The future of Social Security is a concern on the minds of all Americans. People are constantly wondering whether money will run out before it comes time to claim their benefits. While the worries are justified, there’s a good chance the government will make changes to the program to keep it funded for generations to come.
On episode 12 of Your Financial Compass, Scott has some great advice for empty nesters. You might think your budget’s about to open up when the kids move out, but a recent study shows that parents don’t always end up with more money in their pockets. Scott explains the challenges of lifestyle inflation and gives some tips on where to invest those extra dollars if you’re able to stay disciplined.
On episode 11 of Your Financial Compass, Scott introduces us to a strategy that can help you achieve your financial goals in retirement – The Bucket Strategy. The Bucket Strategy is a simple yet powerful approach to organizing your investments and ensuring that you have a reliable stream of income in retirement. It consists of three “buckets” – Safety, Income, and Growth.
Last year was a very turbulent year in the stock market and many people will look back on 2022 without many good things to say, but some positives emerged out of the turbulence. Today we’ll share one of those for us and that was our exposure to Innovator Funds.
Another round of retirement changes are on the way after President Biden signed a spending bill in December 2022 that included the SECURE Act 2.0. Retirees and pre-retirees need to understand what this legislation means, how it might impact you, and what planning opportunities this could open up.
It’s not news that the economy has been quite turbulent over the past year and there’s been plenty of negativity to sift through as an investor. We can’t ignore those negative elements but we want to turn that around today and focus on the positive side of the current market conditions.
Today we want to spend some time really delving into what a trust is and why someone would choose this over a will. To help us with this topic, we’ve invited Mike Bennett of MCB Estate Planning to the show. He’s one of our estate planning partners who has more than two decades of experience and understands the ins and outs of a well-constructed estate plan.
Since we get questions on RMDs quite a bit, let’s dive in a little deeper on what you need to know. What do these actually mean? Who does it apply to? How might it change in the coming years? We’ll answer those questions and more on this episode.
Since annuities are one of the more polarizing financial products out there, let’s take a step back and look at what annuities do and what options are out there. Then we’ll evaluate the pros and cons so you can start forming your own opinion.
Depending on who you talk to, we’re either quickly approaching a recession or we’re already in one. Either way, there’s been a significant pullback in the economy this year and we wanted to help ease your mind about what to expect during times like these.