One of the biggest misconceptions we see about retirement planning revolves around the 401(k). Many people believe that if they match what their employer is putting in, with no extra contributions, they will be fine. Taylor and Brad discuss why this won’t work and the possible repercussions of relying solely on this method for your retirement savings.
Last week, we focused on a conservative investment, now we shift gears and focus on the riskier side of investments. Many people feel that they can pick a few great stocks and then get rich quick. But there are very little instances where this actually works out and most of the time, you end up losing money by putting all your eggs in one basket. We will discuss the dangers of stock picking and why it has no place in a comprehensive retirement plan.
We kick off our new series by discussing the polarizing topic of annuities. Some claim that annuities are the greatest investment on in the world, while others claim that they are terrible. Taylor and Brad will discuss some common misconceptions pertaining to this investment and how you may be able to properly utilize an annuity in your financial plan.
Everybody is knowledgeable and well informed about something in life. This could pertain to a career, hobby, etc. However, this does not make you any less susceptible to dumb, or misunderstood ideologies about finances that many people fall victim to. On this episode, we discuss why we decided to make this our next series and why some of these ideas may have formed.
We are no stranger to scams in this day and age. We receive robo calls, emails, texts, that all try to make you give away sensitive information. Not all scams are this blatant. There are people in the investment world that do not have your best interest in mind and just want to use your hard earned money for their benefit. Taylor and Brad discuss some of the situations they have witnessed over the years and the ways you can verify the legitimacy of a financial advisor.
As we see the world getting back to some form of normalcy, we are emerging with new habits we have gained over quarantine. Many families found themselves spending on just what they needed and not as much on what they wanted since everything was shut down. We want to look at some of the financial lessons that the lockdown and pandemic has taught us and why you may want to keep these habits up moving forward.
The topic of inflation has been getting a lot of attention from the mainstream media lately. People are worried that inflation is going to continue to rise and skyrocket. As with any piece of news media, it’s important that we take a step back and look at what’s actually going on to see if it should be a top concern.
This is the second and final episode of our personal finances stepping stones series. Last time, we discussed the importance of getting debt payed off and starting your emergency fund. Once you pay off your short-term debt, you have freed up some extra income to do with as you please. Taylor and Brad will discuss some smart financial strategies with this newfound, extra capital and the importance of keeping the big picture in perspective.
It can feel overwhelming to know where to start when you are trying to get your personal finances in order. There are many popular financial talking heads promoting different methods and products, and it can be difficult to tell what is just noise. Taylor and Brad compiled a list of the most helpful advice they found to help you get started when organizing your personal finances.
A third stimulus payment recently went out to a large amount of Americans under the American Rescue Plan that was passed. The show has received a few questions about what to do with the stimulus money, so Taylor and Brad will run through some ways you can spend, save, or invest that money on today’s show.