Mailbag: Penalty Fees, Inheritance, Travel Budget, & Using A Trust In Your Plan

On today’s show, we answer questions that have come in the mailbag. We discuss if it’s worth paying a penalty fee on a variable annuity, letting your children know about their inheritance, how to budget for travel, and if incorporating a trust in your plan is a good strategy. […]

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Why Is The Stock Market Going Up When The Economy Is Going Down?

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic caused major turmoil in the stock market, but it seems that the stock market has continued to go up since the big dip that initially happened. Some people are skeptical of this trend and do not think that the market will recover quickly, while others remain optimistic. Barbara and Phil will explain why this trend has been happening and where they think the economy is headed. […]

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Should You Be Wary Of Some Of Dave Ramsey’s Advice?

Dave Ramsey has earned a lot of respect among savers and investors over the years as evidenced by his enormously popular radio show, books and sold out performance venues when he speaks. But is all of his advice worth following? Is it possible that some of the things he professes will actually hurt you financially? Let’s take a look at some of Dave’s most popular advice and see if and when it makes sense for retirees and pre-retirees to disagree. […]

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Mailbag Edition

We’ve had a lot of great listener questions come in, so we decided to make them the focus of this episode. Beverly asks if she is properly diversified given the large number of mutual funds in her portfolio. Amber is curious if she is on track to retire with the amount of money she has saved at age 55. Barbara and Phil tackle these questions and much more. […]

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Best Intentions, Bad Advice

Barbara and Phil will provide an update on conversations they’ve had with clients about the Coronavirus and then move into a discussion on where you’re getting financial advice from. […]

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The CARES Act

Congress recently passed the CARES Act to try and help alleviate some of the financial impacts that the Coronavirus has had on the country. Barbara and Phil will run down the main points of this bill and discuss their overall thoughts of this new piece of legislation. We will also answer a few mailbag questions in the second half of the show. […]

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Solid Financial Truths

A lot of things in the financial landscape have an “it depends” resolution. It can be frustrating when things are so fluid and vary person to person. So, let’s discuss some financial truths that we can state with confidence and see what we can learn from them. […]

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Coronavirus Update & Financial Dictionary

The Coronavirus and other economic forces have caused the stock market to crater and experience some wild ups and downs the past few weeks. It has a lot of investors feeling emotional and worried about their retirement plans. Barbara and Phil will give their opinions on the down market and the advice they are currently giving their clients. We will also break down what a backdoor Roth IRA is and discuss the differences between active and passive management styles. […]

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How To Set Financial & Retirement Goals

We talk all the time about how people need to give their dollars purpose or set goals for their retirement and even specifically for certain investments. But let’s dive deeper into what different goals look like for various folks approaching retirement. How do you determine if a goal is realistic or out of reach? We’ll tackle that conversation with plenty of examples on this episode. […]

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Mailbag Questions: 401(k) Limits, Multiple Advisors, & Socially Responsible Investing

We dedicate another episode to answering your questions that have come in from the mailbag. Today we discuss 401 (k) contribution limits, having multiple advisors, and socially responsible investing. […]

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