Blog and Podcast

Episode #9: Rules Gone Awry – A Lower Tax Bracket Part 1

Let’s continue our series on breaking down some of the retirement “rules” that have gone awry. This week, we’ll begin a two-part series on the retirement rule that you should plan to be in a lower tax bracket in retirement. Is that really true? Listen to this week’s podcast to find out. Continue reading

Roth Conversions Even More Beneficial in 2018

With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed late in 2017, federal income tax rates are currently at historic lows. These lower rates in effect for tax years 2018 through 2025. In 2026, however, rates will revert to higher rates … Continue reading

Three Apps to Easily Track Your Spending

Every financial plan needs to make assumptions on spending. Getting accurate information on spending is often most challenging but critically important. If you don’t get the inputs to your plan right, good luck with the outputs. We’ve rounded up our … Continue reading

Episode #7: Rules Gone Awry – The 4 Percent Rule

You’ve perhaps heard the 4 percent rule, that if you take 4% out of your investment account each year, you’ll never outlive your money. Kevin talks about where this idea came from, and pokes some holes in this strategy in this third installment of Rules Gone Awry. Continue reading

Episode #6: Rules Gone Awry – The Rule Of 100

There’s a “rule” that says you should take 100, subtract your age, and the result tells you how much of your money you should invest in stocks. It would be awesome if retirement planning was that simple, but simple isn’t always effective and that’s the problem with the Rule of 100. Take a listen to find out about better ways to invest and plan for your financial future Continue reading

Understanding Mutual Fund Total Costs

Costs matter. Whether you’re buying a car or selecting an investment strategy, the costs you expect to pay are likely to be an important factor in making any major financial decision. People rely on different information about costs to help … Continue reading

Episode #5: Rules Gone Awry – Take Social Security Early

There’s an old school of thought that says you should take social security as early as you can so that you can get the most out of it. But this is another one of those retirement rules gone awry that we enjoy picking apart on the podcast. Kevin will tell us why this retirement “rule” needs to be scraped and give us the proper lens through which to view the social security problem. Continue reading