The Son of SECURE: Here We Go Again
On May 5th of 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee passed the 2.0 of the SECURE Act, nicknamed the Son of the Secure, officially known as the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021.
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On May 5th of 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee passed the 2.0 of the SECURE Act, nicknamed the Son of the Secure, officially known as the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021.
You may have seen the acronym FIRE (Financially Independent Retiring Early) thrown around in the past few years. On paper, the FIRE lifestyle may seem incredibly attractive to many. Work hard in your 20s, 30s, and even 40s to make as much money as possible in as short a period as possible.
Stock market valuations hit an all-time high in January of 2000. That is until now. Today’s valuations exceed where they were before the Dot Com Bubble. Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they discuss the overvalued markets, whether or not they are sustainable, and pre and post-pandemic market valuations.
The COVID-19 pandemic will go down in history as one of the worst health events in recent history, causing one of the fastest market crashes in history and ending with one of the fastest recoveries in history. Three incredible distinctions, held by one invisible and criminal virus that changed the face of modern history in ways we still haven't come to grips with yet.
Did you know there are 212 different financial designations for advisors? What exactly is a financial planner? How do you know who to trust? Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they discuss the 212 different designations. What's good and what's bad?
What is happening in the economy and the markets? Is inflation here to stay? Or is it a temporary phenomenon? Join me for just a few minutes here as we talk about what's happening in the markets and the economy, a bit on inflation, and a lot on bonds.
Did you know that 60% of families waste their generational wealth in the second generation? And 90% of families have little to nothing left at the end of the third generation? Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they talk about generational wealth planning and how you can make sure that the money stays in the family.
In about a month, my wife, Lauren, and I will be hosting a birthday party for our first-born daughter, Remi, who will be turning a year old. Every night when we say our prayers before placing her in her crib, Lauren and I think about how we would do anything for her. We want to do everything we can to make sure she has the best life possible. We want her to have good values and morals, a good education, and above all else, be a kind person. In addition to those things, we want to be sure she has the tools to create financial success for herself.
The headlines are everywhere, inflation is rearing its ugly head again! Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they tackle the subject: Retiring in a High Inflation Environment. You should understand how this high inflation environment affects your ability to retire and stay retired and do it with dignity and peace of mind.
In this webinar, Will Doty, CFP®, discusses reviews 10 Financial Planning Steps that are a basic overview of financial planning. These action items will benefit those early on in their career, approaching retirement, and anyone in between. Join us to ensure your taking the right steps in your financial journey.
You're 401(k), if you're like anyone else, is likely your largest asset. If it's not now, it probably will be in the future. What happens to that 401(k) when you change jobs? Should you do Roth or traditional contributions? Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they discuss your 401(k), your largest asset.
"Should I buy gold?" I hear this question daily, multiple times, and it's not surprising. You can't turn on your radio, television, or open your email or social media accounts without being bombarded by gold commercials. They're everywhere.
Have you ever left a job where you were actively saving in a 401(k) account? You may be wondering what your options are for that 401(k).
The last thing you want after you retire is to have regrets. Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they discuss retirees sharing their biggest retirement regrets. They'll help you make sure that you don't have those same regrets in retirement.
Today I'll review what happened in the markets during April. We saw some good things across the board. More importantly, however, we're going to talk about what we see coming for the balance of this year.
Has anybody ever said to you, I've got the best investment for you? If that happens, turn around and walk away. Here's the deal. Every investment was designed for a specific reason. Before you should ever talk about investments with anybody, they should fully understand your personal situation.
The 401(k) employer match is what I want to discuss today. The "free money" available to those of you who have a 401(k) or other qualified plan at work where your employer matches some portion of your contributions to the plan.
If you were to list the five most important things to do before and after retirement, what would they be? Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they discuss the five things do to before and after retiring.
When you leave your job and enter retirement, your tax situation can drastically change. We're often asked by clients, "How will my retirement income be taxed?" The short answer: it depends. Let's take a closer look at some of the typical income sources in retirement and learn more about how that income could be taxed.
So everything started pretty decently in March, and then we had a little bit of a pullback. We will discuss why that pullback occurred, the 10-year Treasury, bonds, and money velocity.
When you head into retirement, it's supposed to be the time of your life. The time where you're supposed to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. A time when your money can go to work for you. Unfortunately, there are many disruptors out there in your retirement. Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they talk about real retirement disruptors and how to avoid them.
Bud and Dean will discuss how you determine what insurance you should purchase and why. And how do you stress test the difference between self-insuring and buying the necessary insurance?
We've been in a low interest rate environment for quite some time, but we're in a little bit different situation today than we have been, say, over the last decade.
A well-diversified investment portfolio is one of the cornerstones of a well-crafted financial plan. Not only is it a good idea to have a variety of different types of stocks in your long-term investment accounts, but it is also typically wise to own other types of assets, like bonds.
There is no shortage of people and companies out there trying to convince you that buying actual real estate in your IRA is a good idea. A quick google search of the term real estate IRA brings up about 63,800,000 results in just under a half a second. Really.
People frequently ask us whether they should contribute to a Roth 401(k) or a traditional 401(k). The answer to this question depends on your personal situation. There are several factors you should consider.
When you ask the question, "What's your biggest fear in retirement?" Most people will say it's the fear of running out of money. Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper, as they talk about the top 10 risks in retirement and what you can do to mitigate those risks.
We have the threat of inflation. We have stock markets with record levels as far as price-to-earnings ratios go. And we have a rising interest rate environment. So, where does all that bring us? Please join me with this episode of our monthly economic update.
If you are anything like me, the idea of reviewing your property and casualty insurance ranks right up there with things like a visit to the dentist or prepping for a colonoscopy. It just isn't something we tend to look forward to, so we put it off, even though we know we should do it.
It's everyone's favorite time of year, it's tax time! Well, maybe not. Join Dean Barber and JoAnn Huber, CPA and CFP®, as they discuss 11 tax tips for tax time. Believe it or not, what you're doing during tax season is reporting history. The question really is: What can you do to reduce your tax bill in the future?
You are probably aware that the government can tax you when you earn income from work, make money on investments, take withdrawals from accounts, and even tax the income you receive when you claim Social Security benefits. Were you aware that the government can also tax your estate (and your beneficiaries) on the assets you own when you die?
Today, anybody in the workforce more than likely participates in their company's 401(k) retirement plan. Therefore, they should be familiar with an investment option known as a target date fund. While not part of the original 401(k) investing landscape at its inception in 1978, target date funds, launched in 1994, are the most popular way for participants to invest for their retirement future today.
Look at where we are today. The average of these four, as we measure stock market valuations, have never been higher in the history of the market. We are sitting right now at 184% above fair value. So that in and of itself is enough to scare you.
What should I invest my money in? It's a natural question to ask. Some would say it's a reasonable question to ask. For decades hucksters and prognosticators alike have convinced us that it's a question that can be answered easily.
What's ahead for the stock market in 2021? In order to answer that question, we have to look back at 2020. Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they discuss their 2021 market predictions and look back at 2021.
Rebalancing your 401(k), or your portfolio at-large, is the process of resetting the weightings of the investments inside your portfolio to their original weights. For example, let's say your initial investment allocation in your 401(k) was 60% stocks and 40% bonds.
Dean and Bud discuss required minimum distributions this week. You may be asking, “Why are you talking about RMDs so early in the year?” There are major RMD strategies for both before and after retirement. You don’t want to miss a moment of this episode.
Welcome to 2021! I'm glad all of you are with me today, and I hope you're all staying healthy and safe. Today, I'm going to look at 2020 and what's to come in 2021.
On Tuesday, December 29th, the House passed a bill to increase the stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000. Now, that bill goes to the Senate. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has stated that the $600 stimulus checks will begin to go out as soon as Tuesday night of the 29th.
In a few more days, fireworks will go off around the world, and the Times Square Ball will drop in New York City as we ring in the new year. Many people will be relieved to have 2020 in the rearview mirror. While there have certainly been bright spots this year, we have all been impacted by unfavorable events outside our control. We can hope that there are brighter days ahead, but there are some retirement planning items within our control to set ourselves up for a better 2021.
Shane Barber breaks down the good things to come from 2020 in the markets, the economy, and more. He also looks ahead toward 2021.
If you fell asleep on January 1, 2020, and woke up today, you would see a stock market that's on fire. The NASDAQ is up over 40%, the Russell 2000 and S&P 500 are up in the mid-teens, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up nearly 10%. But guess what, it hasn't been a straight line. What does 2021 have in store for us? Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they review 2020 markets and look forward to 2021.
It is December 2nd as we record this. I've got Jason Newcomer, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, joining me today to give you some updates on a record-breaking month in November. Everybody says we want to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, but I'll take many Novembers of 2020.
We've said this many times that as long as you live in the United States, as long as you have money or make money, taxes will be a factor in your life. In this year-end tax planning discussion, we're talking about helping people not pay as little 2020 tax as possible but as little tax as possible over their lifetime.
Today we're going to spend some time talking about a subject near and dear to my heart, demographics. With demographics, I'll illustrate to you the power of the American consumer. You might be wondering why I like demographics so much, and that would be a reasonable question to ask. My answer is this. Demographics are the closest thing we have to a crystal ball when predicting future trends in the economy.
It's Wednesday, November 11th, as we record this, and the election is over, right? Maybe not. It's Dean Barber, founder, and CEO of Barber Financial Group, along with Bud Kasper. We come to you with a special election update, whether or not you believe that the election is over or that it's going to end up in the courts. We're here to talk to you about what has gone on so far. And what it means to you as an individual.
A recent study by the TIAA Institute sheds light on the millennial generation's financial literacy and how it stacked up against other generations. The findings are shocking and bring attention to the sheer lack of proper financial planning education in many generations, not only the millennials.
If there is one thing that's certain in our economy and country, it's that there is always uncertainty. Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they talk about investing in uncertain times. There are really no times that are certain, but right now there is more uncertainty than ever before especially around COVID-19.
We're coming up on elections; some of you may be reading this on election day. There is a global pandemic that we have rising cases going on right now, the election, and the economy. I know you have questions about how you should position yourself and what you should be doing. We're going to discuss all of that and how contested elections have impacted the stock market in the past.
There are some things that can be downright frightening for those of you planning for retirement. Let's take a look at some of the money mistakes to avoid that go bump in the night for retirees.
It's National Estate Planning Awareness Week, and with what everyone has experienced in 2020, we thought it was prudent to go over some reasons to update your estate plan today.
The future of Social Security has been a topic of discussion and a playground of endless speculation for as long as most of us can remember. It's difficult to think of another financial/political issue that has been the center of as much attention as this one. And for good reason.
It's National Financial Planning Month! Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they outline the top ten financial planning considerations. This is by no means a complete list of everything you need to do, but if you get these top ten in your financial plan, it can help you get clarity, confidence, and control for your retirement.
If you live to be 100 years old, that is 36,500 days. Think about how many days you have to enjoy your life in retirement. It's not that many. The life expectancy for a man who is 65 is only 18.1 years. How many of those will be good years? Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they discuss how to make the most of your financial future by connecting your money to your life.
I am sure there are many questions on your mind right now. Is the stock market overvalued? What is driving the stock market? Are we going to get another stimulus plan? And what's going to happen once the November 3rd Election is over? Hey, it's Dean Barber, CEO of Barber Financial Group. I'm going to address all of those questions on this month's economic update.
When it comes to investing, an essential measure of success is how much of your return ends up in your pocket instead of in Uncle Sam's. Many people focus on the return without factoring in the drag taxes have on the actual amount of money left to use.
Many investors compare their investments to certain indices in an effort to beat the market. But are indices a good benchmark? You may have heard someone say there two emotions that can drive our investing decisions.
We're planning for the next President of the United States. Join Dean Barber and Bud Kasper as they take a deep dive into what might happen if Joe Biden wins or if Trump is re-elected.
Shane Barber and I shoulder the challenge of writing if Trump or Biden wins the election. Our task is providing facts and insights as they pertain to each candidate's platform. Neither my friend Shane (the Beethoven of words and the Sherlock Holmes of facts) or I chose which side to represent. Instead, we were assigned a candidate. Mr. Barber will present for former Vice President Biden's positions, while I undertake President Trump's positions.
We're going to let the math and the logic take us where it will as we analyze the two candidate's positions. Bud will be covering if Trump wins the election, and I'll be covering if Biden wins the election.
Most people have, at best, a rough idea of how much they spend each month. Money comes in from a paycheck, and money goes out for various expenses. When it comes to planning for your retirement, it's good practice to have a detailed understanding of how and where your money goes once it leaves your bank account. In retirement, some expenses won't look a lot different than they do while you are working.
Looking at what the market did in August, you would think that we were in the best economic time in your life! Things have been off the charts. Join me for this Monthly Economic Update where we'll discuss the markets for August, understand how millennials are impacting the housing market, the disparity in certain sub-sectors, and my thoughts on the presidential election.
The year 2020 has been full of many unexpected events. These events have led to some unique tax planning opportunities for 2020. Most people we meet with want to know how to legally pay the least amount of taxes possible. By being strategic and deliberate in your actions, you may be able to incorporate some of these planning strategies to minimize your taxes and use these opportunities to your benefit.
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the real estate market in a whole host of ways, and there is a high probability that some of the changes that are occurring will be permanent. Today I want to discuss what we see happening in real estate due to COVID-19 and how those things may affect not only the real estate market but also the stock and bond markets.
In this post, we'll explore many of the various retirement plans that may benefit not only you, the small business owner but also your most valuable asset, your employees. front of our faces, neglecting to plan for the long run. Take a step back, and for today, let's think about life after business. This is harder than it sounds for those of you grinding day in and day out. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Wishlife is an easily accessible family library that can be used to store photos, videos, and important documents that you would like to have as a part of your lasting legacy. Want to make sure that your grandchildren and their children and grandchildren know how you and your spouse met? Upload a video of you and your better half discussing how the first date occurred and what each person’s first impression was before falling in love.
COVID-19, presidential elections, stimulus, and zero interest rates. What in the world is going on with the markets? Join me along with Bud Kasper, President of our Lee's Summit office, as we discuss what is driving the stock market.
With the increased demand for so-called “socially responsible” investments, investors have never had such a wide array of choices. If socially responsible investing is important to you, focusing your investments on ESG factors may be of interest. So what is ESG investing?
The question of whether the stock market is overvalued is one that we field on an almost daily basis. The problem is, there are no easy answers. That's because there are so many methods used to measure valuations that, unless you understand them all, it's hard to form an opinion on which one is correct at any given point in time. Add in a personal bias towards a particular method, and you've really complicated the discussion.
What if there was a way that you could prevent COVID-19? Join me and Bud Kasper as we interview special Guest Dr. Laura Lile, M.D., R.PH. about how you can boost your immune system to potentially reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) officially announced in June that the U.S. economy is officially in a recession. The NBER committee determined that the peak in monthly economic activity occurred in February 2020. The peak marks the end of an expansion that began in June 2009. The expansion lasted 128 months, now the longest expansion in U.S. business cycles on record dating back to 1854.
According to a recently released survey by Nationwide Retirement Institute, 39% of retirees surveyed "rarely consider the taxes they are paying or will pay in retirement." However, 90% of respondents report feeling in control of the retirement planning process, and 92% of future retirees feel they are financially ready for retirement. While confidence may be high, that 39% not considering taxes are woefully mistaken.
Last month, Jason newcomer, CFP®, and Financial Planner, and I discussed how we thought volatility was bound to creep back into the markets. As I write this article, the markets are now over 2000 points below where they peaked earlier in June. Today we'll discuss that big divergence in June stock market performance.
I can't count the number of times that, during a discussion about the economy with a client or a friend, the question of our national debt has come up. To a person, they're worried about how far in debt our country is to other countries, and how significant that debt is as a percentage of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
This list of strategies will hopefully give you a great place to start if you're getting ready to retire or just curious about preparing for retirement. Our goal is to provide you with simple yet effective retirement strategies that do not only focus on investment tactics or savings percentages. Instead, we hope to give you a toolbox of strategies for retirement with which you can combine to build the retirement of your dreams.
This Father's Day, we decided to have some of the fathers here at Barber Financial Group reflect on their experiences. From relationships with their fathers and grandfathers to sacrifices and rewards of fatherhood, it's experiences like these that mold us.
On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, or the PPP Flexibility Act (PPPFA), into law. The rule changes include extensions on deadlines and payroll requirement changes that impact loan forgiveness. These changes to the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loosen restrictions on forgiveness for borrowers.
I'm guessing that most everyone has seen the movie Good Will Hunting. It starred Matt Damon as Will Hunting and the late great Robin Williams played the role of his psychiatrist Dr. Sean McGuire. You'll recall that Damon's character is a 20-year-old janitor from South Boston who was an unrecognized genius. To avoid jail time for assaulting a policeman, Will is invited into therapy with William's character by professor Gerald Lambou (played by Stellan Skarsgård).
You may be asking yourself right now, "What in the world could ribs have to do with retirement planning?" And I don't blame you for wondering. It's weird enough to see both things in the same sentence, let alone in the title of an article. Well, here's the thing; I recently purchased myself a new charcoal grill and have been working on perfecting my ribs. I'm learning a lot about patience, balance, timing, and, most of all, the juicy, delicious reward of a carefully prepared rack of ribs.
There are a lot of questions out there today. Can we trust May's market recovery? Is the worst behind us, or is there a second wave of a market down? Will we see the volatility come back? What about Coronavirus? Where's that headed? What's our economy going to do? Join me along with CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Jason Newcomer for this month's economic update.
Yes, you did read the title correctly. I'm sure you probably have a lot of questions like, why are we talking about mountain biking and retirement planning in the same sentence? Or why are we talking about mountain biking at all?
Before the pandemic, people weren't allowed to withdraw money from their IRAs for purposes not related to their retirement. However, the CARES Act includes special provisions permitting coronavirus-related distributions and loans from retirement accounts.
There is an almond-shaped part of our brains called the amygdala. This part of our brain processes environmental stimuli and helps identify things we would perceive as threatening, initiating our “fight-or-flight” response. This response is deeply ingrained in our DNA.
Dean interviews his brother Eric Barber, the CEO of Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska, in this glimpse inside the operations of a rural midwest hospital amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
I'll explain my crazy article title, Who Do You LUV? Please note that I have underlined four letters in the title. Each of these letters, W, L, U, and V, suggests different types of economic outcomes that hopefully result in an economic recovery! Remember, an "economic recovery" suggests recovery for both the stock and bond markets as well.
Today, Bud Kasper and I compare COVID-19 and previous bear markets, and what we think is coming down the road. We're starting with a very ugly chart in Figure 1. What we're looking at here is major indices on a year to date basis. You can see that most of the indexes are off of their lows for the year by a pretty substantial margin.
The government passed the CARES Act with loans designed to help these small businesses stay financially open and also to continue to pay their employees during the stay-at-home orders. One of these loans is called The Paycheck Protection Program or as it’s commonly referred to as The PPP.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Millions of Americans will receive an Economic Impact Payment, also known as a stimulus check, from the federal government as part of this Act.
Today we want to spend a little time talking about the potential good things that will come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and the sweeping attempts to deal with it, including the closure of a good portion of our economy for a brief period. Every cloud has a silver lining; we'll explore a few that we see coming out of this one.
During the unprecedented global events of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we've seen many examples of how seniors are overcoming social-Isolation. Here are a few ways that they're beating isolation during quarantine and why it is so crucial to stay connected.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed and enacted on March 27, 2020. Created in direct response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the nation, it's a $2 trillion package. This massive relief package includes new tax credits for individuals, small business loans, and new rules surrounding retirement accounts, student loans, and unemployment benefits.
The majority of Americans have probably never heard the term "Black Swan events," especially when used in the context of an economic event. So why are we writing an article about this thing called a Black Swan event? It's because Black Swan events create an unpredictable, negative, and many times...
Welcome to the Monthly Economic Update, today we're going to discuss negative interest rates in the united states, economic stimulus, and more. It's a doozy—lots of records broken, and things that we've never seen before. Bud Kasper is going to join me today. And while we're doing our social distancing, give you as much information as we can about what we're seeing what we're doing, what we're hearing, and what we think is ahead, enjoy.
For those of you gearing up to retire within the next few years, you may be wondering how your health care costs in retirement might look. There are several factors at play. We’re going to dive those to give you a better understanding of your health care costs in retirement.
On March 9, 2020, 11 years to the day from the bottom of the Financial Crisis in 2009, yields on treasury bonds went lower than they’ve ever gone in our nation’s history. By the close of business on the 9th, 10-Year treasuries were yielding 0.56%, and 30-Year treasuries were yielding 0.99%. These are unheard-of levels.
The longer coronavirus drags on, the more frustrated I become with the mass media and their inability or unwillingness to report on it with any modicum of décor. Instead, it's the same old, "if it bleeds it leads" mentality for which they have become so disliked.
US Household Debt last peaked in 2008 at $12.68 trillion. This came with housing debt peaking in the 3rd quarter and non-housing debt peaking in the 4th quarter. The US consumer then began a slow deleveraging process that lasted for nearly five years. Total US household debt bottomed out in the 2nd quarter of 2013 at $11.15 trillion. During that time, I and countless others wrote that the deleveraging would eventually help the consumer to rebound...
You need to understand what's going on with Coronavirus. You need to know how it's impacting the markets. Strange things are happening in the bond market, and the yield curve has inverted up to the One-Year Treasury. The Two-Year Treasury is not quite there yet. Today we're going to do things a bit differently with Jason Newcomer, one of our CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS® joining me today.
As you may be aware by now, the SECURE Act completely changed the rules for the beneficiaries of retirement accounts. Possibly the most significant change is the new 10-year payout rule, which essentially eliminated the ability to stretch the IRA over a beneficiary's lifetime. Here are ten things you need to know about the new 10-year rule. Here are the ten most important things you need to know.
There are few things more exciting than learning about your child's engagement. Sometimes, that news can come as a big surprise, like in this clip from Father of the Bride. Hopefully, that surprise eventually comes as a delight to you and your family. That delight can quickly turn into stress once it is time to discuss your child's wedding. Paying for your child's wedding costs will come later in your career when retirement saving is critical. That's why it's crucial to have a solid plan, so you can avoid derailing your retirement.
It seems like an annual event occurring every winter season—the latest virus epidemic ends up causing worldwide concern and, in some cases, panic. Some of you may remember the year that SARS was infecting people around the world. There's been Ebola, Bird Flu, and the list goes on and on. The media usually encourages fear by blasting pictures of hospital wards or people walking to work in masks.
Financial independence can be defined as the day your money goes to work for you instead of you working for your money. Achieving financial independence means you never have to work another day in your life you don't choose to. It means you have the freedom to devote your time to the people, causes, and things you care deeply about, rather than your job.
Planning ahead is important, especially when it comes to retirement. However, many spouses planning for retirement don’t plan together. Instead, opting for one spouse to quarterback the retirement plan for the both of them. The problem with this game plan is that it takes two to tango, and it takes two to build a retirement that works for both parties. There are many reasons why spouses should be planning for retirement together, so let's discuss some of them.
What can the Super Bowl oddsmakers in Las Vegas teach us about the stock market? I'm going to show you some strange similarities to what the oddsmakers in Vegas were thinking versus what the stock market was doing in January 2020. Alright, let's have a little bit of fun here for all you Chiefs fans. I'm a Chiefs fan, what a Super Bowl! The first chart I want to show you is from the oddsmakers in Las Vegas talking about the probability of San Francisco winning the Super Bowl.
After a 50 year hiatus, the Kansas City Chiefs have finally made it back to the pinnacle of football as they prepare to play the champions of the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV (54) this Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Beach. For fans and players alike, it has been a long and many times arduous campaign that finally became a reality with the Chief’s win over the Tennessee Titans 35 to 24.
In December 2019, Congress passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (SECURE) Act. One of the most significant changes is the elimination of the stretch provision for most beneficiaries of inherited retirement plans like IRAs and 401(k)s. What does this change mean for you? What opportunities does it present?
We regularly talk about controlling risk where you can. However, today I want to address some issues with retirement age and risks that you can't control. There are lots of risks that you can't control, not just in retirement, but in life. The only thing we can do about those risks is to ask the question "what-if?" Then make a plan to address that potential outcome. The risk is still there, but if you've made a contingency plan for its possible occurrence. By doing so you've mitigated its effect on you and/or your family.
In 2019, there was a lot of buzz about the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement or the SECURE Act. Early on, this bill had bipartisan support, unusual in today's political climate. The SECURE Act passed both chambers of Congress, and on December 20, 2019, was signed into law by President Trump. This single piece of legislation will have significant impacts on retirees and their beneficiaries. So, let's dive deeper and discuss how the SECURE Act changes retirement planning.
A quick google search for politically motivated news will yield you roughly 40,300,000 results in (on my computer) 0.51 seconds. First of all, it’s nothing short of a modern miracle that 40 million results are available in half a second. That’s staggering. More importantly, it’s incredible there are 40 million pieces on politically motivated news floating around on the web.
Stick with me as I look at the 2019 financial year in review and what we see coming for 2020. A near-record year for the stock market! Housing starts are way up and consumer confidence way up. There are a lot of great things that happened in the last quarter of 2019. I have to say; we're going to be sad to see it go.
Well, here we are approaching the close of another decade. As many often do near the end of a milestone, we’re doing a countdown. However, this countdown isn’t looking back over the past decade, but rather forward toward the decade on the horizon. New decades often mean new goals, and for many, it’s likely the ultimate goal during our working years, retirement.
Hey economic news outlets, where is the recession? Stick with me for the next few minutes as I discuss economic news and the big question; where is the recession Alright, let's start with economic news, and I'm just going to cover a few articles and some headlines that came out since early November. As I write this, it's December 4, 2019, so we're a few days into December.
As the year 2019 comes to a close and 2020, a presidential election year looms large on the horizon. I find myself answering the same question daily. The question is essentially this; "How will the Presidential Election affect the stock market?" And I know, as sure as I'm sitting here writing this article, the majority of you reading this want to know the same thing.
What do you think drives the stock market? Is it news headlines reporting on a rumor or a tweet causing stock market jumps and dips? Or is the market-driven more by its fundamentals (the underlying data behind the price of stocks)? I don't know that there is one correct answer to this question.
As the end of the year approaches, many individuals make charitable donations to the charitable organizations they care about. Most charitable giving is for reasons other than the tax benefit. However, tax benefits are an important consideration that can help offset the cost of the donation.
When it comes to government programs designed to help those who are retirement age, frequently Social Security reigns supreme. However, Medicare should be placed right beside Social Security in importance. Medicare is an excellent benefit to the aging American public and a great safety net for that age group. At the same time, without proper guidance, Medicare can also be a source of great frustration.
The FCC approved the Sprint T-Mobile merger in a 3-2 vote on November 5, 2019. It’s a deal that’s been looming large over the KC Metro the past several months, and the impact on Kansas City has yet to thoroughly discussed. Let’s take a look at the merger, how it’s affecting Sprint, its employees, and Kansas City.
In March of this year, after 2 separate crashes killed a combined 346 people, the Boeing 737 Max was grounded. Details from the 2 incidents showed that they were both caused by the same issue…the MCAS, or maneuvering characteristics augmentation system malfunctioning. The MCAS is designed to keep the aircraft from stalling, by pushing the nose of the plane down.
Today I'm going to cover the good and the bad in what's going on with the economy. We're going to cover the US manufacturing industry and how it's heading toward recession, the non-manufacturing industry, and a more normalized yield curve compared to what we've been talking about in previous Monthly Economic Updates. We'll also be covering the stock market and earnings as it pertains to forward-looking earnings in the markets.
The active versus passive management debate has been with us for a long time, going back almost to the issuance of the first ETF in the U.S. in 1993. When they were first issued, ETFs were used almost exclusively by institutional investors to execute sophisticated trading strategies. However, it wasn’t long until financial advisors, and individual investors took to them as well.
The Social Security Administration recently detailed changes to Social Security beneficiaries going into effect at the end of 2019. Starting December 31, 2019, beneficiaries will see an increase in their monthly benefit amounts by 1.6% compared to 2019. For reference, last year's benefits increased by 2.8%, the largest increase since 2011.
National Estate Planning Awareness Week is upon us, going from October 21st to the 27th this year. So, what is National Estate Planning Awareness Week? Also, why do we need a national awareness week for estate planning? Let’s dig in and find out.
Today we're going to cover some interesting things happening in the interest rate environment. We will cover the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and their outlook for the global economy over the next 12 to 18 months, what the markets are doing, and a little about earnings. And to round it all out, we will discuss the change in the yield curve.
On October 4th the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly Employment Situation Report. The data showed the Unemployment Rate in the US had fallen to 3.5%, a low not seen since December of 1969. That is great news for our economy, as it means there’s plenty of work to go around. The report also showed the Labor Force Participation Rate held steady at 63.2% overall, and at 82.6% for adults aged 25-54.
How Long Does it Take for your Money to Double? If I had a penny for every time someone asked me how long it would take their money to double, I’d have…well…a lot of pennies. It’s an age-old question that everyone with money to save or invest wants the answer to. In today’s low-interest rate environment however, there is no easy answer. The rule of 72 can help you understand how long it will take your fixed interest investments to double, but we’ll discuss why the rule of 72 goes out the window when it comes to stock market investing.
If there is one thing retirees hate (and the markets as well), it's uncertainty! We received a heavy dose of uncertainty on September 14, 2019, at 4:00AM when an onslaught of more than two dozen Iranian made drones and low flying cruise missiles crippled Saudi Arabia's Aramco oil refinery.
In this tax planning case study, there are two married couples—Sam and Samantha and Paul and Polly. Sam and Samantha would like to spend $120,000 net of taxes this year and do not have a tax plan. Instead, every year they stress out until they meet with their CPA to find out if and how much they owe the IRS when they file their yearly tax return.
There has been a lot of talk recently about negative interest rates in the US. In fact, you can’t turn on your television, computer, or phone without seeing some story about negative interest rates. The problem is that none of, or very few of these stories, actually take the time to educate their listeners/readers. You get a soundbite or a 300-word article that's supposed to arm...
Today we’re going to go back by reviewing past recessions. We'll also be broadening the scope a little bit and taking long term look at the markets and market volatility over the course of the past year. We're then going to take a look at this yield curve. I have several different interesting charts to show you when it comes to this inverted yield curve.
Two years ago Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin took a look at the possibility of issuing ultra-long Treasury bonds with maturities between 50 and 100 years. The reason was to take advantage of the low-interest-rate environment and lock in extremely low borrowing costs.
On August 26th of this year, sophisticatedinvestor.com released the results of a survey they conducted with 2,000 US investors. In the survey, respondents were asked which geopolitical or economic event they felt was most concerning where the health and safety of their investments were concerned. They surveyed men and women between the ages of 35 to 65+ from coast to coast. Here are the top 5 things investors are worried about today.
On August 14th, 2019 the Yield Curve between the 2-Year and 10-Year Treasury bond inverted for the first time since May 2007. This caused the stock market to sell-off, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping more than 800 points. What happens after a Yield Curve Inversion? Why were the markets so spooked?
Many use a living trust in their estate planning strategy. However, whether it’s right for you depends on your personal necessities, goals, and situation.
Today we're going to cover the recent market volatility, interest rates, and the historical move in treasuries. Also, the yield spread between the Three-Month and the 10-Year Treasury. We're going to cover what's going on in the stock market, why I think it's happening, and a little bit on precious metals.
I get this question a lot from clients – what’s the difference between mutual funds and ETFs (exchange-traded funds)? Both are investment funds that will generally provide you with some level of diversification. There are mutual funds and ETFs that invest in US stocks, non-US stocks, real estate, and gold. There are even funds that allow you to invest in more developing areas like cannabis and blockchain technology.
Were you one of the millions of people whose information was exposed in the September 2017 Equifax breach? If so (or even if you aren’t sure yet), you may be eligible for compensation.
There’s a piece of legislation in discussion widely in the news that will have major impacts on your retirement savings. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is not only a reminder that our elected officials are great at coming up with acronyms, but it’s also a bill that has bipartisan support.
We’re halfway through the year. Are you on track to maximize your retirement savings? Here are the 2020 contribution limits for retirement plans. Last year, the IRS increased the 2020 contribution limits for retirement accounts.
Using a 529 Plan to Save for Your Children’s and Grandchildren’s Education Expenses
For a little more than two decades, people with ambitions of paying for their loved one’s college education have been able to set aside money into tax-favored accounts.
This month I'm going to bring you up to date for the quarter. I'll discuss economic indicators like interest rates so far this quarter, year-to-date, and over the last 12 months. We'll also take a look at the markets over the second quarter and cover a little about precious metals, consumer...
It depends. If you have been saving for your retirement by using tax-deferred accounts such as traditional IRA, 401(k), etc. Uncle Sam’s buddies at the IRS will demand a chunk of any withdrawal that you make. Pension payments are most likely subject to federal income tax too. If this weren’t depressing enough, your Social Security benefits may be taxed also.
For those of you who are charitably inclined, and have an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) or 401(k), or another type of retirement plan, you may want to know more about a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). A QCD may be used by owners of retirement accounts who are at least 70 ½ years of age. A QCD provides tax benefits to the account owner that they may not have been eligible for prior to reaching the age of 70 ½.
The question of the day is, how likely is the Fed to cut interest rates in the near term? Their rhetoric has certainly picked up. Last year’s rate hike in December—seen by many as a “mistake” was a continuation of the normalization of monetary policy that began in 2016. This is in contrast to the Fed’s sharp about-face not two months later, where rate hikes were effectively put on pause.
JoAnn Huber, our CPA, learned about a fascinating new retirement bill that has passed the House and is likely to pass the Senate because it is believed that only six senators today are against it. So, it’s likely to become law. To set the stage, this new retirement bill could impact tax law.
HBO’s Chernobyl is a five-part mini-series that dramatizes the story about the nuclear disaster that took place in 1986 in northern Ukraine. It just wrapped up a few weeks ago. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen on TV. My wife, Lauren, and I were hooked from the start. Spoiler Alert! for those interested in seeing the show but haven't or are unaware of the events of Chernobyl.
I want to walk you through the importance of building a personal financial plan. But before I get to that, I want to talk to you about some interesting statistics on happiness.
You're probably aware that there are numerous issues surrounding the Social Security Trust Fund, and its ability to pay benefits into the future. Just this past April, the annual Social Security Trustees’ report pegs the trust fund to be depleted by 2035. There’s been a lot of talk about “fixes” for the system.
It's the things that you think you know about, that just isn't so that gets you in trouble, and taxes in retirement is one of those things. Many people believe they're going to be in a lower tax bracket in retirement. Or that it doesn't matter where they get their income from in retirement, that it's all going to be the same.
One thing is for certain; May was an exciting month overall - we have some updates on the 10-year Treasury, tons of news, lots of talk about the trade war with China, lots of talk about this new trade tariff deal that Trump is threatening on Mexico, and the markets are in a turmoil for May.
History has shown that mixing those three types of investments in your portfolio can increase your risk-adjusted returns.
We're talking about financial planning blind spots this week on America's Wealth Management Show. Financial planning blind spots are in your path to and through retirement, and there are many of them. By definition, a blind spot is something that you don't know exists, and that can cause a lot of accidents.
Today we’ll be looking at what is arguably the most discussed part of your investment portfolio, US stocks. If you missed the last two installments of our Investing for Retirement series be sure to check them out. They were on bonds and international stocks. Turn on CNBC (no financial planner has never said this phrase before, probably), and you’ll be updated every minute of the day as to how this asset class is performing in bright, bold numbers. If you get online, watch TV, or listen to the radio throughout the day...
Turn on any news outlet, or pick up any news publication today and you’re likely to see or read about the tariffs that the U.S. has recently imposed on goods imported from China. Most people covering this developing story refer to what’s going on as a trade war. And most oversimplify the situation
In our last post, we looked at how bonds can fit into a diversified portfolio. Today, we are looking overseas, and why you might want to own international stocks to be truly diversified. When you look at the stock (equities) portion of your portfolio, you have an important decision to make.
Often, when discussing portfolio allocations with clients, I will get asked a question or two that goes something like this, "The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates. Why would I want to own bonds?" or "Yields on bonds are pretty low, shouldn't I just own dividend-paying stocks instead?" or "Bonds aren't making any money, look how much they lagged behind stocks. Tell me again; why do I want to own those?"
Let's talk about QCDs, qualified charitable distributions. Now, QCDs are something that's been around for a number of years - yet hasn't been talked about. However, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it's really become something that is a windfall to a lot of people if they understand how to utilize the QCD.
Let's imagine that you are 60 years old, and you've saved well. You've got a good amount of money in your 401(k). You know that you're going to have your Social Security and your spouse is going to have their Social Security. You save some money outside the 401(k). You've enjoyed a good, nice run in the markets, and it's October of 2007. The bear markets of the Great Recession is around the corner.
We’re all used to the concept of earning interest on our money at the bank. We deposit money into a savings account, the bank pays us a nominal interest rate, and meanwhile, our principle (what we deposited) is safe. Oddly enough, however, negative interest rates exist and are in effect in the world today.
Hi, I'm Dean Barber, Founder, and CEO of Barber Financial Group. It's May 1st. Welcome to the economic update. Today we're reviewing a little bit about what the markets have done so far this year, where they're at today, and what's changed since the 4th quarter of 2018. We're going to discuss interest rates and the yield curve to give you an idea we are today. We'll talk about what we're thinking about the markets and what we're thinking about the economy. As well as what some of the indicators out there are telling us today.
According to JP Morgan, there have been 11 recessions in the US since the end of WWII. Recessions are defined as two consecutive quarters (6 months) of negative growth in gross domestic product or GDP. GDP is a measurement of our overall economic and business activity.
A recurring headline in financial media lately discusses something called the yield curve inversion. The yield curve has historically been a fairly accurate predictor of economic turmoil and recessions. In “normal” times...
Our CPAs at Barber Financial Group often get questions about Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). It’s a new thing for people. Once they turn 70½, they have...
Are you close to retirement or at least can see it getting closer on the horizon? If so, thumbs up to you! Retirement is a major achievement but also one of the most common.
You've probably heard the yield curve inverted, and we will cover that. But what I am going to review with you is critical so you understand what's happening in the world of money. Not just in the world of the stock market. We're going to spend some time looking at the history of the bond...
There are thousands of online resources and books that claim to teach you how to DIY (do-it-yourself) your retirement. But is it really possible and does it work?
There are certain pieces of mail that no one wants to see in their mailbox, and I’m not just talking about the normal electric bill. Notices of jury duty, legal matters, and one of the most dreaded pieces of certified mail?
I want to start by saying, happy anniversary to the 10th anniversary of the official end to the Great Recession. Of course, we only know now because it's all in the rearview mirror that the stock market hit its all-time low March 9, 2009, after falling 56% from its peak in October of 2007.
Many people might think that spring is here in the markets. Well, I'm going to give you a reality check today on everything that's been going on in the markets.
We work hard to protect our wealth from many things while we’re alive. We try to avoid taking on too much investment risk. We try to avoid losing purchasing power to inflation over time. We have insurance policies in place to recover things we lose or to provide us...
Should I get out of debt before I retire? It's one of the more common questions I get when I meet with people getting closer to retirement. The most common liability on a balance sheet I see is a mortgage when asked if someone should get out of debt before they retire. For a long time
Everyone in America who pays taxes feels like they have paid their fair share, and in some cases, far more than their fair share. This causes people to be very shortsighted when it comes to reducing your tax bill.
The relationship between investments and taxes is perhaps one of the most overlooked areas of retirement planning. Decisions that are made on the investment side of your retirement plan will most likely have some type of impact on your tax return. Typically an investor will have three different tax buckets that they can...
Something interesting happened yesterday. I don’t know if you have ever experienced it or not, but perhaps you have seen a child that doesn’t get his or her way and they throw a temper...
The dawn of 2019 brings opportunities to create new resolutions or plans for the next 12 months — and also marks the beginning of tax season. While tax day on April 15th can seem far off, this year’s deadline will be here before you know it.
Chances are you have heard about the 3.8% surtax that went into effect in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act – but do you know if and when you might need to pay it?
When it comes to advanced tax planning, unfortunately many people either just don’t do it or they wait until the last minute only to find out that there aren’t any options to take advantage of at the point of filing their tax return.
Sound tax planning can be the foundation of a successful financial plan and it is this niche that BFG Tax Service fulfills. Our CPAs are well-versed in the minimization of taxes.
Welcome to the Monthly Economic Update, it’s January 4, 2019 as of writing this article and what an absolute wild ride it’s been over the last quarter.
The New Year is here, and you may be thinking about an array of resolutions you have for 2019. This year, we want to encourage you to really pay attention to your IRA...
Let’s start with the fact that we haven’t seen the type of volatility that we’re seeing today in 11 years. It’s been since the 4th quarter of 2007 when the sub-prime crisis began to rear its ugly head and just before the Great Recession.
Saving for retirement? Then we’ve got some good news. The IRA contribution limit will increase to $6,000 in 2019, up from $5,500 in 2018. Even better news for some, if you’re over 50 in 2019 you’ll be able to contribute $7,000, as compared to $6,500 in 2018.
With the end of the year quickly approaching the last thing you need is another checklist.
There is story after story about people who come into a bunch of money. Where problems can arise is when they don’t know what to do with it, they don’t understand the concept of money, and they don’t know how much they can safely spend.
There are significant tax planning opportunities around this time of year, every year. The problem is that most people aren’t thinking about taxes right now.
This last month has been a pretty typical October. Two of the last three major bear markets have begun in the month of October and so many people are asking, “Was this October the signal of the next bear market to come?”
Last week the Social Security Administration announced a 2.8% Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA, beginning in January 2019. It’s the biggest increase since 2012.
We know Social Security is a complicated system with many rules, regulations, and year-over-year changes. That’s why we regularly bring you articles covering questions that might be top-of-mind for you on claiming your benefits.
What do women want when it comes to their financial future?
It’s October 3rd as of writing this, and we’re officially into Fall. It’s been a hot summer for the markets with most of the major indices trading at record highs, with a few exceptions.
How long do you need to work? Like just about everything else in financial planning, it’s a complex question.
Do a quick Google search for “cost of retirement” and you’ll be inundated with various numbers or multiples.
Depending on when you wish to retire, there are certain things you should check off your Retirement Plan Checklist at certain points in advance.
As you age, calculating the chances that you’ll need long-term care—and the associated costs—is incredibly important.
We’ll go over what’s gone on in the last four or five weeks and what we anticipate is coming for the balance of the year.
Most people believe that taxes are just a matter of fact, they are what they are.
On August 14, 1935 Social Security became reality and is now a major part of our retirement system and welfare system.
Welcome to the Monthly Economic Update, I hope everyone had a great month and spent some time with their families.
Estate lawyers in Kansas City and beyond have witnessed the demise of family wealth again and again.
In December 2017, Congress passed a major tax bill called the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) which resulted in lower federal income taxes for many Americans.
When a loved one passes away, most heirs are concerned about what will happen to their outstanding debt.
In July 1776 our founding fathers declared independence from the British Empire, and earlier this week we celebrated that great feat with our family and friends over backyard barbecue and colorful explosions in the sky.
Welcome to the Monthly Economic Update for the month of June 2018. It’s June 27th as of the day I’m writing this article. Today, the stock market reversed a 285-point gain and as of this writing we’re down about 125 points on the Dow.
Do you remember getting your first paycheck and how it felt? Regardless if it was $10, $100, or $1000, there’s a good chance that you felt like a millionaire, even if only for a few minutes.
Wills and trusts administration lawyers often have the opportunity to work with local families who—in addition to planning for their regular home—also have a vacation home to take into consideration during the planning process.
You’ve brought them into the world, watched them grow, cared for their needs, spent money on their wants, and regardless of the fact that they are now adults, you still want to take care of your child(ren) once you are gone.
As of today, the markets are down pretty substantially with President Trump writing a letter to Kim Jong-un putting the talks with North Korea on hold indefinitely.
It’s the season of graduations and that means heading to your child or grandchild’s high school or college to watch them cross the stage beaming with accomplishment.
For some, spotting email phishing scams is a part of daily life. You check your email, see something that’s off in an email, and delete it shrugging it off as another attempt to get your personal data.
The title says it all, my parents are retiring soon, and I couldn’t be happier for them. After years of hard work, opening businesses, closing businesses, and socking away savings they’re on their way to retiring in full within the next year.
I want to do a few things today. I want to talk about what is causing all of the volatility so far this year, what happened in April, and then I’ll give my outlook for the balance of the year.
If you weren’t already aware, a huge benefit of an IRA is its capability to generate tax-favored money to beneficiaries.
Volatility, which was notable by its absence in 2017, came back with a vengeance in Q1 of 2018.
One of the most important questions we have about our country's future is whether prosperity itself will make the American people lose sight of where that prosperity comes...
March markets were like a rollercoaster and if you don’t like rollercoasters, the month of March was not much fun for you. In fact, the whole first quarter of the year wasn’t a lot of fun if you don’t enjoy ups and downs in the market. There’s not many who do.
Have you ever had trouble talking to your spouse about money, or more specifically, the purpose of your money in life?
When someone loses their spouse and finds themselves unexpectedly alone, not only is it heartbreaking, it can be financially devastating.
No one likes to think about cognitive decline in themselves or their loved ones. But, for many families, this is an incredibly important topic to address.
It's déjà vu. Once again, there are warrants out for my arrest, although this year, I've gone coastal as the IRS supposed warrants out in the state of Florida AND Kansas. Impressed?
Well, I could be really sensational and say this is the worst February since 2009 and that's true.
What are the ordering rules? Roth IRA distributions can consist of contributions, converted funds and earnings – or any combination of the three.
Let’s face it – you will continue to pay taxes during your retirement. What most people are not aware of is that retirees have more control over their tax bill during these years than any other time of their life.
There’s no doubt that this week on Wall Street has been tumultuous.
Today, the day I'm writing this, is January 29, 2018 and we have a couple of days left in the month.
The last time US stock investors experienced a bear market (typically defined by a 20% decline in the broad stock market), Barack Obama had just been elected President, and the Billboard Top Artists chart included names like Kid Rock and the Jonas Brothers.
While much of the political fire and fury from Congress' tax plan debate has settled, some of the economic smoke still lingers as financial analysts and private investors plot their way through the new $1.4 trillion law's long-range ramifications.
Let’s make this an annual update and talk about risk and reward. We are now far into the second longest bull market in history.
The New Year is here, bringing a fresh opportunity to consider your goals.
Now that the Senate and the House of Representatives have both passed versions of the new tax reform law, one of the things that got the ax was Roth IRA recharacterizations after December 31, 2017.
This fall, the Senate and House released proposed legislation that would dramatically alter taxes in the United States.
It’s December 4th as we record this and what an interesting month we had in the month of November.
You have probably heard much about the pending tax legislation and all the provisions that are being debated.
The holiday season is around the corner, and with the busy days ahead, 2018 will be here before you know it.
What is a missed RMD (required minimum distribution)? RMDs must be taken by IRA owners beginning in the year they turn age 70 ½ and by IRA...
Note: After weeks of discussion, disagreements, and postponements, the House announced their plan for tax reform yesterday, November 2, 2017.
Here we are in November. We just experienced literally the strangest October that I have seen in my 30 years in this industry.
It’s our pleasure to bring you an article from a man we had the pleasure to meet and hear speak at a TD Ameritrade conference a few years ago, Mr. Peter Diamandis.
When beginning to build their families, few parents expect to have a child with special needs. However, the experience is surprisingly common and affects millions of people throughout the United States.
From time to time, a new prospect that I’m meeting with asks me what the 4 pillars of retirement are and how they relate to retirement planning.
We’re in the early days of October and September was a surprising month by many standards. It was one of the least volatile Septembers we have seen in recent market history.
Everyone assumes that everyone else wants to retire 100%, i.e. leave the working phase of their life behind and sit on a warm sunny beach (or something relaxing like that).
Divorce is rarely easy. Most of the time, it is one of the hardest things to go through in life regardless what age you and your spouse are.
The breakeven point for a single individual is a fairly simple calculation. The actuaries at the Social Security Administration designed the system so that a person living to the current life expectancy, based on the current mortality tables provided by the US government, will have received the same amount out of Social Security by everyone who reaches life expectancy age.
A very common question we are asked at Barber Financial Group is if Social Security is tax free. The quick answer is: If the only income you have is Social Security you will not pay any taxes on your Social Security.
By now you have probably heard about the Equifax data breach and if the fact that millions of people’s personal information was linked to heaven knows who isn’t bad enough, here is even more concerning news.
If you’re approaching retirement but don’t want to stop working, a part-time job is a great way to spend some of your newfound freedom, and bring home extra income.
Identity theft has been a problem for years. Practically everyone knows of someone who has had their debit or credit card number compromised at some point.
It’s September, after a long Labor Day weekend, hope everybody had a nice time and was able relax and enjoy your family. August turned out to be an interesting month.
There are many different forms of inheritance. Some will carry a tax burden while others will not.
Many people believe that the date that they should claim Social Security is synonymous with the day that they retire. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Life insurance has two basic purposes. The first purpose is to replace income that is lost from the person who passes away. The second one is designed to be a way to enhance the estate left behind for any beneficiaries.
Summer in Kansas City provides many unique opportunities to not only experience the community, but also build stronger bonds with your grandchildren.
July was an interesting month. The old theory of “Sell in May and go away” would not have worked so well this summer.
Reaching retirement brings many benefits, one of which is having more time to relax and explore.
Nothing lasts forever. This includes tax deferral on your IRAs. Eventually, Uncle Sam is going to want his share and will require funds to come out of these accounts.
Here we are, summer in full swing. On the economic front, we had a pretty light calendar in the month of June. We did see some positive things happen.
A common question we receive at Barber Financial Group is “How will my Social Security be taxed?”
Regardless if you are a financial news junkie or simply a 10 o’clock evening news viewer, chances are you’ve heard about the new DOL rule that went into effect June 9th, 2017.
Social Security is a very complex system. Social Security was originally formed to allow older workers to exit the workforce without the risk of running out of money in retirement, while allowing room for younger workers to come into the workforce.
Welcome to June and welcome to Summer, it’s almost here. So, from an economic perspective May was pretty boring, not a lot of exciting things happened during the month and I think that’s a good thing.
Financial envy is even more of a thing now than it was back in 1913 when cartoonist Arthur R. “Pop” Momand debuted the comic strip “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” which centered on the misadventures of Aloysius P. McGinnis and his family, who were always trying to keep up with their never-seen neighbors, the Joneses.
Probate is the process of collecting your assets, paying your debts and taxes, and transferring the property owned by you, at your death, to your heirs.
No matter where you are in your life, saving for retirement is likely one of your most important financial goals. But, even if you have professional guidance and a clear strategy for your desired future, you could still be missing some straightforward ways to maximize your savings.
Not a lot really happened in the month of April, except for the fact that we had some really good corporate earnings out. We had a confirmation that first quarter GDP was subpar at best, however, better than last years zero rate.
Episode 44 - David Lereah, PhD. | Economist & Author of The Power of Positive Aging
We can have all the money in the world, but if we don’t have our physical and mental health, that money means nothing. Few people understand this better than Dr. David Lereah, PhD. He’s the founder of United We Age, an organization working to inspire a movement where all generations of people are more aware and supportive of people aging. He's also the author of the recently released book The Power of Positive Aging.
Episode 43 - David Mitchell | AllianceBernstein
Today, David returns to the podcast to talk about where we are right now, why the markets are doing what they’re doing, and the parabolic move in the price-to-earnings ratios of the stock market.
Episode 42 | Jason Newcomer - CFP®, AIF®, EA | Financial Planner at Barber Financial Group
Joining me today is Jason Newcomer, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and advisor here at Barber Financial Group. In this episode, we’ll share a list of great books geared towards young adults to learn more about the importance of retirement planning early on, we outline the fundamentals that they should be thinking about now, and we’ll share valuable information about the platform we’ve built at Barber Financial to help them get a head start on their retirement planning.
Episode 41 | Brad Kasper - President & CFO of LSA Portfolio Analytics
Today’s guest is Brad Kasper. He’s the president of LSA Portfolio Analytics, where he provides investment advisors with the tools and infrastructure they need to deliver incredible client services. In our conversation, Brad and I are talking about intelligent risk and fat tail analysis, how to use these tools to construct better portfolios, and what makes this approach different from modern portfolio theory.
Episode 40 | Dr. Charlie Cartwright - CEO of People Success Labs & Keynote Speaker
In this conversation, Dr. Charlie and I talk about the scientific method he uses to help people grow, the importance of community and meaningful relationships in everything we do, and the lessons he learned from 30 years working for major companies, including FedEx and UPS.
Episode 39 | Bud Kasper, CFP®, AIF® - President of Barber Financial Group Lee's Summit Office
What exactly is index investing? Why do specific companies make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the NASDAQ? Should we be investing in index funds, or is there a better way? Here to help me answer all of these questions is the co-host of America’s Wealth Management Show, Bud Kasper. He has 38 years of experience in financial services, and we’ve done hundreds of radio shows and videos together.
Episode 38 | Christopher Rigsby, CAP® - Relationship Manager at Greater Kansas City Community Foundation & Greater Horizons
Joining me to talk about what happened and what to do about it is Chris Rigsby. Chris is from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, where he’s helping people find new ways to continue their charitable giving with strategies such as donor-advised funds, and take advantage of the updated tax code.
Episode 37 | Mark Collins Sr. CEO at 2FiveSports LLC., Former NLF Player & 2x Super Bowl Champ
Today, Mark joins the podcast to tell the story of the many roles he’s taken on since leaving the NFL, building a legacy, and giving back by creating opportunities for other kids just like him.
Episode 36 | Jeff Alholm CEO and Co Founder at Digital Aerolus
Today, Jeff and I are talking about the technological revolution we’re living through right now, some of the incredible innovation he’s witnessed over the course of his career, and the devices that are already transforming life as we know it.
Episode 35 | JoAnn Huber, CPA, CFP®, & Partner at Barber Financial Group
Today, JoAnn returns to the podcast for the fourth time to talk about the ways 2020 has changed how people of all ages need to look at retirement, the importance of having a solid plan in place long before you take your first RMD, and how to protect yourself, no matter how much the tax code changes.
Episode 34 - Marc Kiner | CPA at Premier Social Security Consulting LLC & Jim Blair | Lead Consultant at Premier Social Security Consulting LLC
Today, Marc and Jim join the podcast to talk about the major mistakes that people make as they claim Social Security, how to craft a strategy designed to avoid these pitfalls once and for all, and how to find an advisor who can help you navigate this astoundingly complex system.
Episode 33 - Jan Fichman | Founder & Owner of 7th Heaven and Adam Fichman | Founder & President of Lifted Logic
Today, Jan and Adam join the podcast to share the story of their family history in owning a small business. You’ll hear about the companies they built alone, lessons passed across generations, and how Adam’s small business has served Jan’s in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Episode 32 - Ben Weisshaut | Founder & CEO of Wishlife
Today, Ben joins the podcast to talk about how families can go deeper than money and create an emotional legacy to leave to your family. You’ll find out what he learned from interviewing countless families about what matters the most to them, what it means to build a responsible legacy, and how retirees are changing their plans in a world where it’s unsafe to travel to stay closer to family in difficult times.
Episode 31 - Ed Slott | America's IRA Expert, Ed Slott & Company, LLC
In this episode, you’ll learn how to navigate the rapidly changing tax landscape we’re all living in. You’ll discover why it’s all but impossible to memorize the tax code and be 100% right in every situation - but how you can get the advice you need to make strategic decisions and plan for the best possible outcome.
Episode 30 - Chris Buck | Head of Capital Markets & Sales at ROBO Global®
Today, Chris and I discuss his company and the financial products they’re making available to investors, how new technology transforms every industry it touches, and how you can potentially make some of his favorite innovative companies part of your retirement portfolio.
Episode 29 - Dr. Laura Lile | M.D., R.PH. at Lile Wellness Partners
Though we normally focus on the financial aspect of retirement, this week’s episode is all about healthcare - and specifically how to live healthy at every stage of life. You’ll learn how to work with your body to address the declines we go through as we age, how to take preventative steps now to avoid worse outcomes later, and why it’s never too late to start taking steps to change your health.
Episode 28 - Gary Pratt | Senior Director of Development at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Here to help navigate the world of charitable giving is Gary Pratt, the Senior Director of Development for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. In 2019, Catholic Charities served about half a million people in need through over 20 programs across 21 counties, helping empower them to get jobs, learn new skills, receive food and housing, and even hospice care.
Episode 27 - Joe Duran | Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, Head of Goldman Sachs Personal Wealth Management
Today, Joe joins the podcast to share stories from his own life, as well as his experience in financial services, about why it’s so important to live life in alignment with your priorities. If you’re trying to shape a financial plan - and a retirement - that gives you purpose and satisfaction, as opposed to merely helping you survive, this episode is a must-listen.
Episode 26 - Lance Gaitan | Options Strategist & Portfolio Manager at Gaitan Strategic Ventures
Today, Lance joins the podcast to talk about how to craft an options strategy, whether they belong in your portfolio, and if this is something you can do on your own - or if you’re going to need the help of a professional. Stock options aren’t for everybody. A lot of amateur investors get burned trying to play the options game, and there’s a very good reason for this: they require a deep knowledge of strategy, of the win-loss ratio, and a strong understanding of what’s out there.
Episode 25 - Joel Goldberg | Kansas City Royals Broadcaster, Keynote Speaker, Host of Rounding the Bases with Joel Goldberg
Joel is the host of Rounding the Bases, a podcast where he interviews entrepreneurs and leaders in sports and business. He’s also the announcer for the Kansas City Royals and an experienced TV sportscaster. In our conversation, Joel doesn’t just share stories from his astounding career, but digs deep into the lessons he’s learned from the extraordinary people he’s met along the way.
Episode 24 - Bud Kasper, CFP®, AIF® | President Barber Financial Group Lee's Summit
Returning to the podcast today for this special episode is Bud Kasper, President of Barber Financial Group Lee’s Summit office. Bud has over 37 years in this industry, has seen all kinds of bear markets, and all kinds of recessions. He has helped countless clients make the most of what can be a painful, difficult time.
Episode 23 - Dr. Randy Anderson | President Griffin Capital Asset Management Company, LLC
Joining me today is Dr. Randy Anderson. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and has focused his career on real estate investing. Together, we discuss the nuances and challenges of the real estate industry, the opportunities investors have to purchase high-quality real estate right now, and how to avoid complicating your taxes as you do it.
Episode 22 - Tom Allen | Medicare Expert, CMS, Insurance Consultant
Today, Tom and I dive deep into the differences between Medicare supplement coverage options, how to avoid potentially devastating expenses when dealing with prescription drug costs, and how to find a plan that will cover any conditions you may have and keep you healthy for decades to come.
Episode 21 - Tony Lewis | Former CEO of ConAgra & Chair at Vistage International
Today, Tony joins the podcast to discuss the business leadership lessons that cross over into retirement and family planning, how to avoid missing out on major opportunities (financial and otherwise), and the power of communicating your intentions.
Episode 20 - Joe Lieberman | Author & Entrepreneur
Today, Joe joins the podcast to share the hard lessons he learned about life, business and self-awareness. How the mindset of blaming others and not recognizing your own impact affects you in retirement, and why no one should attempt to prepare for retirement alone – especially if they think they’re the smartest person in the room
Episode 19 - Greg Anderson | Private Equity & Fixed Income Specialist
In today’s episode, Greg and I discuss what makes private equity so special, how to break into this world at a low cost, and how to find private equity funds that might make sense as a part of your portfolio. With millions of privately traded companies in the world, private equity can help you become a part of the story of great businesses while seeing great, tax-friendly returns.
Episode 18 - JoAnn Huber | Barber Financial Group & BFG Tax Service
Today, JoAnn and I are digging deep into Roth conversions: why you might want to do it when they make sense and the surprising reasons you may not want to do a Roth conversion. You’ll learn how to stop missing opportunities, take advantage of the unique benefits of the Roth while potentially avoiding hidden costs, and discover how some retirees have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by doing a Roth conversion the right way.
Episode 17 - David Mitchell | AllianceBernstein
There’s nothing easy about building a portfolio designed to get you through retirement, and this is especially true in the event of an economic downturn. Emotional investing and aggressive reactions to bad news can make matters even worse, and these factors all have the power to turn your retirement from the greatest vacation of your life into something less fulfilling.
Episode 16 - Wayne Robinson | Financial Planner Barber Financial Group
Today, Wayne joins the podcast to talk about the many different ways retirees can fall victim to cyberattacks, why the criminals responsible for them are all but impossible to catch, and the simple steps you can take right now to reduce your risk factors by as much as 85%.
Episode 15 - Brad Kasper | President & CFO LSA Portfolio Analytics
Today, Brad is here to dive deep into the nature of risk and what it really means. You’ll learn how to quantify risk, how to measure it, and what it really means as you build a portfolio that will help you live the retirement you’ve always wanted.
Episode 14 - Mark Comfort | Owner of Cruise Holidays KC
Retirement is all about checking things off the bucket list. It’s a time to turn hard work into incredible experiences, truly connect with loved ones, and create memories that will last a lifetime - and for many retirees, that means plans to travel in retirement.
Episode 13 - Bud Kasper | CFP® & President Barber Financial Group Lee's Summit & Jason Newcomer | CFP® & Financial Planner
We're going to go into some more of the differences between ETFs and mutual funds, some advantages of ones over the other in certain circumstances, all designed to get you to understand what it takes in order for you to build the right portfolio for your own personal situation. Enjoy the conversation.
Episode 12 - Bud Kasper | CFP® & President Barber Financial Group Lee's Summit & Jason Newcomer | CFP® & Financial Planner
Many investors have had questions lately about the difference between mutual funds and ETFs: why choose one over the other? Are they the same? What differentiates these two products, why are there so many offerings that appear to be so similar, and which is the best choice for my portfolio, especially as I approach retirement?
Episode 11 - Brad Kasper | President & CFO LSA Portfolio Analytics
There’s a lot that you need to understand before you set out building your portfolio for retirement. In the first part of my conversation with Brad Kasper, we had a big-picture discussion of what makes a portfolio successful, the dangers of emotional investing, and why math and data will always beat attempting to time the markets.
Episode 10 - Brad Kasper | President & CFO LSA Portfolio Analytics
When it comes to retiring, nothing matters more than building a portfolio that allows you to achieve your goals, and no one knows this better than Brad Kasper. He believes in using math to create solid strategies to meet goals, and as simple as that may sound, it’s less common in the financial services industry than it should be.
Episode 9 - Jason Salinardi | Attorney, J.D., LL.M Taxation & Garrett Griffin | Attorney, J.D., LL.M Taxation
Today, we continue our discussion by diving a little bit deeper. We focus predominantly on how DIY planning often leads to massive complications for survivors, how events like divorce can lead to serious estate issues after one family member dies, and why you need to work with a counselor or advisor who truly understands the nuances of estate...
Episode 8 - Jason Salinardi | Attorney, J.D., LL.M Taxation & Garrett Griffin | Attorney, J.D., LL.M Taxation
One thing is certain: at some point in time, all of us won't be alive on this Earth. This means that we all need proper estate plans. Many people, however, fail to set their estate plans up correctly...
Episode 7 - Tom Allen | Medicare & Supplemental Insurance Expert
In our previous episode, certified Medicare specialist Tom Allen and I discussed what Medicare actually is and what it’s designed to do. If you haven’t listened to Part 1, I strongly recommend you do so now. There are so many nuances to health insurance, and it’s very easy to get caught in financially devastating traps if you aren’t careful.
Episode 6 - Tom Allen | Medicare & Supplemental Insurance Expert
For many retiring seniors, Medicare is super confusing. There are lots of misconceptions about how it works, how supplements work, and what you should be doing in your retirement years to ensure that you’re covered. Tom Allen is a Medicare and supplemental insurance expert. Every year, he stays on top of the latest and greatest in this extraordinary...
Episode 5 - Brie Williams | VP State Street Global Advisors
You don’t have to read stories about people like Alan Stanford and Bernie Madoff or The Wolf of Wall Street to learn about scams and abuses in the financial services industry. In fact, fraud and abuse often hits much closer to home, and the growing senior population all over the world gets more likely to be taken advantage of with every passing year.
Episode 4 - Brie Williams | VP State Street Global Advisors
When many people build their financial plans, they only envision an ideal retirement where nothing goes wrong. They assume they’re going to live long, happy, healthy lives, that nothing’s ever going to get in their way, and that the future is going to go exactly to plan.
Episode 3 - Brie Williams | VP State Street Global Advisors
Why do we do what we do? What motivates us? These are big questions - and they apply just as much to financial services as they do everything else in our lives. Brie Williams, the Vice President of State Street Global Advisors, has dedicated her career to helping financial advisory firms facilitate efficiency and growth
Episode 2 - JoAnn Huber, CPA, CFP®
In the last episode, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and CPA JoAnn Huber and I kicked off the podcast with a discussion about the differences between the IRA and the Roth IRA.However, we barely scratched the surface, and if you’re feeling confused after listening to Part 1 of our conversation, that’s okay.
Episode 1 - JoAnn Huber, CPA, CFP®
For many people, the 401(k) is their largest asset. However, there are several different types of 401(k) plans, each of which follows a different series of rules and regulations. Choosing the wrong type of 401(k) can have significant consequences in retirement - and can drastically affect your quality of life for years to come.
In this webinar, Jason Newcomer, CFP®, EA, discusses planning for health care costs in retirement. During this on-demand webinar, Jason covers Medicare, coverage between retirement and Medicare age, planning for increasing costs, and more. This webinar is designed to give you a better understanding of how health care costs can impact your retirement plan.
In this webinar, Will Doty, CFP®, discusses the importance of properly claiming your Social Security. During this on-demand webinar, Will covers the differences in claiming strategies, spousal situations, the impact of Social Security on taxes, and more. This webinar is designed to give you a better understanding of how Social Security fits into your overall financial plan.
In this webinar, Dean Barber and JoAnn Huber, CPA, CFP®, and Partner at Barber Financial Group, discuss tax reduction strategies and forward-looking tax planning. During this on-demand webinar, Dean and JoAnn cover the differences in Traditional and Roth accounts, charitable donations, the SECURE Act, Roth Conversions, and more tax reduction strategies. This webinar is designed to give you a better understanding of how taxes are different in retirement and how you might avoid some common pitfalls.
In this webinar, Estate Planning Attorney Garrett Griffin, illustrates the differences in wills and trusts, what you can do to protect your legacy, and why it's important to develop your estate plan with your family in mind. You don't put together an estate plan for yourself, you do it for your loved ones.
Wayne Robinson, Financial Planner at Barber Financial Group, discusses the complex world of cybersecurity. He'll cover some ways that you can eliminate up to 85% of your cybersecurity risks. The purpose of this webinar is to show you steps to reduce your cyber security risks and prevent yourself from being low-hanging fruit for nefarious online predators.
In this webinar, Darren Newell, Insurance Advisor, breaks down the intricacies of property and casualty insurance to address the question, "Are you fully covered?" The intention of the Are You Fully Covered? is to help people understand property and casualty insurance. What you need, and, just as important, what you don't need in coverage.
Tom Allen, Insurance Consultant & Medicare Expert, breaks down the many letters of Medicare in this webinar. The intention of the ABCs of Medicare is to help people understand what Medicare Parts A & B cover, and more importantly, what they don't cover and what you need to do about it. You'll learn how the Medicare Open Enrollment Period actually works, how to find out what prescription drugs are covered under certain plans, what Parts C & D cover, and more.
Here's the truth: The SECURE Act has changed everything. You basically have three choices on where you can send your money when you pass on. It can be to a charity, the ones you love, or to the government. And the SECURE Act has basically ensured that if you do nothing, the third option will be your choice.
Financial Advisor Drew Jones presents an updated version of our Savvy IRA Planning for Boomers webinar. IRA Planning is a complex process. Factor in recent changes from the SECURE Act, and it gets even further complicated. We're here to clear up the noise as Drew presents Savvy IRA Planning for Boomers.
Around 10,000 people retire every day. That equals approximately 3.6 million retirees per year. The current average retirement age is 63, and the average retirement lasts about 18 years. By the way, future retirees believe the age of 61 is the ideal age to retire.
Once upon a time, there were two brothers, Stan and Mike. Both were married and because they come from an entrepreneurial family, both owned their own plumbing businesses. As they both approached retirement, Stan and Karen decided to use the plan of “hope”. They hoped they had enough money and hoped their yearly tax bill wouldn’t be too high. You see, Stan and Karen didn’t have a tax plan.
Financial Advisor Logan DeGraeve presents the Retirement Plan Checklist webinar. In this webinar, Logan will review some of the questions in the checklist as well as things you need to be thinking about in the years leading up to retirement.
Filing your taxes can cause many headaches, just be sure to avoid mistakes. Here are 10 Ways to Avoid Common Tax Filing Errors.
In this video, Dean Barber breaks down the comprehensive financial planning process.
This brief video discusses why it's important to plan for your retirement.