The days of simple retirement planning are gone and those who can manage their own portfolio are choosing not to. Prout Financial Design began over 25 years ago as an education based financial planning practice. Dennis Prout, Certified Financial Planner, believes that each client should not only understand their finances, they should be actively involved in the decisions made. Join the conversation! Dennis' radio show can be heard LIVE every Thursday at 10 am on News Talk 580 am or you can listen here instead. Thanks for tuning in! Advisory Services offered through Capital Asset Advisory Services, a Limited Liability Company, and a Registered Investment Advisor. Prout Financial Design does not provide tax, accounting, or legal services. Please consult the appropriate professional regarding your individual circumstance. Not associated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any other government agency.
Episode 332 - When Do We Get the “All Clear” Signal?
The morning haze has made for some beautiful sunrises here in Northern Michigan recently. However, a similar type of “haze” continues to envelop our current economic situation. Are we in for a soft landing? What about interest rates, recession and the business cycle? Housing prices are another big unknown, with many professionals weighing in on the current housing market. On today’s show, we’ll continue the conversation about the current economy, even looking at whether global temperatures affect economic growth. Heidi will discuss the younger person’s use of summer earnings to start a Roth IRA, and how that might benefit your child or grandchild, and help them learn about the long-term benefits of starting a saving mindset. Last, Deann discusses a recent article in The Wall Street Journal about Northern Michigan and the stats surrounding the economy as well. Tune in and take control!
Episode 331 - Protecting Your Nest Egg in the Retirement Hazard Zone
In a May 2023 Kiplinger article, Chris Abeyta, in discussing the transition from asset growth to income and protection, warns us of the “Retirement Hazard Zone” – the four to five years right after the pivotal age of 59½ that can greatly impact the rest of your retirement. In essence, Abeyta cautions readers to take action to protect their nest egg from significant losses while still growing it. Part of this equation deals with the reality that, for some, they need to take income from their portfolio. For others, it’s about the need for greater preservation as their mindsets have changed. And for a few, it’s about strategic allocation and utilizing diversification to its maximum potential while limiting downside risk in a volatile market environment.
Regardless of your situation, on today’s show we will discuss the “why” and “how” of the three phases of your retirement journey. Next, Heidi will discuss the IRS RMD (required minimum distribution) waiver for non-spouse beneficiary IRA accounts, as well as a 60-day rollover relief option for traditional IRA RMDs taken inadvertently because of the newly incepted age change to 73. You were probably thinking that no changes were in store after all the adjustments that were made recently, but these are to cover for individuals needing to catch up with the new rules. Last, Nathan, who is filling in for Deann, will give us the best of stats to help us along on the journey and pinpoint more economic and retirement reality.
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Episode 330 - Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Outside!
The beautiful summer weather seems to have everyone in a trance of warmth, ice cream, sandy beaches and the great outdoors (including the bugs)! Today, we’ll talk about the power of being a contrarian in a world that seems more confusing by the day. Included in this will be historical examples of those with very big voices who have been very wrong about the future. One example is the current residential housing market, which has stumped so many to continue strong despite ever-rising interest rates. Another is the continuing Fed attempts to rein in the economy with ever-widening interest rates, only hurting itself and our very own dollar in the process, and the future statistics on what that could look like. Next, Heidi will discuss mid-year frequently asked questions about Social Security planning for retirement. This includes what we might possibly see on adjustments to Social Security to control the cost. All of this, including great stats from Deann to bolster and add to the conversation.
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Episode 329 - Your Retirement Journey
In a recent article in Kiplinger, Chris Abeyta explains how your retirement journey breaks down into three phases. Phase 2: “The Retirement Hazard Zone,” are the four to five years right after turning the pivotal age of 59-1⁄2. According to Abeyta, this is the time to take action to protect your nest egg from significant losses while still growing it. Part of the equation deals with the reality that for some, they need to take income from their portfolio. For others, it’s about the need for greater preservation as their mindsets have changed. For a few, it’s about strategic allocation and utilizing diversification to its maximum potential while limiting downside risk in a volatile market environment. Regardless of where you fall, we will discuss the why and how of the three phases of your retirement journey. Next, Heidi will cover a very timely article from Andy Ives of the Ed Slott team about what and how to deal with a retirement account when an owner dies. As a beneficiary, we’ll discuss the steps you will need to remember to take as you deal with what can be a very difficult time. I believe this will be an article of lasting importance and we will be posting this on our website for permanent reference. Last, Deann will cover the best of stats to help us along on the journey.
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Episode 328 - Talk is Cheap
How many times have you heard the phrase, “Talk is cheap”? We even alluded to this on last week’s show regarding the market’s response to Fed Chair Jeremy Powell’s proclamation that rates would begin to rise at the Fed’s July meeting on the 25th and 26th. On this week’s show, we’ll continue to discuss the rate environment and its impact on the economy. Why? Because the implications are very important and dynamically changing. What camp are we in? Currently, we agree with Simon White of Bloomberg who recently had this to say: “Rising global rate expectations are likely to be disappointed as slowing inflation significantly tightens real rates through the rest of the year, allowing central banks to deliver fewer rate hikes than predicted.” Currently, the stock and bond markets appear to be signaling this very outcome, and we think this continues to be a great subject to stay on top of with you, our listening audience! Heidi will also discuss the difference between Treasury Bills and Bonds and the two critical differences between them. And Deann will bring those stats to bolster the conversation along with your questions!
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Episode 327 - Finding the Retirement Strategy That Works for You
So, you’d like to retire? Before taking the plunge, there’s a lot you need to think about. What are the common and not so common issues and financial hurdles for pre-retirees and retirees alike? What are the steps to consider or adjustments you have to make to move the needle in your direction in the face of a volatile economic environment? We’ll discuss these issues and more as we review several articles giving insight from the financial standpoint as well as practical input from our many years spent with clients and pondering these very same issues.
Next, Heidi will review and discuss this month’s Social Security Advisor article titled, “Harsh Reality: Americans Do Not Understand Social Security.” Many stats and results will follow pointing up the importance of understanding the impacts, inflation and the financial benefits of learning more about you and your loved ones’ options for taking Social Security benefits. Last, Deann will take us into the stats side to continue the conversation and shed more light on our knowledge base. Tune in and take control!
Don’t talk politics, especially when you don’t understand all the economic factors