Chris is the founder and principal of Dynamic Money, a financial planning company in Atlanta, and is passionate about helping people build strong financial plans flexible enough to be effective for all of life – not just the easy parts.
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Should RBG’s replacement be named before or after election day?
Four years ago, Justice Scalia passed away suddenly while President Obama was in office. Republicans refused to allow a vote to come to the floor, saying that there had to be an election prior to a new Supreme Court nomination.
Here’s the big question…If four years ago, you justified a different response to filling a Supreme Court vacancy, how is your opinion different for you this year?
Chris speaks to multiple callers regarding their opinions. He also shares the results of a live poll on Chris’ social media page.
Would you take a Covid-19 vaccine?
“Operation Warp Speed” is a program aimed at getting a COVID-19 vaccine to market before the end of the year. The question is… would you take it?
Here is the issue. For the vaccine to be effective the goal is to reach herd immunity, meaning that most people must take it. However, reports have shown that 20% of Americans have flat out said that they would not take the vaccine, additionally, another 31% are unsure.
Chris speaks to callers and together they discuss their thoughts regarding taking the vaccine and whether political affiliations have an impact on their opinions.
What would it take to change your mind on who you are voting for?
The presidential election is just nine weeks away. Now we expect that both sides, Republican and Democrat to release op-eds and research about both candidates. The big question is, what would it take at this point to change your mind on who you are voting for? Whether it’s literally voting for the other candidate or perhaps even staying home, what would it take to change your opinion regarding the upcoming election?
Chris opens the discussion by taking on the recent article by The Atlantic. Do these types of articles have an impact on you? If we rewind back to 2016, President Trump said so many things that the media said would derail his chances in the election. What are the determining factors for you?
NEXT, Chris discusses the role of Social Media for kids and teens during the pandemic. If kids need Social Media as a platform to connect with their peers, how do you balance keeping them safe, while respecting their desire for privacy?
But the Election!
A number of folks have reached out recently concerned about the impact the election could have on the stock market.
The stock market is actually in record territory right now. Three months ago, no one expected this type of recovery. So the next question is, when might this change? The answer that most people are getting is that the election is going to be the big difference maker.
Before the 2016 election, CNN money reported: “If Donald Trump wins, U.S. stocks will almost certainly tank.” They quoted one firm who predicted an 8% drop if Trump won, and the Brookings Institute projected a 10-15% drop. Of course, in 2016, the exact opposite happened. But the key lesson here isn’t that the market will go up or down based on who wins, it’s that we don’t win in the market by trying to predict it.
So many people have come out with predictions from both the right and left. Chris shares his main concern with predictions, which is the choices we make when reacting to anxiety and fear. If we live in a cycle of fear, you are going to severely damage your portfolio long-term. Politicians are capitalizing on this like crazy right now. They are trying to push us into thinking, if the other side wins…it is going to catastrophic. It’s about managing your response to fear.
The Sandwich Generation: Caring for a Parent, while also caring for Kids
More and more of our clients fall into the sandwich generation… caring for a parent while also caring for kids. This can be very rewarding but also financially and emotionally stressful. Tara Stack joins Chris on the show and shares her story of caring for four kids and a mother with Alzheimer’s during the pandemic.
Tara shares the progression of their family dynamic and the many transitions her and family remained resilient through. Together Chris and Tara discuss the increased pressures that Covid-19 brought on, as well as the financial impact of caring for a parent.
Spirited Stimulus Talk | Unemployment, Payroll Taxes, and Exploring Executive Order
The president decided Congress was taking too long and released his own stimulus package via executive order, and neither side seem particularly happy about it. Republicans and Democrats have been arguing over this issue over the past two weeks regarding what do to when the current stimulus package ends. The President announced that he’d like to roll out a plan that includes $400 a week, but the Federal Government would only cover 75% of it ($100 would be paid by the States).
NEXT, Chris dives into the other components of the proposed stimulus plan, which includes the deferral of payroll taxes. How does this work, and more importantly, how does this impact Social Security funds? ALSO, what assistance is available to renters and homeowners in the stimulus plan?
Chris shares his thoughts and speak to callers about their outlook as well.