The Physician's Guide To Financial Wellness

The Physician's Guide To Financial Wellness

The podcast dedicated to helping physicians in Michigan turn their professional success into financial success, while enjoying life along the way. CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals Andrew Musbach and Trent DeBruin share actionable guidance on personal finance topics most relevant to Michigan physicians. The show covers areas such as retirement planning, investing, insurance, estate planning, reducing taxes, managing cash flow, saving for college, and more.

Episodes

July 11, 2022 25 min

While retirement (or financial independence) projections are a cornerstone of any comprehensive financial plan, not everyone understands what goes into them, the different ways to run them, or how to interpret and make sense of the output. In this episode, we start by providing a high-level explanation of retirement projections, then proceed to do a deeper dive touching on these different items. Our goal with this episode is to hel...

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While it’s not the most exciting topic to discuss, long-term care is an important one given how common long-term care events are and their ability to impact a retirement plan due to their potential cost. In this episode, we start out by providing some background and overview of long-term care and some of the numbers around frequency and cost. Based on that, we explain why it’s important to have a plan for how to protect against lon...

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Whether we like it or not, money tends to be an emotional topic and each of us has our own relationship with money based on our personal life experiences. When managing your finances, one of the best things you can do is to minimize the amount of stress that money adds to your life. With that in mind, this episode is dedicated to sharing tips and suggestions for what you can do to improve your relationship with money. We discuss gi...

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It’s not uncommon to find yourself in a situation where you have a lump sum of cash (from selling a home, an inheritance, savings having built up in the bank, etc.) that you want to invest but are having trouble deciding whether to do it all at once or in a gradual manner. It can be easy to get hung up on this decision, especially if you don’t fully understand the pros and cons and each approach and how they apply to your situation...

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May 9, 2022 21 min

While it’s not always the most exciting topic, estate planning is certainly one of the key areas of financial planning. However, despite its importance, not everyone understands the value of estate planning or its relevance for people beyond just the ultra-wealthy. In this episode, we provide an introduction to estate planning. We cover the basics and key documents involved, explain why estate planning is important, outline the pro...

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Your tax return contains a ton of valuable information that can be quite helpful with it comes to tax planning and managing your finances. The problem is it’s not the most intuitive document and extracting that valuable information can be difficult to do. In this episode, we walk you through a checklist for reviewing your tax return. We go line by line, explaining the key items, how to find and interpret the useful information, and...

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Roth IRA conversions can be one of the most valuable tax planning strategies in retirement. While we’ve touched on Roth IRA conversions during previous episodes of the podcast, in this episode we do a deeper dive. We explain what a Roth IRA conversion is, why you would want to consider making one in the first place, what to be aware of from a tax perspective and factors to consider before making one, the key windows where Roth IRA ...

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For most people, your home is the single biggest purchase you’ll ever make and is one of your most valuable assets. However, despite it being so important, not everyone knows how to look at it within the context of their overall financial life and plan. In this episode, we start out by explaining how your home works as an investment and a source of wealth, and how it grows over time. We then discuss how to think about converting th...

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When it comes to investing, there are very few “free lunches.” Asset location is one of them. In basic terms, it’s a way to improve your after-tax investment return (the one that matters) without taking on more risk, by simply being strategic about which investments you hold within which accounts, based on their unique tax treatment. In this episode, we walk through the different investment account types (Roth, pre-tax, and taxable...

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Retiring earlier than the “traditional” retirement age brings with it a number of unique factors and considerations. In this episode, we dive into five of the most important areas to address if you’re planning to retire early, and what’s unique about these compared to someone who’s retiring a decade or more later. Specifically, we cover health insurance (including the important period between retirement and Medicare at age 65), cas...

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When it comes to taxes, a key distinction to make is the difference between tax planning and tax preparation. Tax preparation is a reactive process that primarily consists of reporting what has already happened in the prior tax year to understand your tax liability and whether you’ll receive a refund or owe taxes when you file your return. Tax planning, on the other hand, is a proactive process that involves looking at your overall...

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When it comes to investing, one of the principles for success is to avoid letting your emotions creep into your decision-making or behavior. Apart from maintaining a proper perspective about how the stock market has historically behaved, one of the best ways to do this is by proactively engaging in “lifeboat drills.” These involve imagining the next stock market pullback, or bear market, and thinking about how you would feel (or be...

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One of the common questions we hear is how (or if) you should change your investments over time, especially as you get closer to retirement. Most people know the way they invest in their 50’s and 60’s should probably be different than the way they invested in their 30’s, but aren’t sure what this looks like in practice. In this episode, we tackle this question and share our thoughts. We cover the principle of matching your investme...

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It’s common to accumulate one or more old retirement accounts throughout your career. Perhaps you have a 403b from residency, another 403b from fellowship, and now a 401k with your current employer where you plan to stay. Regardless of how it happens, having old retirement accounts “floating” out there can be frustrating, not only from a logistical standpoint but also from the perspective of trying to coordinate and manage your ove...

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For anyone with a pension benefit through their employer, you know how confusing it can be trying to understand the value of your benefit and comparing the different options for how to collect it when you retire. In this episode, we share some background on pensions, talk about how the pension system has changed over time, and break down the various pension options and how to think about each. Specifically, we provide a framework f...

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While unfortunately there’s no silver bullet to avoid paying taxes entirely, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the amount of taxes you do have to pay. In this episode, we share our year-end tax planning checklist and walk through some of the different areas to consider and specific strategies you can implement. We cover employer retirement plan contributions, Health Savings Accounts, 529 college savings plans, chari...

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Social Security can be a confusing topic with a lot of moving parts and options, scary headlines about its future, and generally speaking a great deal of misinformation and misconceptions. In this episode, we provide a comprehensive overview of Social Security. We explain what the system is and how it works, talk about the different claiming options and how to think about which strategy is right for you and address some of the comm...

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Managing your cash can be a tricky balancing act. On one hand, you want to make sure you have enough for any potential near-term needs and to help you sleep well at night, while on the other hand, you don’t want to keep too much when you know you could be doing other, more productive, things with it. In this episode, we share our approach for managing cash. We cover the entire process, from figuring out how much to keep (between yo...

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When it comes to mortgages and refinancing, there’s no shortage of details and questions that come up. How much should I put down for a down payment? What length of mortgage should I choose? Should I do a variable rate or fixed rate? Is it better to escrow property taxes and insurance or not? How do I know whether or not it makes sense financially to refinance my mortgage? In this episode, we dive into these questions (and more), p...

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For most employer retirement plans, such as a 401k or 403b, you have the option of making either Roth or pre-tax (also known as traditional) contributions. However, not everyone understands the difference between the two types of contributions, let alone the significant implications for their lifetime tax bill (or that of their heirs). In this episode, we dive into a discussion of Roth versus pre-tax contributions, explaining what ...

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