Podcast

The S&P 500 and The Mag 6?

Tune in as Phil and Marc discuss the S&P 500 and how to make informed decisions that align with your financial goals. They also talk about the importance of understanding the true makeup of your investments, the risks of chasing returns, and the necessity of a well-rounded strategy for your retirement planning.

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Be Careful Who You Listen To (Getting The Right Financial Advice)

When it comes to your financial future, who you listen to can make all the difference. In this episode, Phil shares the story of a long-time client who was swayed by a pushy insurance agent into making a potentially detrimental financial decision. Despite having a well-thought-out plan and a balanced portfolio, the client was convinced to move all their assets into annuities by an agent who played on their fears about market volatility.

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Retirement Planning “Aha” Moments

Have you ever experienced an “aha” moment that changed your perspective on something important? These are the moments when the light bulb goes off, and everything starts to make sense. This week on Phil’s Tax Hacks, we talk about some revelations that clients experience when working with a financial advisor.  

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To Trust Or Not To Trust… Are They Right for You?

To trust or not to trust… that is the question we’re tackling in this week’s episode. Trusts are often surrounded by misconceptions. Many believe they are only for the wealthy or that they complicate financial planning. But what’s the truth of the matter? Should you have one?

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Financial Fees – Getting to the Bottom Line

When it comes to managing your finances and planning for retirement, one of the most dreaded topics is fees. Whether you’re investing in mutual funds or working with a financial advisor, fees are an inevitable part of the process. In this episode, Phil takes a deep dive into the world of financial fees, breaking down their types and explaining their impact on your investments.

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It’s Time To Talk Crypto

Cryptocurrency has been a buzzword for over a decade, but what exactly is it? In today’s episode, Phil is here to answer your questions. Fresh from a conference focused on this digital frontier, he shares his insights on what crypto is, its underlying technology, and its potential place in your investment portfolio.

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All In One Basket? The Risks of Sector Investing

We know you shouldn’t put all your money into a single stock. But what about putting a lot of it into a strong market sector, diversified among different companies? Would it ever make sense to do that? In today’s episode of Phil’s Tax Hacks, we’re answering that question.

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The IRS Gave Us A Gift (Or Did They?)

In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss the ongoing confusion surrounding inherited IRAs and Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs).

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Long-Term Care and Life Insurance: The Basics You Must Know!

While you dream about the leisurely days ahead of you in retirement, it’s also important to think about some of the less glamorous items, including insurance. While we covered the basics you must know about health insurance in our last episode, today’s episode will focus on long-term care and life insurance.

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Retiree Health Insurance: The Basics You Must Know!

While you dream about the leisurely days ahead of you in retirement, it’s also important to think about some of the less glamorous items, including insurance. We’re going to walk you through the fundamentals in this two-part series, covering health insurance, long-term care insurance, and life insurance. Stay tuned as we chat about retiree health insurance in part one!

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How Is Technology Redefining Retirement Planning?

In a world where technology touches every aspect of our lives, it’s no surprise that it has also made its mark on the financial industry. So, in today’s episode, we’re going to unpack the toolbox of technology that’s promising to redefine retirement planning. From robo-advisors to online calculators, we’ll discuss whether certain tools truly simplify the planning process or introduce new complexities.

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The Rise of Retiree Healthcare Costs

The future of retiree health care costs is on the rise. In fact, the Employee Benefit Research Institute released numbers for 2023 showing an 8% increase in retiree healthcare costs for the year. Stay tuned as Phil and Marc unpack these latest figures, which suggest that a typical U.S. couple may need upwards of $413,000 to cover their healthcare expenses in retirement.

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Steering Clear of Retirement Stress

Psychologists have determined that retirement is one of the most stressful events that some people will experience in life. In this episode, we’ll look at the ways to proactively deal with the stress surrounding the retirement process.

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Is Retiring at 65 Crazy?

Is retiring at 65 crazy? One billionaire thinks so. In this episode, Phil and Marc unpack a recent Yahoo Finance article where BlackRock CEO Larry Fink challenges the conventional notion of retiring at 65 and encourages investors to consider delaying retirement.

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Tax Mistakes to AVOID in 2024 (Part 2)

It’s that time of year! With tax season right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dive into some tax tips on the podcast. Tune into this two-part series where we dive into a fidelity article titled “8 Tax Pitfalls to Avoid,” and get Phil’s thoughts as a CPA.

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Tax Mistakes to AVOID in 2024 (Part 1)

It’s that time of year! With tax season right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dive into some tax tips on the podcast. Tune into this two-part series where we dive into a fidelity article titled “8 Tax Pitfalls to Avoid,” and get Phil’s thoughts as a CPA.

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Finance Fortress: Practical Strategies for Retirees Against Scams & Fraud

Just like any other threat, learning to recognize and avoid scams has become crucial for today’s retirees. Join us as we discuss essential steps you can take to protect yourself against the increasing prevalence of scams and identity theft. Phil will offer real-life stories and practical advice to help you keep your finances safe in today’s digital age.

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Understanding Annuities: The Good, Bad & Ugly

You’ve probably heard some mixed opinions on annuities in your lifetime. But before you get swayed one way or another, it’s important to understand what exactly an annuity is and how they work.

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The Retiree Dilemma: To Sell Or To Rent?

Many retirees find themselves at a crossroads when deciding what to do with their existing property as they move into their dream home. Would it be best to sell, or should you consider becoming a landlord? Drawing from personal experiences and real client scenarios, Phil and Marc will explore the pros and cons of turning a home into a rental property in this episode.

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Retirement Planning Fear, Procrastination, and Indecision

Navigating financial decisions, especially as retirement approaches, can be a challenging terrain for many investors. Whether it’s the anxiety around making the right choices or grappling with an overload of information, it can be tempting to push off important retirement planning conversations. It’s a familiar scenario – putting things off to “next week,” only to find that “next week” turns into a long period of indecision.

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