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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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Now displaying: April, 2022
Apr 25, 2022

How much thought have you given to your future self? This week’s retirement headline explores the concept of nurturing your future self now so that you can increase your health, happiness, and financial security.

Over in our listener questions segment, I’ll answer a question from an anonymous listener about increasing their spending in retirement. They are looking for advice on whether they can afford to substantially increase their spending this year. Listen in to hear the Retirement Starts Today version of Suze Orman’s “Can I Afford It.”

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:58] Thinking about your future self can help you build a happier life
  • [7:52] Who is your future self 10 years after retirement?
  • [11:00] Should this listener spend the money that he didn’t spend in the past 3 years?

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Apr 18, 2022

If you are heading into retirement you probably have a bucket list that you want to work on. While just about everyone has heard of a bucket list, not many are familiar with the concept of reverse bucket lists. 

On this episode of Retirement Starts Today, we’ll explore this concept by referring to an article from Jeff Stein at Inc.com. You’ll learn how a reverse bucket list could help you manage your wants versus your needs. 

Stick around for the listener questions segment to hear which assets to look at when doing a Roth conversion. You’ll also hear a question from Paul about the logistics of retirement withdrawals.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:42] Using reverse bucket lists to prioritize
  • [5:20] What assets to use at when looking at Roth conversions
  • [9:48] The logistics of retirement withdrawals 
  • [12:48] Make sure the money comes out of the right accounts

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Apr 11, 2022

Do you wish you could have more freedom at work yet still earn a paycheck? Remote work and flexible scheduling may help you ease into retirement rather than plunging in all at once.

In our retirement headline segment today, we’ll explore an article from the Wall Street Journal that discusses a new phenomenon that is a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Additionally, I’ll answer Frank’s question about using the bucket time segmentation strategy in retirement. Listen in to hear details about what those buckets might look like and how to time withdrawals from each bucket. 

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:32] How should the increase in mortgage interest rates change your retirement plans?
  • [3:21] Part-time retirement programs are on the rise
  • [7:40] Obstacles to phased retirements
  • [8:25] My thoughts on phased retirement
  • [9:54] How to determine when your long-term retirement savings bucket is up or down

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Apr 4, 2022

Jim is only 3 weeks away from retiring and wants to know my top tips for someone approaching retirement. If you are on the countdown to retirement, make sure to listen to the listener's questions to hear what they are. 

In the retirement headlines segment, we’ll explore the benefits of using a bucket withdrawal strategy for investments. You may be surprised to hear what the actual benefit of using the bucket strategy is. Listen in to hear what the bucket strategy can do for your retirement. 

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:22] Do bucket withdrawal strategies work well in retirement?
  • [6:35] 3 Practical tips for someone retiring in 3-5 weeks

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