When you get serious about crafting a solid retirement plan, you need to understand how to read your Social Security statement. If you have yet to claim your retirement benefit, get your most recent statement online at www.ssa.gov/myaccount and continue reading. Continue reading
Fish mislabeling was once rampant in the US. Thought you were getting Red Snapper? Surprise! You get porgy or tile fish. Deceptive marketing for profits at best and exposing consumers to serious health risks at worst,
Sadly, many ‘financial advisors’ are similarly mislabeled and may cause financial harm. Listen to Kevin Kroskey, CFP® and Tyler Emrick, CFP® share a behind-the-scenes conversation on the training (or lack thereof) they received when entering in the profession. Hear what they didn’t know then and what they do know now, as it’ll help you become a more informed consumer. Continue reading
Putting the odds of investing and retirement success in your favor should be a given as is being diversified. But what does diversification really mean? Ten stocks? One hundred stocks? Two asset classes or ten?
Diversification is not just minimizing variability or owning the S&P 500. It’s also reducing the risk of underperformance by owning the stocks and assets classes that will deliver higher returns and reducing the variability in dollar outcomes from your portfolio. Continue reading
When you are shopping for a new car, you compare price and attempt to get the best value for your dollar. Same too for real estate purchases or about anything else you can think of. Well, except investments. Continue reading
If your head is in the freezer and your feet in the oven, on average you may feel quite comfortable despite suffering from two extremes. Averages are commonly used to discuss investment returns, but they are an oversimplification … especially when it comes to investment expectations. Continue reading
Inevitably you will have some investments perform better than others in your portfolio. A normal, human response is to seek pleasure and avoid pain or sell the underperformer and buy what has done well. But does that make investing sense? Continue reading
What a year 2020 was. Pandemic. Contested elections. Civil unrest. Rollercoaster investment markets.
As Churchill wrote, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Listen to Kevin discuss investment lessons you can learn from 2020 to be a smarter investor and keep your retirement on track for years to come. Continue reading
Many investors view dividend payouts as a reliable source of income. However, many have been surprised to see lower-than-expected dividend payouts following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, historical data show that changes in dividend policy are common, especially … Continue reading
Hear Kevin discuss three ways to tax-optimize your charitable giving. Whether through in-kind transfers of appreciated stock, using a donor-advised fund, or via Qualified Charitable Distributions, each can help you gain a bigger tax break and meet your charitable goals in the Retire Smarter way. Continue reading
Using cash is the least tax-efficient method to make a charitable gift. Here are three ways to enhance your giving. Continue reading