May 13, 2024 Weekly Update

We do love it when someone refers a family member or friend to us.  Sometimes the question is, “How can we introduce them to you?”   Well, there are multiple ways but a very easy way is to simply forward them a link to this webpage. Here are this week’s items:

Portfolio Update:  Murs and I have recorded our portfolio update for May 13, 2024

Aging Gracefully at Home in Retirement

Radon and Murs speak with Lynne Moore about the concept of aging in place, comparing it to continuous care retirement communities (CCRCs). Lynn has an extensive background in geriatrics and now works with ThriveMore, an organization specializing in helping people age in place.  

Aging Gracefully at Home in Retirement

On the Secure Your Retirement podcast, we have a great episode on Aging Gracefully at home with Lynne Moore. Lynne works at ThriveMore, where she uses her skills as a geriatric nurse and as a former director of a nursing home to help people in long-term care facilities…

Aging Gracefully at Home in Retirement

On the Secure Your Retirement podcast, we have a great episode on Aging Gracefully at home with Lynne Moore. Lynne works at ThriveMore, where she uses her skills as a geriatric nurse and as a former director of a nursing home to help people in long-term care facilities. 

She was also an administrator of a nursing home for 15 years before becoming a director of a continuous care retirement community (CCRC).  

During Covid, she learned a lot about bringing care into an independent living situation and how easy this was achieved, even with all of the regulations in place. Working with people in independent settings was much easier because there were fewer regulations to worry about. 

Her experience led her to become a geriatric care manager, working with people privately in their homes and bringing them the care necessary. Ultimately, this all led to a position at ThriveMore. 

Continuing Care at Home vs in a Community 

ThriveMore owns four CCRCs and is building two additional facilities, so the company is not against a CCRC. If you’re a person who wants to start aging gracefully in the comfort of your home, over 96% of people can achieve this goal. 

The difference? 

  • You retain your home 
  • You maintain your home 
  • Services are brought into the home 

Instead of selling your home to pay for entry into a CCRC, you’ll reside in your home that you know and love. 

What Services are Brought into the Home? 

From the very beginning, an aging-in-place assessment is performed to identify things such as, do you need a first-floor bedroom or do you need to widen the doorways? 

When people enter into the ThriveMore program, they must not need care at the moment. ThriveMore works as a sort of insurance and care is brought in over time as necessary. 

We bring in the support and care people need in their homes before they need them and add more as a person’s needs evolve. Short-term or long-term care is brought in, and the long-term care insurance is underwriting the care. 

Is medical underwriting required? 

Entering into a program like this will require: 

  • 5 years of medical to ensure that the applicant is “healthy.” What this means is that a person does not have a diagnosed progressive declining disorder, such as Parkinsons, ALS, Lupus and things of that nature. These disorders lead to extensive time in a long-term care community where this type of program would not be beneficial 
  • Entering into a membership 
  • Supplying financial information 

How the Program is Modeled 

You can think of the ThriveMore program as an insurance plan with multiple levels of coverage. Part of the cost is based on an entrance fee and then there’s a monthly fee attached to it. 

The buy-in fee is determined by the person’s age. Often, people buy in when they’re younger because it’s more affordable than if they’re closer to needing care. 

Members pay a pre-paid membership fee, and the monthly fee is less because you’re not paying for a fancy facility like in a CCRC. When compared to a CCRC, you’ll pay much lower fees. 

Through ThriveMore, a 75-year-old would: 

  • Have $385 per day in coverage max 
  • Have $192.50 per day and the person’s long-term care plan 

Entering into a program like this would cost around $50,000 for the entry fee and $500 per month in membership fees for a 75-year-old. 

Compare this figure to a CCRC, and you’ll notice that many CCRCs have a $300,000 – $500,000 buy-in plus $2,000 – $8,000+ per month. 

Homeowners are still maintaining the cost of their homes, so they can save a lot of money. 

A review is done when meeting with potential customers, where the team will review any insurance plans the person may have and determine the level of coverage. The highest level of coverage for someone who is 75 will be somewhere around $70,000 buy-in and $700 in monthly fees. 

These fees will provide $385 in coverage per day. 

Entering the program requires you to be at least 62, and at this time, the buy-in can be as low as $30,000. You can have a health crisis that happens early, and if you’re not a member, you cannot join in. 

Members who develop a diagnosis cannot be kicked out of the program, even if they’re not in their 70s. For this reason, it’s better to buy in when you’re younger, and it’s cheaper because you have the security of being a member. 

You never plan on having a stroke or developing Parkinson’s, so buying in early can save you a lot of money and lock in benefits that you may miss if you did have a diagnosis prior to applying. 

Plus, you benefit from: 

  • Recommendations for aging gracefully 
  • Help outfitting your home for older age 

ThriveMore engages with you from the moment you become a member, so you have professionals who will help you along the way. 

Monthly fee maximums are inflation-related, so they will rise every year. The fee is calculated by analyzing nursing facilities in the area and understanding the average number each year. 

So, yes, your monthly fee can rise annually, but it will not be more than the average you’ll pay at a skilled nursing facility. 

Staying Busy and Interactive  

Social engagement and keeping busy are crucial to staying healthy in the latter years of life. While an at-home program doesn’t provide many of the social aspects of a CCRC, it does allow friends and family to come to your home and spend time with you. 

Retirement planning in a CCRC is different from a solution like ThriveMore because people can remain in their neighborhoods and enjoy the social life that they already have. 

From Lynne’s experience, seniors are always very busy when they’re retired. 

However, there are opportunities to get together with members and get out in the community. 

ThriveMore is a program for people who want to stay in their homes, so they already have a social life and want to remain in place. Extroverts may prefer to be in a traditional CCRC, while introverts prefer something like ThriveMore. 

Quality Care Vetting 

ThriveMore’s care vetting strives to offer excellent quality. Partnerships with home care providers in the area allow members to have access to the exceptional care they need while remaining in the home they know and love. 

Lynne’s background allows her to assess healthcare partners to know if they offer excellent care or not. 

If you want to learn more about ThriveMore, you can visit the official website. 

Click here to schedule a call with us to learn more about how we can help you reach retirement. 

January 22, 2024 Weekly Update

We do love it when someone refers a family member or friend to us.  Sometimes the question is, “How can we introduce them to you?”   Well, there are multiple ways but a very easy way is to simply forward them a link to this webpage. Here are this week’s items:

Portfolio Update:  Murs and I have recorded our portfolio update for January 22, 2024

Don’t Gamble Your Retirement

In this Episode of the Secure Your Retirement Podcast, Radon and Murs discuss the risk and reward concept in retirement investing and how your age and life experiences will impact it. You will also learn how to avoid uncertainty and unpredictability with an investment strategy and the importance of a good long-term strategy and a diversified investment portfolio.  

Don’t Gamble Your Retirement

For a moment, you might be up and doing pretty well, but just like the stock market, things changed quickly. Risk and reward are crucial in retirement planning. You can roll the dice on investments and certain things a little more when you’re younger, but many want to limit rolling the dice when you’re 5 or 10 years away from retiring.

Don’t Gamble Your Retirement

We were recently at a conference in Las Vegas, and it made us think about the retirement gamble. Gambling isn’t for everyone. Someone will hit a jackpot, but others simply aren’t good at it.

Murs went into the casino, and within ten minutes, he had lost the $100 he had set aside.

For a moment, he was up and doing pretty well, but just like the stock market, things changed quickly. Risk and reward are crucial in retirement planning. You can roll the dice on investments and certain things a little more when you’re younger, but many want to limit rolling the dice when you’re 5 or 10 years away from retiring.

When Does Risk Change in the Retirement Gamble?

Risk doesn’t matter as much when it’s money that you have set aside. If you put $10,000 into crypto using money that wasn’t going to be for retirement and whether you lose it or it triples, the outcome will likely feel different because you used money that was set aside. However, risk should be tamed the closer you get to retirement because you don’t want to have to be in the workforce for an additional year or two or more due to too high of risk.

Your risk tolerance can change at any time, but we often see two main circumstances where it changes:

  1. Life experiences and milestones
  2. Age

We have some clients in their 80s that are rather aggressive investors, and they’re often business owners who have dealt with ups and downs regularly.

Other clients are much younger and more conservative in their investments because they’ve been burned on investments in the past. These clients don’t want to deal with losses like they did in 2008.

Of course, the stock market is risk and reward, but there’s a stark difference between the risks of certain stocks. One stock may be in a dying industry, while another is a major grocery chain with less risk.

There’s no absolute wrong or right answer to the risk that you’re willing to take. We help our clients manage risk based on their tolerance so that they can be confident in their retirement strategy.

Uncertainty in Your Investments and Retirement

When people sit down and really start retirement planning, it’s common to have some uncertainties. You’ve never lived through retirement, and you don’t have experience knowing how to transition to using your retirement funds to:

  • Pay the bills
  • Derive income
  • Address taxes

You can have predictability and certainty in your retirement plan. Rules, just like at the casino, can help you manage your money so that it lasts the rest of your life. Plans allow you the freedom to leverage advanced tax strategies and have a steady stream of income from retirement that allows you to live the life you want without running out of the money you worked hard to invest and save.

Instant Gratification vs a Good, Long-term Strategy

Picture back in 2020, during the pandemic, there were MEME stocks, such as Bed Bath and Beyond and FOMO (fear of missing out). You would see on the news that investors were riding on the coattails of certain stocks, and everyone would follow the crowd.

Ultimately, these people who followed the crowd lost a lot of money because many of these stocks were being over-inflated.

People had a lot of fun with these trends, but as a long-term strategy, these trends ended up failing. A long-term plan is your best choice for retirement. We believe in multiple “buckets” in retirement so that all your money isn’t tied to the market.

For our longtime listeners and readers, you know we often discuss a few main buckets:

  1. Growth
  2. Safety/income

Safety/income buckets may make a 4 – 6% return in the next few years, and they’re not tied to the S&P 500. You can be confident that this money will be there for the next 10 – 20 years.

Growth buckets are separate from the safety and income buckets.

We can act like we’re in the casino with a growth bucket, still investing wisely, but your safety/income bucket is secure, and you can ride the ups and downs of the market. Volatility is here to stay in the market and it’s important to have a long-term strategy in place that allows you to secure your retirement and still make a nice return on investments.

Diversification in Retirement

You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket or bet everything you have on one investment. A savvy gambler will put money on multiple games, and that’s what you should consider doing in your retirement.

For example, if your growth bucket has a high level of diversification, you hedge against losses and still have your safety/income bucket to rely on.

If the market goes down, you don’t have to stress or the emotions of the S&P 500 being down 20% because you have the money in your safety bucket to maintain your lifestyle. Your safety bucket allows you the freedom to let the stock market go back up again because history shows us that it will go back up if enough time passes.

It’s easy to see stocks down and sell because you’re down hundreds of thousands of dollars. But you’re less likely to sell at a loss and make a rash decision like this when you have other money to rely on.

Psychological Aspects of Investing

Investments are a gamble. Sometimes, people get stuck, and they say well, “I lost $1,000, but I have a good feeling this stock is going to rise.” Behavioral finance shows that sometimes people make decisions they may later regret based on what’s happening at the moment.

A sound strategy allows you to take a step back and avoid making rash decisions because you lost money in the stock market.

It’s inevitable that you will lose money in the market – periodically – but these losses are very likely to turn around. Going into the market with a plan of action and staying the course (with tweaks along the way) is better than making rash, costly decisions.

We don’t want you to gamble with your retirement.

Work with someone who will help you with investing, tax planning, Social Security and all of the other aspects of retirement. It’s helpful to have a professional in your corner who can help you navigate the different aspects of retirement.

We don’t have all the answers, but we have people on our team who can help.

Click here to schedule a 15-minute call with us.

April 17, 2023 Weekly Update

We do love it when someone refers a family member or friend to us.  Sometimes the question is, “How can we introduce them to you?”   Well, there are multiple ways but a very easy way is to simply forward them a link to this webpage.

Here are this week’s items:

Portfolio Update:  Murs and I have recorded our portfolio update for April 17, 2023

This Week’s Podcast -Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

Learn how to determine your spending during retirement and which accounts the money will come from. You will also learn the importance of being flexible to make changes to your strategy as things and priorities shift over time.


This Week’s Blog – Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

If you’re like most people, you’ve worked a lot, put money into retirement and relied on your paycheck to pay the bills. A lot of time goes into retirement planning, and then there’s this cosmic shift where you’ll find yourself spending your retirement money.

You have all of these accounts that have grown as you tried to secure your retirement, and you may be wondering: Which accounts do I take money from? 

Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

If you’re like most people, you’ve worked a lot, put money into retirement and relied on your paycheck to pay the bills. A lot of time goes into retirement planning, and then there’s this cosmic shift where you’ll find yourself spending your retirement money.

You have all of these accounts that have grown as you tried to secure your retirement, and you may be wondering: Which accounts do I take money from? 

The steps below can help you create a retirement withdrawal strategy that works well for you:

5-step Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

1. Determine Your Retirement Needs

We work and save for so long that when retirement comes, most of us don’t know our needs. You’ve built up a nest egg, and now it’s time to understand your needs:

  • Essential income: What do you need to stay relatively happy? You’re not having all of the fun yet, but you need to pay your mortgage, eat and enjoy life a little bit, such as going out to dinner. Calculate this expense, which may be $3,000 to $4,000 or less and maybe even more, depending on your lifestyle.
  • Wants in retirement: Do you want to travel, play golf, or spoil your grandkids? What will make retirement fun for you? It’s important to come up with your own bucket list and then put a dollar figure on each item.

Social Security is unlikely to cover all of your needs, and this is where the coming steps will help you create a withdrawal strategy.

2. Understand the Different Types of Retirement Accounts

Many people know a lot about their 401(k) accounts because they’ve paid into them for so long. Their employers may have contributed to these accounts, and it is where many people have the bulk of their wealth.

However, you may be involved with:

  • Traditional or Roth IRA
  • Traditional or Roth 401(k)

If you have a traditional IRA or 401(k), there is a rule that you have to take what is known as a required minimum distribution. Currently, at age 72, you need to begin taking withdrawals from these accounts every year. This age is set to increase to over the years, but right now, it’s 72.

We have a few clients who didn’t realize that they needed to take this distribution and don’t need the money. However, since these accounts are traditional, you’ll need to take your withdrawals and pay taxes on this money, creating a lot of interesting scenarios.

For example, you may have to deal with:

  • Health benefit changes that are based on income
  • Paying into a higher tax bracket because your income is now higher

Roth accounts do not require you to take a required minimum distribution. In many cases, we’ll discuss doing things early, such as in your 50s and early 60s, when you still have time to convert the traditional account earlier to avoid potential drawbacks in the future.

Everyone with a traditional or Roth IRA must sit down and figure out the rules of each account type that they have.

3. Figure Out Your Priorities

Year by year, your retirement withdrawal strategy can change. Nothing is set in stone, but we find a yearly strategy provides our clients peace of mind. With that said, you do need to determine your priorities.

For example, you may want to prioritize:

  • Roth conversions to get into a tax-free scenario
  • Tax strategies to lower future taxes

Roth conversions will trigger taxes and can impact you in the future. 

We have one client who is trying to leverage a very low tax year, live on cash in the bank and do a Roth conversion. He plans to live on the cash he has saved so that the Roth conversion can happen at a rate of just 12%.

Since he is converting into a Roth account, he benefits from:

  • Allowing the money in the account to grow
  • Not having to take withdrawals

He is making it a priority to get his money into accounts that can grow tax-free and not have to worry about future withdrawals.

Another priority that we have seen in recent years is staying under IRMAA. IRMAA is a Medicare surcharge, and if you go over a certain threshold, you’ll need to pay higher premiums as a result.

Don’t know what IRMAA is or why it matters? Read through our guide: IRMAA Medicare Surcharges and 

If you never want to go above the IRMAA threshold, this can be a priority and achieved by creating the right withdrawal strategy.

4. Manage Investment Risk

Investment risks can be complicated, but we like to keep it simple with a three-bucket strategy. The strategy includes:

  1. Cash in the bank that you can use as emergency money any time you need it.
  2. Investment bucket, which is the money that you want to grow. Some risk is involved here.
  3. Income or safety bucket. Let’s assume that we have an income or safety bucket, this will cover your expenses and allow your investment bucket to rise and fall without worrying about market downturns.

You can read more about our retirement bucket strategy here.

5. Be Willing the Adjust

The final step in a retirement withdrawal strategy is that you should be able to adjust the strategy at any time. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach or rule of thumb to follow with your withdrawal strategy.

Retirement-focused financial plans are “living and breathing.”

We want to have the ability and flexibility to adjust your plan when it benefits you the most or when priorities change. For our clients, we recommend going through their plans at least once a year.

A quick review helps you understand if you have everything to cover your life for 30+ years in retirement. If you get caught in autopilot, you may miss important changes that need to occur.

If you prioritize your withdrawal strategy, you’ll find that it’s a lot less complex than it is if you scramble to create a strategy too late.

Do you want help with your retirement planning?

Click here to schedule a call with us about your retirement withdrawal strategy.

Secure My Retirement Podcast: Where Is My Episode?

People lose a lot of things. One of the things that people lose a lot of is information. Open up your smartphone, and you’ll be bombarded with info from multiple sources:

  • News outlets
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • Etc.

Well, as we’re moving closer to podcast 200, we’ve realized that our podcast list is massive. Navigating all of these episodes is difficult for us, so it must be extremely difficult for our listeners and readers, too.

We know that we have a ton of resources available, and today, our goal is to help you find the podcasts that you’re most interested in.

Note: We listed some of the most popular episodes, but we’re always expanding our library with new, great content.

Estate Planning:

  • EP 1Chess Griffin – How to Know What You Need for Your Estate Plan: Tips and information on how to know when an estate plan is good for you.
  • EP 73Chess Griffin – Do You Need a Trust?: Guide on the basics of a trust and what they can do for you.
  • EP 106What Should You Consider If Your Spouse Passes Away?: Episode about death. When a spouse dies, life changes and can be uncertain. We discuss this in greater detail.
  • EP 109Chess Griffin – Special Needs Trust – What You Need to Know: All about special needs trusts, what they are and how they can help you.
  • EP 135How to Create an Estate Plan Without the Stress: Episode on how to create an estate plan the stress-free way.
  • EP 1606 Considerations for Your Estate Plan: A great episode where we discuss all of the things to consider when making an estate plan.

Retirement Planning:

  • EP 8Planning for Retirement – How the Process Works – Part 1: 3-part series covering the entire retirement planning process.
  • EP 10Planning for Retirement – How the Process Works – Part 2: 3-part series covering the entire retirement planning process.
  • EP 12Planning for Retirement – How the Process Works – Part 3: 3-part series covering the entire retirement planning process.
  • EP 18How to Build an Income Plan For Retirement: A great episode if you’re worried about running out of money in retirement.
  • EP 22Looking at The Whole Picture in Retirement: Episode covering the multiple parts of retirement that go beyond just your total investment portfolio value.
  • EP 44How Do IRA and 401K Rollovers Work?: Key episode that walks you through rolling over an IRA or 401K.
  • EP 48How Much Do You Need to Retire?: An overview of how much money you need to truly retire.
  • EP 52The Retirement Planning Checklist: Complete checklist to have to plan for retirement.
  • EP 58Social Security – When is The Right Time?: A guide to knowing when Social Security is the right choice for you.
  • EP 88Having a Team Approach in Retirement: Informative episode on why having a team approach makes retirement easier.
  • EP 97Social Security Strategies: More key strategies that you can follow when considering taking Social Security.
  • EP 1184 Questions to Help Your Income Plan: Key questions that everyone should ask themselves when trying to create an income plan.
  • EP 157The Retirement Bucket Strategy: A key episode on creating a simple, three-bucket strategy that helps you have confidence in your retirement plan.
  • EP 162401k Versus IRA: Episode on removing the mystery of a 401k vs. IRA.


  • EP 13Tom Turner – Planning Taxes and Retirement: Insight from Tom on how to plan for taxes and retirement to keep money in your retirement.
  • EP 66How To Convert an IRA to a Roth IRA: Guide that talks about converting to a Roth account to let your money grow tax-free.
  • EP 94Tax Strategies for Non-IRA Brokerage Accounts: A key episode for someone with a non-IRA brokerage account.
  • EP 124IRAs – Required Minimum Distributions: Perfect for those reaching 72 and a half because you’ll need to take distributions.
  • EP 130Considerations For Charitable Giving: Are you charitably inclined? If so, this is the episode for you.
  • EP 133Steven Jarvis – Tax Planning for Retirement: Steven provides his insights on tax planning and how to plan around retirement.
  • EP 158Tax Planning Versus Tax Preparation: Learn the major differences between tax planning and prep and how they benefit you.
  • EP 161How Required Minimum and QCDs Work: How to leverage RMDs to contribute to a charity and not pay taxes on distributions.
  • EP 163Steven Jarvis – Mid-Year Tax Strategies: Steven is back again with an episode on mid-year tax strategies everyone should consider.

Portfolio Management:

  • EP 16Investing During Retirement – Buy and Hold or Active Management?: Learn about buy and hold, why we recommend active management and why buy and hold may not be the best option.
  • EP 19Bill Sherman – Buy and Hold is Dead: Bill shares his insights on why the buy and hold strategy is truly dead.
  • EP 56Asset Allocation or Strongest Assets: Learn the strongest assets to own and how to allocate them the best.
  • EP 146Risk Adjusted Portfolio – How It Works: Risk is scary because no one wants to lose the money they have invested. Learn what a risk-adjusted portfolio is and how it works.
  • EP 150What’s The Difference Between a Mutual Fund and an ETF?: Uncover the key differences between a mutual fund and ETF to understand which is better for you.
  • EP 153Bonds Versus Bond Alternatives: Bonds are not doing well. Learn about bond alternatives that can help you profile.
  • EP 159When Cash Is Good: Should you cash out of the market? Learn when cash is good and why you need to consider it at times.


  • EP 26 Annuities – Why Ever Use Them: Major series on annuities, part 1 of 8.
  • EP 30Annuities – Why Ever Use Them – Part 2: Part 2 of 8.
  • EP 34Annuities – Why Ever Use Them – Part 3: Part 3 of 8.
  • EP 38Annuities – Why Ever Use Them – Part 4: Part 4 of 8.
  • EP 41Annuities – Why Ever Use Them – Part 5: Part 5 of 8.
  • EP 46Annuities – Why Ever Use Them – Part 6: Part 6 of 8.
  • EP 47Annuities – Why Ever Use Them – Part 7: Part 7 of 8.
  • EP 54Annuities – Portfolio Implementation – Part 8: Part 8 of 8.
  • EP 128Should I Consider an Annuity in My Financial Plan?: Learn how to structure an annuity into your overall retirement plan if you think an annuity is right for you.

Whew! What a list. And we intend to keep producing great content for our podcast to help you learn how to secure your retirement and reach your financial goals.

Want to talk to us one-on-one?

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How to Reverse Osteoporosis

While we often focus on ways to secure your retirement and retirement planning, we broke away from the norm on this week’s podcast and had a very important conversation about osteoporosis.

As anyone listening to this should know, we’re all getting older. Osteoporosis is a major concern for everyone as they age. We believe that a healthy retirement goes well beyond finances and ought to really consider your physical health, too.

Dr. Doug Lucas sat down with us to discuss how to reverse osteoporosis and outlined steps you can take if you want to slow and even reverse this condition. 

Who is Dr. Doug Lucas?

Dr. Lucas is a highly trained and respected doctor who finished his training as an orthopedic surgeon at Stanford University. After going into practice, he started to see a lot of patients that would fall and fracture or even break a bone.

The impact of a fractured hip or arm is a major concern for patients, and if you break a hip in retirement, the question is, will you enjoy retirement?

Probably not. 

Dr. Lucas started what he calls “health optimization,” which helps you live a longer, healthier life. And part of this life is trying to slow and even stop osteoporosis.

What is Osteoporosis Anyway?

If you’re in your early 50s, there’s a good chance that you have heard of osteoporosis in passing or may not even know what it really is in the first place. Dr. Lucas explains that this condition is the diagnosis of:

  • Poor bone quality
  • Poor bone quantity

Your bones often get stronger as you get older, and then when you hit your late 20s, the bones may begin to weaken. Doctors often don’t discuss your bone health, but it is something to be concerned about because it makes it so much easier to break a bone or suffer from a fracture.

When you’re older, a broken hip or bone can drastically impact your life.

Traditional Healthcare Model Surrounding Osteoporosis

It’s estimated that 50 million adults in the United States have osteoporosis. Unfortunately, most doctors and traditional checkups will not even test to see whether your bones are weaker. However, if your doctor does perform tests and you are diagnosed with the condition, the treatment is going to revolve around pharmaceutical treatments.

For example, your doctor is likely to recommend:

  • Supplements
  • Medications

Unfortunately, none of these things reverse the condition. If you do fall and have a nasty fracture, you’re often left with a doctor who doesn’t specialize in bone health. You need a very comprehensive picture to better understand how osteoporosis works and to heal from it properly.

Optimizing Your Health for Osteoporosis

Dr. Lucas explains that health optimization looks at the entire person and the root cause of your bone loss. So, before you can begin reversing your bone loss and weakening, you should understand the condition’s cause.

While you should begin early with health optimization, if you’re 55+, you can “turn this ship around.”

You can slow down bone loss and even reverse bone loss.

You won’t reverse back to your 20s when your bones were exceptionally strong, but you can take steps to strengthen your bones and prevent many bone fractures and breaks.

Typically, there are two main reasons for bone loss:

  1. Gut health is improper and does not allow you to maximize nutrient absorption
  2. Adrenal glands are causing chronic inflammation, often from stress

Once you figure out why you’re losing bone, it’s time to “plug in” holes and then work to strengthen the bones. The way to optimize bone health and begin restoring it is:

  • Taking certain supplements
  • Eating a proper diet
  • Consuming calcium
  • Eating the right proteins

Dr. Lucas also monitors micronutrients to ensure that the body has the nutrients necessary to restore bone health. Even genetics will be considered because there may be certain issues that you cannot change due to genetics.

How to Begin the Process to Check for Osteoporosis

If you’re starting from scratch and have no idea whether you have osteoporosis, the first step in the process is to schedule an appointment with a doctor who will run a screen test to learn more about your bone health.

You need a starting point to know your bone health.

However, if you had a fracture from minimal trauma, such as tripping over your dog and falling relatively lightly, there’s a good chance you have a “fragility fracture.” In this case, you have osteoporosis because your bones should not break that easily.

At this point, you want to reach out to someone who specializes in bone health, but there aren’t many people in this field.

Dr. Lucas is certainly a great contact to have because he created a mirror website for his company, found at Optimum Bone Health. The website provides a wealth of information to help you learn about bone health and can provide recommendations to optimize your bone health.

He can even help you get started through telehealth.

The process begins with:

  • 10 – 15-minute free consultation
  • Determine if you’re a good fit
  • Enter a six-month program to reverse osteoporosis

During the first month, many tests are taken to understand where your bone health is. Then, you’ll sit down with Dr. Lucas for an hour to discuss your tests. Based on your unique results, a program will be made for you to really start strengthening your bone health.

While it can take one to two years to start strengthening your bones, it is a process that is worth every second because it reduces your risk of fractures and bone breaks.

Do you want to secure your retirement? Sign up for our 4 Steps to Secure Your Retirement Video Course.

July 5, 2022 Weekly Update

We do love it when someone refers a family member or friend to us.  Sometimes the question is, “How can we introduce them to you?”   Well, there are multiple ways but a very easy way is to simply forward them a link to this webpage.

Here are this week’s items:

Portfolio Update:  Murs and I have recorded our portfolio update for July 5, 2022 

This Weeks Podcast -Nick Espinosa-Cybersecurity

How do you keep your finances safe in a world where cybersecurity has become a household term? In a world where we’re performing most of our tasks online, it is important to be aware of the innovation of cyber fraud and hacking and how to stay safe.


This Weeks Blog –Why is Internet Safety Important?

Are you trying to secure your retirement? If so, a lot of clients we have are majorly concerned about cybersecurity. In an instant, a hacker can get into your bank account, transfer your savings over to their own accounts and leave you to pick up the pieces.

Cybersecurity 101: How to Secure Your Financial Accounts, Phone and Email

Are you trying to secure your retirement? If so, a lot of clients we have are majorly concerned about cybersecurity. In an instant, a hacker can get into your bank account, transfer your savings over to their own accounts and leave you to pick up the pieces.

These individuals or groups may also hijack your email account and try mailing your financial advisor to make changes to your portfolio or give them access to your accounts. Additionally, someone can log into a retail account and rack up a ton of debt.

In our recent podcast, we had the opportunity to sit down with Nick Espinosa, CEO of Security Fanatics, a cybersecurity expert, to ask him a lot of questions to help protect our clients. Nick has worked with Fortune 100 companies and small businesses. He is a writer and even has Ted Talks where he teaches people about cybersecurity.

And he was more than willing to share some knowledge with our audience.

How to Keep Your Data Safe When Shopping Online

Shopping online is something a lot of people do. It’s a lot easier to go on Amazon and simply order a new pair of pants. However, in the middle of these transactions, you put a lot of trust in a third party that now has access to your credit or debit card information.

How can you stay safe when shopping online?

Nick claims it’s a “loaded question.” Everyone is online, and the pandemic accelerated online shopping and even working from home. The best way to protect yourself is awareness. Technology is constantly innovating, but the threats out there to steal your information or gain access to your accounts are also accelerating with its own technology.

A few questions to ask are:

  • What happens if someone breaks into your phone?
  • What happens if someone gains access to your computer?
  • What information would be found on these devices?

For most people, a lot of information may be accessible in these situations, and maybe you even saved passwords to the device, opening up a treasure trove of data to a hacker.

Protecting against these threats requires some diligence.

Enable Encryption or Set It Up

If someone steals your PC or phone, encryption ensures that they cannot read any of the data on the device. Unfortunately, a pin code isn’t enough to stop someone from potentially accessing files on these electronic devices.

Late-model iPhones and Android devices have automatic encryption, but it doesn’t work well with pin codes.

It’s easy to clone a phone and continually try cracking the pin code.

Instead, you want to use:

  • Long passwords
  • Biometrics, such as thumbprint

If you use these advanced security settings, you’ll encrypt your phone using a method that is very difficult or impossible to break.

Storing Passwords in a Password Manager

Many people rely on password managers because we know that people shouldn’t reuse their passwords across sites. Password managers can help you manage site passwords by:

  • Generating very secure passwords
  • Remembering the passwords for each site
  • Storing passwords using encryption

However, many password managers also synchronize across devices, so the passwords are available on your smartphone, PC, etc.

Hackers are working to break into these password managers because they’re a treasure trove of data. One thing to understand is that if you do use a password manager and there’s an update available for it, download the update immediately.

A security flaw may be the main reason for the update, and if you say, “Well, I’ll update that later,” you’re inviting hackers to steal your information.

Two-factor Authenticator

Two-factor authentication is changing the way people secure their accounts. Using this authenticator adds an extra layer of protection to your account, making it exponentially safer.

Hackers are lazy, and they will go after low-hanging fruit to hack.

Enabling multi-factor authentication requires you to verify the person logging into your account is you. Even if a hacker knows your password, without having access to your phone or wherever the authentication is received, they can’t get into your account.

Threat Detection Systems

A threat detection system sounds so advanced, but it’s crucial to realize that you have a minicomputer in your pocket if you have a smartphone. Your mobile devices are powerful, and they need the same protection as your PC:

  • Antivirus 
  • Antimalware
  • Anti-phishing
  • Etc.

We’re downloading things all the time. However, it’s easy to infect someone on Facebook or Twitter because these platforms do not actively scan files we upload to friends. It’s as simple as a hacker sending a blurry image of you from your mom’s Facebook account, asking if it’s you and then infecting you when you open the image.

The image may even be a doctored image of you, so you would reply, “Yes, awesome picture, mom,” and not realize that your smartphone is now infected with a virus.

Protecting Against a Phishing Scam

Phishing can take on many forms. For example, a Nigerian Prince may email you stating they have millions of dollars they want to transfer to you. Of course, most people are aware of these types of scams and will not fall for them, although some people still lose their entire retirement in these schemes.

There is also something called “spearfishing,” and Nick sees this often in the corporate and individual world.

The main problem retirees face is that they didn’t grow up with the technology that we have today. Nick claims that the vast majority of phishing victims are over age 60 and are the main target of hackers.


Let’s use an example. A hacker starts looking through someone’s email and sees that this person is a 22-year-old male named Johnny. As it turns out, Johnny often sends emails to his grandmother, and she’s the perfect target for phishing.

The hacker may use Johnny’s email to:

  • Send an email to grandma
  • Craft a story about how he’s stranded in London, and someone stole his wallet
  • Grandma sends the money

Grandparents will do anything for their grandchildren, and since grandma knows Johnny is in London, she doesn’t even realize that the mail may be from a hacker. Verifying that the person sending an email is real is as simple as picking up the phone and calling Johnny on his usual phone number.

If you call Johnny, you’re using two-factor authentication to verify that Johnny is really in trouble and can send him money.

Phishing can also happen on fake forms online. For example, someone may own, and the site looks exactly like the real Amazon. However, when you type on your account information, it may redirect to Amazon, and you don’t realize anything was amiss.

The problem is that the hacker captured all of the form information and can now access your Amazon account and make purchases.

Sometimes, there’s an infection on a smartphone or PC. When you’re on your device and on Facebook, a pop-up may appear on the screen that says, “Call 1800 scamm-me.” You call, and the person steals your information.

Additionally, someone may text you from Bank of America saying there’s an issue with your account, so you click on the link and don’t realize it’s not a legitimate one. In this case, it’s crucial to call the bank yourself or log into your account by going to the official site yourself and verifying that there’s an issue with your account.

It’s far too easy to recreate a site, create this sense of an urgent problem with your account and fall into the grasp of a hacker who wants nothing more than to hack into your bank account. You need to do your due diligence to keep your information safe when logging into your bank account or receiving emails.

The key to keeping yourself safe online is to educate yourself and don’t make it easy for hackers to hack you. Use complex passwords and two-factor authentication, and always verify that the person mailing you for money is actually the person you want to help.

A healthy retirement is one that you actually get to enjoy. If you’ve worked hard, did everything right and then lost everything in an instant, it would be a horrible feeling. Focusing on your cybersecurity and just following the basics above will protect your retirement from hackers.

If you’re saving for retirement and want expert advice, schedule a call with us to see how we can help.

How to Plan for Inflation in Retirement

Inflation is something everyone is dealing with right now. However, we focus on retirement planning. We want to help ease the minds of those trying to secure their retirement or those already enjoying life after work.

We’re going to be answering a lot of great questions today, including:

  • What causes inflation?
  • How to protect against inflation?
  • What to think about when deciding to retire?
  • How to prepare your spending plan?
  • Can an income bucket protect against inflation?
  • Should I consider Roth conversions?

As you can see, we’ll be covering quite a few questions. So, grab a cup of coffee or some wine and settle in.

6 Questions and Answers When Learning How to Plan for Inflation in Retirement

1. What Causes Inflation?

Inflation is caused by quite a few things, but we’re going to discuss it from the view of what is driving inflation in 2022. Many people have stressed their concerns over the government printing money in recent years, and the main issue with printing money is that it dilutes the dollar’s value.

You may have $100, but the $100 is worth less than it was a few years ago.

This round of inflation is partly due to printing money, but there’s also:

  • Low supplies due to supply chain issues
  • High demand

When demand remains high and supplies are low, prices go up and inflation begins to hurt consumers. Low supplies always lead to higher prices because retailers are making less money and need to turn a profit.

Perhaps there are only 1,000 tires in stock when a company normally sells 2,000.

In this case, the company raises the price of the 1,000 tires when demand is high because they still need to pay their bills and remain in operation.

For example, we’re booking a flight for a meeting, and prices for a flight have never been this high. High prices are due to a few things:

  • Higher fuel costs
  • Some planes have been grounded
  • Staff shortages

However, we’re seeing indicators that inflation will subside, and supply chain issues will correct themselves. 

Will prices go back down to before inflation hit?

Probably not.

But we believe that prices will fall back down and level out. We’ve had issues in the past with inflation and supply chain issues. We’ve seen gas prices skyrocket, and then they recede, and everyone is happy again.

Keep in mind that the last decade has seen low inflation rates, and now the high inflation is somewhat of a shock for consumers. We’ll be going over a brief history of inflation in just a few minutes that will help you understand what we mean when we say inflation has been low.

2. What Can We Do to Protect Our Savings and Retirement from Inflation?

Protecting yourself against inflation really depends on one of the two types of investing:

  1. Passive
  2. Active

If you’re investing using a passive approach, you’re going to ride out inflation and see how your retirement pans out. However, we believe in a more active approach to investing, which allows you to adjust your portfolio to invest more in what’s working now than what’s not working.

Supply and demand exist in investments, so we try to find high-demand areas to protect against inflation.

For example, you may have heard about a 60/40 portfolio, where 60% of investments are in equities and 40% in bonds/fixed income.

The 60/40 methodology is risky right now because bonds are struggling tremendously in 2022. The 40% that is meant to keep you safe in retirement is hurting you just as much during inflation.

Instead, you can do things with an active portfolio that better protects your retirement at this time.

3. How Does Inflation Impact Your Plan on When to Retire?

If we were helping someone with their retirement planning, we might recommend delaying retirement by a year if there’s no room to cut back on spending. It’s very rare that we’ve ever had to tell someone to delay retirement, but it may make sense in some cases.

Right now, due to inflation, this may mean working for an additional year if your retirement plan is very tight.

You may also want to retire from a full-time job and go into a consulting plan to keep some money moving in. However, if your retirement is well-funded, you should be fine to retire, especially if you can curb your spending in the short term.

4. How to Prepare a Spending Plan During Inflation

We’re having a lot of our clients ask us about adjusting their spending plans, and when inflation is running at 8% – 10%, it’s a scary time for many people. We’re certainly going through a rough few years since the pandemic.

But inflation will come back down, especially with the Fed working to bring inflation back down.

For the past 10 years, we’ve averaged 2.51%, so we’ve been spoiled. However, over the past 100 years, we’ve had inflation at 11% and into the teens. During the late 70s and into the early 80s, we had 11.3%, 13.5% and 10.3% inflation.

If we average inflation over the past century, it was around 3.2%.

Inflation didn’t remain at 10.3% since the 80s, so inflation will come back down and enter into some form of normalcy.

When creating your spending plan, we’ll discuss:

  • Wants
  • Needs

Retirees have the ability to adjust their budgets and can even decide to travel when it’s most affordable rather than in peak season. Minor control like this can help you stay in retirement and keep money in your pocket. 

We can also run inflation scenarios when creating a spending plan to account for periods of inflation and ensure that you’re well on your way to retiring and living the life you want in retirement.

5. Income Buckets and Inflation

We talk a lot about income buckets when trying to secure your retirement. Income buckets come in three main types:

  1. Cash
  2. Growth bucket
  3. Income/safety bucket

If your income bucket is set up to help you avoid the stock market concerns, you don’t need to think about stocks. Income buckets are guaranteed income that will come in every month to help you pay your bills for 10 – 20 years.

These income or safety buckets help you survive through inflation without much concern about what’s happening to the stock market. And for us, the peace of mind that these income buckets offer is worth setting them up.

6. Should You Do a Roth Conversion?

We believe everyone should at least consider a Roth conversion because it is beneficial. Conversions take pre-tax assets, pay taxes on them, and then convert them into a Roth account.

There are tax implications to converting these accounts, but you’re paying taxes now and avoiding potentially higher tax rates in the future.

For example, let’s assume that you have $100,000 in an IRA that you haven’t paid taxes on. The market falls 50%, and now you have $50,000. Since the portfolio is down, you can convert a larger percentage of your assets that you can convert and pay less taxes.

Tax-free growth is something to consider, especially in a down market.

However, please talk to a tax professional to better understand the immediate tax implications of converting your accounts.

Do you need help trying to secure your retirement? Schedule a free, 15-minute conversation with us today.

June 20, 2022 Weekly Update

We do love it when someone refers a family member or friend to us.  Sometimes the question is, “How can we introduce them to you?”   Well, there are multiple ways but a very easy way is to simply forward them a link to this webpage.

Here are this week’s items:

Portfolio Update:  Murs and I have recorded our portfolio update for June 20, 2022 

This Weeks Podcast -Steven Jarvis – Mid-Year Tax Strategies

Are you committed to having a tax-planning conversation outside the tax season? The only way to win in the tax game is to have a proactive approach when it comes to tax planning.

It’s important to be committed to having some kind of tax-planning conversation on any topic, especially…


This Weeks Blog –Tax Planning For Retirement

Mid-Year Tax Strategies You Should Consider

We recently sat down with one of our good friends Steven Jarvis CPA to discuss tax strategies everyone should be considering whether they’re currently in the middle of retirement planning or trying to secure their retirement.

In one of our previous podcasts, we also sat down with Steven to discuss taxes.

In fact, many of our clients also started working with Steven, and one thing that we continue hearing is that he helps eliminate the stress of taxes. According to him, the stress comes from stressing about doing taxes in April rather than engaging in tax planning throughout the year.

Steven and his team work intensely after-tax season to ensure that their clients follow the recommended tax strategies. So, we’re going to pick Steven’s brain to see what he recommends for your mid-year tax strategies.

First, Don’t Be Under the Impression That There’s Nothing You Can Do About Your Taxes

Before going any further, how did you feel about your taxes this year? Did you feel like you did your duty, paid your taxes and there was nothing else that you could do? If so, you’re like a lot of people that accept taxes as being a part of life.

And they are.

But you shouldn’t leave the IRS a tip because you’re not leveraging tax strategies. Taking a proactive approach to your taxes means that you’ll minimize your tax burden as much as legally possible.

Since it’s the middle of the year, it’s time to start thinking about them to lower your coming tax burden.

A few options available are:

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)

QCDs are one of the tax strategies that we often see with our clients. Steven explains that a QCD works by:

  • Taking money directly from your IRA
  • Sending the money straight to the charity
  • Meeting the QCD requirement of 70 1/2

The money cannot be made out to you or hit your bank account to benefit from a QCD. Instead, this is a process we look at in conjunction with handling your required minimum distributions (RMDs).

QCDs are powerful because when you take money from your bank account and donate it to a charity, there’s a 90% chance you’re not benefitting from it come tax season. 


Ninety percent of people do not itemize their tax returns, so they’re unable to deduct their donations.

QCDs allow you to:

  • Gift directly to charity
  • Benefit from lower income and tax rates

Another advantage of a QCD is that it lowers your adjusted gross income, too. Why is having a lower adjusted gross income important? Your Medicare benefit costs will be lower if your AGI is lower.

So, you’re:

  • Paying less in healthcare costs
  • Lowering your taxes
  • Donating to a cause you care about

QCDs are a great way to give back and receive a benefit from it, too. However, if you’re not 70-1/2 or the standard deduction is more beneficial than itemizing your taxes, what can you do?

Use a donor advised fund.

Donor Advised Funds and How They Work

A donor advised fund (DAF) is something to consider when you can’t use QCDs. DAFs allow you not to tip the IRS and still take a standard deduction. These funds will enable you to:

  • Lump multiple years of donations into a fund
  • Taxpayers still control the funds
  • Eventually use the funds for charitable purposes
  • Get your donations above the standard deduction to itemize

For example, if you donate $10,000 a year, you may not have enough to itemize and take the deduction. Instead, you may decide to put $30,000 into a DAF and immediately benefit by being able to itemize your taxes.

You don’t even need to distribute all the funds to a charity today and can simply opt to give every year to a charity of your choice. The key is to send these funds to a charity at some point.

So, this year, you put $30,000 into a DAF, itemize your taxes, and lower your tax burden.

Next year, you’ll likely go back to the standard deduction, so you’re paying less taxes this year and not paying any additional taxes for years you don’t contribute to a DAF.

However, there are also Roth conversions, which may help you with your tax strategies, too.

Roth Conversions to Lower Your Tax Burden

A Roth conversion converts a non-Roth account into a Roth. You take money out and pay taxes on it now, and let it grow tax-free in the future. You’ll pay more taxes this year, but your money grows tax-free afterward, which is great as your retirement accounts gain interest over the years.

Should you do a Roth conversion? 

We believe everyone should consider a Roth conversion, but what does Steven think? We asked him.

  • Everyone should consider a Roth conversion if they have IRA dollars.
  • Conversions aren’t the right option for everyone.
  • Roth conversions this year happen at a discount because of the markets.

In 2026, taxes are set to go up if nothing else changes, so putting money into a Roth account protects you from higher tax burdens.

If you’re in your peak earning years, it may not be in your best interest to go into a Roth conversion.

Steven states that the only way you’re worse off is if taxes go down. But are you really convinced that taxes will go down in the near future? Most people respond with no.

In this case, a Roth conversion is beneficial.

You’ll need to make your Roth conversion by 12/31 of the year.

Finally, Steven recommends having tax conversations outside of the tax season. You need to take a proactive approach to your taxes, work with a CPA and develop tax strategies to save money on your upcoming taxes.

If you wait until March or April to think about your taxes, it’s too late.

Sit down with a professional, discuss your options and determine what tax strategies you can use this year to lower your taxes – or not leave the IRS a tip.

Click here to learn more about our book: Secure Your Retirement: Achieving Peace of Mind for Your Financial Future.

June 13, 2022 Weekly Update

We do love it when someone refers a family member or friend to us.  Sometimes the question is, “How can we introduce them to you?”   Well, there are multiple ways but a very easy way is to simply forward them a link to this webpage.

Here are this week’s items:

Portfolio Update:  Murs and I have recorded our portfolio update for June 13, 2022 

This Weeks Podcast -401k Versus IRA

Do you understand the difference and similarities between 401ks and IRAs? How can you make the two or one make sense for you as your retirement plan?

Both 401ks and IRAs are set up to encourage you to plan for your retirement, and you should have an analysis and a conversation on which one is good for you.


This Weeks Blog –401k Versus IRA

If you’re saving for retirement, you’ll need to know the difference between a 401k versus IRA. You may even have both types of accounts. While trying to secure your retirement, it’s crucial to know what each account type offers you.

401k Versus IRA: Which is Better for Your Retirement?

If you’re saving for retirement, you’ll need to know the difference between a 401k versus IRA. You may even have both types of accounts. While trying to secure your retirement, it’s crucial to know what each account type offers you.

We’re going to discuss a few important details of each:

  • What is a 401k?
  • How does a 401k work?
  • What is an IRA?
  • Should I transfer to an IRA?

What is a 401k?

A 401k is an employer-sponsored plan. It’s set up by a business, and you can contribute money to it for your retirement.

What is an IRA?

An IRA is an individual retirement account. Virtually anyone can open this type of account and contribute to it.

Both a 401k and IRA are meant for anyone planning for retirement.

401k Versus IRA

A 401k and IRA have two main types:

  1. Pre-tax, or “traditional” 401k/IRA
  2. Tax-free, or “Roth” 401k/IRA

The main difference between pre-tax and tax-free is that contributing pre-tax has tax benefits. However, when you take a withdrawal in the future, you’ll pay taxes on these withdrawals.

With a Roth account, you pay taxes now and don’t have to pay taxes on withdrawals. Roth accounts allow your money to grow tax-free. Many companies are beginning to offer these types of accounts because they’re advantageous, as their money grows without further tax liability.

Let’s say that you have tax-free investments at 20. You can grow your money for 45+ years tax-free.

Funding a 401k vs IRA

When it comes to a 401k or IRA account, a 401k allows you to fund the account a little more than an IRA. An IRA allows you to contribute $6,000 – $7,000 per year. However, a 401k will enable you to put up around $19,500 per year.

Additionally, a 401k may have an employer contribution or an employer match.

If an employer puts money into your account, you may reach $50,000 a year in contributions in a single year.

Rules for a 401k

A 401k is started by an employer, and they choose:

  • Which brokerage the account is handled in
  • What types of investments are available

Employers make the rules for 401k accounts. It’s crucial to understand that these rules may change or be a bit more specific to the employer. However, the general rules that are followed by most employers include:

  • As long as you’re an employee of the company, you cannot move the money from the 401k to an IRA until you’re 59 and a half. At this point, you can do an in-service rollover. You can choose this option to take full control of your investments.
  • In-service rollovers keep the 401k account open to allow your employer to keep making contributions on your behalf.
  • You do not have to pay taxes when rolling over funds in these accounts because you’re not withdrawing the funds yet.
  • If you’re under 59 and a half and you have a 401k from another employer, you can move the money into an IRA.

One thing we hear a lot is that many people think that their employer negotiates better rates for them for their investment accounts. However, this is not the case. Mutual funds, which most people are investing in with their 401k, charge the fees and don’t lower them for employers.

Your employer may have fees, and the company can absorb these fees, but you wouldn’t have these fees with an IRA.

Quick Note on In-Service Rollovers

An in-service rollover is a simple process and not something that you need to be overly concerned about. The rollover is a basic decision that requires:

  • Advisor calling the 401k
  • Ask the rep for an in-service rollover
  • Walk through steps with the rep
  • Funds are sent to you directly
  • Funds are then deposited into your IRA

You may need to sign a paper every once in a while, and that’s really it. A rollover is straightforward and something that we do all the time.

Rules for an IRA

An IRA is an individual retirement arrangement, which means that as an individual, you’re 100% in control of the account. You can choose what brokerage to open an account with and where you want to invest your money to help it grow.

When you have an IRA, you can invest in:

You don’t lose any benefits when going to an IRA. Most of our clients opt for an IRA because we’re able to direct their investments.

How an Advisor Can Help You with Your Retirement Plan, Even If You’re Younger than 59 and a Half

For a long time, advisors couldn’t really help people who were younger than 59 and a half with their retirement accounts, aside from taking an advisory role. There are a lot of rules and regulations in place that make this process very difficult, specifically with sharing account usernames and passwords. 

Here’s a concept that we’ve been using as an advisor to manage a 401k:

  • You set us up with a login
  • We monitor and make trade allocations for you

We’re able to take a peek at your 401k and the options available to make allocation changes. We’re not granted the power to change contribution amounts or anything of that sort. These accounts are an overlay of your account that allows financial advisors to make trades on your behalf.

Our clients love the 401k option that allows us to manage a 401k on your behalf.

Moving from a 401k to an IRA is often ideal for clients, but you may find the tax advantages of a 401k to be the better option for you. The tax advantages include being able to deduct contributions from your current year’s taxes, but when your money grows, it will be taxed, which is something to consider.

If you’re trying to secure your retirement and aren’t an expert in retirement planning, we can help. We have a wealth of information available for free on our podcast (sign up here), or you can feel free to schedule a call with us.