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Don’t Retire… Graduate! Is the podcast that asks what you want to be when you grow up so you can graduate into retirement with a passion and a purpose. Hosted by Certified Financial Planner Practitioner, Eric Brotman, this show will explore different methods for saving money, paying down debt, raising financially literate children, growing your wealth, and reaching financial independence–whether you’re 35 or 65. Retirement is not the absence of work, but the absence of needing to work. So join us while we talk to award-winning, best-selling authors, finance experts, influencers, and people with amazing money stories to help you set and reach financial goals, discover your passions, and make a plan for what you want to be when you reach the point where work becomes optional. Plus, between full episodes we’ll answer listener questions about personal finance, investing, retirement readiness, taxes, and more. Topics covered include: budgets, credit, debt, emergency funds, balancing expenses, health savings accounts, insurance and risk management, financial advisors, mortgages, retirement savings, social security, money management, spending, fintech and finance apps, employee benefits, and the FIRE movement.

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Don’t Retire… Graduate! Is the podcast that asks what you want to be when you grow up so you can graduate into retirement with a passion and a purpose. Hosted by Certified Financial Planner Practitioner, Eric Brotman, this show will explore different methods for saving money, paying down debt, raising financially literate children, growing your wealth, and reaching financial independence–whether you’re 35 or 65. Retirement is not the absence of work, but the absence of needing to work. So join us while we talk to award-winning, best-selling authors, finance experts, influencers, and people with amazing money stories to help you set and reach financial goals, discover your passions, and make a plan for what you want to be when you reach the point where work becomes optional. Plus, between full episodes we’ll answer listener questions about personal finance, investing, retirement readiness, taxes, and more. Topics covered include: budgets, credit, debt, emergency funds, balancing expenses, health savings accounts, insurance and risk management, financial advisors, mortgages, retirement savings, social security, money management, spending, fintech and finance apps, employee benefits, and the FIRE movement.

    Breaking Financial Stereotypes: Money Attitudes and Behaviors in a Diverse World with Cara Macksoud

    Breaking Financial Stereotypes: Money Attitudes and Behaviors in a Diverse World with Cara Macksoud

    Welcome to a very special episode of Don't Retire... Graduate!: our finale. After five seasons, we're graduating from the podcast in order to take financial literacy education into a new format, with a new edition of the Don't Retire... Graduate! book releasing soon and our new financial wellness program taking off.
    Rounding out the show with a bang, we have Cara Macksoud of Money Habitudes here to talk about her journey from Wall Street trader to leading a company that helps people identify their financial biases and make positive changes in their habits. We'll explore the importance of being open-minded and empathetic towards clients with different attitudes and behaviors, as well as the gradual nature of habit change.
    Key takeaways:

    Financial security is important for a comfortable retirement transition. It involves having a certain level of income and assets to maintain a desired lifestyle.

    It's crucial to understand your money habits and attitudes, as they play a significant role in your financial decision-making. The Money Habitudes assessment helps individuals gauge where they fall along six domains and identify biases or areas for improvement.

    Money is relational and tied to associations such as family, culture, and community. Understanding the non-verbal messages and influences around money can help shape healthy money habits and attitudes.

    Giving and philanthropy can bring joy and satisfaction, and it's important to align your philanthropic efforts with your values and passions. Incorporating philanthropy into your financial plan can bring both status and personal fulfillment.


    Thank you to everyone who has supported this show over the last five years and allowed us to be part of your personal finance journey. Also, a special thank you to our executive producer Sara Lohse and our audio engineer Russ Riba for making this podcast happen.
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    • 43 min
    Office Hours: Worrying About Retirement in Your 20s

    Office Hours: Worrying About Retirement in Your 20s

    In today’s Office Hours, Eric answers Noah's question: “What can you tell someone in their 20s who is already worried about not being able to retire in the future?”
    This is a lot of stress to put on yourself so early in your life and career, but there are a few pieces of advice that Eric can share for you.
    Have a question? Tweet it to us at @BrotmanPlanning or post it on our Facebook and it may be used in a future episode of Office Hours!
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    • 6 min
    Love and Money: Financial Planning for Newly Weds

    Love and Money: Financial Planning for Newly Weds

    Welcome back to Don’t Retire… Graduate! On today's episode, we're getting personal and bringing in a member of the BFG family. Financial advisor Cody Niedermeier recently got married and is sharing his experience and advice for handling financial conversations before and after saying "I do."
    Even as a financial advisor, it can be hard to handle conversations around money within a relationship. Cody talks about dropping a whopping $15 on her plastic engagement ring (on top of the diamond one, of course), how he proposed, and the plans they have for the future.

    Communication and transparency are key when it comes to financial planning for couples. It is important to have open conversations about joint accounts, bill payments, and beneficiary designations to ensure that both partners are on the same page and have a clear understanding of their financial goals.

    When planning a wedding, it is advisable to save for the engagement ring rather than borrowing money. Using a credit card to purchase the ring means that the spouse is essentially paying for it, leading to unnecessary debt.

    The cost of weddings can vary greatly. It is crucial for couples to financially plan for their wedding and manage expectations. By understanding their budget and prioritizing expenses, couples can prevent financial strain and focus on what matters most to them.

    Geography plays a significant role in financial and legal matters. Couples should ensure that their estate planning documents are done in the state they are living in, as state laws differ. It is also important to consider insurance policies and beneficiary designations, especially when moving between different states.

    The importance of comprehensive financial planning cannot be overstated. From consolidating old retirement accounts to adjusting employee benefits, couples should seek guidance from financial advisors to help them navigate this complex process. This includes finding professionals for tax planning, legal matters, and other important areas to ensure a solid financial foundation for their marriage.


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    • 36 min
    Office Hours: Financial Advice That's Different Than 10 Years Ago

    Office Hours: Financial Advice That's Different Than 10 Years Ago

    In today’s Office Hours, Eric answers Olivia's question: “What advice would you give today that you wouldn't have expected to 10 years ago?”
    The advice does change over time, but with 30 years of experience as a financial advisor, it's clear that some of the basic fundamentals don't: paying yourself first and avoiding adverse debt. But economic conditions and products do change and there are things that we wouldn't have recommended a decade or even 5 years ago.
    Have a question? Tweet it to us at @BrotmanPlanning or post it on our Facebook and it may be used in a future episode of Office Hours!
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    • 6 min
    From College to Covid to Recession: Navigating Finances in Changing Times with Hassan Thomas

    From College to Covid to Recession: Navigating Finances in Changing Times with Hassan Thomas

    Welcome back to Don’t Retire… Graduate! On this episode we’re joined by Hassan Thomas, the creator of the FYI FLI (For Your Information Financial Literacy and Investing) app and host of the FYI FLI podcast. 

    He is here to share his story of beginning his entrepreneurial journey during a global recession, having to pivot a future after an injury, and growing a brand focused on teaching personal finance. 

    In this episode we’ll talk about:

    • Understanding your goals and finding someone who can help you achieve them is crucial.
    • Building a comfortable and goal-oriented working relationship with a coach is essential.
    • The internet has made information more accessible, allowing for self-education and learning new skills.
    • During times of economic uncertainty, having multiple income sources and financial literacy is important.
    • The current generation faces more financial challenges, with the need for multiple jobs and side hustles to support a family.
    • Financial education and applying knowledge can have an immediate and positive impact on personal finances.
    • Establishing an emergency fund (or peace of mind fund) in a high-yield savings account is an excellent starting point for financial stability.
    • Continual learning and progress in financial education can lead to life-changing opportunities and success.
    • Having a plan, taking action, and being prepared are key factors in progressing and achieving financial goals.
    • Understanding how recessions impact individuals and their finances is essential for making informed financial decisions.

    Visit dontretiregraduate.com for a full transcript of this episode.

    About Hassan Thomas:

    Hassan R. Thomas: the new face of emerging FinTech and the Founder of a new APP called FYI FLI (For Your Information, Financial Literacy & Investing), and the CEO of HRT Enterprises LLC. 

    @ceosanni @fyifli
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    • 39 min
    Office Hours: Money Lessons Learned from Movies

    Office Hours: Money Lessons Learned from Movies

    In today’s Office Hours, Eric answers Charlotte's question: “What movie taught you the most about money?”
    Eric chose the movie The Ultimate Gift based on a book by Jim Stovall because of how it taught the value of money and how you can use it to make a difference. This is the opposite of one we often mention as more of a cautionary tale, which is Billy Madison.
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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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38 Ratings

38 Ratings

purplechi21 ,

One of the best!

Eric brings the real deal to his podcast. Yes, it's about going into retirement with enough money (hi, financial advisors), but also with a purpose. Such a great host and such relevant guests!

societyhillmom ,

So much knowledge!

I really enjoy listening to Eric, his guests, and all the wisdom they share. I have learned so much since I discovered this podcast and would recommend to anyone!

Jessicat848739924793 ,

Sail into a smooth retirement

Eric leads listeners into a sense of calm when it comes to retirement. No topic is left unturned, so you can walk flawlessly into the best season of your life! Listening to this podcast is like a more joyful and less gruesome version of reading ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting” but for retirement!

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