Get Ready! with Tony Steuer

Get Ready! with Tony Steuer

On the GET READY! Podcast, I’ll be catching up with financial literacy advocates to bring you innovative strategies to be financially prepared. Each month, we’ll discuss the Get Ready Financial Calendar action item to maintain your financial first aid kit. GET READY! With Tony Steuer will help you be informed and financially prepared today and in the future. I’ll also spotlight leading financial literacy advocates and how their content is improving financial education.... Show More

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October 9, 2020 21 min

“Simplify and reduce the number of moving parts in your plan. Your investment portfolio doesn’t have to be complicated to be successful. That very few constituent holdings can get you to your goal.” - Christine Benz

In this episode of Get Ready, I spoke with Christine Benz, the Director of Financial Planning for Morningstar about being an investment minimalist and how it can improve your financial life. We also discussed how life st...

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“Inspect what you expect. If you’re a business owner or you’re a manager and you have employees, if you expect them to do something or perform in a certain way, you’ve got to observe it. It’s the same thing for your financial future whether it’s your 401(k) or your life insurance policy, if you’re not periodically looking at it, the chances of you not getting what you expect go up so, inspect what you expect.” - Barry Flagg

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"You have to decide to make a conscious and intentional effort to obtain financial independence and once you do that, get all the resources that you can and you will be ready for any financial crisis." - Peter Kwadwo Asare Nyarko.

In this episode of GET READY!, I spoke with Peter Kwadwo Asare Nyarko, the Executive Director of the Center for Financial Literacy Education (Africa) about financial literacy for children. We also ...

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"Have a plan. Have goals. But, don’t just have goals and a plan, have a system that works for you. That might be creating an investment plan to begin with and following that investment plan. It might be automating your investments somehow through a robo-advisor, that might require you to hire an advisor. I think any of those options work as long as you have a plan and a system in place." - Daniel Lee 

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Quote: Estate planning is not just for when you die, having a proper estate plan means that you’re going to be able to keep control over yourself and your person in the event that you’re incapacitated or that you die. 

In this episode of GET READY!, I spoke with Chris Hall, the founder of Estate Plan Navigator about the importance of having an estate plan. Chris shared about the benefits of an estate plan and why it’s important to p...

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“Be educated about sources of information, because knowledge is power and then live within your means. That to me, goes hand in hand.” - Donna Bandelloni

In this episode of GET READY!, I spoke with Donna Bandelloni, who is an authority on Planned Giving. Donna and I discussed the value of having a family financial meeting and the importance of communication. We also covered the importance of introducing money issues to children alon...

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“My #1 tip is to have a plan, which sounds complex for people, but quite literally just asking a couple of questions, like when do I want to retire, what would that look like, how can I possibly get there. If you simplify your questions, it doesn’t have to be so overwhelming.  And the more that you can simplify what you’re looking for, the more your financial professional can actually help you.” - JM Ryerson 

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“Change is going to happen from the top down, not waiting for a bad agent to get turned in to adult protective services, to then get prosecuted -that is not how change is going to happen. It’s really going to happen when the companies themselves start looking at those trends and the data and reining people in, that’s absolutely how it’s going to happen” - Shawna Reeves

In this episode of GET READY!, I spoke with Shawna Reeves who is...

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"It’s your story, you own it, you get to write the story that you’re going to tell, you get to write the story that you’re going to live" - Shennandoah Connor

In this episode, I spoke with Shennandoah Connor, Vice President of Strategy and Client Services at Connor Creative about how advisors can focus on their client’s perspectives and issues rather than their own. We discussed the application of behavioral economics to bet...

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"It’s a very fluid situation. 90% of financial services institutions had a pandemic response ready. From a broad scale perspective, the financial stability portion is not a concern as this time." - Maxwell Schmitz 

"Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson

In this episode, I spoke with Maxwell Schmitz, the Insurance Resource for Certified Financial Planners  about the impact of Covid-19 ...

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“ The most important thought, is the idea of paying yourself first or spending less than you earn, however you like to look at it.  It’s an important idea that anyone can take action on.” - Sam Renick

In this episode, I spoke with Sam X. Renick, founder of the “It’s a Habit!” Company and co-creator of Sammy Rabbit   about the importance of financial literacy. We discussed how advisors and companies can be be active in promoting fina...

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“Your ownership in the business, the way that you finance your exit, allows you to help that person finance the sale and is an annuity for you.” - Bill Heestand

In this episode, I spoke with Bill Heestand, author of the Ownership Ladder  about how to set up a successful internal business transfer & sale including setting a reasonable valuation. We also discussed how to succeed in the financial services industry and build a succe...

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On business efficiency: take out the things that are big item expenses and try to pare those down. You’ll streamline your business, you’ll cut your costs and you’ll make yourself more efficient. The money that you save from that, reinvest that money into other areas marketing yourself and amplify your thought leadership instead. Sheryl Brown

In this episode, I spoke with Sheryl Brown, Founder of Females and Finance about starting a ...

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Sheryl says the role of a financial advisor is one of the most important jobs but there is a segment of the industry that operates like the gunslingers of the Wild West, we don’t have the rules and regulations to protect those who we are supposed to be serving - I couldn’t have said it better myself.” President Barack Obama recognizing Sheryl during a 2015 speech”.

We have to know who are resources are and how to tap in to them, k...

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It’s easy when you meet new people, when you’re at a conference or something, to start feeling like you need to be marketing yourself, telling them who you are. Instead, ask questions and learn who they are. If you listen, you make the other person feel great and so you’ve made a connection. And you’ll learn something.” -Kerry Hannon

A key thing is to always pay yourself first. It’s really easy, you’re paying bills and you forget ...

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Social duty is part of shareholder value. Maximizing shareholder value is empty, yes, you have a responsibility to do that, however there’s lots of different ways to do that, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other, you can create a ton of value by implementing loss control in other things into your insurance mission statement ” Nick Lamparelli

In this episode of Get Ready!, I spoke with Nick Lamparelli, Partner, Blogger and ...

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Work hard & insure your income” Jack Schmitz

Challenge yourself to think about others who’ve had major health issues. You can live through a lot and there’s no need to suffer financially on your road to recovery.” Maxwell Schmitz

In this episode of Get Ready!, I spoke with Jack Schmitz, President of DI & LTC Insurance Services and Maxwell Schmitz, Insurance Resource for Certified Financial Planners about what’s going on wi...

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"The bottom line is the Golden Rule, try to do the best thing for the client, treat them just like you want to be treated. And, really be passionate about what you do" - Mike Pepe

In this episode of GET READY!, I spoke with Mike Pepe, founder of Proformex (here) about Proformex’s life insurance policy management system. We discussed how Proformex utilizes technology to enable insurance agents, financial advisors and trustee...

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"Every interaction is a learning opportunity.  Listen to your audience/customer, irrespective whether you are a business or are an employer, attempt to truly learn more about your user base or your team. The more you understand the need, the better you will be able to serve." Roshni Chowdhry

"Financial literacy is the first step, you then need to take action, and to be intentional."   Zach Blumenfeld

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Educate Yourself: Whether you are an advisor or a consumer, take advantage of available resources - Neil Granger

In this episode of GET READY!, I spoke with Neil Granger who specializes in the identification and prevention of elder financial abuse. Neil and I discussed best practices for insurance agents, common fraud techniques and elder financial abuse legislation. Neil shared his experiences in working with attorneys, regulators ...

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