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Are Guarantees Worth It? Retirement Income Planning Series – Part 5

When choosing investment vehicles, for many people the most important factor is the guarantee that they’ll receive a certain amount of income across their lifetime. But what exactly will that guarantee cost you? We’ll find out on the fifth and final episode in the Retirement Income Planning Series. Continue reading

Social Security’s Solvency & Likely Reforms

Social Security’s future solvency is a regular discussion point when consid­ering your retirement planning. It is common to think your benefit will be reduced from what is shown on your statement. Yet, that position is often taken without good information … Continue reading

Dynamic Strategy: Retirement Income Planning Series – Part 4

When building a financial plan that’s based around investing, it’s important to take into account a handful of dynamic elements that will likely vary quite a bit throughout your retirement. Tune in to our fourth installment of the series to hear how you can organize your plan around dynamic market expectations, dynamic allocations, and dynamic spending. Continue reading

Total Return Portfolio: Retirement Income Planning Series – Part 3

If you’re taking a probability-based approach to investing as we discussed in the first part of this series, you’ll need to build a strategy for how to most efficiently invest your savings to provide an income throughout retirement. That’s where the Total Return Portfolio comes into play. Continue reading

Retirement Income Planning Series – Part 1

For many people, one of the biggest fears going into retirement is where money will come from when you’re no longer receiving a paycheck. That’s why creating a retirement income plan is so essential. Join us as we go over the basic strategies for building a retirement income plan on this first episode of the series. Continue reading

Fashion Fads Are Fun. Investment Fads Can Be Harmful.

Fads can be fun. Look at the 1980s: big hair, shoulder pads, acid washed jeans, MC Hammer pants, neon clothes, and the mullet. I personally enjoyed a variation of the mullet – a little Bart Simpson spike coupled with bangs … Continue reading

Episode #15: Integrated Advice Is Better Advice

When it comes to building a holistic retirement plan, all of the individual pieces should be working together harmoniously, whether that’s planning, investing, or taxes. Let’s talk about why integrated advice is often hard to come by, and why it’s crucial to building a successful retirement plan. Continue reading

Episode #14: Expected Investment Return Forecasts

You’ve likely heard that making short-term predictions about the market is just about impossible, but what about long-term predictions? Can experts accurately anticipate what will happen over the next 10 years? Kevin discusses a recent Morningstar article by Christine Benz about what you can take away from long-term stock and bond return predictions. Continue reading