Retirement Toolbox

Retirement Toolbox

Financial and retirement planning guidance from Scott Searles of Skybox Asset Management, serving the greater Cleveland area and Bradenton, Florida. If you want a clear view of your financial situation then this is the podcast for you. We'll make sure you're poised for a successful financial future.

Episodes

February 15, 2024 29 mins

We’ve all heard the apocalyptic predictions about social security, the national debt and other major issues that are supposed to sink the economy. Do any of these predictions have merit in the years ahead? On this episode, we’ll try to separate sensationalism from reality.

 

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Is 'Lazy Money' still a concern in 2024's higher interest rate landscape? In this episode, we explore this question, examining how the recent rise in interest rates affects the money sitting in savings accounts, CDs, and conservative investments. We'll discuss the new dynamics of managing your funds in a world where traditional saving methods are seeing better returns. Are these options now a viable part of a savvy investment strat...

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Have you ever wondered what questions to ask your financial advisor, or why those questions are crucial? In today’s episode, we’re tackling exactly that. We're discussing the vital questions that bring transparency and depth to your financial advisory relationship. It's about getting clarity on how advisors work, what they specialize in, and how they align with your financial goals. These are the questions you MUST ask your financi...

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In today's episode, we're focusing on a critical aspect of retirement planning: healthcare costs. How well prepared are you to handle medical expenses after you retire? We'll discuss everything from Medicare complexities to strategies for managing unexpected health-related expenses. Tune in as we break down the essentials of healthcare financial planning for retirees.

 

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December 21, 2023 29 mins

It’s important to eventually get a comprehensive financial plan for yourself, but sometimes even just a few minor adjustments in your portfolio can make a big difference. Let’s discuss a few easy places to start.

 

Show Notes & Info:

Schedule A Call With Scott: talkwithscott.net

Tax-Free Toolkit: https://5p7b1gdm.pages.infusionsoft.net/

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Ready for an adventure? Think of retirement planning as climbing a mountain. It's not just about the climb up; it's about preparing wisely, tackling the ups and downs, and even planning your way back down. We're talking about setting milestones, dealing with market surprises, and making sure your hard-earned savings last through your entire retirement journey. Join us as we gear up with some smart strategies and insights, making su...

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November 21, 2023 15 mins

As the year comes to a close, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit a previous two-part episode on financial resolutions. This series was recorded a couple of years ago, but the show still has some great tips that can help you start your year off right.

 

Show Notes & Info:

Schedule A Call With Scott: talkwithscott.net

Tax-Free Toolkit: https://5p7b1gdm.pages.infusionsoft.net/

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“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt… Ever wish you could foresee financial missteps before they happen? In today’s episode, explore some real-life stories of regret and arm yourself with the essential dos and don'ts to ensure your money works for you, not against you.

 

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Losing a spouse is an unimaginably tough life event, but the financial implications can add another layer of stress to the grieving process. In this episode, we delve deep into the most common financial issues faced by widows and widowers, from dealing with income gaps to navigating tax changes as a single filer. We explore actionable strategies to address these problems, such as the importance of life insurance and the ins and out...

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October 5, 2023 22 mins

We have a special edition of the podcast today! If you've been listening to the show for a while, you know that Scott and Walter talk about food quite often, so we thought it would be a fun idea to compile a few getting to know you questions from past episodes that were food related. We will get back to the financial talk next episode, so sit back and enjoy something a little different this time around.

 

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September 21, 2023 24 mins

In this episode, we tackle the common complaints and fears about financial situations during retirement. We'll discuss which concerns are well-founded, which are based on misconceptions, and offer insight on how retirees can best navigate their financial future.

 

Show Notes & Info:

Schedule A Call With Scott: talkwithscott.net

Tax-Free Toolkit: https://5p7b1gdm.pages.infusionsoft.net/

 

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September 7, 2023 26 mins

There are some people who don’t care at all about leaving a financial legacy, but for those who do, it’s important to eliminate some of the common estate planning mistakes. In this episode, we cover topics ranging from poor expense planning to outdated beneficiary designations and family conflict triggers. We also shed light on some misconceptions about transferring real estate and explain the impact of tax implications on your est...

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Finding a trustworthy and competent financial advisor is essential for securing your financial future. After all, they play a vital role in helping you make informed decisions about your money, investments, and long-term financial goals. But how can you separate the wheat from the chaff? How can you identify problematic personalities that might indicate an advisor isn't the right fit for you? We’ll find out in today’s episode as we...

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Get ready for part two of our Retirement Cash Flow series! This time, we're diving into the income side of the equation. In part one, we tackled the ins and outs of your expenses in retirement. Now, it's all about understanding the crucial role of income analysis. We'll uncover the secrets of guaranteed income versus the uncertain stuff and shed light on the consequences of retiring without a clear income plan. Don't worry if you'r...

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Don’t get us wrong. In many cases, your 401(k) can be your best investment vehicle, offering numerous benefits and tax advantages and many times a 100% return on some of your contributions (also known as an employer match). However, it's important to recognize that it might not always be the optimal choice for everyone. Join us in this thought-provoking episode as we dissect the reasons why someone should NOT invest in a 401(k).

 

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In this episode, we’ll explore many of the expenses in your life that might drastically change (one way or another) in retirement. We’ll break those expenses down further to see which ones are the top priorities and analyze some of the other factors that impact your cash flow in retirement. 

Show Notes & Info:

Schedule A Call With Scott: talkwithscott.net

Tax-Free Toolkit: https://5p7b1gdm.pages.infusionsoft.net/

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From time to time, we like to look at issues faced by people in other professions outside of the financial world and see what kind of retirement planning lessons we can learn from these other professions. Today, we’re seeing what we can learn from teachers and the issues they face.

 

Show Notes & Info:

Schedule A Call With Scott: talkwithscott.net

Tax-Free Toolkit: https://5p7b1gdm.pages.infusionsoft.net/

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Silicon Valley, Credit Suisse, and First Republic are just a few banks that have experienced either incredible turmoil or complete collapse in the past few months. How should the average American respond with their money? Do you pull it all out in cash and store it under your bed? Should you throw all your money into depressed bank stocks in hopes of riding a wave back up in case a recovery occurs? In today’s episode, we’ll shed li...

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Have you ever wondered why you handle money the way you do? It turns out your financial behaviors can be traced back to your formative memories. In this episode, we explore how historic market crashes have left a lasting impact on our relationship with money. We’ll also contrast them with the way more recent crises have shaped our financial views and decisions in the short term.

 

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Have you ever wondered if the Social Security system will run out of money before you retire? Or if claiming benefits as soon as you're eligible is the best decision for your financial future? In this episode, we'll be debunking common myths about Social Security and answering the questions you've been curious about.

 

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