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Now displaying: March, 2023
Mar 27, 2023

We talk about retirement income guardrails a lot on this show, but today we’ll go into greater depth while exploring an article from Kitces.com. This article was written by a mentor of mine and takes an advisor’s perspective on how to discuss spending increases and decreases with clients.

These are fantastic conversations to review if you have been implementing or thinking about using the guardrails strategy in your retirement plan. Grab a pen and paper and take some notes to reflect as you listen so that you can keep them handy and run them through your own filter. 

Stick around until the end to hear from a listener who is unhappy with their advisor, yet concerned about the tax implications of switching to a new one.

Outline of This Episode

  • [2:22] What are guardrails?
  • [10:20] How to have the spending reduction conversation
  • [15:30] What to do if you are unhappy with your financial advisor

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Mar 20, 2023

Do you want to know how you can fully utilize your biggest advantage over the IRS? Listen to this episode to find out. 

Today, we explore a ThinkAdvisor.com article that turns traditional retirement tax thinking on its head. Then, Bret helps me answer a listener's question about opening a Roth IRA when your salary is too high. Bret has a great tip that you may not have thought of before. Finally, you’ll hear from Mike in Tuscon who is engaging in his love of music in retirement. Don’t miss out on this episode to hear how you can plan to improve your retirement.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:22] Delaying taxes in retirement isn’t always the best
  • [5:10] My thoughts
  • [7:42] What about opening a Roth IRA and only making Roth conversions
  • [12:45] How Mike is investing in himself

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Mar 13, 2023

Do you have an HSA? If so, do you simply use it to pay for your medical expenses? Or do you use it as a way to build your wealth? Today we’ll look at an article from Financial Advisor Magazine that will help us identify opportunities for wealth creation.

Listen in to learn how to maximize the triple benefit of the humble HSA.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:22] A few tricks to turn the humble HSA into a wealth builder
  • [12:30] What is the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation?

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Mar 6, 2023

Do you combine your finances with your partner? If you do, chances are that you might be happier. In this episode of Retirement Starts Today, we’ll explore a WSJ article written by Julia Carpenter titled Couples Who Combine Finances Are Happier. So Why Don’t More Do It?

In addition to examining the benefits of combining finances, we’ll take a look at the reasons couples choose not to pool their resources. Finally, I’ll share my thoughts on why merging with your spouse's finances could be a boon to your retirement. 

Make sure to stick around for the listener question segment. Bret and I discuss whether it is worth self-funding long-term care rather than purchasing long-term care insurance. Listen in to hear discover whether you’re surprised by our response.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:22] Couples who pool their finances are happier
  • [6:30] Do we recommend self-funding long-term care insurance?

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