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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 30, 2019
Originally broadcast June 2019. I recently had 2 fantastic questions about retirement strategies come to my inbox. Both questions require thoughtful, detailed answers. So on today’s episode of Retirement Starts Today, I focus on carefully answering both of these questions. On this episode, you’ll learn how to tweak an already fantastic retirement plan and turn […]
Dec 23, 2019
Originally broadcast June 2018 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!
Dec 16, 2019
Originally broadcast in May of 2019 Do you have a retirement planning process? Do you know how much you need to retire? Have you thought about what the purpose of your money is? Jason Parker from Sound Retirement Radio is my guest today and is here to discuss the steps you need to take to […]
Dec 9, 2019
Originally broadcast April 2018. While becoming a 401k millionaire may seem like a crazy, out-of-reach goal, it’s not that hard to become a 401(k) millionaire if you have the self-discipline to stick with a long-term plan.
Dec 2, 2019
Podcasts! I love them (and I’m guessing you do too). This week I’m sharing my favorite retirement podcasts that will educate and entertain you all the way to your ideal retirement.
Nov 25, 2019
Are bonds worth buying as a way to help keep a balanced portfolio in retirement? You may have read in the news lately about negative yield bonds. One listener has, and he is concerned that if they aren’t paying much interest then maybe they aren’t worth buying. I’ll tell you my thoughts on bonds as […]
Nov 18, 2019
We make financial choices harder than they need to be. That’s why Peter Lazaroff wrote the book, Making Money Simple. He joins me today to discuss the theme of his book. We reflect on why we make money decisions so complicated when the beauty of finance lies in simplicity. You’ll be interested to hear why […]
Nov 11, 2019
Have you heard about the coming changes to Medicare in 2020? On this episode of Retirement Starts Today, we’ll say good-bye to the donut-hole and take a look at other relevant changes to the retiree health insurance program. Then in the retirement headline segment, I cover a Forbes article that highlights a proposal on lowering […]
Nov 4, 2019
You may not have considered the importance of having friends in retirement, but they add more than just social value to your life. On the Retirement Headlines portion of the show, I read from a Forbes article that discusses the value of having an active social life in retirement. You’ll learn why an active social […]
Oct 28, 2019
It’s Roth conversion season! What does that mean for you, and how can you take advantage of the current tax cuts to get the most out of your money? On this episode of Retirement Starts Today Radio we’ll get down and dirty with Roth IRA’s and find out what happens if you earn even $1 […]
Oct 21, 2019
Have you considered a medi-share or health sharing plan in retirement? Shary asks why I’ve never mentioned them before. So on this episode, I open up and share what a health sharing ministry is and how I feel about them. Our second listener question comes from Don who asks about owning company stock in retirement. […]
Oct 14, 2019
If you turn on the cable news there is only one thing you will hear about: the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. This is not a political show. I don’t discuss politics on this show or in my practice. But we do need to discuss the impeachment possibility because you need to be prepared […]
Oct 7, 2019
Are annuities for retirees a good option? Nes wants to learn more about annuities and how they work. But before I answer that question, first Bruce asks how he can calculate his exact social security benefits. If you have a question for me that you would like answered on the show, you can email me […]
Sep 30, 2019
 If you have been thinking of retiring early, you know that one of the biggest factors is health insurance before Medicare. One listener asks whether Obamacare or COBRA would be the best option. Another listener writes in with a question about investing his home equity in the stock market. You’ll hear my responses to these […]
Sep 23, 2019
Do you understand how to use the bucket strategy for retirement? One listener has a question about how to use the bucket strategy and whether or not it is too conservative. I also answer another listener question about the 5-year rule for Roth conversions. And finally, we discuss a retirement headline about the shift from […]
Sep 16, 2019
What retirement lessons can you learn from a 4-hour daily commute? On this episode of Retirement Starts Today I share an article I found on CNBC. The article isn’t directly about retirement but there are lessons we can learn from it that apply to life and retirement. I also answer a listener question about Roth […]
Sep 9, 2019
Do you know what to do if you fall victim to a Social Security scam? In the Retirement Headlines segment, we’ll discuss a recent Market Watch article that shares some excellent tips for protecting yourself against social security scams and advice on how to minimize the damage if you fall victim to one. But before […]
Sep 2, 2019
Have you heard of the FIRE movement? In this episode, you’ll hear why I hate it. We’ll also discuss a listener question about spousal Social Security benefits and a CNBC article that compares retiring at different ages. You’ll learn why it is important to work for as long as possible. Listen to this episode to […]
Aug 26, 2019
Do you know what you need to do to travel or retire abroad? We asked and you answered. The number one thing that our listeners would like to do in retirement is travel. That’s why I found financial travel expert, David Jacoby from RemoteFinancialPlanner.com to help us understand all the nuances of travel and living […]
Aug 19, 2019
If you’ve seen then news lately, then you know that there are big changes in Medicare supplement plans coming in 2020. This is why I’ve invited Danielle Roberts on the show today. Danielle is a Medicare Expert with Boomer Benefits. Boomer Benefits is a Medicare broker that can help you navigate the complex world of […]
Aug 12, 2019
On episode 100 I answer listener questions including what to do about the rising costs of long-term care insurance premiums, what to do with old annuities, and SIPC protection. Thanks to all of you listeners for 100 amazing episodes! I have learned so much alongside you all. Your questions and feedback on the show have […]
Aug 5, 2019
Are you ready to learn about portfolio distribution? I’ve got the perfect visual for you! Listen in to hear how to rebalance your portfolio in retirement. Thank you all for sending in your rebalancing spreadsheets! Several listeners sent in their own rebalancing spreadsheets and they all were fantastic. I’m working with an Excel wizard and […]
Jul 29, 2019
On this week’s episode of Retirement Starts Today we’ll discuss whether donor-advised funds are a good fit, tax planning in retirement, and answer a listener question about Roth IRA’s. Have you taken our listener survey? If you are signed up for the Every Day is Saturday email list then you’ve probably seen the listener survey. […]
Jul 22, 2019
Do you have multiple retirement accounts lying around and don’t know what to do with them? On this episode of Retirement Starts Today we answer 2 listener questions. One is about having multiple retirement accounts with multiple custodians, the other is about how to withdraw from a portfolio in retirement without adding additional risk. Then […]
Jul 15, 2019
Charitable giving in a tax beneficial way has gotten a bit more complicated with the new tax law. Of course, we donate to charities to help those less fortunate, but it helps when we receive tax benefits as well. CPA, John Madison, joins me to discuss how to reap the most tax benefits from your […]
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