Blog and Podcast

Ep 76: Your Hierarchy of Retirement Needs

Hear Kevin discuss Maslow’s work and how it relates to retirement. He’ll discuss real-life stories of how clients have retired but struggled to meet needs without work with the hope of helping you avoid the same. Continue reading

Ep 75: 10-Year Return Forecasts

Hear Kevin review 10-year return forecasts from leading money managers Blackrock and Research Affiliates. What are domestic and foreign stocks likely to do? How about bonds and real estate? Tune in to find out and become a more informed investor. Continue reading

DFA Funds: Lower Costs & New ETFs

A majority of True Wealth clients own investments from Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) – a science-based money manager with more than $600 billion in assets under management as of March 2021. We wanted to give a brief update on some … Continue reading

Investment Return Expectations

Having reasonable assumptions for investment returns is critically important for many reasons. These assumptions will impact the success of your retirement plan, investment allocation decisions, and your peace of mind to name a few. Why peace of mind? Well, if … Continue reading

Ep 74: Modeling Real Estate & Business Values In Your Retirement Plan

One of the beginning steps in every retirement plan is to value your assets and project their values into the future. Valuing assets like stocks and bonds is easy (though making accurate projections becomes more difficult.) Complexity increases even more when you consider illiquid assets like real estate and business ventures. Continue reading

Ep 73: What Age Should You Get Serious About Planning For Retirement?

Hear Kevin describe a conversation he recently had with a podcast listener aged 57. He’s planning on working for several more years and was wondering if now is too soon to get serious about planning for retirement.

Kevin discussed the qualitative and quantitative benefits clients often get from the Retire Smarter Solution as well as some time-sensitive issues you need to address well before you retire. Continue reading

When Should You Start Seriously Planning For Retirement?

Over the years in my practice as a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional, I had clients in their 30s when it made sense to hire me. I’ve had others in their 50s where I told them to come back in a few years or when a specific event occurred. Alas, mom was correct. We are special, unique snowflakes.

Nevertheless, these principles apply… Continue reading

Ep 72: How Your Retirement Spending Is Likely To Change With Age

In the last episode, Kevin answered a listener question on inflation. He explained why retiree spending patterns in part combat inflationary risk retirees face.

Now hear Kevin delve deeper into retiree spending patterns. Traditional retirement advice of having a steadily increasing income for life is wrong for most. If you don’t want to work longer than you have to or want to spend more in retirement, this is an episode you’ll want to listen to. Continue reading

Ep 71: Inflation Expectations & Implications On Your Investments & Retirement

Your money today will buy less next year. This decline is due to inflation, which is often believed to be the silent killer for a retirement income portfolio over time.

Hear Kevin answer a listener question on inflation and whether the high levels of government spending and rising deficits are likely to lead to high inflation. And, if so, what changes should be made to your planning and investing strategy? Continue reading

Why Small, Cheap Stocks Still Make Sense

When Nobel winner Eugene Fama studied the long-term performance of U.S. equities in the early 1990s, he found that stock returns had decreased with size and cost. The smallest, cheapest companies had provided higher investment returns than the biggest, costliest firms.

Though initially counter-intuitive to many – why wouldn’t you want to invest in the biggest and best companies? – it made sense. Large-growth stocks were safer economic choices, operating reliable businesses well-positioned to survive recessions. Thus, they were handsomely valued, at prices that limited their potential for future increases. Continue reading