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Financial Symmetry: Balancing Today with Retirement

When considering retirement, do you wonder what financial opportunities you may be missing? Busy lives take over and years pass without taking advantage. In this retirement podcast, the Financial Symmetry advisors unveil financial opportunities, to help you balance enjoying today so you are ready to retire later. By day, they are fiduciary fee-only financial advisors who answer questions about tax savings, investment decisions, and how to save more. If you’ve been putting off your financial to-do list or are just not sure what you’ve been missing, subscribe to the show and learn more at www.financialsymmetry.com. Financial Symmetry is a Raleigh Financial Advisor. Proudly serving clients in the Triangle of North Carolina for over 20 years.
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Jul 1, 2024

What if you had a magic app that told you how much of your net worth you never got to spend at the end of your retirement?

The trouble with planning for retirement is all the uncertainty, however, proper planning can help. In this episode, Cameron Hendricks joins me to discuss how you can learn to spend more in retirement. 

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:50] We need to talk about your retirement spending
  • [1:55] What if you had an app that told you how much of your net worth you never got to spend?
  • [10:25] Why it’s important to have a retirement withdrawal strategy
  • [18:55] Our takeaways

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Jun 17, 2024

Have you considered how your instincts influence your decision-making around retirement planning?

Our natural instincts and biases create frameworks that lead our perspectives on how we think the world works. 

These frameworks influence our decisions surrounding our financial decisions. 

On this episode of Financial Symmetry, we discuss how to build prosperity by analyzinging and identifying your perspective. Listen in to learn 10 instincts identified by the book Factfulness and what you can do to combat the biases they lead to. 

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:50] Our article of the week
  • [1:58] Your instincts influence your decision making
  • [5:41] Why are we worried about the current situation?
  • [7:13] Combatting the gap instinct
  • [10:36] The negativity instinct
  • [16:10] The fear instinct
  • [10:18] Size matters
  • [23:56] The generalizing instinct
  • [26:10] Destiny instinct
  • [29:23] Who’s to blame?
  • [31:05] The urgency instinct

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Jun 3, 2024

Today we’re diving in to a specific path that many retirees consider as they move away from the “corporate” world and enter their second act – which is starting a business.

With increased life expectancy, cost of living increases and a desire for continued fulfillment, many retirees are excited to begin a new experiment in an area they are passionate about.

Some surveys show the proportion of people starting businesses at ages 55 to 65 has increased in recent years and, at one point, even surpassed the typical entrepreneur age group of 25- to 35-year-olds.

So today we’re speaking to those currently operating sole proprietorships and single-member LLCs OR those considering starting their own business. We’re going to shine the light on the S Corp business type and provide some details on why this could be an opportunity to explore.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:55] How to know when you have enough
  • [2:09] Starting a business in retirement
  • [6:02] Why it's important to understand what an S-corp is 
  • [10:10] An example 
  • [14:54] The downside of the S-corp

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May 20, 2024

Now that you have made it through the retirement danger zone, you have made it to the Arrivement phase of retirement. You may be wondering, what are my next steps?

This season can be full of opportunities and connection with those you care about. At this point in your life journey, you may face some difficult decisions around relocating or how best to spend or give the wealth you've worked hard to accumulate.

Listen in to hear about the financial and tax moves that we see most commonly used during the middle years of your retirement.

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May 6, 2024

Have you thought about retiring abroad?

Oftentimes when we think of retirement, we think about sunny beaches with crystalline water shimmering in the sunshine. Could this or some other idyllic vision be your future? 

The realities of retiring abroad can be exciting, but at the same time overwhelming. Complex financial strategies need to be considered before grabbing your passport and setting off for the unknown. 

In this episode, we discuss seven crucial financial considerations that you’ll need to keep in mind if you are interested in retiring abroad.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:36] Overcoming frugality in retirement
  • [2:15] More people are retiring abroad
  • [3:44] Put together a blueprint of what life will look like for you
  • [5:00] Dealing with finances
  • [6:53] Dealing with taxes
  • [8:40] Dealing with investments
  • [10:32] Dealing with real estate
  • [12:24] Dealing with healthcare
  • [13:41] Dealing with estate issues

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Apr 23, 2024

If you are retiring soon, you've most likely wondered if your asset allocation is too risky.

Some have called the period just before and after retirement the Retirement danger zone as it's a time where understanding how you should be invested matters for your long-term financial success.

After years of great returns in tech and large cap US stocks, many retirees could have bigger risks present in their allocations than they realize.

In today's episode, you'll learn why sequence of return risk has been called the retirement danger zone and how to prepare for it within the context of your retirement plan rather than by planning by generalized rules of thumb.

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Mar 26, 2024

Retirement can hit us with numerous curveballs. One of those could happen right out of the gate–being forced with an early retirement. 

We all know that layoffs are part of the corporate landscape. While they are commonplace, when you are faced with one later in your career it can cause you to reevaluate your financial situation. 

In this episode, we discuss your options if you are laid off and how they fit in with your financial plan, your tax plan, and your 401K.

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Mar 12, 2024

While most of our listeners are in or on the cusp of retirement, many have loved ones who are earlier in their careers. Often we get questions on how our listeners and clients can help their younger family members make better financial decisions. 

As we celebrate International Women's Day with this episode, you’ll meet our newest CFP, Niamh Douglas. Niamh and Allison discuss some tools and strategies to help young people who are just starting out get off on the right financial foot.

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Feb 12, 2024

Many investors have been tempted to invest more, if not all, of their portfolios in the S&P 500 given the incredible run it’s had over the last decade.

But today we are talking through five reasons why you should consider not making a concentrated investment only in the S&P 500. 

Don't let recency bias rule your decision-making on the road to your ideal retirement.

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🎯 Article - A Few Thoughts on Spending Money

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Jan 29, 2024

One of the biggest financial disasters that people can experience in retirement is divorce. On this episode of Financial Symmetry, Grace Kvantas chats with licensed marriage and family therapist, Lesli Doares.

Lesli shares warning signs to look out for, misconceptions about keeping finances separate, and why couples should seek marriage counseling in retirement. Your marriage affects every aspect of your life. Listen in to learn how you can improve it. 

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🎯 Article - Many Happy Returns by David Booth

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Dec 26, 2023

In our usual episodes, we aim to arm you with a particular insight or strategy that can help you inch closer to your ideal retirement.  But, with todays show, we want to close the year by providing a list of 15 surprising financial facts about the year that you could share in a conversation with a friend or family member.

We also pay tribute to the great investor Charlie Munger, by providing a few of our favorite Mungerisms.

As you begin your 2024, we thank you all for listening and sharing our show. We look forward to continuing to provide you with helpful steps on your journey to reach an ideal retirement  

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Dec 11, 2023

If you are planning on retiring before age 65, there is no doubt that you have had this question.

What do you do about health insurance? 

In the United States, the health insurance landscape is ever-changing and takes quite a bit of planning. 

Many people even feel anchored to their jobs because of the prohibitive costs of health insurance. However, there are options for healthcare before age 65.

Listen in to discover what your options are and what you should be doing to plan for this complicated aspect of early retirement. 

Outline of This Episode

  • [2:44] COBRA
  • [8:04] Using your spouse’s plan
  • [10:58] The healthcare exchange
  • [17:57] On choosing more than one option

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Nov 13, 2023

On the journey to reach your ideal retirement, stock options can be a valuable tool to have in your arsenal.

However, it’s easy to make mistakes given most people don’t have a class in high school that provides pointers on how to handle when they vest.

There are many things to consider with stock options: the different types, timing deadlines, tax consequences, and the leverage involved.

Since it is such a complex topic, they’re often put on the back burner and can easily be forgotten about causing you to miss out on a valuable opportunity to increase your wealth.

If you have been offered stock options with your company, you’ll want to hear these 8 common mistakes to avoid when managing your stock options.

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Oct 30, 2023

There’s so much we can overlook with retirement plans. Here at Financial Symmetry, we are constantly finding ways to help you be aware of retirement opportunities and rules and improve your wealth. 

On this special Halloween-themed episode of Financial Symmetry, Allison has come up with some retirement plan horror stories to spook you. Listen in to ensure that these horrors don’t ruin your retirement plans. 

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Oct 16, 2023

If you are a long-time listener you know that we like to go through the nuances of financial planning that may be valuable to you. 

In this episode, Allison and I take a look at net unrealized appreciation (NUA). Listen in to learn what it is, who could benefit from it, and the benefits and pitfalls of using NUA. You won’t want to miss out on hearing one of our classic fictional case studies involving Freddie Krueger. Press play to hear if you could benefit from using NUA.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:20] What is net unrealized appreciation?
  • [3:45] A case study
  • [8:40] The four triggering events
  • [11:15] Benefits of NUA
  • [15:44] The drawbacks

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Oct 2, 2023

When it comes to the question of rolling over a 401K or 403B to an IRA, many people fear making mistakes. It’s true, that retirement account mistakes can be costly. On this episode, we’ll explore the options you have, the factors to consider, and the reasons you should and the reasons you shouldn’t roll over your employer-sponsored retirement account.

Outline of This Episode

  • [3:15] The 6 options you have when you separate service 
  • [8:01] Factors to consider
  • [13:54] Reasons to roll over
  • [20:45] Reasons not to roll over

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Sep 18, 2023

Investing is simple but not easy. To that end, what are the impacts if you do a poor job managing your investments?

Several studies from Vanguard and Morningstar have attempted to quantify how behavioral coaching can impact your savings. The numbers settle around 1.5-2%/yr. That may not sound like much, but could equate to millions of difference over 30+ years of savings. 

On this episode, we continue to explore the benefits of the wealth management relationship. If you haven’t listened to the first part you can find it here

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Aug 7, 2023

If you're a Modern Family fan, you should enjoy today's episode. 

Today, we're diving in the mistakes made when we make assumptions about our IRA beneficiary forms. 

Many people don’t realize this but their IRA has the opportunity to be the star player of their estate plan.  In this episode, we walk through real world examples, to help you take steps now to avoid similar pitfalls in your own lives. 

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Jul 24, 2023

The behavioral and emotional side of financial planning takes precedence when planning for our future.

I see this play out frequently in the form of anchoring to a perceived value we’ve grown accustomed to, based on prior experience.

This “value”; however, can unfortunately lead to decisions that damage the success of our financial plan.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:40] Anchoring to a dollar amount is what we’re used to
  • [5:56] Are you stuck on your stock prices?
  • [10:25] Your retirement number needs to have a basis
  • [15:20] What are you sacrificing to reach your number?
  • [16:13] Don’t limit your tax thinking
  • [20:25] Gain confidence with a financial plan

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Jun 26, 2023

Summer is here! That means it’s time to brush off the bookshelf and get reading. We have a few book ideas to enhance your reading list. If you are looking to improve your financial life or even just enjoy a light beach-read you won’t want to miss this list.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:55] Never Split the Difference
  • [5:20] The Gap and the Gain
  • [9:55] Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth
  • [12:52] Hello, Molly

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May 15, 2023

Are you the type of person who loves surprises? One surprise you probably don’t enjoy is having to pay more taxes than you anticipated. 

Unfortunately, taxes are a necessary part of life. The best thing you can do to ensure that you aren’t caught off guard at the end of the tax year is to prepare throughout the year. 

On this episode of Financial Symmetry, Allison Berger and I review 9 ways to prevent taxes from catching you off guard. Don’t let the next tax season take you by surprise. Listen in to hear how you can improve your tax situation so that you can rest easy come tax time.

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Apr 17, 2023

As you plan to live your ideal retirement, you may want to share your good fortune with others who are less fortunate.

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Giving is incentivized through the tax code, so being charitably inclined can also help to reduce your tax liability.

In retirement, there are many ways to map out your charitable giving to take full advantage of the tax benefits. This is why, we discuss ways to capitalize on those opportunities while meeting your charitable goals.

Listen in to learn how to enhance your today and enrich your tomorrow while giving intentionally.

What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • [0:49] Common charitable goals
  • [2:37] Time talent and treasure
  • [5:27] Mikey and Minnie’s case study
  • [11:36] Donald and Daisy’s case study
  • [19:13] Be intentional about your giving
  • [21:10] Today’s progress principle

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Mar 20, 2023

If you have been watching the news lately you may be wondering if your cash is safe. Watching the country’s 16th largest bank collapse causes people to question whether the banking system is set up to ensure that funds are accessible. 

On this episode of Financial Symmetry, we’ll discuss what happened to Silicon Valley Bank, examine how much cash you really need, and explore options for managing your emergency fund. Listen in to learn how to safely manage your emergency fund. 

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:34] What happened with Silicon Valley Bank
  • [4:40] How much cash do you really need?
  • [7:50] How to manage your emergency fund
  • [15:31] Create your own plan

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Mar 6, 2023

As International Women’s Day approaches, we wanted to get together to explore ways to improve the financial outcome for women across the globe. 

In this episode, Allison Berger, Grace Kvantas, Haley Modlin and Darian Billingsley, break down the four Cs of women’s personal finance.

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Feb 20, 2023

Retirement is one of the most significant changes that you will manage in your life. It takes not just careful financial planning, but also careful life planning as well. 

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Our guest today, Susan Bradley, is the author of Sudden Money and the founder of the Sudden Money Institute. She is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Certified Financial Transitionist (CFT). We discuss how best to prepare for the retirement transition

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