Retirement Answer Man

Life is about events, the challenges we overcome or not, our successes and failures, but, even more, it’s about how we touch and are touched by the people we meet. 

Nicole is back! She is here this week to help me answer your listener questions. In this episode, we discuss the challenges of making friends in retirement, the value of international diversification, contributing to a Roth 401K vs. a regular 401K, the 4% rule, and much more. 

I created the Retirement Answer Man show to help you, not just with the business side of retirement, but also to help you build a successful life so that you can lean in and really rock retirement. This month we are answering your retirement questions. If you have a question to submit, head on over to RogerWhitney.com/AskRoger to proffer your questions. Remember, if you want to get bumped to the front of the line and use our fastpass option by recording an audio question. 

Check out these resources to learn more about inflation in retirement and the RRC

Have you been thinking about joining the Rock Retirement Club? If so, sign up for our updates so that you can be the first to learn about the next online open house. We’ll be opening enrollment at the end of October and plan to have a few open house opportunities between now and then. These open houses will be an informative way to for you to learn more about the club so that you can decide whether it is right for you. 

Are you worried about inflation in retirement? If so, we have created a resource to help you navigate this worrisome hurdle. Check out DoRetirementRight.com to get this FREE information to help you think strategically about inflation in retirement. 

Trying to make friends as a single person in retirement can be a challenge

In many 55+ communities, it is pretty easy to make new friends. Everyone is a transplant from somewhere else and there are endless opportunities to join activities and clubs. 

However, if you are single it may not be as easy as it is if you are married. Many retirement activities are geared toward couples so single people can have a harder time getting invitations. 

Are you single in retirement? What strategies have you implemented to help you make friends? Reply to the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter with your suggestions. 

Why keep international equities?

Many people wonder what the point of keeping international equities in a portfolio is. It seems as though global equities fall at the time when we need them to be stable or growing, so why bother to include them in our portfolios? Traditionally, they do poorly as compared to other markets, yet including international equities is recommended as a part of having a diversified portfolio strategy. 

I tend to recommend international equities, not for diversification, but for the fact that many fantastic companies aren’t based in the U.S. Think about Toyota, Mercedes, Glaxo, Novartis, and even Ikea. Rather than considering a different asset class to add to your portfolio, choose the best worldwide companies to expand your portfolio to include top-notch mid to large-cap international companies. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [5:23] On making friends
  • [8:23] The value of international diversification

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [12:05] Should I contribute to my Roth 401K or just a 401K near retirement
  • [16:12] Are investment advisor fees worth it?
  • [26:00] Why haven’t I heard back from the IRS?
  • [29:06] Where do my 401K profits go when inflation goes up?
  • [32:33] How does the 4% rule apply to dividends?
  • [35:22] Is 15% enough to save for retirement?
  • [37:20] Why is there a disclaimer about indices at the end of the show?

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [40:43] Be inclusive make an effort to reach out to new people you meet

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Rock Retirement Club

DoRetirementRight.com

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM453.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

We’re back again answering your retirement questions! On the docket for today are questions like whether should you consider taking on a mortgage in retirement, whether it’s feasible to hold only ESG investments in retirement, and if you need life insurance in retirement.

In addition to answering these listener questions, I’ll also share several book suggestions that I got in response to the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter and reflect on insights I learned from my time in Colorado. 

Don’t miss out on upping your retirement game. Press play to hear answers to questions from listeners like you!

Dealing with inflation in retirement

Have you been worried about how you will deal with inflation in retirement? If so, you are not alone. That is why my team and I created an Inflation in Retirement Guide to help you understand and navigate inflation as you approach retirement. In this FREE guide, you’ll learn 6 tactics to consider and practical ways to help you think through the issues that rising inflation brings to retirement. 

6 insights from my time in Salida, Colorado

My goal with the Retirement Answer Man show is to help you navigate not just the financial side of retirement, but also the life side. You need to have both sides in order to really rock retirement. 

If you have listened to the show in the past you may know that my wife and I go to Salida, Colorado, and rent a house for about a month each summer. We love it up there which is why we purchased a lot there last year with the intention of building a home and eventually splitting our time or relocating in the future. 

We just returned from our most recent trip, so I thought I would share a few insights that I gained from my time there. 

  1. Set yourself up to experience the things you enjoy. I realized that one of the reasons that I love Salida is that it sets us up to easily do the things we love to do. We love hiking and mountain biking and these activities are easily accessible as opposed to our home in Fort Worth where partaking in these activities requires more planning. In retirement, consider moving closer to the things you love to do. 
  2. It’s easier to make friends in Salida. This smaller town has a slower pace and lacks the hustle and bustle of Fort Worth. People are more open to having conversations, so it is easier to make connections.
  3. Just do it! Just do the things you enjoy doing. Acting is better than (over)thinking. It is easy to think about doing things rather than acting upon them, but the only thing that will move you forward is actually doing the thing you want to do.
  4. It is harder to make decisions when your heart is involved. It is difficult to gain perspective on your own life. Oftentimes, your head goes along with what your heart wants. Listen in to hear how a recent decision backfired on me when I pulled the trigger and acted with my heart. 
  5. Home is an important base to have. As much as we enjoy our yearly trips to Salida, a month in a rental never feels like home. 
  6. Spend big on the important things and be ruthless about everything else. It is important to strike a balance in life, so make sure that your spending is aligned with what you care about. 

Should we take a mortgage to build our retirement dream house?

This listener is careful with money and has been mortgage and debt free for over a decade. They are looking to build their dream home their “castle in the sky” and are considering whether they should take a mortgage out to build this home. The mortgage would only take 20% of their retirement pension. Is it worth it or should they pay cash for the home? What do you think? Listen in to hear my answer.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:30] Insights from my time in Colorado
  • [12:38] Listener book suggestions

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [14:45] Mortgage in retirement
  • [22:00] How challenging is it to control where your retirement investments come from?
  • [32:03] On the necessity of life insurance in retirement
  • [38:41] On credit in retirement
  • [42:12] If relying on a dividend approach they need to be diverse

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [45:54] Think about your affluence - are you protecting it? 

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

DoRetirementRight.com - check out our FREE inflation guide to retirement!

BOOK - Red Teaming by Bryce Hoffman

BOOK - Building a Second Brain Tiago Forte

BOOK - My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray

BOOK - Path Between the Seas by David McCullough

BOOK - All That Moves Us by Jay Wellons

BOOK - Five Presidents by Clint Hill

BOOK - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM452.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Are you nearing retirement and wondering how you should pay for large out-of-pocket expenses? Should you dip into your emergency fund, take from your retirement savings, or is there another way? 

We’ll consider this question, hear how Larry is living intentionally, learn how visual aids can help when trying to discuss finances with elderly parents, and discuss dollar cost averaging a lump sum payment on this episode of Retirement Answer Man.

All month we’ll be answering your questions. If you have a question that you would like to submit head on over to RogerWhitney.com/AskRoger and type in a question or use the record a question function to shorten the wait. We love audio questions so we bump those to the front of the line!

Tune in to hear these listener questions plus a summary of what was on my summer reading list. Make sure that you are signed up for the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter to learn all the details about the books I read this summer.

How to pay for big-ticket expenses as you approach retirement 

One listener would like to know the best way to pay for large expenses as she approaches retirement. She has already retired from her career and is now working (for minimum wage) as a teacher’s aide while her husband still works. They live in a high-cost of living area, and while their home is paid for, it requires a bit to keep it up. 

Digging into cash reserves for big-ticket expenses can be scary since it is a drain on the assets, so she would like to know if her husband should decrease his 401K contributions so that they can increase their cash flow. 

This is a good time to ensure that you have enough cash reserves in your after-tax bucket. While you are in the middle of dealing with a large expense it can be challenging to look ahead. But while it is important to meet those immediate needs, it is also essential to plan ahead. 

Take some time to map out your plans for the near future. How long does your husband plan to work? Do you plan to stay in your high-cost-of-living area? Do you plan to downsize? This way you can explore the options you have to discover how to get on a sustainable path for the future. Building a decision-making framework can empower you to improve your situation and your future.  

How I approach reading

Before I share the books that I’ve been reading over the past couple of months, I wanted to share with you my approach to reading so that you can better understand my system and where I’m coming from.

  1. I try to make reading my default activity. Instead of looking at my phone or turning on the TV, if I have some extra time, I grab a book and read.
  2. The books I read vary based on my interest at the time, but I mostly read nonfiction books about business and retirement. 
  3. I always have more than one book going on at a time. I generally have an audiobook and a few different physical books around the house. 
  4. I learned a few years back that I don’t have to finish a book and that changed my life! Sometimes I don’t read a whole book, rather, I use certain books like reference books and pick and choose what I want to get out of them. 
  5. I prefer physical books to ebooks. I also write, highlight, and underline in my books so that I can easily refer back to them. 

Books I’ve been reading

Now that you understand how I use books and reading in my life you can check out my summer reading list. 

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Hero of Two Worlds by Mike Duncan

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The Second Mountain by David Brooks  

The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Originals by Adam Grant

Red Teaming by Bryce G. Hoffman

I’d love to hear any book recommendations that you have. You can simply reply to the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter to let me know what you have enjoyed reading this summer.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

  • [3:30] How I approach reading
  • [6:22] What I’ve been reading this summer

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [14:32] On making your portfolio an all ETF IRA
  • [20:21] How Larry is living intentionally in retirement
  • [22:39] Dollar cost average or a lump sum
  • [27:02] Using a visual aid to help elderly parents understand overspending
  • [29:15] Large expenses approaching retirement

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [33:54] Instead of taking big actions find tiny actions that you can do consistently

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Rock Retirement Club

The Pie Cake episode

Cal Newport

BOOK - The Lost City of Z by David Grann

BOOK - Hero of Two Worlds by Mike Duncan

BOOK - A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

BOOK - On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

BOOK - The Second Mountain by David Brooks

BOOK - The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

BOOK - Originals by Adam Grant

BOOK - Red Teaming by Bryce G. Hoffman

Michael Connelly books

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM451.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm CDT

Michael Balchan from Heroic and I have been discussing how to live a heroic retirement for the last several episodes. Today, we wrap up this theme and learn to integrate the subjects we have discussed in the past 4 episodes into rocking retirement.

As usual, after the main theme, I’ll answer your listener's questions. If you have a question that you would like answered on the show, now is a good time to ask since next month we’ll focus solely on answering your questions. You can submit your question at RogerWhitney.com/AskRoger. You have the option to either type in your question or leave an audio question. We love audio questions, so leaving an audio recording is like getting a fast pass to the front of the line. 

Rekindle your best self each morning

If you have ever been camping you understand the importance of building a campfire. This camping essential provides heat and a way to cook, however, each night you must turn it off when you go to sleep. In the morning, you rekindle the fire to warm yourself up and start the morning off right.

This is just like living your best self. Each morning you must wake up and consciously rekindle your fire. By setting your intentions, you provide a way to set yourself up for success each day.

Live each moment to create your best life

Since all we have is the now, each moment is an opportunity to live your best life. All you can do is show up one moment at a time to live life fully and completely. Looking back on your life you’ll see a bunch of separate great and not-so-great moments strung together to create a life. 

If you are prepared to show up one moment at a time and live fully and completely you’ll find that those movements create an amazing life. 

Rocking retirement is about living heroically while mastering your finances

Here on this show, in my book, Rock Retirement, and the Rock Retirement Club, we talk about rocking retirement all the time. So it’s important to understand what I mean by rocking retirement. Rocking retirement is integrating the business of retirement with the act of living a heroic life. 

The business side of retirement means getting the financial side of retirement correct. With agile retirement management, you’ll adjust your financial plan in a series of little changes so that you can have the confidence to weather the storms that life throws at you

By living a heroic retirement, you’ll create an amazing life for yourself each day by showing up and consciously choosing to become a better person.

The RRC can help you live a heroic retirement

The Rock Retirement Club helps people with both sides of their retirement journey. Marrying the two together is how to really rock retirement. 

The Rock Retirement Club is a safe place both online and in person to take the baby steps to set you on your way to rocking retirement. In the club, you’ll receive a world-class education from financial and retirement experts while walking this journey with other like-minded individuals who are traveling the same path. 

Our next enrollment for the RRC is at the end of October, so be on the lookout if you have been considering joining the club. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [4:38] It can be easy to beat yourself up for being human
  • [9:52] How living your best self has to do with rocking retirement

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [12:12] Does Social Security count 401K withdrawals as income
  • [14:58] Single retirees are often struggling alone
  • [16:30] Should we charge for the podcast?
  • [17:37] Does it make sense to sell higher fee funds and reinvest in lower fee funds?
  • [24:00] On balancing the portfolio in today’s market

COACH’S CORNER WITH KEVIN LYLES

  • [30:45] Finding Kevin’s retirement identity

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [36:00] Discover a morning ritual

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

BOOK - Atomic Habits by James Clear

Episodes on retiring single: 210219220221222

Heroic app

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

 

Direct download: RAM450.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

“You are who you are here and now” – Bruce Lee

We all live life with the best intentions, yet rocking retirement is all about what we are actually doing–not intending to do. Do the things that you say are important to you now.

In this episode of the Living a Heroic Retirement series, you’ll learn how you can begin to live a heroic life today. Michael Balchan and I break down what we are doing to live our best lives. We bring the macro level that we have been discussing in the past few episodes down to the micro level. Press play to learn how to embody your virtues by taking baby steps towards your goals.

Life is like a game

When you are young, you going to school is like a game where you get motivation and rewards for doing well. You get to level up each year and then move on to the next stage. Work is also like a game. There are boundaries, a scorecard, and of course, more leveling up. 

In retirement, you have a clean slate, but since we are already so gamified you might as well continue playing. The difference is, that now you get to decide the rules of the game you are playing. Take the game and personalize it to your own needs. 

How to play the game

Your virtues are how you want to play the game. Once you decide which virtues ring true to yourself then you can set targets that align with those virtues. Set 3 targets that you can do today to make sure that you are living a life that aligns with your virtues. These targets are a way to make commitments to the behaviors that you want to act upon. 

When you set your intention your attention follows. 

Remember that this is your own game so set yourself up for success. Listen in to hear how Michael and Roger play their games differently using the Heroic app

Why celebration is important

It is important to celebrate your wins, but many of us have a hard time doing so. Celebrating your wins can feel inauthentic, or manufactured. However, celebrating acting on your virtues use positive reinforcement for your brain. Positive reinforcement creates a reward system for your brain to help you rewire and create positive habits. By celebrating your wins you create an internal sense of joy and satisfaction and therefore become more likely to make positive decisions

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [4:03] In retirement, you get to decide the rules of the game you are playing
  • [8:50] Set targets
  • [18:24] Be excited about showing up in the next moment 
  • [19:52] Why is it so important to celebrate the wins?
  • [29:38] The heroic app gamifies living out your virtues

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [36:09] Bart’s inherited IRA question
  • [38:48] David’s question on the pie cake
  • [47:38] Adam’s simple question
  • [49:51] How to fund a hybrid long-term care insurance policy

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [53:33] Set one target that supports living your best self

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

The Heroic app

BOOK - 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

BOOK - Beyond Order by Jordan Peterson

BOOK - Top 5 Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware

BOOK - An Audience of One by Robin Dellabough

The Long-Term Care series - Episodes 311312313314

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM449.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am CDT

“What one can be, one must be.”--Abraham Maslow

Do you know who you want to be in retirement? Here at the Retirement Answer Man, we want to give you the confidence to not just survive retirement but to rock retirement. To truly rock retirement you need to have both a financial and non-financial plan. 

Over in the Rock Retirement Club, we have licensed Michael Balchan’s Heroic app and in these past few episodes, we have been discussing how to live a heroic retirement. Today we’ll discuss the 3 domains that are important to develop aspirational identities. You’ll learn why this is important and how to create your own aspirational identities in these 3 areas. 

Make sure you are signed up to 6-Shot Saturday so that you can get the free workbook to help you develop your identity in these 3 domains. 

Break big things down into smaller chunks

How do you run a marathon? One step at a time. By breaking down big things into smaller chunks you can string them together and keep them in motion. 

It’s okay if you don’t know what you are going to do with your entire life. The goal isn’t to have one giant all-encompassing purpose that you strive towards forever. Instead, aim for Ikigai. Ikigai is the current goal, meaning, or purpose that you are working towards right now. 

Identity drives behavior

Most people think that sour feelings drive our behaviors but this isn’t true. Our identity drives our behaviors which then drive our feelings. Our identities are linked to what we do and who we are is what we repeatedly do. Every behavior we display and action we complete is casting a vote for the person that we want to be. 

Think about who you are when you are at your best. You can draw from previous experience or visualize the person that you want to be. That exemplar self is who you are striving to be. 

The 3 identity domains

Our identities are so often linked to what we do for a living so when we retire its like we lose a part of our identity. Now that you are no longer the VP of sales, the corporate attorney, or the head of HR, who are you? You have a blank slate to work from and the ability to reinvent yourself in retirement.

Breaking identity down into 3 domains helps you understand how the different parts of your life intertwine. 

  1. Energy is the foundation of everything. 
  2. Work doesn’t have to mean a traditional career. It can mean your avocation, activities, or hobbies.
  3. Love means how you show up relationally with your partner, family, friends, or even acquaintances. 

When choosing your new identity, it doesn’t have to be set in stone. Pick something that means something and is important to you. If it works well, then that’s great. If not, switch it up. Playing around with your new identity will help you consider how you want to live up to your best self.

Listen in to hear how I identify with each of these three identity domains.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:25] the 3 identity domains
  • [6:45] Ikigai - what is the current thing you are working towards?
  • [14:34] Be willing to break big things into smaller chunks
  • [18:56] Identities drive behaviors that drive feelings
  • [30:14] Your work identity

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [41:00] Should Randy sell his home to enjoy the go-go years?
  • [49:09] Steve’s suggestions
  • [51:46] How to help Cheryl’s parents
  • [56:58] Santiago’s Social Security question

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [1:00:32] What can you be at your very best in energy, work, and love?

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Boomer Benefits

Heroic

BOOK - The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

BOOK - Ikigai by Hector Garcia

BOOK - Atomic Habits James Clear

BOOK - Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell

Tony Robbins

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM448.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

This month on the Retirement Answer Man we are learning how to live a heroic retirement. Michael Balchan joins me to discuss what it takes to be the hero of your own story. On this episode, we explore the virtues that heroes embody. 

If you are looking to be an exemplar then you’ll exhibit some core universal virtues plus some that are uniquely your own. Learn about these virtues and what it takes to be a hero on this episode of Retirement Answer Man.

Keep striving toward your ideal self

Hercules is a typical hero. We often think of him as being a hero because he was strong, but it was because he put himself on the line and faced mythical beasts to help others. 

Before you can help others you must know yourself and what you are capable of. Striving to be your best self is a heroic act. Self-actualization–expressing the best version of yourself–is impossible yet continually working towards self-actualization will make you a better person.

Striving toward your ideal self is an asymptotic act, like the curved line in mathematics that gets closer and closer to another line without ever touching. You may get closer and closer to your ideal but never actually realize it. You may continually advance on your best self but you’ll never actually reach your highest form. What is important to recognize is that even though you will never reach your ideal, it is important to keep striving.

4 Universal virtues

Every ancient tradition recognized 4 universal virtues

  1. Wisdom is knowing the game you are playing and playing it well.
  2. Self-mastery is having the discipline, temperance, and structures in place so that you can pause before responding. 
  3. Courage comes from the heart and allows you to take action in the place of fear.
  4. Love means being present, connected, genuine, and encouraging.

Put your virtues into action

Rather than seeing yourself as falling short of your ideal self, if you keep doing the hard work involved in self-improvement you will continually improve yourself. Instead of judging yourself based on a past or future outcome, study your process. Are you striving to do your best at this moment? If you didn’t make the right choice, try to do so next time. Keep going and do what needs to be done. Our ideals are like a guiding light rather than a distant shore.

You won’t want to miss this episode to hear the rest of the virtues of positive psychology. Listen in to learn how you can apply the virtues and actions test to your heroic retirement quest.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:11] You will never achieve self-actualization
  • [13:53] The 4 ancient virtues
  • [21:12] The 5 virtues of positive psychology
  • [27:52] Personal virtues

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [32:33] A bucketing question
  • [35:30] A cash value insurance question
  • [39:41] Optionality is undervalued
  • [42:50] A Social Security survivorship benefit question
  • [46:00] How to protect your legacy from financial abuse
  • [51:40] Thoughts on Connie’s question from episode 434

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [54:24] Be aware of the moment between stimulus and response

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Michael Balchan

New Retirement calculator

Tal Ben Shahar

BOOK - Mindset by Carol Dweck

BOOK - Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen

Personal Virtues test 

Episode 434 with Connie’s question

FINRA Brokercheck

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM447.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

You may be planning a peaceful retirement, an active retirement, or an engaged retirement, but have you ever thought about living a heroic retirement? Over the course of the next several episodes, we’ll explore what it means to live a heroic retirement with Michael Balchan from Optimize

In this series, you’ll learn how to build a framework to lean into the kind of person you want to be every day. I’m excited to bring this teaching that we already use in the Rock Retirement Club to you. Listen to this episode to learn what a hero is and how you can be the hero of your own retirement. 

Michael Balchan understands the search for meaning

Michael Balchan is 36 and not approaching retirement. However, he is working on his second act. His first career was as a commodity options trader and after achieving all of the outward trappings of success he had to reassess his life. He recognized that he had achieved everything he set out to achieve yet he felt that his life was a bit hollow. This led him to explore what would give him true satisfaction. 

Michael understood that the default path that he had fallen into brought wealth, fame, and popularity. These extrinsic goals were not bad goals to have, but they gave him no inner fulfillment. He then began to recognize that a deeply meaningful life comes from expressing the best version of himself in service of something greater than himself.

What is a hero?

Oftentimes, people’s second act steps away from the outward displays of success. They shift from a “what can I get” mentality to one that explores “what can I give?” This is why we are exploring the concept of the hero. 

The word hero comes from the Greek word and means the protector, but not necessarily in the way that you think. Greek heroes are protectors of the values and community that they hold most dearly. Heroes do the hard work by taking courageous action with their secret weapon: love. 

Heroes live a life of deep meaning by intentionally expressing the best versions of themselves in service of something greater. You can be a hero in your own life by looking for the places where you fall short and taking courageous action to improve them. Lean into the amazing abilities that you already have. Consider how you can help or connect with others.

How to find your purpose

The top tier in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is self-actualization, however, it is said that there is actually a level beyond self-actualization: self-transcendence. We can go beyond self-actualization in service of something bigger than ourselves. 

However, being a hero doesn’t mean that you have to set out to save the world. You get to choose your sphere of influence. Being a mentor, a great neighbor, a grandparent, or a spouse are all ways that you can serve others. The size and scope of your impact is up to you. 

Upon retirement, you may not know your reason for waking up in the morning. Your purpose gives you energy and vitality so it is important to think about what lights you up. To find your purpose it can be helpful to look back at what you have done in the past. Look at your past experiences and consider what brought you meaning. 

Find the ways in which you already make an impact in what you are doing. How are you already creating purpose and meaning in your life? Start to look for other opportunities to make contributions in the lives of others.

Make sure to come back next week to learn the core virtues you can use as guideposts to build intentionality into your retirement. If you found this episode helpful, make sure to share it with a friend!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [6:00[ What is a hero?
  • [18:48] You get to choose your sphere of influence
  • [21:05] How to find your purpose

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [30:08] How long does it typically take to recover from a bear market?
  • [35:55] Should Bill’s wife take Social Security now or wait for Bill’s delayed benefit?
  • [38:31] How should Steven allocate his mom’s savings?

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [43:40] Find the ways in which you already make an impact in your life

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

LTCI Partners

Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler

BOOK - The Second Mountain by David Brooks

BOOK - Flourish by Martin Seligman

BOOK - The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

William Damon

Heroic App

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM446.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:25am CDT

Dealing with a bear market after the trials and tribulations of the past 3 years may have you feeling like you are being punched while you are down. Many of us are feeling burnt out and are wondering when the punches will ever end. 

In this episode of Retirement Answer Man, we’ll discuss how we can deal with this issue. Kevin Lyles joins me in the Coach’s Corner to offer his perspective on dealing with burnout. I’ll also answer some fantastic listener questions that range from how to decumulate during a bear market to how to plan for retirement with a disengaged spouse. Don’t miss this episode especially if you feel like you might soon be down for the count. 

It seems like the world keeps punching us while we’re down

The past 3 years have dealt us one blow after another. Covid took us all by surprise in March of 2020 and was followed quickly by the fastest bear market in history, a total economic shutdown, quarantines, work-life disruptions, and so much worry about our health and the state of the world. 

2021 wasn’t much better with the political polarization of the election, Covid’s continuation, mask and vaccine questions, and more

2022 brought raging inflation, rising interest rates, war, and worldwide instability. And still, Covid rages on. 

Our normal rhythm of life has been disrupted. Without that rhythm, it's hard to create stability to ground yourself. No wonder so many of us are feeling burned out. We have more than our fair share of dents in our armor. 

Incremental changes are often the best course of action

It makes sense if you are feeling worn out, but how you respond to these stressors is important. It may seem like drastic action is the best action to take, but during challenging times, often incremental changes are the best course of action. Small changes can help you avoid major unforced errors.

You may want to take a cue from Muhammad Ali and take the punches while you are pinned against the ropes and conserve your energy until you have the opportunity to react.

Steps you can take to deal with burnout

If you are feeling the effects of the past 3 years weighing down on you conserve your energy and then see if you can take these steps to take action.

  1. Acknowledge what you have been through. Give yourself some grace for all that you have suffered.
  2. Bring past successes to mind. You have the capacity to get through hard things. Think about your past experiences to remind yourself of your resilience.
  3. Reexamine those around you. Search for people who are doing what you want to do. You won’t be able to follow their exact path, but you could find ways to integrate some of their strategies into your life. Walk with the wise to become wise. 
  4. Surround yourself with support. Surround yourself with people who encourage you and are supportive of your journey. This includes your network of friends and acquaintances as well as the media you choose to consume. 
  5. Build the confidence to punch back. Take care of yourself and your energy. Simple self-care is important when you are getting pummeled. Exercise, practice gratitude, and help others. Self-care will help ground you when you are burned out. 

Make sure to check out next month’s series on how to build a heroic retirement. Don’t forget to reply to the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter if you have any advice for Anna on planning retirement with a disengaged spouse. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [1:30] We have all been taking a beating over the past few years
  • [7:23] Rhythms ground us
  • [11:25] Steps to take to deal with burnout

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [19:38] Should I reallocate during a bear market?
  • [28:50] How to decumulate during a bear market
  • [34:17] How to decide between taking a pension in a lump sum or monthly payments
  • [38:46] How to deal with a disengaged spouse

COACH’S CORNER WITH KEVIN LYLES

  • [46:21] Reframe your negative thoughts to find a positive outlook

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [55:14] Acknowledge how much you’ve been on the ropes this year

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Boomer Benefits - check them out at no cost to you!

BOOK - The Expectation Effect by David Robson

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM445.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Does navigating this bear market in retirement terrify you? If so, you are not alone. No one can (or should try to) predict what will happen next. 

A financial advisor’s advice during bear markets is often ”stay the course,” however this can leave one feeling powerless. On this episode of The Retirement Answer Man, Tanya Nichols and I analyze what you can do if you are feeling terrified in a bear market, you’ll also learn how to navigate Social Security and an ex-spouse, and how to use retirement funds to self-insure long-term care. Press play to hear Tanya and I answer these listener questions and more. 

What to do when you are terrified about your financial future

It is easy to be terrified about the future when every day you watch the value of your accounts drop precipitously across the board. Everywhere you look the markets are getting worse: the Nasdaq, the S&P 500, and even bonds are plummeting. The vision of the future that seemed so bright just months ago is no longer so optimistic. The words “I’m terrified” are not an overstatement when you are no longer working and you’re living on your life’s savings.

What you can do in a bear market besides “stay the course”

Tony is worried about the current market volatility and wants to do something besides “stay the course.” He understands that markets bounce back, but he also realizes that his time horizon may be shorter than it takes for the market to bounce back. He feels his dream retirement slipping further and further away. 

Unfortunately, no one can predict what the future will bring, so it is important to try not to beat the system during a bear market. If you jump out of the market at the wrong time your accounts may never recover. 

Instead of trying to calculate what will happen, it is important to build a framework to navigate these difficult financial situations. When you are confident in the framework you have built you’ll be able to think through challenges thoughtfully and avoid overreacting one way or the other.

Your framework can help you map out where you want to go and how to get there. If you are feeling terrified, now is a good time to revisit your plan of record. Is it feasible? Is it resilient? Making small iterations while sticking with your carefully laid out process will ensure that you make it through these unsettling times.

Doing something during a bear market provides a sense of agency

Creating an action item can help give you a sense of agency when you have so little control of the big picture. That action item could be something as small as canceling Netflix, checking your net worth statement, or even reassessing your risk tolerance. However you choose to take action, remember to consider how that action fits into your overall financial plan. 

Using retirement funds to self-fund long-term care

Long-term care insurance is expensive which can make planning for a long-term care event challenging. As with any financial plan, it is important to plan for long-term care in an organized way. Rather than writing off long-term care insurance as too expensive, consider all the options. One resource you can use to explore the various possibilities is LTCI Partners

Listen in to hear Tanya’s guidance on rebalancing, Social Security, and tax rates. Don’t miss the answers to all kinds of listener questions. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [2:08] Feedback from my recent conversation with Amy Bloom
  • [6:48] Why I’m terrified

LISTENER QUESTIONS WITH TANYA NICHOLS

  • [15:40] Claiming Social Security based on an ex-spouse’s benefit
  • [17:24] What to do when you are terrified about the future of retirement
  • [26:18] A tax rate question
  • [28:21] What to do with a CD to pay for a parent’s assisted living
  • [30:19] On using retirement funds to self-fund long-term care
  • [37:17] Guidance on rebalancing

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [44:38] Review your net worth statement and think about what you can do

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

LTCI Partners - take the long-term care insurance questionnaire!

Align Financial

Behavior Gap with Carl Richards

Vanguard white paper on rebalancing

Episode 442 with Amy Bloom 

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM444.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

This month we are answering your listener questions. If you have a question that you would like answered on the show you can jump the line a bit and take the fast track by submitting an audio question. Head on over to RogerWhitney.com/AskRoger and hit record to submit your question.

Today I answer questions on a broad range of topics from paying off a mortgage on a rental property to determining the right balance for investment when there is a significant pension to whether to use a loan to pay for life while the market picks back up. Listen in to hear my thoughts on these questions so that you can not just rock retirement but rock life as well. 

Update your net worth statement (even if it is painful to look at)

How often do you update your net worth statement? It is important to do so annually or every 6 months. I recommend this exercise because your net worth statement is a fantastic tool that shows you the financial impact of the decisions you make. 

However, due to the recent market volatility, opening your monthly investment statements isn’t as much fun as it used to be. Regardless of this fact, it is still important to understand where you stand financially so that you can work to improve your financial decisions. 

Should Tyler pay off his rental property mortgage? 

Tyler is still young, has no debt besides his rental property, and is a great saver. He is wondering if he should pay off the mortgage on his rental property. The traditional wisdom is to keep the mortgage. Since he has a low-interest rate, mathematically it doesn’t make much sense to pay it off. But that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t pay it off. 

These types of decisions are rarely about math. It is important to factor in personal feelings as well. Tyler needs to consider all the factors involved and come to a decision that is uniquely his own. There is no wrong answer to this question. What is most important to consider is which choice will give him peace of mind. 

Should all of Adam’s investments be in equities since he’ll have a pension? 

Adam will soon retire from the military with a $70,000 per year pension. He feels that the traditional 60-40 retirement portfolio won’t be aggressive enough since he has such a large pension. So, he is wondering if all his investments should be in equities. 

Instead of building your portfolio first, start by creating a retirement plan of record to forecast what you need to live a great base life. Consider your income from social capital (Social Security, pension), financial capital (investments), and human capital (work). 

Once you understand how much financial capital you will need, then you can build your pie cake which consists of an emergency fund and a secure income floor with 5 years of spending. Since you have 5 years of prefunded income, then you can invest as aggressively as you would like. This system is a fantastic way to help guide your spending in retirement. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [2:25] Opening your monthly statement isn’t as fun as it used to be

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [5:00] Should Tyler pay off his rental property mortgage?
  • [9:40] Should all of Adam’s investments be in equities since he’ll have a pension? 
  • [16:50] Is there a method for deciding the best location to move to in retirement?
  • [23:44] Using a loan vs. cashing out on stocks during a bear market
  • [29:40] On reframing old age
  • [31:38] Pros of cons of timing retirement

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [37:00] Update your net worth statement

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Boomer Benefits

Ted Lasso

Episode 412 - What Is a Retirement Plan of Record?

Episode 310 - Investing in Retirement: The Pie Cake 

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM443.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Many people are concerned about markets and inflation right now, but rather than focusing on this in today’s episode, I’ll answer your investment strategy questions. I choose to focus on strategy because if you can create a feasible, resilient retirement strategy, you’ll be able to weather all kinds of economic uncertainties.

Make sure to stick around until the end to hear an interesting interview that may challenge you to rethink your preconceived ideas. You won’t want to miss it if you are open to hearing different perspectives. 

If you are looking for a fast pass to get your retirement question answered, record an audio question at RogerWhitney.com/askroger.

Unfortunately, you won’t win retirement

I have some bad news for you. You aren’t going to win retirement. There is no way you will figure everything out because there is no right answer. 

Despite this fact, you will be okay. By intentionally working through your decisions you’ll be able to enjoy retirement to its fullest. Not everything will turn out the way you want, but if you work through the decision-making process with the spirit of a scientist, you’ll continually improve. When faced with the results of a poor decision, take time to dissect what went wrong so that you will be able to improve your decision-making the next time around. 

Learning from your mistakes instead of stressing over them will help you improve your decision-making process so that you’ll achieve better results in the future.

How to account for uncertainty in retirement?

When creating a retirement plan, any room for error is scary. Even a 1% uncertainty can be unsettling. So what kind of market returns should one anticipate when using retirement calculators?

The problem with retirement calculators is that you can’t believe the calculator. None of the scenarios that the calculator proposes will actually happen. This makes long-term planning hard to predict. 

It doesn’t matter how much you analyze your future spending, more accuracy will not improve precision. 

You can’t know what your spending will be in 10, 20, or 30 years, which means that you can’t make life decisions based on an imagined future. Rather than trying to completely remove uncertainty, make reasonable assumptions to manage that uncertainty. Managing uncertainty is the essence of retirement planning. 

A feasible, resilient plan will see you through retirement

Once you figure out the basis that you need to live a great life in retirement then you can organize a feasible plan around that great life. Give yourself optionality by making your plan resilient. With your feasible, resilient plan you can use long-term calculations to plan for the short term. 

By creating a resilient plan you’ll create slack in the system so that you can change your mind as you change over time. Managing uncertainty instead of trying to eliminate it will give you agency and build confidence in your retirement plan.

Listen to the answers to all sorts of retirement strategy questions and make sure to listen until the end to hear the riveting interview with Amy Bloom. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [4:50] Should Jennifer count on an average market in retirement?
  • [13:52] Should I worry about poor investment returns or look for alternatives?
  • [23:42] What about using laddered ETFs rather than a bond ladder?
  • [25:07] On my language usage
  • [26:40] On using a 72T before age 59.5
  • [30:45] Should Dan continue to hold a life insurance policy if his house is paid off?
  • [35:03] How to leave behind your life story

INTERVIEW WITH AMY BLOOM

  • [40:16] Why did Amy choose to share her story?
  • [43:00] When did Amy and Brian approach this topic?
  • [50:25] How to be helpful with a life-changing diagnosis
  • [51:27] On how to approach this situation
  • [54:30] How they navigated the logistics
  • [1:01:26] How did the family react?
  • [1:04:43] What did Amy learn from this experience?

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [1:09:19] Reassess your relationship with the internet and news

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

LTCI Partners

Dignitas

BOOK - In Love by Amy Bloom

Episode 441 - How to Leave a Lasting Legacy

Fidelity Retirement Calculator

Fidelity 72T calculator

Dan Miller

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM442.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

If the market outlook has you feeling uncomfortable, you are not alone. This discomfort may cause you to want to change course, but consider that moments of extreme discomfort are often reverse indicators. Extreme discomfort can mean that you are on the right track to grow in a new direction. 

On this episode of Retirement Answer Man, I answer your questions about choosing a financial advisor, how to weather tumultuous financial markets, and using a Roth 401K. Learn what you can do in the midst of an uncertain future by pressing play. 

Is this the big one?

Weathering market downturns can be like weathering a storm. When you are in the thick of it you may wonder if this is the big one that will wreck your home and change your life. Should you just hold on tight and hope that everything will all work out? 

No. No one can hold your hand and assure you that your finances will recover.

The rules of investing change in retirement

The rules of investing when you are in the accumulation period of life don’t work the same in when you are decumulating assets. 

Since you are nearing or already into retirement you don’t have a 40-year investment timeframe to work with, so you may not be around for the next market upswing. You're in a period of life where you will need money from your investments in a short time frame. 

This is why you’ll need a well-thought-out strategy that can help you to stay agile. As the situation unfolds, you can make little adjustments as needed. Staying agile will help you maintain flexibility and retain agency. 

In a situation that feels out of your control, it is important to find ways to retain agency to do what you have to do to control the things that you can. You don’t want to feel powerless, so focus on what you can control. 

Watch out for false prophets

No one can predict what will happen in the future. However, there are many out there that claim that if you follow them they will lead you down the right path. 

We have to accept our own uncertainty and refrain from trying to figure it all out. Instead of trying to predict the future or following false prophets, it is important to create a plan that you can follow to actively navigate through these tumultuous waters which will see you through any eventuality.

How to know when it is time to switch advisors

How can you know if your financial advisor is doing a good job? What are some red flags that indicate that you should reevaluate your relationship with your advisor?

One listener is concerned about his financial advisor since they had two misunderstandings in the last two years and is wondering if he change advisors.

When researching financial advisors look for a specialist that can advise you through your specific financial situation. Consider whether they have the skillset and expertise to handle the problems and opportunities of your specific situation. Do they focus on what you need?

Is your advisor an active thinker that makes decisions or do they simply follow a checklist? Since the decisions that you are making aren’t crystal clear, it is important to have a process to think through decisions in an organized manner. Does your advisor help you with this? Do they walk you through the pros and cons of each decision?

Is the advisor product-focused or process-focused? If they are product-focused then this is a red flag. Another red flag is if they focus on trying to predict what the markets will do. Since no one can predict the future, it is important to find someone who will focus on the things that are within your control. 

Listen in to hear what else you should consider when choosing a financial advisor and when to consider finding a new one. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:23] Moments of extreme discomfort are reverse indicators

COACH’S CORNER

  • [7:38] Kevin wants to give to the kids while they're still here
  • [12:15] On giving money without strings attached
  • [17:25] Kevin is relearning to show his true colors

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [19:39] How to know when it is time to switch advisors
  • [34:05] What gives us the confidence that we will recover this time?
  • [41:50] Should Jen switch to a Roth 401K?
  • [48:23] What to use as a yield for net present value calculations

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [50:07] Experiment with digital minimalism for a week

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

BOOK - The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Boomer Benefits

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM441.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

We all want to leave a legacy to those we love, but leaving a legacy doesn’t mean simply making a will. To create a lasting financial and nonfinancial legacy you need to have a strategy that you can rely on. Today you’ll learn the steps to take to create a lasting legacy.

Leaving a legacy is different from estate planning

Often times we read about a hot investment or retirement planning tip in an article or hear some equally savory advice in a podcast and we jump to take action on it rather than thinking about how it could fit into our overall plan. I call this letting the tail wag the dog. 

Instead of letting the tail wag the dog, think about your actions first. Stop for a moment and think about how that new shiny idea or product would fit into your overall retirement plan. When you have a goal-based plan in place, it allows you to think through decisions in an organized way. You’ll want to use similar methods to build a plan to create the most impactful legacy that you can.

How to begin creating your legacy plan

There are a couple of steps you can take to begin creating a strategy that will allow you to develop a lasting legacy. 

The first step is to consider what you can afford to do. You can do this by determining how much excess capital you have. This can be a tricky number since there are so many unknowns to consider. These unknowns make it hard to determine how much you will have at the end of your life. 

Consider what is feasible considering your resources and your projected spending. You can gain a better understanding by using a plan of record. If you have never used a plan of record, keep your eyes open for this week’s 6-Shot Saturday newsletter to get a free template. If you aren’t signed up for the newsletter, head on over to RogerWhitney.com to fill out the form and subscribe. 

What are your legacy goals?

Now that you have determined what is feasible given your life vision and resources you can move on to step 2. Consider what kind of financial and nonfinancial impact you want to have. What do you want to accomplish?

Do you want to be able to contribute to your children’s retirement savings? Or maybe you want to help them buy their first home. 

Do you want to create a nonfinancial impact by developing the tradition of having a weekly family dinner? Do you plan on being an exemplar and coaching them through tough choices?

Create intentionality with your legacy strategy by framing it in financial and nonfinancial ways and considering the impact you want to have during and after your life. 

After these first two steps, you can begin to create your strategy. You’ll want to think about maintaining flexibility with your strategy since markets won’t always cooperate with your plans. Your legacy should be built with discretionary money. The tactics will come easy if you focus on creating a strategy first. Listen in to hear how to build your lasting legacy. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [2:43] Doctors don’t want you to engage and ask questions
  • [8:00] Leaving a legacy is different from estate planning
  • [13:17] What impact do you want to have during your life?
  • [18:09] Take time making large stake decisions
  • [25:50] The tactics are easy if you take these previous steps first

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [27:22] The differences between the representative payee program and advanced designation in Social Security
  • [32:20] How to create a discount factor using a household balance sheet
  • [40:09] My thoughts on taking Social Security at 68 instead of 70
  • [41:25] How the IRMAA brackets work
  • [45:30] Reimbursing your Medicare Part B premiums from your HSA

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [47:05] Map out what kind of financial and nonfinancial legacy that you want to leave

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

BOOK - Retirement Planning Guidebook by Dr. Wade Pfau

SSA.gov/payee

SSA-44

How to Be a Better Advocate for Your Health

LTCI Partners

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM440.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

When you think about leaving a legacy do you immediately think about passing on your assets? 

What may be more important than passing on money is leaving behind a nonfinancial legacy to those that you love. Have you considered how you will do this? 

If you would like to leave more than just a trust fund to your family then you won’t want to miss this episode of Retirement Answer Man. You’ll learn about setting a nonfinancial legacy objective, plus strategies, tactics, and more.

Should you panic about a bear market?

I just want to acknowledge that it can be challenging to have confidence in your retirement plan right now. We are now in a bear market which means that stocks are down 20% from their highs. That can give you plenty of anxiety, but since that bear market is paired with decreasing bond prices, this can lead to outright panic. 

Now is the time to reflect on your retirement plan. If you have created an objective-based agile retirement plan you will be able to weather this storm. Have confidence in your strategic plan. 

What is the objective of leaving a nonfinancial legacy?

It will be nice to leave money for your loved ones but wouldn’t you like to leave more? 

To truly leave a legacy you need to be an exemplar. An exemplar is defined as one who serves as a role model or an example. 

Even if there is a gap in where you are in life and where you would like to be, your children and grandchildren are learning how to navigate the world based on your example. They emulate you, so being an exemplar is the best nonfinancial legacy that you can create. 

The more you can encourage others the better exemplar you will be. To encourage means to give courage to someone else. Give your loved ones the courage to lead their best lives. Help them on their journey to be their best selves. You can use finances to help others on their journey but encouragement is even more important.

Strategies to use to leave a nonfinancial legacy

Life is full of the mundane, the day today. But the peaks, pits, and transitions are the flagship moments that we remember. These are the moments that influence how we view the world. If you can help someone during one of these moments in their lives, it may go a long way in transforming their future. 

You can help your community by looking out for these moments in their lives and accentuating them. During the peaks, help them to put an exclamation point on that moment in time so that they can look back and reflect on that high. 

You won’t be able to fix their pits, but you can show up and help them through. 

An encouraging word can help mark transitions in ways that you may not predict.

Fill in the pits. Mark the transitions. Celebrate the peaks. This is how to leave a lasting legacy.

Listen in to hear how you can help your loved ones be the best versions of themselves through your nonfinancial legacy. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:22] What is the objective of leaving a nonfinancial legacy?
  • [9:05] Strategies for leaving a nonfinancial legacy
  • [17:55] Tactics for creating a nonfinancial legacy

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [20:52] How to use a solo 401K
  • [28:28] Should you buy one $10,000 Ibond or multiple smaller amounts?
  • [31:02] The pro-rata rule and Roth conversions
  • [35:35] How can non-sporty people add exercise into their lives?

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [39:37] Listen to somebody with full presence

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

BOOK - The Power of Moments by Chip Heath

BOOK - Giftology by John Ruhlin

BOOK - Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg

IndividualK.com

Check out Boomer Benefits, their services are free to you!

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM439.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37pm CDT

We all want to leave a legacy behind after we pass. The legacy you chose to leave is up to you. This episode is part of a 5 part series on leaving a lasting legacy. Today’s episode focuses on leaving a financial legacy. Make sure to look out for the next episode so that you can learn how to leave a non-financial legacy. 

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We also have the answers to several listener questions on this episode and many others. To submit your own questions for me to answer on the show simply hit reply to the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter. If you aren't subscribed, consider signing up to receive a weekly summary of the show along with any helpful links or tidbits that I find interesting and want to pass along. 

The difference between estate planning and financial legacy 

Estate planning and leaving a financial legacy are not the same. There is a difference between the two. When you pass away you will leave behind property, financial assets, and maybe some liabilities. Estate planning is the official process of closing the books on your financial life. If you leave behind more assets than liabilities then those assets will have to go somewhere. The probate process spells out how that will work. 

You get to decide how to distribute your assets. When deciding who will receive your assets it is important to analyze the outcomes you are trying to achieve. This process is the way to leave your financial legacy. 

Planning the outcomes 

If you are married, it is important to ensure that your surviving spouse financially secure. That is usually the first consideration in leaving a financial legacy. 

Those that have children often choose to leave their legacy to their children, others choose to leave their bequeath to friends or charitable organizations. It is important to remember that if you don’t approve of the financial trajectory that one of your children is on, you don’t have to enable their poor behaviors. You get to choose who to bless with your assets and how. You do not have to support behaviors that you don’t want to support. There are strategies you can use to help your family while at the same time protecting them from themselves. 

There are obstacles that could stand in the way of achieving the financial legacy outcomes that you desire. Our culture makes discussing money a taboo subject. This could stand in the way of the outcome you seek. Many people avoid planning their legacy and choose to ignore this type of plan. A lack of planning will mean that you won’t achieve the outcome you seek. 

Strategies and tools to leave a financial legacy

When you pass you’ll want to transfer your assets as efficiently as possible. While a will is the first tool that you should have in place, many people are surprised to realize that a will is not that efficient since it must pass through probate. There are other ways that you can pass your assets on to those you love without having to go through the probate process. 

A living trust is a revocable trust that bypasses probate. The trust document not only states who receives the assets, but it can also define how those assets are managed.

Another way to efficiently manage your financial legacy is through beneficiary designations. By designating your beneficiaries in your IRAs and 401Ks these assets will bypass probate and flow to your chosen beneficiaries. Make sure that you revisit your beneficiaries regularly to ensure that they are up to date.

Listen in to hear tactics you can use to leave your legacy both during your life and beyond. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:20] Estate planning and leaving a financial legacy are not the same
  • [6:13] What outcomes do you want?
  • [10:45] Obstacles to the outcomes
  • [12:14] Strategies and tools to use to leave your legacy
  • [17:48] Tactics to use to leave a legacy during your life
  • [23:12] The ways you could give

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [26:08] Dave’s question on investment classes
  • [35:44] What exactly is the market?
  • [40:11] Carl’s question on selling a large position in one stock

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [44:15] Be courageous. Act in the presence of fear

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

LTCI Partners

Make sure that you are signed up for the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter!

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM438.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Have you considered the legacy you will leave to those whose lives you touch? Does leaving a legacy need to be financial or something more? 

This month we explore how to leave a lasting legacy in an organized way. You’ll learn the ways that you can leave an enduring legacy during your life and beyond. 

Today we are defining legacy and noodling on what that means both financially and non financially. Next week, we’ll discuss the different strategies that you can use to leave a financial legacy, the following week we’ll explore non-financial legacies, and in the 4th episode of this series, you’ll learn how to create your own legacy strategy. 

Live a life true to yourself

Some people are spurred into retirement because they have trouble compartmentalizing work and so it bleeds into other areas of their lives. They choose retirement to escape the pace of a grueling work life.

However, many high performers experience a lot of guilt upon retirement. They may feel an obligation to their team or their clients to continue working and feel held back by other people’s expectations, but living a life true to yourself means letting go of others’ expectations. 

Learn how to not just survive retirement, but gain the confidence to rock retirement. Sign up for the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter to receive a weekly email with a summary of the answers to the questions from the show, plus links, tools, books, and other resources that will help you on your retirement journey

What do you think of when you hear the word legacy? 

When you hear the word legacy do you simply think of money or does legacy mean something more? 

My mom died young–she was only 48 when she passed. When I think back on her legacy I don’t consider the check I received from the lawyer a few months later. Instead, I am reminded of our conversations and debates on how best to live life. You could say that this podcast is an indirect result of her legacy. 

Mom insisted on living a life of delayed gratification so that she could save for the future–a future that she never got to enjoy. I argued that living life in the present was the way to go. However, finding a balance between living well today and delaying gratification is the best way to live a life without regret. Ultimately, that is what this podcast is all aobut. 

What does legacy mean? 

The dictionary defines legacy as money or property given in a will, or something handed down from an ancestor. 

When you die you will leave a legacy. What you choose to leave behind is up to you. 

A nonfinancial legacy includes lessons, memories, and experiences that you share with others. How are you actively working to build a nonfinancial legacy in retirement? 

A financial legacy could be money, property, or other mementos that generally come to your loved ones in a sterile way. A financial legacy could give your heirs the financial fuel they need to get started or continue on their journey through life. Make sure to tune in next week to hear what tools you can use to build your financial legacy. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [5:35] What do you think of when you hear the word legacy?

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [14:48] A Daily Stoic blog post
  • [16:14] Responses to Wendy’s question about postponing travel
  • [19:03] A Roth conversion question from Joel
  • [22:22] Joe’s question on planning for inflation
  • [27:12] What should Joe’s CFP be doing in response to the current market conditions?
  • [33:02] Where I learned to fly fish in Colorado

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [34:17] Expand your thinking on legacy

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Legacy Is Not for You from the Daily Stoic blog

Boomer Benefits - check out their FREE 6-day mini-course!

Episode 429 - Should I Retire Earlier If I Have Health Issues?

IRS Publication 505

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

 

Direct download: RAM437.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Navigating the healthcare world in this day and age can make your head spin. It is hard to understand what to believe and what not to believe since there are so many voices telling you their interpretation of the facts. 

This is why it is important to build a healthcare framework from which to operate. Your healthcare framework will ensure that you get your questions answered so that you can make the best decisions for your health. Building a healthcare decision-making framework is similar to the framework we build for making financial decisions. 

Dr. Bobby Dubois joins me again today for the last episode in the Functional Health to Rock Retirement series to discuss how to approach medical problems both conceptually and with your doctor. You won’t want to miss this important conversation, so press play to listen. 

Building a relationship with your primary care physician can help you feel confident in your healthcare decisions

Whether you are dealing with a small, medium, or large medical problem it is important to ensure that you receive the right care. The right diagnosis leads to the right procedure, but that all begins with ensuring that you have the right healthcare provider. 

Many of us don’t have relational currency with our doctors anymore. Gone are the days of the doctor who has treated us and our family for ages. These family doctors have been replaced by the managed care model. 

Even if you haven’t been seeing your primary care doctor for long, you can try and build a relationship with them that puts them in the quarterback position of managing your overall health care. Listen in to hear how.

If this isn’t a possibility you may want to look into finding a concierge doctor. Concierge medicine is an emerging industry that may be beneficial to retirees. For an extra yearly fee, these doctors offer personalized care and direct access since they limit their patient load.

Use a systematic way to build a healthcare decision-making framework

We all want to embrace life physically for as long as possible; however, at some point in our lives, we are all going to face medical challenges. How you choose to confront those challenges could be critical to overcoming them. This is why it is important to have a framework in place for dealing with health issues. It is important to approach medical problems in a systematic way so that you can organize your decision-making.

Building a strong framework starts with asking the right questions

To ensure that you get the right care you must be more than just a passive patient you need to be an active consumer that asks the right questions. 

Rather than creating a list of 100 questions, try to boil them down to 2-4 questions. Understand that doctors operate on a tight schedule, so it can be helpful to let them know that you have questions in advance. You can do this by sending them an email or handing your typed questions to the nurse at the beginning of your appointment. This way you are being proactive yet respectful of their time.

After receiving a diagnosis ask your doctor these questions:

  • How long will it last?
  • How severe is it?
  • How resilient am I?

After discussing treatment options you can ask these questions:

  • Why do I need this (procedure, surgery, medication…)?
  • What happens if I don’t do it?
  • Are there alternatives?
  • What are the risks associated with this treatment?
  • What is the (out of pocket) cost? 
  • What are the costs of the alternatives?

Asking your doctor, how often do you see this? can help you to decide whether you should get a second opinion.

Remember when putting together your framework for answering questions that a good theory is not evidence. Make sure that there is evidence that the treatment will work. A great question to ask is what is the evidence that supports this theory?

The journey of rocking retirement starts with your feet–take that baby step in the right direction now to continue toward your goal of rocking retirement.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING WITH DR. BOBBY DUBOIS

  • [4:06] How to approach medical problems with your doctor
  • [12:25] Ensure that you get the right treatment
  • [19:43] Questions to ask to build a framework
  • [25:50] Randomized trials vs observational studies
  • [31:12] A case study to understand how to talk to your doctor
  • [40:02] A summary of functional health to rock retirement

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [43:33] How to characterize home equity in planning
  • [49:27] On using an advisor for money management vs. keeping assets in a 401K

COACHES CORNER WITH KEVIN LYLES

  • [56:47] 4 questions to consider to 

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [1:10:30] Brainstorm a few of these steps to integrate into your life

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Galleri Cancer test

Oura Ring

WHOOP

Dan Miller 48 Days to the Work You Love

BOOK - Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley

BOOK - The Expectation Effect by David Robson

Andy Panko at Tenon Financial

LTCI Partners

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM436.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

All this month we have been discussing functional health so that you can ensure your body works well enough to rock retirement. Last week we learned how finding the right exercise plan can help you stay strong enough to do all the things that you want to do when you retire.

Today, we learn about the opposite side of the functional health coin: nutrition. You probably know that nutrition should be an important part of your overall health plan, but with so many conflicting diets out there how are you supposed to know what you should eat? 

Listen in to hear what functional health expert, Dr. Bobby Dubois recommends to maintain proper nutrition in retirement. 

It’s easy to fall into a nutrition rabbit hole

If you head to the bookstore or ask a question on Google, you’ll quickly realize that there are tons of rabbit holes that you can fall into when it comes to nutrition. How can there be so many different ’right ways’ to eat?

Before starting the cantaloupe diet or another such extreme measure it is important to understand the science that goes into nutrition. 

Why evidence-based nutrition is important

Many fad diets are based on strong emotions and faux science rather than evidence-based science. 

Science is a process by which scientists answer questions. First, they come up with a hypothesis and then design a study to prove or disprove that hypothesis. Next, they test their study.

Just because a scientist may come up with a beautiful theory doesn’t mean that they have any evidence to back it up. For years scientists figured that people with high cholesterol should restrict their cholesterol intake, but science has recently shown that the cholesterol we eat has little effect on the overall cholesterol in our bodies. 

Unfortunately, nutrition is a field that has been based on a lot of bad science. It has had plenty of strong theories but little evidence to back up those theories. 

Scientists all agree that obesity can lead to heart disease

One area of nutrition that scientists can agree upon is that being overweight or obese can lead to heart disease and, ultimately, death. This is why it is important to maintain a healthy weight. 

Maintaining a healthy diet can help you stay at a healthy weight and help your body move more easily. Taking control of your diet can give you agency and help you make a change in your life.

Rather than focus on the small details of what you should eat or not eat, it is more important to plan a basic diet. Since every person’s body works differently, a great way to choose the ‘right’ diet is to test it out for yourself. What works for someone else may not work for you. 

How to construct the ‘right’ nutrition plan

It is important to have some humility when it comes to understanding nutrition. Scientists don’t know as much as they should and no one has the perfect nutrition plan, so you should be skeptical of anyone that claims to have the perfect nutrition plan. 

What we do know is that obesity is a big issue. This is why maintaining a balanced diet of ‘real’ foods is important. Try to shop around the rim of the grocery store to avoid the processed foods that lie in the middle. 

Next week, you’ll learn more about how to build a functional health framework so that you can rock retirement. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT WITH DR. BOBBY DUBOIS

  • [7:10] There are many rabbit holes you can chase surrounding nutrition
  • [14:13] What to focus on in nutrition
  • [16:37] How to know what kind of nutrition is good and what’s bad?
  • [26:58] How the placebo effect can affect diet
  • [31:28] Having proper weight is important
  • [41:20] Takeaways

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [44:10] A Windfall elimination program question
  • [47:20] A retirement regret observation
  • [50:26] How to prepare a ‘death manual’ for a spouse

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [57:30] Start preparing a nutritional framework using guiding light principles

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

EverPlans

BOOK - Checklist for My Family by Sally Balch Hurme

Dan Miller

BOOK - How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

Boomer Benefits

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM435.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

You may think that having saved a nice nest egg and having a purpose will ensure that you are all set to rock retirement. Unfortunately, you need to think again. Without functional health, you may not be able to enjoy your retirement savings and purpose. 

Creating a specified exercise plan can ensure that you develop the functional health necessary to do all the things you want to do so that you can rock retirement. Listen to this episode with Dr. Bobby Dubois to learn how to cultivate an exercise plan that will help you accomplish your goals. 

Don’t let the economy derail your retirement plan

Watching the news these days can derail your confidence in rocking retirement. A combination of continued inflation, rising interest rates, and falling stock prices are downright scary when you’re in or approaching retirement. Uncertainty is not something that pairs well with carefully thought-out retirement plans. 

Some of us think that more data will help us better our plan for the future. However, no one knows what the future holds. Is this all just a blip on the economic radar or is it the start of something bigger?

The only thing that remains consistent over time is our values. We can use our values as a guiding light to help us make decisions–especially when everything else is so unpredictable. Basing your decision-making on your values will help you stay agile and apply the protocols you have laid out that will see you through troubling times. Your values are the key to bolstering your confidence in your plan so that you can relax and rock retirement. 

Why is exercise important to retirement?

You already know that you have to have financial means and meaning to rock retirement, but you won’t be able to enjoy either of these things if you don’t have the ability to do everything you want to do in retirement. 

Your body changes as you age. It starts to deteriorate and that deterioration is noticeable in the blood vessels, bones, and muscles. The depressing reality is that you are fighting a losing battle with your muscle mass. However, you can get ahead of this decline with exercise. 

Many people are familiar with the concept of doing crosswords and puzzles to keep their minds agile and you can use exercise much in the same way. By starting the aging process with more muscle strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance you will be ahead of the game once mother nature kicks in. Regular exercise protects your body and makes it more resilient so that you can maintain function as you age. 

Steps to take to form your exercise plan so that you can rock retirement 

Developing the right exercise plan starts with envisioning where you want to be in 10-20 years. Think about what you want to be able to do in the future so that you can understand the body that you will need. Consider the muscle groups, strength, balance, and aerobic stamina you will need. Next, analyze what kind of exercise you are doing now to help you reach this goal. Lastly, consider how you can fill in the gaps and start working on the specific movements that will help you achieve your goals. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT WITH DR. BOBBY DUBOIS

  • [9:25] Why is exercise important to retirement?
  • [18:44] Think about where you want to be in 10-20 years
  • [24:44] Generic exercise helps improve the length of life
  • [32:05] Balance is an important area to work on
  • [33:55] How intensely should you focus on this?
  • [36:13] How to factor in limitations to our exercise plan
  • [39:20] Anaerobic strength requires a different set of muscles
  • [42:42] Steps to take to form your exercise plan to rock retirement 

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [45:09] You can withdraw your Roth contributions any time without penalty
  • [47:14] Questions to ask your financial planner as you approach retirement
  • [58:09] My thoughts on the pros and cons of closed-end mutual funds

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [1:12:45] Evaluate your exercise regimen

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Don’t miss out on the live webinar on May 19! Register at LiveWithRoger.com

Anna Greenberg Yoga

LTCI Partners

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM434.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Purpose and finances are two important legs of the retirement stool; however, a stool needs 3 legs. Finances and dreams don’t mean anything if you can’t function well enough to enjoy them. 

The often-overlooked leg of the retirement stool is functional health–which is why this month we are focusing all 4 episodes on how to improve your functional health in retirement. 

Since I am not a health expert, I have invited Dr. Bobby Dubois to join me for this relevant discussion. This week Bobby helps me define exactly what functional health is and why it is important to retirement. In week two we’ll explore exercise and movement followed by week three’s examination of nutrition. 

On the last episode of this series, you’ll learn how to create your own functional health plan to help you navigate this essential part of your retirement plan. Press play to learn how important functional health is in retirement. 

What is functional health?

We have seen a tremendous increase in longevity over the past 50 years. Now, it is not uncommon for people to live 90+ years. While longevity gives people quantity of life, functional health gives quality of life. Without investing in your functional health you will live longer but your life will suck more. 

When you are young you can do anything–play a round of pick-up basketball, hike up a mountain, or paint your house. But as you age you quickly learn that you aren’t in shape for everything anymore. Since you lose 1-2% of your muscle mass each year starting in your 30s, by the time you reach your 60s you may not be able to do these same activities with ease. 

The happiest retirees are those that have a high quality of life and the ability to do the things they want to do. Functional health doesn’t train you to run marathons or win bike races–unless those are goals that you have for your retirement. Instead, functional health can help ensure that you can pick up your grandkids, lift carry-on luggage over your head and into the compartment, or climb ancient cobblestone steps in Europe. 

How to set up a framework for functional health

The best part of functional health is that you have control over how healthy you want to be. Setting up a functional health framework is much like the rest of retirement planning. You will begin with the end in mind. Who do you want to be in your last decade of life? What do you want to be doing when you are 90? Do you still want to be able to golf or hike? Or do you just want to be able to make it to the bathroom by yourself? Whatever your goal is, start from there. 

Be precise in setting your goals and creating your plan. Just like with a financial retirement plan, you’ll want to personalize your plan based on your goals. Traditional advice, like working out 30 minutes a day 3 days a week or walking 10,000 steps, isn’t the way to achieve your functional health goals. A one size fits all plan won’t work for your health plan just like it won’t work for your retirement plan. 

Next week, we’ll explore ways that you can use exercise and body movement to achieve your functional health goals. If you have a question or thought regarding functional health respond to the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter or hit the Ask Roger button at RogerWhitney.com to leave a voicemail question. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING WITH DR. BOBBY DUBOIS 

  • [4:56] Why Dr. Dubois volunteered to discuss functional health on the show
  • [9:54] You have to put money in your physical bank to enjoy the life you want to live
  • [13:05] What is important to physical health?
  • [15:34] What is functional health?
  • [19:07] How to set up a framework for functional health

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [28:18] When to convert from tax-deferred accounts to Roth
  • [34:45] An SIPC protection question
  • [37:45] Use the Social Security detailed calculator to personalize your earnings
  • [40:07] To pay or not to pay off the mortgage

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [44:37] Think about how well rounded your health regimen is

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Register for the live webinar on May 19 at LiveWithRoger.com

Boomer Benefits

Social Security detailed calculator

Episode 407 - Retirement Planning Guidebook With Wade Pfau 

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM433.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Does inflation have you worried about retirement? If so, you’re not alone. A couple of listeners are looking for ways to inflation-proof their retirement. Can you inflation-proof your retirement?

I’ll answer these questions and many more on this episode of Retirement Answer Man. But before we get to our current listener questions we’ll take a look back at a question that was asked earlier this month. I asked you all to help me answer it and today you’ll hear the responses.

Listeners’ responses to Wendy’s question 

On episode 429, Wendy asked for my thoughts on increasing her savings with the goal of retiring early or whether she and her husband should enjoy life now and travel more given her husband’s recent bout with cancer. After giving my thoughts on the matter, I turned the question over to all of you and I received many responses. 

One listener remarked that their 1 million dollar savings wouldn’t be enough to fund an early retirement when considering long-term care and health costs. 

Another listener, Craig, retired early at 62 and regrets not working longer. He feels bored and wishes that he had worked longer while slowing his savings rate. 

Joe took 3 months off of work, then started back to work part-time. He reminds us that we don’t have to choose between work and retirement. By working a flexible or limited schedule you can take advantage of pretirement and enjoy the best of both worlds. Retirement doesn’t have to be binary. Retirement isn’t about getting to a date–it’s about making the most of the time you have.

Kate retired at 56 and is bored. She advises planning how you will create your new life and spend your time in retirement. 

Choices don’t have to be black and white–find a way to work with the grey areas

While Wendy’s question was posed as a choice between two options, it is important to remember that you can go back and forth between the two. Things don’t have to be black and white. You can increase your savings a bit while increasing travel and living life to its fullest now. Don’t wait until retirement to enjoy life since no one is promised tomorrow. We must all live for today while doing our best to make the most out of tomorrow. 

Listen in to hear Kevin Lyle’s ideas on how to blend work into your retirement plans. 

Can you inflation-proof retirement?

Since inflation has continued to rise more and more people are looking for ways to inflation-proof their retirement. Dave is looking at taking a mortgage on his house so that he can buy rental properties and another listener is curious about using gold as an inflation hedge. 

A couple of months ago we did a month-long series on inflation in retirement. You can start the first episode of the series here. In episode 423 we explored several inflation-fighting tactics you can use to enhance your retirement strategy. Some of those were I bonds, TIPS, money market funds, and utilizing debt instead of cash to make large purchases. 

It is important to understand that no retirement plan is inflation-proof. What you can do is ensure that you have a sound retirement strategy in place before rushing into any major decisions. Walkthrough your process and see how the choices align with your values and fit into your retirement plan. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:40] Looking back at your responses to Wendy’s question from earlier this month

LISTENER QUESTIONS WITH KEVIN LYLES

  • [11:27] A blended retirement question

LISTENER QUESTIONS WITH NICHOLE

  • [20:44] Should Dave take on a mortgage to buy rental properties?
  • [24:30] Is gold a good way to fight inflation?
  • [27:55] The 5-year rule and opening of 2 separate Roth IRAs
  • [29:41] Moving a 401K to a Roth IRA before retirement
  • [31:43] Should Roy liquidate his stock options into cash and buy a 2nd home?
  • [35:55] A rule of 55 question
  • [39:03] Sally wants to consolidate accounts and buy crypto how should she do that/

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [44:26] When trying to decide how to balance life today with saving for tomorrow remember that tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Don’t miss the live webinar on May 19!

Episode 423 - What Investments Help Protect Me from Inflation?

LTCI Partners

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM432_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Today we are continuing our month-long series of listener questions. On this episode, you’ll hear questions about Roth conversions, interest rate-hedged ETFs, pension payments, and the value of dividends as a source of income in retirement. If you are ready to gain the wisdom that you need to rock retirement, press play now.

Time to pull out your May calendars

Next month we will be focusing on functional health in retirement. You’ll learn what you can do now to get your body in the right place so that you can do all the things that you have dreamed of in retirement. You won’t want to miss the interview we have lined up with a functional health expert, so be on the lookout for this series coming up in May.

While you’re planning what to listen to in May, mark your calendar for May 19 at 7 pm CDT for our live webinar. During this interactive session, we’ll be chatting about the market and inflation, I’ll answer some retirement questions, and we’ll discuss the Rock Retirement Club’s open enrollment of the spring 2022 cohort.

In this live webinar, you’ll learn more about our inclusive online community of more than 800 members where you can create your financial plan, take masterclasses, and attend online meetups on financial and non-financial topics. If you are looking for a way to meet new, like-minded people in the same situation as you and supercharge your retirement, don’t miss out on the May webinar to hear more about the Rock Retirement Club. 

How to calculate a pension on a net worth statement

One listener has a question regarding pensions on their net worth statement. A net worth statement is a financial statement that lists your assets in one column and liabilities in another. By subtracting your liabilities from your assets you can calculate your net worth.

Up until now he has included the lump sum of his wife’s pension in the assets column, but she will soon start collecting her monthly pension, so he no longer knows where to calculate the pension. 

Once you start collecting your monthly pension, you no longer have an asset. Instead what you have is social capital–similar to your Social Security benefit. Social capital doesn’t belong on a net worth statement; rather, it can be included on a household balance sheet. We use household balance sheets in the Rock Retirement Club when calculating projected retirement budgets. 

Are interest rate-hedged ETFs a good idea?

Interest rate-hedged ETFs trade like stocks and hold like bonds. However, rather than being organic financial products, interest rate-hedged ETFs use derivatives to hedge price movements as interest rates rise. 

While these ETFs are a great idea, in theory, one problem is that much of your cost in buying these funds goes to the derivatives. Since these ETFs are manufactured and don’t naturally occur, they can be quite costly. Try to avoid these synthetic tools in your investments. 

Instead of using interest rate-hedged ETFs, you can look at purchasing TIPS (Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities) or I bonds. Another way to achieve the same goal is to build a bond ladder. Listen in to hear how a bond ladder works to see if that would be a good solution to building the bond portion of your pie cake. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [2:47] My recent win
  • [4:46] My morning routine

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [7:52] Calculating a net worth statement
  • [10:45] Are interest rate-hedged ETFs a good idea?
  • [15:40] Where to put a lump sum payment so that you wouldn’t have to pay the taxes all at once
  • [17:35] Does the 5-year rule apply in a backdoor conversion?
  • [20:12] The value of dividends as a source of income in retirement

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [24:20] Write it out – Today is the day…

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Boomer Benefits

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM431.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

This is a fantastic time to enjoy a pretirement tailwind. If you have ever considered using pretirement as a gateway into full retirement, the job market is desperately searching for experienced talent. Listen in to discover how this cultural shift in the workplace could benefit your retirement plans. 

On this episode, you’ll also hear the answers to a number of questions from listeners like you. If you are worried about how to shift from saving to spending, wondering how to plan for taxes in retirement, or how RMDs work for married couples then make sure to press play to hear the answers to these questions. 

Retirement is not binary

Traditionally, retirement is considered to be the opposite of working. You work 40 years or so then one day you stop and retire. However, in today’s world, this does not have to be the case.

There are plenty of ways that people can incorporate a pretirement phase before retiring fully. I like to call part-time work, consulting, or working a flexible schedule before full retirement pretirement. Pretirement can be a great way to ease into retirement while still benefiting from staying engaged in the working world.

Companies are more flexible than ever before

The pandemic reframed the way people work. Companies experimented with remote work and flexible schedules and many corporations that tried to reinstate traditional office work ended up seeing pushback from employees.

This shift has created a talent shortage in many fields which has led to a desperate need for qualified, accomplished individuals to fill various positions. Since corporations are struggling in their search for skilled labor, many are rethinking their cultural rigidness and becoming more flexible. 

Many companies have realized that employees can be just as productive or even more so by working from home or on a flexible schedule. This corporate cultural shift has led to a huge opportunity for those that are seeking alternatives to traditional retirement. 

How to explore pretirement

If you have been considering retirement, but aren’t sure if you are ready, consider exploring the boundaries with your current employer. You may be able to negotiate a 3 day a week schedule or a 100% remote position. 

If you have already retired and would like to enjoy the stimulation of working without the limitations of a full-time schedule, now is a great time to cash in on your career capital by reaching out to your network to explore your options. 

You may discover the right part-time, consulting, or contract position that allows you the time freedom of retirement while enjoying the mental stimulation and income of the working world. 

How to go from being a saver to becoming a spender?

Since you have been saving for retirement your entire working career, making the transition to spending that savings takes a huge shift in mindset. One reason for this is the money scripts that we have ingrained in our minds since childhood. Money scripts are the stories we tell ourselves about money. Changing your money scripts will not happen overnight. 

In retirement, you will have to transition from saving to spending, but this isn’t as easy as flipping a switch. It is a process that you will slowly become comfortable with as you ease into your new life. It will take time, but slowly you will lean into the changes in your life and you will become comfortable with your new life rhythm. Listen in to hear how you can make the shift in mindset from a saver to a spender. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [1:30] Enjoy the pretirement tailwind

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [7:08] How to go from being a saver to becoming a spender
  • [12:55] Why Bob is lamenting being born in 1960
  • [15:41] How to access a solo 401K plan
  • [17:56] Deciding whether to keep a group universal life plan after retiring
  • [21:10] How to include taxes as future liabilities
  • [24:33] RMDs for married couples

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [25:27] Reframe the idea that retirement is binary

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

 

LTCI Partners

BOOK - So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM430.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Making retirement decisions brings plenty of questions and over the next month, I’ll be tackling your retirement questions. While I love answering your questions, I also enjoy hearing your thoughts. In today’s episode, there are a couple of questions that I’d love to hear your feedback on. If you have any thoughts to share with other listeners please respond to the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter. If you’re not signed up, head on over to RogerWhitney.com and scroll down to the bottom of the page to get weekly tips, news, and resources in your inbox every Saturday morning.

Deciding to spend large sums of money in retirement can be unnerving

Early on in retirement is when people want to have the most fun, but it can also be the most daunting time to spend money. Even if the numbers say that you’ll be ok financially, you can never be certain if you may need that cash when you’re 90. Making the decision to spend large amounts of money in retirement can be daunting.

I got to thinking about decision-making recently when I wrote the biggest check I have ever written. This check will (hopefully) be an investment in my business, but it was still a difficult decision to make that took a lot of thought and counsel from others. 

How I employ my own decision-making tactics

I actually practiced what I preached and used the same decision-making process that I teach on the show. I started with my vision by projecting where I want to be in the future. I thought about how this decision fits into my long-term goals for myself and my company. Then, I got to thinking about the result that I hoped for as well as the worst-case scenario. 

I seek the counsel of others

Since I know I have blind spots in my own decision-making when it comes to myself and my business, I enlisted the help of others to bounce my ideas off of. I started with my wife, Shawna, then sought counsel from Nichole, and others that understand my situation. I encouraged them to challenge my assumptions and poke at my blind spots. We walked through alternatives and discussed opportunity costs. Ultimately, it was up to me to make the judgment call. I won’t know for quite some time whether I made the right decision, however, I know that the process that I used to make this decision was sound. 

With the right process, you can be secure in your decision making

I share this with you, because you may be wondering if you should spend $30,000 to take an epic family trip next year, buy that vacation home, or RV across the country. The memories you create may be well worth the money, but you won’t know if you made the right choice until you reach the end of the road. Nobody can tell you what the correct decision will be for you, but if you work through your decision in an organized way starting with your vision then you’ll know that you made the best decision that you could. 

Speaking of big decisions, Wendy is trying to decide whether to increase her savings now that she and her husband will be empty nesters. Or should they continue to save for retirement at the same rate while taking time to travel and enjoy more of life now while they are both still healthy? Listen in to hear the details of her situation and then let her know what you think by responding in our 6-Shot Saturday newsletter. What would you do if you were in her shoes?

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [1:32] My process as I work through a big decision

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [11:05] Daniel’s comment on needs, wants, and wishes and my response
  • [14:22] A consideration on relocating in retirement
  • [17:10] Travel now or increase savings and retire early?
  • [20:50] Bond accrual structural strategy
  • [22:24] A Roth conversion question
  • [26:06] On retirement regret

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [31:46] Check out our decision-making worksheet in 6-Shot Saturday

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Boomer Benefits

PODCAST - Deep Questions with Cal Newport 

Episode 402 - The Tax Toolbox with Andy Panko

Episode 416 - Retirement Plan Live: Why We Moved

Episode 426 - How to Plan Your Agile Retirement: A Feasible Retirement Strategy

BOOK - Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections by John Wooden 

BOOK - Born Standing Up by Steve Martin 

BOOK - So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

BOOK - Unstoppable Teams by Alden Mills

BOOK - Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

BOOK - The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe

BOOK - How to Decide by Annie Duke

BOOK - Grit by Angela Duckworth

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM429.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ike is reminding us that the plan is not as important as the process. It is the practice of planning that is critical to success. You’ll never have everything figured out since the perfect retirement plan doesn’t exist, but by planning and staying agile you will be able to correct your course along the way. 

This month we have gone from theory to practice to mastery. On this episode of the Retirement Answer Man show, you’ll learn how to optimize your feasible, resilient plan so that you can rock retirement. 

Have a feasible, resilient plan in place before trying to optimize

Most retirement planning blogs and articles focus on optimization since optimizing retirement plans is the bling of financial planning. 

However, without first having an inspiring goal for your retirement, you wouldn’t have the hope of rocking retirement. It is important to start with a goal at the beginning to ensure that you build a feasible, resilient plan before trying to optimize your retirement plan. Remember that you create a retirement plan to help you focus on achieving the life outcomes that you have envisioned for yourself in retirement not to find the best Roth conversion strategy or qualify for ACA credits. 

Retirement tax planning is the best way to optimize your retirement plan

There are so many ways that you can optimize your retirement plan that it can end up being an infinite pool of possibilities. So you may be wondering what the best way to enhance your retirement journey is. The biggest way you can optimize your retirement journey is through tax management. 

In retirement, you have more control over your taxes than at any other time in your life. This means that instead of planning your taxes from year to year, you now have the capability to plan for lifetime tax savings. Retirement tax management is not about avoiding taxes, instead, it's about timing your taxes

You can plan your withdrawal strategy to optimize for taxes not just for this year but in the future as well. By forecasting your tax rate over the next 5-8 years using a traditional withdrawal approach you can gain an idea of what your RMDs will be once you turn 72. 

From there you can work backward to see if it would make more sense to do Roth conversions and pay more in taxes now so that you don’t have to withdraw so much later on in life. Listen in to hear how working backward can ensure that you focus on where you are going rather than where you are now.

Timing your Social Security benefit is another way to optimize your retirement plan

Social Security timing is another area that is important to think through in an organized way. Once you understand your withdrawal strategy then you can analyze where your Social Security benefits fall into your pie cake structure. 

Establish a retirement plan of record

Once again it is important to start with the end in mind. As you revise your retirement plan it is important to create an abstract with a summary of all the decisions you have made so that you can have a log of how everything plays out within the context of your thinking. This method will give you the framework to see how your decisions fit together over time. 

Every 6 months you’ll want to revisit your plan and ask yourself what has changed. Are your goals still the same? If not, then you can realign as needed. By revisiting your plan you can focus on the risks and opportunities that lie ahead. Try to set action items that focus on 1 or 2 of these risks and opportunities. This will give you an inspiring goal to work toward, the agency to achieve it, as well as the confidence to rock retirement. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [5:53] What can you do to enhance this journey?
  • [6:12] Tax management is the biggest thing you can optimize
  • [14:42] Should you try to get ACA healthcare subsidies?
  • [16:21] Take a look at Social Security
  • [20:55] The little conversations

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [23:37] Why should you use your house on your net worth statement?
  • [25:46] On using the strategic assumption of no inflation
  • [28:17] A Social Security timing question
  • [30:08] An observation on inflation
  • [33:23] Using caveats on Roth conversions
  • [36:34] How to report decreased income to Medicare

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [41:04] Map out the process that you want to take to walk through your strategy in a fresh way

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Form SSA-44

Episode 402 with Andy Panko - The Retirement Tax Toolbox

LTCI Partners

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM428.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Now that you have come up with a retirement vision and learned to create a retirement plan that reflects your vision it’s time to make your plan agile. On this episode, you’ll learn why you need to have an agile retirement plan and how to make your plan resilient to the unexpected forces that could derail your retirement plans. Make sure to stick around until the end of the episode to hear BW talk about why it’s so important to master the fundamentals of retirement planning.

Don’t get overwhelmed by retirement planning

Over fast few months I’ve been working with a project manager to create an SOP (standard operating procedure) for Agile Retirement Management. This is such a huge project and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But just like planning your own retirement can be complicated and overwhelming when you break the giant project into smaller actionable steps, it becomes more manageable. Walking through baby steps one by one takes away a bit of the overwhelm that can come with such a grand project.

Creating a resilient plan will help you prepare for the unexpected 

In the last episode, you learned how to turn your retirement vision into a feasible plan. But just like with any plan, it can be easy to knock your retirement plan off course. This is why it is important to create a resilient plan. Incorporating resiliency into your plan will help you to prepare for the unexpected. 

What could knock you off course on your retirement journey?

There are many things that could derail your retirement. Sequence of return risk is one. The markets don’t provide the same returns each year and these ups and downs can greatly affect your retirement–especially if there are a few bad years at the beginning of retirement. Those bad years could easily knock your retirement plans off course. 

Inflation is another issue. As we discussed all last month, inflation over time can put a dent in your purchasing power. 

Unplanned life events have a way of sneaking up and catching us off guard. Illness, death, long-term care events, or children in need are further events that could impact your retirement plan. 

The most common disruption of retirement plans is you. You may simply change your mind. Since you are always changing your needs, wants, and wishes change over time. 

Listen in to hear how you can make your retirement resilient against all of these bumps in your retirement road. 

How to develop slack in your retirement plan

It is important to have slack built into your system. Similar to the way that a very taut rope may break if you try to adjust it, we need to ensure that there is a bit of slack in the line of your retirement plan so that you can ensure that your desired life outcomes are feasible. When you press play you’ll hear how building a pie-cake can help you create slack in your retirement plan. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:08] You don’t need to get overwhelmed by retirement planning
  • [5:05] You need to create a resilient plan to prepare for the unexpected
  • [7:10] Why you need slack in your retirement plan
  • [12:12] The difference between the return on your money and return of your money
  • [14:32] How to build resilience into your retirement plan
  • [25:27] How the pie cake can help you build resiliency in your plan

COACHES CORNER WITH BW

  • [32:45] Kevin’s experience with pivoting in retirement

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [40:39] Understand how much liquidity you have on your balance sheet

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Boomer Benefits 

DISC assessment

Enneagram

RISA retirement profile

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM427.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50am CDT

“Our mind is dyed with the color of our thoughts”--unknown. If this is true, then how are you thinking about retirement in the right way? To have confidence in your retirement plan you need to be thinking about the things that you can control and focusing on what has the biggest impact on your life. 

On this episode of Retirement Answer Man, you’ll learn how to create a feasible retirement strategy by analyzing your goals against where you are now. You’ll then learn about the three types of capital and how to build a net worth statement so that you can create a retirement plan of record. You won’t want to miss this important stage in developing your retirement plan, so press play now. 

Contrast your goal with where you are now 

According to the latest goal-setting research, merely setting goals alone isn’t that empowering. It is important to cast your vision; however, you also need to contrast your goal with your current state of affairs. This way you can see where the gaps lie. These gaps may make you uncomfortable, but acknowledging the incongruency will help you understand how far you need to go to reach your goals. This way you can also start collecting the little wins that inch you closer to your goals. 

The 3 types of capital to fund your retirement 

To create a feasible plan of record, you have to examine the resources that you have to fund your spending. To do this, you need to understand the different types of capital available to you in retirement. 

The first resource to consider is your social capital. Social capital is the payments you receive from a collective program like Social Security or a pension. These are guaranteed payments for the rest of your life. You’ll need to have a good estimate of what those payments are and when they start.

Human capital is next. You may not realize it, but you have used human capital as your primary resource for your entire working life. Human capital is the work you use to create income. 

Traditionally in retirement, this resource is absent, but many people now choose to work differently during, what I call, pretirement. You may choose to do a bit of consulting, open a small business, or do some part-time work for a few years. No matter how small the income may be, include it in your plan of record. Project when will it start, when will it end, how much you plan to make. 

Whatever human capital and social capital don’t pay for has to come from your financial capital. Your financial capital is simply your money. You will need financial capital to fill the gap between your retirement goals and your projected income. 

You can gain a better understanding of your financial capital by creating a net worth statement. Make sure you’re signed up for this week’s 6 Shot Saturday newsletter to receive a net worth statement template that you can use to create your own. 

How to know whether your plan is feasible

To understand whether your plan is feasible you’ll need to create your net worth statement by listing your assets and your liabilities. Even if you have no debt, you’ll want to list your future consumption as a liability to understand how your assets and liabilities balance out. By comparing both sides of the net worth statement you’ll understand your fundedness level. 

Listen in to hear how I use two ways to calculate fundedness to see whether a financial plan is feasible. On next week’s episode, you'll learn how to make your plan resilient, so make sure to check it out.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:38] Contrast your ideal retirement with your current situation
  • 6:35] How to create a feasible plan of record
  • [14:28] Your assumptions will be incorrect
  • [18:03] How to know whether your plan is feasible
  • [28:20] What does feasible mean?

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [30:10] Jim’s question on Social Security
  • [34:05] Moving from a balanced fund to a stable value fund
  • [38:30] Mark’s question about using I bonds in bond ladders

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [41:52] Take baby steps to create micro wins

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Social Security detailed calculator

LTCI Partners

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM426.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Retirement is a journey into the unknown that can be intimidating. This is why you need to build up confidence in your plan so that you can rock retirement. To build your confidence it is important to master the fundamentals which simply means that you must practice them over and over again. 

Last week you learned to let go of the things that are out of your control and how to concentrate on working with the controllables by using an agile approach. This will give you the agency you need to prosper in retirement. 

Today we’ll focus on developing an inspiring goal for your future. Over the rest of the month, we'll explore the pathways to get you to your goal. If you are ready to learn how to rock retirement press play now. 

4 roadblocks that could hinder fulfilling your vision

With retirement on the horizon, you are ready to jump right in, but there can be some things that could hinder your progress. 

The paradox of choice

Who do you want to be when you grow up? This is a challenging question when you are already in your 50s or 60s. You have competency and interest in many domains at this stage of life, so it can be hard to choose what you want for your future. Or you may feel that when you set your goals they are set in stone since there's not a long time to change course. Don’t worry about this because you will change your mind. Life unfolds in twists and turns and plans will change. Don’t let the paradox of choice paralyze you. 

Start retirement with a clean slate

If you are like most of us, your life has been organized around your work or children. When you retire, your commute disappears and your kids are will have been sprung. You can now design your life any way you want. Think about how you can start your new life fresh from a clean slate. 

The accumulation mindset 

You have been a good saver your whole life and at this point, you have built up your net worth. Having these assets is comforting, so it can be challenging to begin to use your savings. However, you chose to defer that income to provide for your life in retirement. Eventually, the balance in your retirement accounts will level off or go down. You’ll have to overcome the fact that your savings are no longer growing. It is important to get over your frugality mindset to enjoy all that you have accumulated. 

Tomorrow is the day

We often plan retirement thinking about tomorrow. We think that tomorrow is the day that we will start x, y, or z. But it is important to remember that we are not guaranteed any tomorrows. To truly rock retirement you have to live for today. Today is the day to show up and pay attention to your life. Life is happening now, so rock your life today.

How to create a vision for your future

Before you begin to financially plan for retirement you need to create a vision for your future. One way to do that is to use the wisdom from those at the end of their lives to make the most of your own. Listen in to hear the top 5 regrets of the dying to help you make the most of your own life.

Have you given much thought to your values? Spend some time establishing your values so that you can envision building a life that is true to yourself. Once you have created a vision for your future you can create a plan to make it feasible. Don’t miss next week’s episode to learn how to create the pathways to reach your retirement vision.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:57] Who do you want to be when you grow up?
  • [6:05] Your life is organized around your work
  • [9:07] Tomorrow is the day
  • [12:02] A 3 step process to create a vision for your future
  • [19:10] How to bring these goals into a financial perspective

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [25:57] A question on the 4% expected return used in the Retirement Plan Live webinar
  • [29:43] Why use a 5% expected return rate?
  • [33:35] A question on delaying taking RMDs
  • [35:50] How I pick case studies for Retirement Plan Live
  • [40:03] What to do with an inherited IRA

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [44:08] Create a compelling vision for your retirement

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Check out Boomer Benefits for all your Medicare questions!

BOOK - Wooden by John Wooden

BOOK - The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM425.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05am CDT

 We can be easily distracted by the bright shiny objects of retirement planning which is why it is important to master the fundamentals first. Understanding the fundamentals of retirement planning will help you to create a solid foundation so that you can cope with all of the uncertainty that retirement brings. 

Here on the Retirement Answer Man show, I typically dive into the foundational concepts of retirement planning in bits and pieces by answering questions. However, I haven’t taken a deep dive into teaching the fundamentals here on the show.

Over the course of this 5 week segment, we will start at the beginning and explore the fundamentals of retirement planning in greater detail so that you gain a working knowledge that will give you the confidence to execute your plan. If you have been wondering what Agile Retirement Management is this is the perfect time to press play.

Areas where traditional retirement planning is lacking

There are so many uncertainties surrounding retirement, but most people are worried about just one thing: running out of money.

Traditional retirement planning methods help people build a financial plan to ensure that they don’t run out of money. In conventional planning, retirement becomes a one-dimensional math problem to be solved with investment products. Retirees are asked to place all their trust in the numbers of long-term returns and hope that all will be well.

These planning methods focus solely on the financial future and without considering the person’s life goals. While it is important to plan for the future, life exists now. Retirement should be about living life to the fullest extent that you can. An agile approach to retirement helps you balance the future while living a great life today.

What is an agile approach to retirement?

I designed the agile approach to retirement planning by using a project management methodology. Agile retirement management focuses on achieving an objective by focusing on one thing at a time without trying to figure everything out all at once. With this approach, people are able to quickly iterate as needed as their situation changes. 

The key to an agile methodology lies in understanding the fundamentals of retirement planning so that you can increase your agency and control the controllables. This ensures that you can refine your goals and dreams based on what you can control. 

The principles of an agile approach to retirement planning

An agile approach accepts that you can’t figure out everything. There is no way to predict what will happen with inflation, markets, or even your life in the future. This is why it is important to try not to dial in exactly what will happen 20 years from now. By staying agile, you’ll be able to quickly respond to any shifts in life or the markets and consider how to improve your reactions.

These are the principles to developing an agile approach to retirement: 

Collaboration - It’s important to collaborate rather than delegating someone to plan your retirement. Use your strengths to inform your decision-making. Being creative together allows you to discover joint solutions

Flexibility - You can't figure out everything at once, so value optionality and flexibility.

Prioritize - Try as you might, you can’t do everything at once. With so many levers to pull, it can be easy to focus on the wrong thing. Prioritize to improve focus and find the areas that will make the biggest impact on your life. 

Communication - Even if you do it on your own, you still need to have the right communication. Use a series of little conversations to check in with your plan to make sure that you are on the right track. Take action then review the action once it is complete. Periodically evaluate risks and opportunities in your plan.

Traditional retirement planning doesn't allow you to explore the things that matter in life. You don’t want to miss out on the ride of life, so master the fundamentals of retirement planning. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [2:55] Why it is so important to master the fundamentals of retirement planning
  • [9:40] What is an agile approach?
  • [11:50] Principles of an agile approach

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [19:34] Worries about the long term stability of Anne’s annuity
  • [23:29] Chen was relieved to hear Dom’s story
  • [24:45] A life insurance question
  • [26:41] How to determine payout options when the female has the pension

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [30:28] Review the controllables that were discussed in your last retirement plan meeting 

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Episode 422 - with Don’s interview

LTCI Partners

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM424.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Welcome to the last episode in the 4 part series on inflation in retirement. If you are just now joining in, consider heading over to the first episode in this series which covers what inflation is and how to measure it. The second installment discusses the ways that inflation impacts retirement and the previous episode helped you build a framework for combating inflation in your retirement plan. 

I create these deep-dive series as a way to sharpen my own skills as a financial advisor and to refresh my thinking on a topic. The order of the episodes allows me to think through a subject in an organized way. This is why I encourage you to listen to the series in order so that you can understand the progression of the subject at hand. Press play now if you have already listened to the preceding episodes so that you can learn the tactical ways to fight inflation in your retirement plan. 

Strategy vs. tactics

Before we dive into the tactical ways to fight inflation, it is important to understand the difference between strategy and tactics. A strategy is a framework for how you achieve a long-term goal. Tactics are the smaller steps that have a shorter time frame. Unlike strategy, tactics are easily started and discarded. They are a means to an end that complement and enhance the strategy. 

Your overall long-term goal is rocking retirement, and hopefully, after the last episode, you have begun to create your strategy to combat inflation so that you can rock retirement. Listen in to learn tactical measures that will enhance that strategy. 

The current tactical situation regarding inflation

We are all wondering where this inflation is taking us. Are we experiencing a monumental shift away from the low inflation and low-interest rates of the past 20 years? At this point, we can’t say for certain that inflation is here to stay, but we can analyze the current situation. 

In January, we experienced 7.5% inflation. If this trend continues, we will see rising interest rates as a result. Rising interest rates can lead to changes in the financial dynamics across the board. Bond and money market rates will rise, but on the flip side, the cost of borrowing money will rise as well. Rising inflation has a financial impact on every part of the economy and we will see a shift of capital across the world. 

It is important to understand that we don’t know for certain what will happen in the future. All we can do is educate ourselves and have a sound strategy in place.

Tactics to use if rising inflation becomes the new trend

If inflation continues to rise there are many ways that you can adjust your tactics in line with your overall retirement strategy. 

  • Buy I bonds - These bonds adjust the amount of interest-based on inflation to preserve the purchasing power of the dollar over time
  • Check out Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS)- TIPS are more like a traditional treasury bond. They adjust the principal balance of the bond based on an inflation factor to achieve the same goal. The price fluctuates based on interest rates and other factors.
  • Hold money market funds - Hold more money market and cash assets. As interest rates rise you can lock in at higher interest rates. 
  • Use more debt to buy things - take advantage of the current low-interest rates to purchase things that are likely to rise in price in the future
  • Buy in bulk - Buy at today’s prices rather than tomorrow’s. 
  • Change jobs - The labor market is tight right now and wages have not kept up. This means that companies are starting to bid up.
  • Invest - Investing in real estate, companies with pricing power, and commodities have historically been a good idea during times of inflation.

Although there are many tactics you can use to fight inflation risk, it is important to do so with a sound strategy in place. Listen in to hear why you shouldn’t take extreme measures to tackle inflation.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [4:20] Coming next month…
  • [6:30] Where to go if you can’t afford a full-time financial advisor
  • [8:42] Strategy vs. tactics
  • [12:38] What is the current tactical situation regarding inflation?
  • [20:20] Tactics to use if rising inflation is the new trend
  • [26:55] What I am doing tactically to fight inflation

COACH’S CORNER WITH KEVIN LYLES

  • [35:05] How retirement calculators treat inflation
  • [39:34] What else inflates in retirement?

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [43:05] Define the guardrails for your tactics

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Check out the Stacking Benjamins book tour–I’ll be at the Dallas event with Joe Saul-Sehy on March 1

Episode 417 with Joe Saul-Sehy

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM423.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am CDT

Inflation will affect your retirement one way or another. It’s up to you to create a strategy to manage that risk. On this episode of Retirement Answer Man, you’ll learn how you can build your own strategy to deal with the creeping risk of inflation.

In the past two episodes, you learned what inflation is and how it can affect your retirement. Next week you’ll learn how to use tactics to tweak your strategy to optimize it for specific situations, but first, let’s go learn how to come up with your own plan to combat inflation. 

Data vs noise

It is important to understand the difference between noise and signals when coming up with a strategy. It’s easy to be distracted by the everyday noise that surrounds us and fail to heed the signals that we should actually be watching for. 

In today’s overly connected world, we have access to information that is being transmitted instantly. Rather than learning from the signals that can help us create a course of action, we get distracted by the constant noise. As data flow increases, we tend to get overloaded with information. 

According to Nassim Taleb in his book, Antifragile, data is toxic in large and even moderate quantities because it increases our tendency to overreact to the noise. This is an important factor to recognize when coming up with a risk management strategy which is what a retirement plan really is. 

Strategies start with vision

Coming up with a strategy for retirement planning is like checking a recipe before you go to the grocery store. You want to make sure that you have all the ingredients so that you can put them together in the correct portions to create a meal. If you don’t plan before your trip to the supermarket you could come home with plenty of food but nothing that will help you prepare a healthy meal. To ensure a healthy retirement, make sure that your retirement starts with your vision for life.

How to create a strategy to manage inflation

Now you understand that you need to have a goal in mind before you create a retirement strategy. The two risks that you must balance in retirement are sequence of return risk and inflation risk. Sequence of return risk is a near-term risk that occurs when your stocks go down in value shortly after you begin withdrawing from your accounts. The risk of inflation means that the value of your dollar decreases over a longer period of time. 

Your retirement strategy needs to balance these near-term and long-term risks. Listen in to hear how you can manage inflation risk while at the same time considering sequence of return risk.

If some of the terminology I use confuses you, make sure to listen in the month of March. I plan to explain the fundamentals of retirement planning in greater detail. You’ll learn about the pie cake, agile retirement planning, and the retirement plan of record.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:29] Noise vs. signals
  • [5:35] What is a strategy?
  • [12:57] How to create a strategy to manage inflation

LEARNING FROM DONALD’S SITUATION

  • [20:40] Learning from Donald’s retirement plans
  • [25:46] What happened to Donald’s wife
  • [29:15] How Donald’s perspective has changed
  • [33:08] How Donald’s financial plans have changed
  • [35:20] Use the technology you have to record your loved ones

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [36:47] Evaluate your reaction to inflation

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

LTCI Partners

WSJ article - The Trouble with a Stock Market Bubble by Jason Zweig

FILM - The Social Dilemma

BOOK - Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM422.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Inflation is on everyone’s mind these days. If you have been wondering how inflation will affect your retirement, you’ve come to the right place.

This is the 2nd episode in a 4 part series on inflation. Last week we defined inflation, today, we’re discussing the impact of inflation on retirement, next week we get strategic, and in the final episode, we’ll get tactical and answer your questions on inflation.

Press play to learn what you need to know about the effects of inflation on your retirement. 

Just choose a number

Inflation is nothing new. It has been affecting us over the course of our entire lives. This is important to remember when planning retirement so that you don’t overthink how you plan for inflation as you build your retirement plan of record.

When building your retirement planning model, you’ll need to assume some number to plan for inflation. This number can be chosen based on history or another method. You don’t need to worry too much about where the number comes from as long as you’ve done a bit of research to get it. The most important thing to remember when choosing a number to assume for inflation is to leave it alone.

It’s important to stay agile

You’ll be consistently iterating and tweaking your retirement plan of record as your lifestyle changes from year to year. Even though inflation rates will fluctuate over the course of your retirement, leave your assumed inflation estimate alone.

You won’t get any more accuracy from your model by tinkering with this number. Instead, you’ll end up tilting the numbers one way or another based on your proximity bias. Iterate based on the reality of your lifestyle rather than some projected assumption. Let your spending habits change based on your life choices. 

How does inflation impact your retirement?

The best way to understand how inflation can impact someone over time is to crunch the numbers. 

If you spend $9,000 per month today and assume a 3% inflation rate, in 15 years your standard of living will decrease by 36%. If you change the inflation rate to 7%, the standard of living will worsen by 64%.

Although these numbers can seem scary, you will have a bit of optionality in the way you spend your money. If inflation is high, you may choose to scale back your spending in many areas. 

Areas where you can’t scale back

There are a couple of areas in life where you won’t be able to scale back spending. A healthcare event is not a choice and will need to be cared for whether you are ready or not.

Unfortunately, due to the healthcare renaissance in medical technology, inflation in the medical field has risen by 3 times the average of other goods and services. Healthcare and long-term care are two areas that have higher than average inflation and you have little control over your need for them.

Even though inflation will cause prices to rise, you will have a safety feature built into your retirement by way of social capital. Social Security has a cost of living adjustment built into the system based on CPI-W. Listen in to hear how these adjustments in addition to your human capital can help you combat inflation in your retirement. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [3:30] Be careful with your assumptions
  • [10:01] How does inflation impact your retirement?
  • [21:48] How stocks and bonds react to inflation

LISTENER QUESTIONS WITH TANYA NICHOLS 

  • [28:40] How Frank can decide if he can continue with his early retirement
  • [35:20] Where can someone with modest means go for retirement advice?
  • [40:02] What is the role of bond funds in a retirement portfolio with a low-interest rate environment?
  • [47:28] Clarification on signature requirements for IRAs

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [51:17] Review your inflation assumptions

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Episode 405 - Don’t Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good

Lutheran Social Services Financial Services

XYPN

Align Financial

BOOK - So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

BOOK - The Good Entrepreneur by Nick Kennedy

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM421.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:56am CDT

Inflation is quite the buzzword lately. Every news network reports that inflation is on the rise which is apparent at the grocery store, the car dealerships, and even in the housing market. If you are planning on retiring soon, worries about inflation could keep you up at night. This is why over the next 4 weeks, we are going to study how to manage inflation in retirement. 

Today you’ll learn what inflation is and how it is measured. In week two of this series, we’ll discuss how inflation affects retirement, the following episode will study how to manage inflation from a strategic level, and our last episode on this topic will explore the investment vehicles that are available to help protect our portfolios against inflation. 

What is inflation?

Everywhere you look you can see that inflation is on the rise which is why we are studying this topic in depth. Before we can learn how to battle it, we must first understand what it is.

Inflation is the decline of purchasing power of a particular currency over time. This means that over time, your dollar will buy less of a particular good or service. 

We often reflect on the good ole days when a gallon of gas was less than a dollar, but we can see how inflation occurs across the board. Today a gallon of milk costs $3.59, but in 1995 it cost $2.50. A dozen eggs are $2.80 today, whereas, in 1990, that same dozen was only $1. This is inflation.

The way we see inflation from a retirement perspective is that the purchasing power of your dollar buys less over time. 

A look at average historical inflation rates

Since the 1920s, the average rate of inflation has been 2.88%. However, this does not mean that each year the inflation rate has been the same inflation fluctuates from year to year. The highest inflation rate was in the 80s and was 15.61%. 

In the past 20 years, the inflation rate has been lower than that 100-year average at 2.06%. Over the past 10 years, we really haven’t worried about inflation and we have had the added benefit of enjoying excellent return rates from the market, so if you retired in 2011, there hasn’t been much to worry about. But this isn’t always the case. 

In the 1970s, inflation was at 7% per year which was coupled with a rough decade in investment returns, this perfect storm could cripple retirements. Inflation risk can be compared to sequence of return risk as you enter into retirement. 

How inflation affects retirement planning

When you are planning your retirement you want to understand how much things cost so that you can predict how much money you will need each year. If you spend $9000 per month now, in 20 years you’ll need much more to have that same purchasing power. 

No one can predict what will happen in the future, but if you study the past and take measures to protect your portfolio, you can hedge against this ever-present risk. Learn how inflation is measured why that is important to plan your retirement on this episode of Retirement Answer Man.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT

  • [5:00] What is inflation?
  • [12:10] How inflation affects retirement planning
  • [13:46] What causes inflation?
  • [19:00] How do we measure inflation?

LISTENER QUESTIONS WITH ANDY PANKO

  • [26:30] Is it better to do a Roth conversion or take advantage of a 0% capital gains tax rate?
  • [34:55] The difference between Roth conversions and Roth contributions
  • [39:59] How to adjust the Social Security calculator for early retirement
  • [46:45] Is inflation risk higher when one retires early?

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [56:55] Think about your optimization to see if you have enough slack in your system

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Taxes in Retirement Facebook group with Andy Panko

Tenon Financial Group

LTCI Partners

Watch the Retirement Plan Live replay here!

BOOK - Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM420.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am CDT

We learned in the first episode of Retirement Plan Live that Joelle and her husband Mike had moved to a new area to pursue their retirement dreams. Joelle and Mike are now learning how to build community and purpose in their new home. Listen in to learn how Joelle plans to make social connections and find purpose in retirement as she creates her new life.

The Rock Retirement Club is open

The Rock Retirement Club will be open for enrollment for ten days starting on 1/27. If you have been thinking about joining, this is the right time to act. 

We have implemented this short-term enrollment window so that new members can make connections with each other while working to build their retirement plan of record. This way, RRC freshmen can come in as a cohort and fully participate in their membership by taking full advantage of everything that the club has to offer. New members will participate in meetups and have access to the masterclass, retirement planning tools, and the private RRC podcast. 

Even if you are too late to join this enrollment, fill out the application and get on the waiting list so that you will be first in line when enrollment opens again. 

What will Joelle do with her time in retirement?

Once you finally reach retirement you have to figure out what to do with all of your time. When Joelle moved to her new home in Washington she knew that she would need to find a way to fill 40 hours of her time that was previously spent working. 

Joelle has found a new yoga and pilates class to keep fit and connect with others and through these exercise classes, she was even able to connect with a hiking group. 

Exercise and connecting with others are important components of retirement. However, finding a purpose in retirement is even more important. Joelle understands that the success of her retirement hinges on finding a purpose which is why she sought out a nonprofit organization to volunteer with shortly after moving to her new home. Listen in to hear how Joelle found this organization and what she plans to do with her time in retirement.

Making friends in a new place

Moving to a new place can be challenging and when you do so upon retirement it is important to get involved in the community. Without workplace interactions, making friends is even more difficult than in the working years. Joelle has thrown herself into participating in her new exercise classes and volunteering with the nonprofit organization. Although she still doesn’t have anyone that she can truly call a friend, she has several acquaintances with whom she is looking forward to making a deeper connection.

Do you have any strategies for making friends in a new place? How will you expand your friendship base in retirement?

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

RETIREMENT PLAN LIVE WITH JOELLE

  • [1:30] What will Joelle do with her time in retirement?
  • [10:18] Making new friends can be a challenge
  • [16:09] Volunteering will give her a sense of purpose

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [19:13] Greg is worried that the Social Security system will run out of money
  • [25:04] Strategies to improve the longevity of the Social Security system
  • [27:20] How to find a retirement financial planner
  • [29:58] Roth conversions vs. earned income
  • [30:53] Where to find a retirement plan of record template
  • [32:14] Using human capital and financial capital to retire early and receive ACA credits
  • [36:07] Health savings account beneficiaries

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [38:44] Think about your strategy to create community and connections in retirement

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

RetireAgile.com

LiveWithRoger.com

BOOK - How to Begin by Michael Steiner Bungay

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

As you embark on your retirement journey, life’s question changes from what can you do to what will you do? You have so many choices that are available to you that the question of what to do next can be daunting. I explore these questions with Michael Bungay, author of the new book, How to Begin

Michael’s interview isn’t the only thing that’s in store for you today on the Retirement Answer Man show. This is the third installment of Retirement Plan Live with Joelle. Last week Joelle shared her dreams for retirement, so today we crunch some numbers to see how she will create her retirement paycheck. Make sure to sign up for the webinar on January 27 to see whether Joelle’s retirement will be feasible. 

What will you do next?

Often in midlife, you reach a crossroads where you have to decide what’s next. At this age, you have experience, contacts, and resources which opens a wealth of opportunities. So, how can you figure out what you should focus on in your next chapter? Think about what will bring out the best in yourself.

Should you create You+ or You 2.0?

Michael likes to compare this process of reinventing yourself to technology. You have the choice of creating You+ or You2.0. 

You+ is like getting a new app on your phone. It will improve your life for a while, but then you begin to plateau and you have to think about what is next. You 2.0 is like getting an entirely new operating system that can last for decades. Take this time to think about what your You version 2.0 will be. 

Michael’s book, How to Begin, lays out the process to help you figure out how to create You 2.0. You’ll learn how to set a worthy goal and make a difference that lights you up all while moving you towards the edge of what is possible. 

How to begin the process with fresh eyes?

Systems start breaking down once you reach the next level in anything that you do. The same holds true for reinventing yourself. To begin again you need to start by thinking about who you are so that you can set a worthy goal. Your first guess won’t be the best one, but as you work through the process it will help you to polish and refine your goal. 

The next step is to commit. Before you commit yourself to your goal, you’ll want to weigh your choices. Think about the prizes and punishments for completing or not completing your goal. 

Finally, it is time to make progress on your worthy goal. Goal setting is a challenging process, that is why it is important not to waste your time on the wrong goals. Your goals should be important to you and make the world a better place. What impact do you want to make on the world? 

If you are trying to figure out who you will become in the next phase of your life, check out How to Begin by Michael Bungay to help you get started. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

RETIREMENT PLAN LIVE WITH JOELLE

  • [3:37] Joelle feels content with her retirement dreams
  • [7:18] Looking at Joelle’s social capital
  • [12:40] Joelle won’t have any human capital
  • [16:16] Let’s look at Joelle’s financial capital

MICHAEL BUNGAY INTERVIEW

  • [25:25] Who is Michael Bungay?
  • [29:36] Michael’s second mountain
  • [32:50] The difference between Michael+ and Michael 2.0
  • [35:38] How to begin the process with fresh eyes

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [53:46] Challenge yourself to see whether you are improving yourself or can you reimagine a new operating system

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

BOOK - How to Begin by Michael Bungay

BOOK - The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay

PODCAST - 2 Pages with MBS 

BOOK - The Second Mountain by David Brooks

BOOK - From Good to Great by Jim Collins

Erin Weed - The Dig

Retirement Plan Live Webinar January 27

LTCI Partners

Social Security Detailed Calculator

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM418.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Welcome to the second installment of Retirement Plan Live. This is the episode where we run the initial numbers for Joelle’s retirement. We’ll walk through the 3 categories to define Joelle’s base needs, wants, and wishes and put number values to each of these areas. 

In addition to the interview with Joelle, you’ll hear listener questions about how to feel comfortable about retirement, converting 401Ks to Roth IRAs, and how my personal journey finding health insurance has turned out. 

As a bonus, you’ll hear an interview with Joe Saul-Sehy from the Stacking Benjamins podcast who has written a new book called Stacked. Listen in to hear if it is worth the read. 

Check your email this weekend to receive a free retirement planning worksheet

If you are following along with Retirement Plan Live and creating your own retirement plan, make sure that you are signed up for the 6-Shot Saturday weekly newsletter. In this Saturday’s newsletter, you will receive a link to a simple worksheet that will help guide you through your own retirement plan the way that I am walking through Joelle’s retirement plan. 

6-Shot Saturday is full of tips, news, listener questions, and more, straight from the Retirement Answer Man to your inbox. Simply head on over to RogerWhitney.com, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and enter your name and email address to sign up. 

Financial behavior is at the heart of all money management issues

Have you ever listened to the Stacking Benjamins podcast with Joe Saul-Sehy? If so, you’ll want to check out his new book, Stacked. If you haven’t heard his podcast, check it out on your favorite podcasting app. Joe joins me today to discuss why he wrote his new book, how he wrote it, and why it’s important. 

Did you know that 150 million Americans have cried about money? This number doesn’t only include people who live paycheck to paycheck, people who earn more are also concerned about money. These people aren’t crying about the loss of the mega backdoor Roth or cryptocurrency. They are crying about their financial behavior.

Many people who are educated about money and finances still struggle with their financial behavior. Mastering your finances isn’t about what you know, it's about what you do. 

Stacked helps readers take action to improve their financial situation

Traditional finance books often overcomplicate finances or hype certain complicated financial strategies. Stacked helps readers understand what they should be thinking about when it comes to financial matters and why they should think about them.

Since Joe discovered that people need actionable items to complete to successfully change their financial behavior he decided that his book should help readers change their financial behavior through action. The book is based on achievements that are built on micro-actions. Its format is award-based, similar to the way that many educational apps gamify learning. 

Joe begins financial planning with the end in mind

Joe’s book begins with the end in mind. It is goal-based and helps readers create a timeline to put their goals in perspective. Since most of us are visual learners, the book helps to plot things visually so that readers can begin to work on their financial problems. 

As you read, you’ll be able to visualize your goals so that you can put a list together to understand what you truly value and how that applies to your financial plan. Check out Stacked if you are interested in a light-hearted approach to a serious subject matter that gives you actionable items to get you closer to your financial goals. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

RETIREMENT PLAN LIVE WITH JOELLE

  • [3:04] Joelle’s base spending needs
  • [8:50] Joelle’s future expenses
  • [20:25] Budgeting will be a new experience for Joelle and her husband
  • [23:49] Joelle’s aspirations
  • [29:35] They plan to age in place

LISTENER QUESTIONS

  • [34:25] A 401K to Roth transfer question
  • [38:39] How to help Tracy’s husband retire again
  • [43:04] My health insurance journey
  • [46:10] Reverse mortgages

JOE SAUL-SEHY INTERVIEW

  • [47:09] Money management can be stressful
  • [51:22] How Joe wrote his book
  • [59:23] Begin with the end in mind
  • [1:07:00] Joe’s goals for his book

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [1:10:19] What will you wish you would have done at the end of this year?

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

BOOK - Stacked by Joe Saul-Sehy

BOOK - How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier

BOOK - Half Time by Bob Buford

BOOK - The Second Mountain by David Brooks

PODCAST - Stacking Benjamins with Joe Saul-Sehy

NeuYear.net

Powell’s Books

Direct download: RAM417.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

A new year means a new Retirement Plan Live! Over the course of the next 4 episodes, you’ll hear about Joelle and Mike and their plans for their recent retirement. Then, at the end of the month on January 27, we’ll wrap RPL up with a live webinar that you can participate in. Head on over to LiveWithRoger.com to register.

On this episode, you’ll learn about Joelle and Mike’s thought process on moving to a different state for their retirement. You’ll also hear from Kevin in Coach’s Corner as he explains his Zero Based Budgeting process. This episode is jam-packed with information including one correction to an answer that I recently gave to a listener question. Press play to listen now. 

Coach Kevin’s Zero-Based Budgeting process

Creating your financial plan in retirement shouldn’t only include dollars and cents. It is important to build a plan that encompasses your life goals. Most people tackle their retirement budget from the wrong direction which is why Coach Kevin came up with his own budgeting process.

  • Step 1 - Start with 2 major retirement questions. Where will you live? Will you work or generate an income? Both of these questions can drastically change your retirement budget. Think about whether you’ll move somewhere new or whether you’ll stay local and how that decision will affect your budget and your retirement plans. If you choose to work a bit in retirement, that choice won’t simply change your budget; it will also change how you spend your time.
  • Step 2 - What activities will you do? Think about 3-5 activities that bring meaning and purpose to drive your life in retirement. Which activities would you like to build your life around? Set yourself up to do the things that you love to do. 
  • Step 3 - What would make retirement special for you? This is where you get to think big. What are your retirement dreams? Would you like to travel to distant lands, buy a boat or RV, or maybe renovate your home? 

Once you work through these 3 steps then you can begin to create your retirement budget. It is important to start with these steps rather than the money first so that you can ensure that you are making the most out of your retirement. 

  • Step 4 - Continue creating your retirement budget by planning your day-to-day activities in retirement. These activities could include gym memberships, golf fees, sporting event tickets, theater tickets, and other areas where you will spend your time in retirement.
  • Step 5 - Finally, you can add in all the other expenses like food, utilities, household expenses, and healthcare.

Leaving your comfort zone is always a bit scary

Remember that the type of life change that retirement brings can be scary. Any time you disrupt the status quo you leave your comfort zone. The good news is that if you start acting out your retirement plans and they don’t measure up to your vision, you can always change the plans. The trick is to develop a plan where you can pivot. With this Zero-Based Budgeting process, you can iterate as needed rather than being stuck with the same plan over the next 30 years.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN

A CORRECTION

  • [2:20] An HSA question correction

COACH’S CORNER

  • [3:52] How to create a retirement financial plan that encompasses your life goals

RETIREMENT PLAN LIVE WITH JOELLE

  • [19:50] Why Joelle volunteered to be the new Retirement Plan Live subject
  • [24:24] Joelle and her husband have different money styles
  • [29:38] How Joelle’s life was different living in L.A.

TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT

  • [37:42] Give yourself grace about beginning again

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Register for the Retirement Plan Live webinar on January 27 at 7 pm CST

LTCI Partners

Retirement Manifesto

Rock Retirement Club

Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That

BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney

Work with Roger

Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

Direct download: RAM416.mp3
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