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Now displaying: July, 2022
Jul 25, 2022

 Many of us have financial goals that extend beyond ourselves to include friends and family. Doing so can be an enormous help to those you love, but it is important to consider your own financial well-being in conjunction with that of the ones you want to help. Today, we’ll look at an article that explores how to intentionally offer financial support to your loved ones without deviating from your financial goals.

The article that we’ll look at comes from Sophia Bera at GenYPlanning.com and it takes a different approach to a timeless topic. Approaching issues from a different angle can give you a new perspective.

In the listener questions segment, we’ll discuss two questions: one about inverse ETFs and another about the specific mechanics of doing a Roth conversion. Make your voice heard by completing our annual listener survey!

Outline of This Episode

  • [3:12] Money is a team sport
  • [10:54] Create healthy boundaries
  • [13:24] My thoughts on inverse ETFs in a declining market
  • [16:54] Should Dave rebalance first before making a Roth conversion?

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Jul 18, 2022

Have you ever tried tax loss harvesting? With the markets down across the board, now is a good time to learn to utilize this tax-saving tool. I found a great article about this from Barrons.com that I share in the retirement headline segment. The article explores the traps that can befall someone trying to use this strategy.

Afterward, in the listener questions segment, we’ll dive into the question: do I need life insurance in retirement? You may be surprised to learn that there is no one size fits all answer to this question. 

If you have been a long-time listener of Retirement Starts Today, you may remember that I use our annual listener survey to improve the show each year. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Please take a few minutes to fill out this mostly multiple-choice survey so that we can ensure that we are bringing you the most relevant content to help guide you on your retirement journey.

Outline of This Episode

  • [2:17] Tax loss harvesting can be more sizzle than steak
  • [3:44] 7 Tips for tax loss harvesting
  • [15:29] How much life insurance does Jim need in retirement?

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Jul 11, 2022

If you are like many retirees and soon-to-be retirees, you may be rethinking your entire investing strategy. Stocks are down, interest rates are up, and inflation is eating away at your purchasing power. 

One listener wonders, with everything going on in the world, should they shift their investments into commodities? In the listener question segment, I discuss what commodities are, how to invest in them, and share my thoughts on whether investing in commodities is a good idea.

Before the listener questions, we’ll explore a retirement headline written by Eleanor O’Sullivan at Rethinking65.com which examines what life might look like if more people live to age 114.

Join me on this episode of Retirement Starts Today as we explore the effects of technology on longevity and whether you should jump ship from your sinking stock portfolio to invest in commodities.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:32] Planning to live to 114?
  • [3:15] Cell phones improve access and democratize healthcare
  • [7:53] Technology can help in every aspect of our lives
  • [11:03] Is it time to invest in commodities?
  • [13:08] How to invest in commodities
  • [17:55] My thoughts on investing in commodities

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Jul 4, 2022

Nobody likes to experience the uncertainty that a bear market brings, but it’s an even more challenging experience to weather when you are a recent retiree. It’s easy to lose sight of your goals in a bear market which is why I found an article outlining some lessons that you can remember during a bear market.

Listen to this episode to hear some wise words of wisdom that may help you keep your wits about you during this bear market. Stick around until the end to hear my thoughts on tax-loss harvesting. 

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:42] 5 lessons to remember in bear markets
  • [9:20] How to use tax-loss harvesting

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