Retirement Pathfinder with Barbara Lane & Phil Guske

Retirement Pathfinder with Barbara Lane & Phil Guske

Financial and retirement planning guidance from Rockford’s Barbara Lane & Phil Guske of Pathfinder Wealth Management.

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June 6, 2024 20 mins

It's a mailbag edition of the show today! We've got four great questions coming your way. Hazel asks for a checklist of financial priorities to address before she retires from her job at the hospital. Joseph asks whether he should proceed with rolling over his 401k from his old job, given its strong performance this year.

 

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Retirement planning doesn’t have to be overwhelmingly complicated. It certainly doesn’t have to be as complicated as some people make it. In our next episode, we unravel the unnecessary complexities often woven into the fabric of retirement advice. We’ll debunk some myths, simplify strategies, and uncover the beauty of simplicity and straightforward retirement planning.

 

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We've got four great questions that we'll cover in today's mailbag episode. Tony asks whether, as a pastor, it's advisable for him to opt out of Social Security. David's wife is nine years younger than him, and he wonders if he should take out a large insurance policy on himself. Tune in to see what you can learn from these real-life scenarios!

 

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As much as any other threat, recognizing and avoiding scams has become a necessary skill for today’s retirees to develop. 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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April 4, 2024 16 mins

We're back with another special edition of the podcast for you today! We've pulled more of our favorite mailbag questions from prior episodes and compiled them into one conversation for you. In this week's show, Barbara and Phil talk about making financial decisions after a real estate sale, long-term care coverage, and ethical considerations in investing.

 

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March 21, 2024 20 mins

We've got a special edition of the podcast for you today! We've pulled some of our favorite mailbag questions from prior episodes and compiled them into one conversation for you. Stay tuned as Barbara and Phil discuss tax laws, pensions for federal employees, traveling in retirement, and more. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from real-life financial planning scenarios!

 

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Welcome back to the Retirement Pathfinder. We've got some mailbag questions for you to enjoy today! Dorothy wishes to financially support her daughter and grandchild, who are facing challenges due to the newborn's extended hospital stay, but isn't sure about the tax implications and feasibility. Charles has been pinching pennies for 10 years in retirement and wonders whether he should start spending more liberally and travel more o...

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Imagine your retirement plan as a ship sailing toward a horizon of rest and relaxation. But what if one leak could sink it all? In today’s episode, we spotlight some of the single oversights that could send your dreams to the bottom. We'll share key strategies to plug the gaps, ensuring your financial ship stays buoyant and on course. Tune in to protect your future from the one mistake that could derail everything.

 

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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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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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In this week's mailbag episode, Dan asks whether the changes in tax laws in recent years have affected the tax benefits of his charitable donations. Amy asks if her approach of not rushing to pay off debt, utilizing a Home Equity Line for major expenses, and prioritizing retirement savings is advisable. Listen in as Barbara and Phil tackle these questions (and a few more) in today's show!

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to make financial sacrifices when the reward might not be seen until several years in the future. Today we’ll talk about some of the situations where you might be inclined to take the immediate benefit, when you should really consider the delayed rewards. Plus, Barbara and Phil will provide an update on interest rates and what we might expect to see in the new year.

 

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Join us for a great mailbag episode today! This is your chance to gain valuable insights from the financial questions of our listeners. In today's show, Chris asks where to invest additional money for retirement since he is already maxing out his 401(k). Tony asks if he needs a will, trust, or both to evenly split two rental properties between his sons after he passes. Tune in to see how Barbara and Phil answer these questions and ...

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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. On this episode, we unearth and tackle these hidden, but essential questions about retirement.

 

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November 2, 2023 19 mins

As we approach the end of the year, there's a lot to look forward to. This is also the perfect time of year to share some year-end planning tips. Join us as we take a look at what items and opportunities you need to be paying attention to before we turn the page to 2024.

 

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October 26, 2023 21 mins

We have a special edition of the show for you today! We thought it would be helpful to pull some of our favorite mailbag questions from the past and compile them into one episode. Tune in as we talk about life insurance, divorce, retirement, passing assets along to your kids, and much more. Stay tuned to see what you can learn!

 

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Dave Ramsey is well known for his no-nonsense approach to personal finance, particularly in the areas of budgeting, debt management, and wealth-building. He has gained a significant following through various media platforms, including books, radio shows, podcasts, live events, and more recently, Tik Tok. Tune in as we peel back the layers of Dave’s bite sized Tik Tok advice and share our thoughts beyond the clips.

 

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September 21, 2023 19 mins

The article we will discuss today has a fun breakdown of someone trying to plan for retirement with the help of AI and a real advisor. The author asks them the same questions and reveals the results. Would be a fun one to recap on your show and break down the nuances of planning that a robot just can’t understand (at least not yet).

 

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September 7, 2023 27 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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In this episode, we delve into the complex and often emotionally charged process of changing financial advisors. We'll discuss the telltale signs that it's time to consider a switch, the questions to ask your current advisor, and what to look for in a new one. Join us as we demystify the transition process and equip you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about who is best suited to guide your financial future.

 

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