situations and opportunities retirees need […]
Nov 15, 2018
One of the first books that got me thinking differently about finances and helped me believe that becoming wealthy was within reach was “The Millionaire Next Door.” The impact of the book on my life is hard to describe and is one of the many reasons I invited Sarah Fallaw to be my guest on […]
Nov 1, 2018
Preorder Chris Hogan’s new book: Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth―and How You Can Too I’ve been a fan of Dave Ramsey and the entire Dave Ramsey team for many years.  My wife and I have coordinated several Financial Peace University classes at local churches and I was even one of Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed […]
Oct 15, 2018
Recorded LIVE at FinCon 2018 (Financial Blogger’s Conference) in Orlando Florida. Advisors share their worst investments and the most shocking investments they’ve ever seen.  Later on, the advisors discuss why investors are so drawn to speculative investments. Your hosts: Me – You know me 🙂 Roger Whitney – Host of The Retirement Answer Man Chad […]
Oct 1, 2018
Our guest today is Jamie Hopkins. Jamie and I have a unique connection, as Jamie was one of the professors for my RICP designation (Retirement Income Certified Professional). Listen in as Professor Hopkins and I discuss: Why he choose retirement planning and educating financial planners over other disciplines. What is an easy way to boost […]
Sep 15, 2018
In today’s episode, we tackle part two of our two part series – Working beyond age 70. Check out part one – Health Insurance and Social Security: Retirement Headlines!! We fired up the Retirement Starts Today way-back machine to the year 2016 – when companies were tripping over each other to get out ahead of […]
Sep 1, 2018
In today’s episode we share the results of our first annual listener survey, we check out breaking news in our “retirement headlines’ segment, and we tackle part one of our two part series: ‘Working beyond age 70’.  — Thank you to those of you that participated in the survey – It is my hope that […]
Aug 15, 2018
In our 2018 listener survey, we learned that over 50% of our listeners listed “traveling” as the #1 activity that excites them about retirement. When talking about traveling in retirement, the topic of timeshares often isn’t far off. Anecdotally, our clients are happy with their timeshare purchases, but that doesn’t mean horror stories aren’t out […]
Aug 1, 2018
Click here to take our 2018 listener survey Immediate Annuities: Friend or Foe? A few weeks ago, a reader named Richard emailed me with this exact query: “Is having a non-inflation indexed payment stream desirable? Are there other better options?” It didn’t surprise me at all that Richard wrote in with this question. If you […]
Jul 15, 2018
With around 10,000 baby boomers retiring in the US every day, the investment industry is always trotting out the latest and greatest investment offerings to help retirees solve the following riddle: How do I turn my accumulated savings into consistent retirement income? Strategy Shares Nasdaq 7HANDL Index ETF (HNDL) is the latest offering attempting to […]
Jul 1, 2018
How to Deal with Increasing Long Term Care Insurance Premiums Question from listener: “My Long Term Care insurance premiums just went up by 70%! What should I do?” Long Term Care (LTC) presents a sticky dilemma. It seems to be a responsible choice that will provide some peace of mind about your future, but it’s […]
Jun 15, 2018
Medicare is going broke!! Time to panic! Everybody pack your bags and move to Canada because the the entire country is going broke…. Or is it?…. We’re going to break it all down and help you make sense of the headlines. A Washington Post article made waves this week, stating that a crucial Medicare trust […]
Jun 1, 2018
The Top 6 Easily Avoidable Retirement Mistakes We all work hard to plan for retirement. In any such endeavor, it’s good to learn from other people’s triumphs and mistakes, so I’d like to share six retirement mistakes I see all too frequently. The best part is, they’re easily avoidable! #6: Not getting the most out […]
May 15, 2018
Our guest today, Roger Whitney, is the host of the popular retirement planning podcast The Retirement Answer Man and author of the new book Rock Retirement. Roger has over 27 years experience walking life with clients into and through retirement. Listen in as Roger and I discuss: Why do we tend to draw ‘inside the lines’ […]
May 1, 2018
When looking for that perfect house to retire to, many retirees discover that getting a mortgage in retirement is different than getting a mortgage while working. Once we retire, our wages (the primary mortgage underwriting qualifier) stop and the source of our income radically changes. Many recent retirees complain that once their paychecks stop, their banker starts to look at them differently!
Apr 15, 2018
Is Selling Your Life Insurance a Good Idea? Recently, I was sitting in our office waiting anxiously for our Keurig machine to do its job when I saw a commercial that piqued my interest. The commercial was about life insurance, but it wasn’t your typical sales pitch. It was a service touting the benefits of […]
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