Netflix Hot Series "Queen's Gambit" and a Run on Chessboards
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The Netflix series Queen's Gambit has chessboard manufacturers high-fiving themselves after sales of the ancient game's board and pieces have become some of the most sought-after items this holiday season. What does this have to do with you and your plans? Today we collaborate with Jason Harris, head of ad agency Mekanism (and the author of the hit book The Soulful Art of Persuasion) to talk about momentum, the value of luck, putting your best foot forward, and other lessons.

Retirement Answer Man
Retirement Answer Man
Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, RMA, CPWA®, AIF®
Retirement Plan Live 2020: Unexpected Retirement - Trish and Lynn’s Retirement Goals
Welcome to week 2 of Retirement Plan Live 2021! Last week, in episode 359, you got to meet Trish who was unexpectedly laid off last year. She had been hoping to retire within 5 years, but with this layoff, she is exploring the idea that maybe she can retire now. Over the next few episodes, we will walk her through the steps I take with clients to create and test a retirement plan. “You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream,” -- C.S. Lewis. What is a goal? Before we begin, let’s examine what a goal is. Simply put, a goal is something you want to achieve in the future. We often have larger goals and smaller, more immediate goals. They should be a stair step to your bigger vision. All of my goals stem from my values and vision. Before coming up with your goals, it is important to have a clear understanding of your values -- articulate them and define them. The idea is that your goals help you to live out your values. Have you defined your values, vision, and goals? Needs and wants Let’s talk about needs, wants, and wishes. I like to create 3 categories of spending when creating a retirement plan. This way we can determine a person’s level of fundedness. The first category is the needs category. This is what a person needs to live their baseline life. However, it doesn’t mean simply eating rice and beans every day. Trish estimates that she needs $10,000 per month to live comfortably. The next area is the wants category. One of Trish’s wants is a convertible when they move south. What kind of wants would you put under this heading? Can Trish dream big? The last section we examine is wishes. This is where you dream big without holding back. Some people struggle with this, but others take on this challenge whole-heartedly. Are you able to dream big? What are your most extravagant wishes? Listen in to hear what Trish includes in her wishes, and maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your own planning. Create your own retirement plan If you would like to follow along and do these same exercises on your own, be sure that you are signed up for the 6-Shot Saturday email newsletter to receive worksheets each week to examine your own retirement readiness as we work through this Retirement Plan Live with Trish. Are you curious to discover whether Trish has what it takes to retire? Sign up for the live webinar with Trish on January 28 at This is when we put Trish’s retirement plan to the test to see if she can retire now or if she needs to continue working for the next few years. Don’t miss out! OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? * [2:30] What is a goal? PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT * [9:10] Trish lays out her needs and wants * [20:47] I help Trish dream big Q&A WITH NICHOLE * [29:14] An asset allocation question * [31:40] Robert asks if he should cash out his mother-in-law’s annuities * [35:18] A pie cake question TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT * [38:25] Think through your spending for the year Resources Mentioned In This Episode Episode 310 - The Pie Cake Sign up for the live webinar with Trish on January 28 at Rock Retirement Club Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That BOOK - Rock Retirement by Roger Whitney Work with Roger Roger’s Retirement Learning Center
41 min
The Power Of Zero Show
The Power Of Zero Show
David McKnight
How to Maximize Your Net Worth When Doing Roth Conversions & More
David has written a number of books on the Power of Zero paradigm for retirement and still does about 90 speaking engagements each year. He also runs a program with around 250 advisors that help him espouse the Power of Zero worldview. The basic premise of the Power of Zero is that due to the fiscal irresponsibility of the US, tax rates will have to rise dramatically over the next few years just to keep the country solvent. Combine that situation with a skyrocketing national debt and unfunded liabilities and there are massive implications for a generation that has the majority of their retirement money in the tax-deferred bucket. If you can situate your retirement assets such that in retirement you are in the zero percent tax bracket then you have effectively insulated yourself from the impact of higher taxes. If you’re in the zero percent tax bracket and tax rates double, two times zero is still zero. Conventional wisdom says that you will be in a lower tax bracket in retirement than during your working years, and that made sense in the 70’s but it doesn’t hold true for the current situation. What he found was that a lot of the deductions you enjoy when you’re working disappear once you retire and many people end up in a higher tax bracket instead. We know that the current tax rates expire on Jan 1, 2026 and they will return to what they were in 2017, but the real danger is what will happen to tax rates in 2028, 2030, and beyond. We are moving into a future where the debt we are taking on will be unsustainable and we will either default on the debt or raise taxes. It will be challenging but there are ways for people to insulate themselves from these dire repercussions. Most people believe that tax rates will be higher in the future, but they still have the majority of their retirement portfolio in the tax-deferred bucket. This means there is a disconnect between what people believe and how they act because of the inertia of traditional wisdom. Like the average person, the federal government has trouble delaying gratification. We do a lot of things as a country that help us scratch our itch in the short term but that has a lot of adverse repercussions over time. This is a problem that pervades every single part of government and society, but there are things we can do to forestall these eventualities. There isn’t an official zero percent tax bracket, but it is possible to not pay tax in retirement by positioning your money in the right amounts in the right accounts. David’s second favorite tax bracket is the 24% tax bracket because it doesn’t “cost” as much. If you’re in the 22% tax bracket, increasing your taxes by 2% will give you an additional $150,000 in shifting capacity to get more of your money into the tax-free bucket before tax rates go up for good. There is a right amount of money to shift each year that doesn’t push you up into a higher tax bracket but allows you to complete all the shifting before 2026. The Roth conversion is the workhorse that allows you to shift your money to the tax-free bucket. The Power of Zero strategy is not hard to implement. Roth conversions are relatively easy to do, in terms of not having to liquidate assets. You just have to be willing and able to pay the taxes from some other source. When you figure out your taxable income, you figure out what your highest marginal tax bracket is. David breaks down the basic process of a Roth conversion and why you should pay your tax at the time of the transfer. Your taxable bucket is your least efficient bucket. You know you have a taxable investment if you receive a 1099 form from your financial institution. This isn’t good because when you amortize those efficiencies over a lifetime, it can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. Shift money from your tax-deferred bucket to your tax-free bucket by using money from your least efficient bucket. In the act of paying taxes on our Roth conversion out of our taxable bucket, we are reducing our least efficient bucket and maximizing our most efficient bucket. Study the tax brackets and the fiscal condition of the country. Let’s not invest our money in a reflexive sort of way, let’s be more cognizant of the fiscal condition of the country and make investment decisions accordingly.
22 min
Real Estate & Financial Independence Podcast
Real Estate & Financial Independence Podcast
Chad Coach Carson
#148: The Mad Fientist on Pursuing Your Dreams After FI
Episode #148 - Brandon Ganch (aka the Mad Fientist) saved his money and left a career as a computer programmer in his early 30s to pursue a life of early retirement. In this interview with Coach, he shares some of the highs and lows of his journey (including disillusionment & depression). He also shares some tips on how he would have done things differently and how to build a life around learning and skill development, which currently means pursuing his dream of becoming a musician (he's even releasing an album! see link below). Links from the Mad Fientist: Pre-order the album - Mad Fientist's investing portfolio - Ultalearning podcast - Emotional ups & downs of FI journey - Withdrawal rate article - 💲RENTAL PROPERTY ANALYSIS🏘️ My online course teaches EXACTLY how I run the numbers and confidently analyze rental properties that produce cash flow and build wealth (includes my spreadsheet): __________ 🎧SUBSCRIBE to the podcast for more episodes about how to achieve financial independence and do what matters using real estate investing! ---------------- ▶️WATCH my YouTube channel - Coach Carson TV - for tutorials, tips, strategies, and interviews ---------------- 📋 GET MY FREE REAL ESTATE INVESTOR TOOLKIT ---------------- FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM 📸 ---------------- READ MY BOOK ON RETIRING EARLY 📚 ---------------- 👋👋 SAY HI ON SOCIAL
1 hr 9 min
Money! with Stacy Johnson
Money! with Stacy Johnson
2021 Outlook: Stocks and Housing
Predicting the future is a tricky endeavor, but if you're going to succeed as an investor, it's important to try. Because stock prices are nothing more than the present value of future earnings, and those earnings often hinge on the direction of the economy. That's what today's podcast is about: Reading the tea leaves to predict what's going to happen to stocks and housing in 2021. We recorded it one day after the insurrection at the Capitol and the Democratic takeover of the US Senate. Think stocks will continue to shine in 2021? Will rates rise? Will the housing market continue to march higher? Nobody knows, but we're ready to take some educated guesses. As usual, my co-host will be financial journalist Miranda Marquit. Want more information? Here's a bunch of articles from a bunch of sources. Forbes: 2021 Stock Market Outlook Kiplinger: Expect Above-Average Gains in 2021 MarketWatch: 5 high-growth themes and the stock-market ETFs that can deliver big gains in 2021 Forbes: The Best Stocks To Buy In 2021 Kiplinger: The 21 Best Stocks to Buy for 2021 Kiplinger: 21 Best Retirement Stocks for an Income-Rich 2021 Motley Fool: 10 Top Stocks That Will Make You Richer in 2021 JPMorgan:Will the U.S. Housing Market Boom Continue in 2021? Forbes:Experts Predict What The Housing Market Will Be Like In 2021 Reuters:Global housing markets face tougher year in 2021 Economy: Overview and Forecast 2021 housing market forecast: It's about politics, not economics Subscribe to the Money Talks News newsletter Take the Money Made Simple Course Hosts: MoneyTalksNews Ask us a question Hey Money! listeners if you have a question, topic or life lesson you want to share with everyone, leave us a voice message by calling 1-833-669-8557 then press 0 to leave a message. We'd love to hear from you. Become a member: See for privacy information.
31 min
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