Month: May 2021

Episode 8: The Financial Mistakes Costing You More Than Your Money

When we think about what drives a lifestyle, the most obvious answer is income. Yet, securing a supportable income in retirement can be tricky when you’re depending on investments in the markets. This episode of Peak Financial Freedom is all about what mistakes you may be making with your investments and savings that end up costing you even more than money in retirement. To avoid these mistakes, Jim and Dan provide some insight into how you can tackle your finances, mitigate the risk in your portfolio, and establish a strong source of income to last you throughout your retirement. 

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Episode 7: The Golden Rule for Assessing Your Financial Risks in Retirement

When it comes to retirement, you should prepare to lower your financial risk considerably. In this episode, Jim and Dan share their “Golden Rule of 5-10%” to ensure you’re never in a position to lose too much, even if the stock market were to crash. Far from putting all your money in the bank, though, the guys share how you need to utilize different types of financial instruments in a way that mitigates your financial risk and won’t leave you too open to the market.

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Episode 6: When is it a Good Time to Retire? (Hint: It’s NOT About Your Age!)

If you’re wondering whether you can retire, make sure you’re not playing a guessing game. In this episode, Jim and Dan explain why choosing when to retire is about much more than your age. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, focus on your budget first. Then, you can determine when to retire by creating a full financial plan that takes into account components like income, tax planning, legacy planning, inflation, future medical care, and more. 

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Episode 5: The Bucket Concept: Helping Retirees Better Understand Their Money

Many people don’t have a full understanding of what is happening within their investment portfolio. For a full picture of what your money is doing, it can be helpful to think of it within a bucket system. In this episode, Jim and Dan explain the three buckets, as well as how your diversification – the way you choose to balance your buckets – depends on what you want your money to do for you.

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Adjusting to Retirement: 8 Helpful Tips

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Many Retirees Find This New Phase of Life More Challenging Than They Bargained For

Many new retirees are shocked to find that, though they have dreamed for decades about how they would enjoy their golden years, adjusting to retirement is actually quite difficult at first. On the surface, it would seem like leaving the stress and busyness of work behind and embracing a daily schedule of leisure would be ideal, but many retirees find it hard to navigate this “new normal.” That’s because retirement can often mean a loss of identity, and most people don’t prepare for this psychological challenge. Whether you identified as a lawyer, banker, chef, teacher, or small business owner, it’s easy to begin to question who you are now that you’ve retired.

Other issues can trip up new retirees, as well. While you may have more time for hobbies and the people you love, you may also have less money and feel less purpose in life. This can lead to anxiety and depression and, in fact, a study in the Journal of Population Aging recently found that retirees are twice as likely as working people to suffer from these mental health issues.

So, what is a new retiree to do? Below we’ll discuss eight helpful tips for adjusting to retirement that will help you navigate the challenges you may not have been expecting.

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Episode 4: Removing Fear from Your Finances

Too often, people aren’t equipped to fully comprehend their finances causing them to be too scared of what could happen with their money that it’s hindering their decision making. Luckily, Jim and Dan have the tools you need to tackle your financial fears and fully take control of your financial situation. Later in the show, Jim and Dan focus on how fear of money in retirement can cause more harm than good and offer their answers to all of your burning retirement planning questions.

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