My Retirement Clarity with Lee Perkins

My Retirement Clarity with Lee Perkins

Financial and retirement planning with financial planner Lee Perkins, president of JL Perkins Wealth Management in the Macon, Georgia area. Get ready for a good dose of inspiration, simplicity, implementation and, of course, clarity on each and every show. Lee will explore the ways you can successfully prepare for retirement and how to grow and preserve your wealth.


July 3, 2024 20 mins

In this episode, host Lee Perkins sits down with Keith Dykes, the newest member of the JL Perkins Wealth Management team. Originally a Zoom call, this engaging interview explores Keith's background, family life, and journey to becoming a financial advisor. Learn about Keith's transition from agronomy to finance, his dedication to client service, and the values that align him perfectly with the team.

Keith joined the JL Perkins Weal...

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Just like an annual checkup is important for maintaining good health, performing regular financial checkups is an essential part of planning for a healthy and successful retirement. These check-ins help catch potential issues early and allow you to adjust your plans as needed. By regularly reviewing your budget, goals, and progress, you can make informed decisions to stay on track financially.

Although financial wellness will look ...

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Many people have preconceived notions about what retirement should look like. Oftentimes, TV commercials and retirement shows paint this as a time of life full of endless beach days and exciting vacations. The reality of retirement, however, can be quite different from our expectations.

Listen in as we explore why a realistic approach to retirement, inclusive of financial planning and the potential for unexpected challenges, is cru...

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May 23, 2024 19 mins

Sometimes, the lessons we learn the hard way stick with us the longest. This is especially true when it comes to financial decisions. In today’s episode, Lee shares a personal story that serves as a stark reminder of how being cheap can end up being very expensive.

In this conversation, Lee recounts how his reluctance to invest in a security system for his new Dodge Ram 1500 TRX led to an expensive loss when the vehicle was stolen....

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Losing a spouse is an incredibly difficult event that can leave one feeling lost and overwhelmed emotionally and financially. In today’s episode, Lee is going to take us behind the scenes and share the stories of two clients who faced the sudden loss of their husbands. He’ll offer insight into how each of them coped differently with their loss, and how the J.L. Perkins team helped them navigate this difficult transition.

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In today's episode of My Retirement Clarity with Lee Perkins, we dive into a story of transformation, perseverance, and ultimately, triumph. Lee shares the journey of a client who, at 43, believed retirement was an impossible dream. Saddled with debt, family pressures, and a lack of financial direction, she was overwhelmed by the thought of mandatory retirement at 56 without a clear path forward.

Lee recounts how, through meticulou...

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Each generation is currently navigating a unique part of the retirement planning experience. With many baby boomers preparing for the transition into retirement and Generation X starting to think more about their retirement savings, these major life events come with a handful of financial planning questions. In today’s episode, we’ll focus on some of the common questions that these age groups are asking.

While there’s no universal ...

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As much as any other threat, recognizing and avoiding scams has become an essential skill, particularly for retirees. Join us as we explore crucial steps you can take to safeguard your financial well-being against the growing tide of scams and identity theft. Learn from real-life stories and gain practical advice to keep your finances secure in this digital era, all from the perspective of a seasoned financial professional.

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We’ve got a mailbag edition of the show today! We’ve gathered some great questions over the last several weeks that we’re excited to share with you. From the tax implications of financial gifts to navigating retirement spending and overcoming indecision, Lee is here to shed light on a range of real-world topics.

Dorothy asks for advice on how to financially support her daughter, who wants to take time off work to be with her newbor...

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This episode might be a bit counterintuitive. We’re going to question the real impact of common financial habits. Are the strategies you consider beneficial actually working in your favor? We explore the pros and cons of practices like ignoring account statements and strict budgeting.

Join us for a practical discussion, as we uncover the unexpected effects of everyday money decisions. Are your good money habits holding you back?



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Every generation likes to talk about how much harder things used to be when they were kids. Like all of the people who used to have to walk five miles to school, in the snow, uphill both ways. But they had at least one thing that was EASIER…and that was retirement planning.

In this episode, we’re diving into the changing landscape of retirement planning. From the complexity of investment options to the future of Social Security, we...

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February 7, 2024 16 mins

In this episode, Lee reflects on the journey of JL Perkins Wealth Management over the past decade. From its humble beginnings with just Lee and his sister Francesca, the firm has evolved through unexpected transitions, including office expansions and team changes. As JL Perkins Wealth Management celebrates its 10th anniversary, Lee shares insights into the strategic decisions that have shaped the firm’s growth, and how he’s working...

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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.


Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • The different types of fee structures that advisors will typically have
  • Why your advisor’s investment philosophy is...
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2023 is coming to an end, and, if we had to guess, there are probably some financial tasks you wish you’d taken care of this year. Not to worry, because in this week’s episode, Lee is going to share six planning tips that you can address during the first quarter of 2024. Let’s kick off the new year the right way!


Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • Keeping the right amount of money in cash
  • Cleaning up old life ins...
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December 6, 2023 18 mins

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself about the purpose of the money you’ve worked to save throughout your life? In financial planning, it can be easy to fall into the trap of simply viewing your wealth as a numerical scorecard, measured by monthly statements and investment returns. But as we often remind our clients, retirement planning is not just about the numbers on a page; it's about the life experiences and memories those num...

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The retirement planning world is filled with plenty of advice and suggestions, but there are critical questions lurking in the shadows – the unasked, the overlooked. These are the questions that can help define the comfort and security of your retirement future. In this episode, we unearth and tackle these hidden, but essential questions about retirement. 


Here are some of the items we discuss in today's show:

  • Pulling money o...
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The retirement planning world is filled with plenty of advice and suggestions, but there are critical questions lurking in the shadows – the unasked, the overlooked. These are the questions that can help define the comfort and security of your retirement future. In this episode, we unearth and tackle these hidden, but essential questions about retirement. 


Here are the questions we are going to dive into in this episode:

  • How ...
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Welcome back to My Retirement Clarity! This week, we’re diving into the listener mailbag to answer your questions. We’re covering a variety of topics today, many of which get asked in the office quite often. From investing in your grandkid’s college fund to how much to spend on a forever home, this episode is sure to have a takeaway for everyone.


Here are a few of the questions we answer in this episode:

  • I’d like to start inv...
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Are we on the brink of a retirement renaissance or stormy seas ahead? On this episode, we jump into the pressing issues of Social Security, healthcare, taxes, stock market trends, and long-term care. Whether you're an eternal optimist or cautious pessimist, this episode will equip you with perspectives to plan your retirement years with confidence as we ask the longstanding question, “Is the glass half full or half empty?”



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September 13, 2023 24 mins

Are you nearing “retirement age”? If so, let’s explore that pivotal question you’ll soon face: Should you retire or continue working? We’ll unravel the intricacies of this decision, addressing both financial and emotional aspects, and help you find out if you’re truly ready to retire.


Here are some key takeaways from this episode:

  • Usually people have enough money saved to retire but need to run the numbers to discover that.
  • C...
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