Two Economic Stories You're Not Hearing About
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Today - with help from Morgan Housel - I'm highlighting two economic stories that are flying under the radar.

The first story is that Americans might be in the best financial shape they’ve ever been in.

And the second is that a large percentage of Americans don’t agree with the first story.

Why?

Because they’re in the worst financial shape they’ve ever been in.

Tune in to learn more. 

Money! with Stacy Johnson
Money! with Stacy Johnson
MoneyTalksNews.com
The Pros and Cons of Working in Retirement feat. Paula Pant
Not long ago, the phrase "working in retirement" was an oxymoron, much like "bittersweet," "act naturally" or "hot water heater." After all, if you're working, you're by definition not retired. But that was then. These days, working at least part-time while retired is increasingly common. According to one recent survey quoted in Forbes, 27% of pre-retirees said they planned to work part-time in retirement and among retirees, 19% are working part-time. Why so much working during retirement? More likely than not, because of money. As we explained in articles like 8 Reasons Your Parents Had an Easier Retirement Than You Will, pensions are rapidly disappearing, replaced by much less reliable accounts like IRAs and 401(k)s.  And as retiree income is falling, costs are rising. On the plus side, however, while more retirees may be forced back into the workplace to make ends meet, there are more ways than ever to bring in a bit of extra bacon. In short, in my parent's generation, retirement meant not working at all. But for us Boomers, retirement is morphing into something different. It's not about doing nothing. It's about being productive and making money, but by doing what you want to do, rather than what you have to do. What kind of work will today's (or tomorrow's) retiree look forward to doing? Will it be easy to find pleasant, lucrative work? Should we start long before we retire? In this week's "Money" podcast, we're going to find answers to these questions, as well as many more. Our guest is author and super-popular podcaster Paula Pant from Afford Anything. Smart, funny and knowledgeable, you'll have a good time listening to her. Want more information? Check out these resources: 7 Tips for Getting a Great Part-Time Job in Retirement 10 Stats About Working in Retirement This Job Board Specializes in Remote Work and Flexible Gigs 5 Reasons You Should Work for as Long as You Live 15 Jobs for Retirees That Can Be Done From Home 8 Signs That It's Time for You to Unretire AARP: Job Search Resources for 50+ Subscribe to the Money Talks News newsletter Take our The Only Retirement Guide You'll Ever Need course Take our Money Made Simple course Hosts: MoneyTalksNews MirandaMarquit.com Ask us a question Become a member: https://www.moneytalksnews.com/members/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28 min
The Power Of Zero Show
The Power Of Zero Show
David McKnight
"From Forever Taxed to Never Taxed": My Interview with Ed Slott (Part 1)
Ed Slott has a new book coming out called The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb. It’s the updated version of the original book written 20 years ago where the time bomb was the tax building up in your IRA account. If you didn’t know how to plan, you could be hit twice and lose up to 80% and 90%. Some of the Estate taxes have gone away since then, but there are other new threats to your retirement savings than ever before. Congress always needs money, and they will always go for the lowest hanging fruit, which is your retirement savings. It’s like a deal with the devil, getting those deductions on the front end with the hope that you will be in a lower tax bracket. This assumption is where the danger lies. The Secure Act has ironically made your retirement savings less secure. The biggest threat is the elimination of the stretch IRA and the estate implications. Every plan needs to be reviewed and revised, maybe scrapped altogether for different thinking entirely. Congress needs money, which means tax rates are going to go up and that people will have less money in retirement. What is driving the need for these huge infusions of cash? Deficits and debts are the issue. The government has been recklessly spending for decades, and now it’s only increased with the effects of Covid-19. When most people think of compound interest, they think of how Albert Einstein is the 8th wonder of the world. It’s great when it’s working for you, but awful when compounding is working against you. Compounding debt is the real issue. The math doesn’t discriminate. The math bears it out that we will never see tax rates as low as they are today. We need a more stable and secure plan for the future. The history of tax rates shows that we could return to where rates were as high as 90% for the top tax brackets. You may only have one more year to take advantage of these historically low tax rates. People have to realize that they are in control of their tax rates. Taking advantage of the current low tax rates is the best tax planning you can do. Always pay taxes when the rates are the lowest. That may mean paying some taxes now, but you have to remember that taxes are a bill that won’t go away. The concern about losing out on compounding interest when converting to a Roth IRA is a myth. If you are truly comparing apples to apples, there is no loss when using the same rates of return and taxes, but if rates go up, then everything changes. When rates go up, everything tax-free becomes more valuable. When you have money in your IRA, it is accruing to the benefit of the IRS. When you convert now, you are claiming your portion of the money, as well as the future interest. Taxes have to be paid for. It’s not if, it’s when. Why not pay them while they are on sale? Even in the worst case scenario, by converting now you lock in a zero percent tax rate for the rest of your life, which is not a bad consolation prize. After the Secure Act, using a trust to protect your money after death is no longer viable. Regardless of what happens with tax rates, this is going to become a huge burden for a number of people, and this makes a permanent life insurance policy even more attractive. People don’t care about the vehicle. They want the results. They want low taxes, larger inheritance, and post death control, and a permanent life insurance plan that fits the bill. Mentioned in this Episode: The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb by Ed Slott can be pre-ordered on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TSZSSY5/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
28 min
Retirement Answer Man
Retirement Answer Man
Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, RMA, CPWA®, AIF®
Let’s Get Physical - Creating Your Health Action Plan
Over the past 3 episodes, we have been talking about different ways that you can improve your health in retirement. Today you’ll take action. Choose the habits you want to build and learn how to actually build these habits and set yourself up for success. Learning about health and nutrition is one thing, but taking action is something else entirely. Press play so you don’t miss out on these tips to learn how to create and stick with healthy habits. Do you need to redefine your fitness identity? When we are young it can be easy to take on a fitness identity. I’m a mountain biker. He’s a basketball player. She’s a swimmer. But as we age we can face a fitness identity crisis. Our fitness becomes more about mobility and nutrition. To help yourself create your new fitness identity think about what you want to accomplish. What do you want to improve about yourself? What new version of yourself would you like to see? Think about your motivation. Why do you want to have a healthy body? This is how you can define yourself. Listen in to hear my new motivation for good health. Choose the habits you want to build The power of good (or poor) health comes from habits. Positive and negative habits compound over time so to begin a healthy lifestyle you have to start by building healthy habits. You could start by building a huge meal plan or exercise routine, but that could also set you up for failure. Rather than creating a strict workout routine try tinkering with your movements to explore healthy activities that you really enjoy. How to build a habit and make it stick You may already understand the importance of building healthy habits but some of us don’t know how to make them stick. Many of us try to create a routine but then struggle to maintain the habits we have created. Luckily, starting and keeping up healthy habits doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. Try using these tips to help you create and maintain your healthy habits. To create healthy habits: * Set yourself up for success. Make the habit simple to do. * Create friction. Take a bad habit and make it hard to do. * Start with a small habit. Plan on starting with 5 or 10 minutes a day. To maintain and build up your new habits: * Over time increase your routine in small ways. * As you build up your routine, split it up into separate times each day. * When you falter restart quickly and don’t beat yourself up about it. You have the opportunity to change your health Retirement gives you the freedom to change your lifestyle. You have the opportunity to structure your day in a more purposeful manner. Think about who you want to be in retirement and get started building the habits you need to become that person. Listen in to the Coaches Corner segment with BW to hear how movement and mindset can shape your retirement. OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT * [3:30] Most of us have to redefine our fitness identity as we age * [7:25] How to build a habit * [15:32] Two stories to demonstrate different life views COACHES CORNER WITH BW * [19:45] Movement and mindset can help keep you young * [26:52] Use technology to improve your health TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT * [34:36] Start to make a change to improve your health Resources Mentioned In This Episode Streaks app Noom app Peloton app Oura Ring James Clear Habit Guide BOOK - Atomic Habits by James Clear Stride app Leave me a comment! Rock Retirement Club Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That BOOK - Rock Retirement by Roger Whitney Work with Roger Roger’s Retirement Learning Center
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Sound Investing
Sound Investing
Paul Merriman
The Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy: 2021 Update
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46 min
Be Wealthy & Smart
Be Wealthy & Smart
Linda P. Jones
How to Start a Side Hustle for $250 and Earn 6 Figures Annually
Learn how to start a side hustle for $250 and earn six figures annually. The article is here. Are you investing well for financial freedom...or not? Financial freedom is a combination of money, compounding and time (my McT Formula). How well you invest, makes a huge difference to your financial future and lifestyle. If you only knew where to invest for the long-term, what a difference it would make, because the difference between investing $100k and earning 2% or 10% on your money over 30 years, is the difference between it growing to $181,136 or $1,744,940, an increase of over $1.5 million dollars. Your compounding rate, and how well you invest, matters! INTERESTED IN THE BE WEALTHY & SMART VIP EXPERIENCE? -Asset allocation model with ticker symbols and % to invest -Monthly investing webinars with Linda -Private Facebook group with daily insights -Weekly stock market commentary email -Lifetime access -US and foreign investors, no minimum $ amount required Extending the holiday offer, enjoy a 50% savings on the VIP Experience. More information is here or have a complimentary consultation with Linda to answer your questions. For an appointment to talk, click here: https://2909395.survey.fm/application-for-vip-experience PLEASE REVIEW THE SHOW ON ITUNES If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review. I love hearing from you! I so appreciate it! SUBSCRIBE TO BE WEALTHY & SMART Click Here to Subscribe Via iTunes Click Here to Subscribe Via Stitcher on an Android Device Click Here to Subscribe Via RSS Feed WEALTH HEIRESS TV Please subscribe to Wealth Heiress TV YouTube channel (it’s not just for women, it’s for men too!), here. PLEASE LEAVE A BOOK REVIEW Leave a book review on Amazon here. Get my book, “You’re Already a Wealth Heiress, Now Think and Act Like One: 6 Practical Steps to Make It a Reality Now!” Men love it too! After all, you are Wealth Heirs. :) Available for purchase on Amazon. International buyers (if you live outside of the US) get my book here. WANT MORE FROM LINDA? Check out her programs. Join her on Instagram. WEALTH LIBRARY OF PODCASTS Listen to the full wealth library of podcasts from the beginning. Use the search bar in the upper right corner of the page to search topics. TODAY'S SPONSOR I want to take a few seconds to tell you about how I “read” more books and stay ahead of the curve. It’s by not reading books, but instead listening to them – like you are right now! With Audible, there are over 150,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player and…your first audiobook is FREE! I suggest you get the audio book of Think and Grow Rich, or you can check out my website Resources page where I list all of my favorite financial books and you see exactly what books I have read and recommend you read. Then get started with Audible by visiting https://lindapjones.com/FreeBook and order your first audio book free! Get Think and Grow Rich or another book from my recommend list, and be sure to get started checking off the books you want to read with your free book from Audible! Be Wealthy & Smart,™ is a personal finance show with self-made millionaire Linda P. Jones, America’s Wealth Mentor.™ Learn simple steps that make a big difference to your financial freedom. (Some links are affiliate links. There is no additional cost to you.)
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