66 episodes

Beyond Finances provides motivated professionals with young families with new ideas and perspectives on how to use money and strategic financial planning to get more of what you want from life.

Each episode features real, direct, and nuanced conversations about the challenge of planning for the long-term - while we live in the here and now. The podcast seeks to go beyond basic financial advice, rules of thumb, and spreadsheet math to help listeners think more deeply and clearly about how to optimize personal finances while also fully experiencing what matters most along the way.

Hosted by Eric Roberge, CFP, a fee-only financial advisor who helps his clients take advantage of opportunities while minimizing risk, Beyond Finances aims to translate the theory of advice into the actual practice of using money as a tool to build wealth while enjoying life now. Eric founded Beyond Your Hammock, a wealth management firm based in Boston MA but serving clients virtually with the goal of giving motivated professionals a strategic approach to building wealth that considers all aspects of life, not just finances - one that allows clients to live well today while still planning responsibly for the future.
The show is co-hosted by Kali Roberge, who runs operations and marketing for Beyond Your Hammock - and is also Eric's business partner and spouse. Their open, authentic, and vulnerable conversations help listeners see both what's possible when you know how to leverage your resources of time, energy, and money to build wealth - but also what tough decisions, tradeoffs, and challenges working couples with young families might face along the way.

There are a lot of options for growing and securing wealth - but the only possibility that matters is the one that actually works for you. If you're tired of black and white advice, join us for conversations about financial planning and wealth building that actually dig into the nuance of creating your own unique path to financial success.

Ready to go beyond the podcast? You can reach out to Beyond Your Hammock at team@beyondyourhammock.com or go to BeyondYourHammock.com/Schedule to request a complimentary consultation complete with personalized one-page financial plan.

Beyond Finances Eric Roberge, CFP & Beyond Your Hammock

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    • 4.2 • 45 Ratings

Beyond Finances provides motivated professionals with young families with new ideas and perspectives on how to use money and strategic financial planning to get more of what you want from life.

Each episode features real, direct, and nuanced conversations about the challenge of planning for the long-term - while we live in the here and now. The podcast seeks to go beyond basic financial advice, rules of thumb, and spreadsheet math to help listeners think more deeply and clearly about how to optimize personal finances while also fully experiencing what matters most along the way.

Hosted by Eric Roberge, CFP, a fee-only financial advisor who helps his clients take advantage of opportunities while minimizing risk, Beyond Finances aims to translate the theory of advice into the actual practice of using money as a tool to build wealth while enjoying life now. Eric founded Beyond Your Hammock, a wealth management firm based in Boston MA but serving clients virtually with the goal of giving motivated professionals a strategic approach to building wealth that considers all aspects of life, not just finances - one that allows clients to live well today while still planning responsibly for the future.
The show is co-hosted by Kali Roberge, who runs operations and marketing for Beyond Your Hammock - and is also Eric's business partner and spouse. Their open, authentic, and vulnerable conversations help listeners see both what's possible when you know how to leverage your resources of time, energy, and money to build wealth - but also what tough decisions, tradeoffs, and challenges working couples with young families might face along the way.

There are a lot of options for growing and securing wealth - but the only possibility that matters is the one that actually works for you. If you're tired of black and white advice, join us for conversations about financial planning and wealth building that actually dig into the nuance of creating your own unique path to financial success.

Ready to go beyond the podcast? You can reach out to Beyond Your Hammock at team@beyondyourhammock.com or go to BeyondYourHammock.com/Schedule to request a complimentary consultation complete with personalized one-page financial plan.

    How Kids Change You - and Your Financial Plan

    How Kids Change You - and Your Financial Plan

    How kids change you can be delightfully surprising. But they'll change your financial plan, too, in ways that might be challenging if you don't know how to adjust.  In what is probably news to no one, things change when you have kids.
    You know your responsibilities will shift. Your schedule will probably get upended. The smaller your children are, the less personal freedom you may have.
    How you experience all this, however, is unknowable.
    The process itself alters who you are now, and how you perceive and react to your life with kids in ways that you could not have even imagined when you were childfree.
    If you yourself are changed, you can expect your financial plan will need some adjustments too!
    You’re going to have new goals. Your regular, ongoing expenses increase. You’re financially responsible for more; more can go wrong simply because there are more variables in the form of another human being in your life that you must care for and protect. 
    We dig into all this and more in this episode, where we share:
    The trickiest part of transformative experiences on our lives Our suggestion for solving the "wild problems" we all encounter  (from the decision to have kids to any other major life choice or transition) How having a child changed each of us personally Updates you might need to make to your goals or priorities after having children The impacts kids can make on your present-day cash flow as well as your long-term financial objectives What strategies might need to shift within your financial plan to accomodate a growing family Why saving what you can when you can is so critical What you need to consider if generational wealth is important to you

    • 29 min
    Money Tips from a Boston Financial Planner: Your Questions, Answered

    Money Tips from a Boston Financial Planner: Your Questions, Answered

    You asked - now we answer your specific financial questions and try to provide clarity on some money situations that lots of folks tend to find themselves in.
    We share our insights on:
    What to do with your money once you pay off debt, max out your retirement accounts, and aren't sure what to prioritize next How to think through a decision like investing in rental real estate properties What counts (and what DOESN'T) when talking about savings rates Where to put your cash if you want it to grow Which financial planning benchmarks you can use to determine if you're on track, ahead of the curve, or falling behind with your personal finances Have a question you want featured on a future episode? Email team@beyondyourhammock.com

    • 29 min
    Protecting Family Wealth: How to Safeguard Your Assets and Your Stuff

    Protecting Family Wealth: How to Safeguard Your Assets and Your Stuff

    In the last episode of our 3-part series on strategic planning for your finances is all about protecting family wealth. If you're working hard to build assets, you need to protect that growing net worth - and part of that is making sure you and your family will be financially stable no matter what curveballs you may face along the way.
    Instead of just running through "insurance 101" or defining parts of an estate plan, we're pulling back the curtain and showing you what a financial planner has for his personal finances and why he has it.
    We'll discuss the types of insurance policies we personally have, and walk through the documents that make up our estate plan. Expect to hear:
    -- Why we have to have this conversation in the first place - because it's not enough to build wealth. You have to protect it (and yourself, and your family) too!
    -- What we looked for in a health insurance plan
    -- The property & casualty insurance you have to have, and a separate, additional policy you might want to consider as well
    -- What kind of life insurance we each have and what purpose it serves
    -- The importance of disability insurance for professional couples
    -- How we've protected ourselves, our family, and our stuff with a comprehensive estate plan, what an estate plan actually does (it's WAY more than just wills!), and why almost everyone needs some type of estate plan for themselves, regardless of how much money you have
    If you've made it this far, you know the importance of putting financial goals and decisions in the context of your values so you can sort through competing priorities. You know you need to build a financial plan that uses specific strategies to address your particular challenges and opportunities. And you understand that planning is key - but investing is critical, if you want to build real wealth.
    Once that wealth-building machine is in motion, don't leave it vulnerable. Start here to understand the steps you can take to start protecting family wealth - which includes you and your loved ones, too.

    • 27 min
    Strategic Planning, Part II: Investment Management

    Strategic Planning, Part II: Investment Management

    Welcome back to our series on strategic planning for your personal finances. Today's episode is part II, and we're covering all things investment management.
    We'll talk through what you need to do to put together a sound investment strategy for yourself, and the to-dos any investment manager should take (whether that's you as a DIYer, or an advisor who you hire to manage your assets for you). 
    This episode covers:
    Assessing risk tolerance and risk capacity (and the difference between the two) Understanding your investment time horizon Allocating your assets correctly (which does NOT just mean what percentage of your portfolio should be in stocks vs. bonds) Selecting investments and coordinating account types Diversifying your investments - in all kinds of ways! Diversification of specific assets, across asset classes, with the specific vehicles you use (and what specific assets you put into each account or vehicle you use) Considering tax impacts of your investment choices (and the tax planning you should do for your investment portfolio) Calibrating your portfolio for the return you need (which includes knowing reasonable return expectaions) Remembering fees and expense ratios - and other basics like rebalancing Explaining why tax loss harvesting is not right for everyone (sorry) Doing ongoing due dilligence to understand if and when you should replace assets in your portfolio Choosing contribution strategies Setting up standard rules to guide your ongoing decisions and complete maintenance over time Ultimately, you should understand your investment stategy and why you set it, so you can stick to it when things get wonky in the markets (which is inevitable over time).
    Finally, we'll give you the most important strategic planning advice for going through the process of setting up an investment management system that works for you: a good strategy, stuck with over time, is better than the "best" strategy you found only after trying multiple different things and interrupting your progress with each change.
    Let's dive in and get into some investment management!

    • 34 min
    Using a Strategic Planning Process for Your Finances (Pt I)

    Using a Strategic Planning Process for Your Finances (Pt I)

    You've heard the term "financial plan" or "financial planning" a million times. But what does it actually look like to go through that process?
    Today we're sharing how we construct strategic plans for personal finances. We'll take you to the inner workings of the framework and systems we use at Beyond Your Hammock to help people use their money as a tool to get more of what they want in life - now and into the future.
    This is part one of our series that will explain the 5 stages of the financial planning process:
    Setting goals, clarifying priorities, and stating values Building out iteration one of a formal plan and choosing specific strategies to implement Developing investment strategies to serve as the engine of financial growth over time Protecting yourself, your family, and your assets Measuring, managing, and maintaining the complete financial plan over time Our first episode will cover stages 1 & 2. Let's get planning!

    • 30 min
    How to Better Manage Bonus Money and Other Lump Sum Payments

    How to Better Manage Bonus Money and Other Lump Sum Payments

    Do you earn bonuses, commissions, grants of equity comp, or other types of variable income? Then you better know not just how to manage it, but also how to optimize these lump sum cash inflows to help you achieve your goals and grow your wealth.
    In this episode, we'll explain how to do it. Join us as we discuss:
    What counts as "variable income," or what lump sums of money you may receive over time The number-one thing to do if you receive a lump sum of cash, from any source Two main methods to manage cash flow for solid but unpredictable income streams The mistakes to avoid when you receive any kind of lump sum payment Why you have to invest some of these cash inflows For our financial planning clients, managing lump sum cash inflows is a constant conversation. Getting this right becomes especially important when we're talking about total incomes of $500,000 or more, when half or more of that sum will hit quarterly, semi-annually, or even once a year.
    Managing big lump sums like that is a skill; cash flow management can get complex not just due to the size of these cash infusions, but due to timing. This episode will help you strategize and plan around your variable income so you can achieve your most important financial goals.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

HeatherBopp ,

Great Perspectives - One Drawback

Eric and Kali have great perspectives and I love hearing the dynamic between a married couple negotiating finances. The only downside is Kali’s language quirks....”sun-thing” and “fitty” drive be bonkers. Otherwise great information and a fantastic format.

Finnewoman ,

How Kids Change You -

Great advice on things to consider when creating your financial plan as a new couple and again as you are growing your family. Sharing the heck out of this podcast so that parents understand and treat money as a tool (not a wedge) that can nurture your relationship and set your kids up for success too!🙌🏼

Ipabvtva ,

Very insightful!

I’m glad they are recording episodes again been listening for the last 3 years - thank you for the content and congrats on becoming parents!

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