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A top retirement podcast. Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, CPWA®, RMA, AIF® guides you on how to actually do retirement well financially and personally. This retirement podcast isn't afraid to talk about the softer side of retirement. It will teach you how to retire with confidence. Two-time PLUTUS winner for best retirement podcast / blog and the 2019 winner for best financial planner blog. This retirement podcast covers how to create a paycheck, medicare, healthcare, Social Security, tax management in retirement as well as retirement travel and other non-financial issues you'll need to address to rock retirement. Retirement isn’t an age OR a financial number. It’s finding that balance between living well today and feeling confident about your retirement. It’s about gaining more freedom to pursue the life you want. Join the rock retirement community at www.rogerwhitney.com

Retirement Answer Man Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, RMA, CPWA®, AIF®

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A top retirement podcast. Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, CPWA®, RMA, AIF® guides you on how to actually do retirement well financially and personally. This retirement podcast isn't afraid to talk about the softer side of retirement. It will teach you how to retire with confidence. Two-time PLUTUS winner for best retirement podcast / blog and the 2019 winner for best financial planner blog. This retirement podcast covers how to create a paycheck, medicare, healthcare, Social Security, tax management in retirement as well as retirement travel and other non-financial issues you'll need to address to rock retirement. Retirement isn’t an age OR a financial number. It’s finding that balance between living well today and feeling confident about your retirement. It’s about gaining more freedom to pursue the life you want. Join the rock retirement community at www.rogerwhitney.com

    Retirement Plan Live: Dreams for Our New Home

    Retirement Plan Live: Dreams for Our New Home

    Welcome to the second installment of Retirement Plan Live. This is the episode where we run the initial numbers for Joelle’s retirement. We’ll walk through the 3 categories to define Joelle’s base needs, wants, and wishes and put number values to each of these areas. 
    In addition to the interview with Joelle, you’ll hear listener questions about how to feel comfortable about retirement, converting 401Ks to Roth IRAs, and how my personal journey finding health insurance has turned out. 
    As a bonus, you’ll hear an interview with Joe Saul-Sehy from the Stacking Benjamins podcast who has written a new book called Stacked. Listen in to hear if it is worth the read. 
    Check your email this weekend to receive a free retirement planning worksheet If you are following along with Retirement Plan Live and creating your own retirement plan, make sure that you are signed up for the 6-Shot Saturday weekly newsletter. In this Saturday’s newsletter, you will receive a link to a simple worksheet that will help guide you through your own retirement plan the way that I am walking through Joelle’s retirement plan. 
    6-Shot Saturday is full of tips, news, listener questions, and more, straight from the Retirement Answer Man to your inbox. Simply head on over to RogerWhitney.com, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and enter your name and email address to sign up. 
    Financial behavior is at the heart of all money management issues Have you ever listened to the Stacking Benjamins podcast with Joe Saul-Sehy? If so, you’ll want to check out his new book, Stacked. If you haven’t heard his podcast, check it out on your favorite podcasting app. Joe joins me today to discuss why he wrote his new book, how he wrote it, and why it’s important. 
    Did you know that 150 million Americans have cried about money? This number doesn’t only include people who live paycheck to paycheck, people who earn more are also concerned about money. These people aren’t crying about the loss of the mega backdoor Roth or cryptocurrency. They are crying about their financial behavior.
    Many people who are educated about money and finances still struggle with their financial behavior. Mastering your finances isn’t about what you know, it's about what you do. 
    Stacked helps readers take action to improve their financial situation Traditional finance books often overcomplicate finances or hype certain complicated financial strategies. Stacked helps readers understand what they should be thinking about when it comes to financial matters and why they should think about them.
    Since Joe discovered that people need actionable items to complete to successfully change their financial behavior he decided that his book should help readers change their financial behavior through action. The book is based on achievements that are built on micro-actions. Its format is award-based, similar to the way that many educational apps gamify learning. 
    Joe begins financial planning with the end in mind Joe’s book begins with the end in mind. It is goal-based and helps readers create a timeline to put their goals in perspective. Since most of us are visual learners, the book helps to plot things visually so that readers can begin to work on their financial problems. 
    As you read, you’ll be able to visualize your goals so that you can put a list together to understand what you truly value and how that applies to your financial plan. Check out Stacked if you are interested in a light-hearted approach to a serious subject matter that gives you actionable items to get you closer to your financial goals. 
    OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN RETIREMENT PLAN LIVE WITH JOELLE [3:04] Joelle’s base spending needs [8:50] Joelle’s future expenses [20:25] Budgeting will be a new experience for Joelle and her husband [23:49] Joelle’s aspirations [29:35] They plan to age in place LISTENER QUESTIONS [34:25] A 401K to Roth tr

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Relocation for Retirement: Why We Moved

    Relocation for Retirement: Why We Moved

    A new year means a new Retirement Plan Live! Over the course of the next 4 episodes, you’ll hear about Joelle and Mike and their plans for their recent retirement. Then, at the end of the month on January 27, we’ll wrap RPL up with a live webinar that you can participate in. Head on over to LiveWithRoger.com to register.
    On this episode, you’ll learn about Joelle and Mike’s thought process on moving to a different state for their retirement. You’ll also hear from Kevin in Coach’s Corner as he explains his Zero Based Budgeting process. This episode is jam-packed with information including one correction to an answer that I recently gave to a listener question. Press play to listen now. 
    Coach Kevin’s Zero-Based Budgeting process Creating your financial plan in retirement shouldn’t only include dollars and cents. It is important to build a plan that encompasses your life goals. Most people tackle their retirement budget from the wrong direction which is why Coach Kevin came up with his own budgeting process.
    Step 1 - Start with 2 major retirement questions. Where will you live? Will you work or generate an income? Both of these questions can drastically change your retirement budget. Think about whether you’ll move somewhere new or whether you’ll stay local and how that decision will affect your budget and your retirement plans. If you choose to work a bit in retirement, that choice won’t simply change your budget; it will also change how you spend your time. Step 2 - What activities will you do? Think about 3-5 activities that bring meaning and purpose to drive your life in retirement. Which activities would you like to build your life around? Set yourself up to do the things that you love to do.  Step 3 - What would make retirement special for you? This is where you get to think big. What are your retirement dreams? Would you like to travel to distant lands, buy a boat or RV, or maybe renovate your home?  Once you work through these 3 steps then you can begin to create your retirement budget. It is important to start with these steps rather than the money first so that you can ensure that you are making the most out of your retirement. 
    Step 4 - Continue creating your retirement budget by planning your day-to-day activities in retirement. These activities could include gym memberships, golf fees, sporting event tickets, theater tickets, and other areas where you will spend your time in retirement. Step 5 - Finally, you can add in all the other expenses like food, utilities, household expenses, and healthcare. Leaving your comfort zone is always a bit scary Remember that the type of life change that retirement brings can be scary. Any time you disrupt the status quo you leave your comfort zone. The good news is that if you start acting out your retirement plans and they don’t measure up to your vision, you can always change the plans. The trick is to develop a plan where you can pivot. With this Zero-Based Budgeting process, you can iterate as needed rather than being stuck with the same plan over the next 30 years.
    OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN A CORRECTION [2:20] An HSA question correction COACH’S CORNER [3:52] How to create a retirement financial plan that encompasses your life goals RETIREMENT PLAN LIVE WITH JOELLE [19:50] Why Joelle volunteered to be the new Retirement Plan Live subject [24:24] Joelle and her husband have different money styles [29:38] How Joelle’s life was different living in L.A. TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT [37:42] Give yourself grace about beginning again Resources Mentioned In This Episode Register for the Retirement Plan Live webinar on January 27 at 7 pm CST
    LTCI Partners
    Retirement Manifesto
    Rock Retirement Club
    Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That
    BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney
    Work with Roger
    Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

    • 40 min
    Is Cryptocurrency a Good Investment for My Retirement?

    Is Cryptocurrency a Good Investment for My Retirement?

    Do you own any cryptocurrency? First introduced in 2009, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have exploded in popularity over the past few years. 
    On this episode of Retirement Answer Man, we’ll discuss what cryptocurrency is, how it is revolutionizing the banking system and the drawbacks of this new type of currency. Listen in to learn whether you should add a bit of crypto to your retirement portfolio and you’ll also hear the answers to listener questions about IRA contributions and IRMAA surcharges.
    What is cryptocurrency? Nan is curious about whether Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies would be good investments to add to her retirement portfolio to hedge against inflation. Before we get into the answer to that question, we need to understand exactly what cryptocurrency is. 
    Stemming from the word cryptography, the word cryptocurrency means it is a currency that is encoded. This digital currency is secured by cryptography technology which prevents it from getting hacked. 
    Why is cryptocurrency such a big deal? Cryptocurrency is separated into denominations called coins or tokens which are actually cryptographically protected codes. These new currencies are atypical in that they are issued by non-centralized networks or entities and not issued by any government. 
    The value of a cryptocurrency coin or token is stored digitally and managed by a blockchain network that facilitates transactions. Blockchain is basically a digital bank replacement that is virtually frictionless. Transactions are instantaneous and can be confirmed quickly. 
    The promise of cryptocurrency could revolutionize currency transfers and remove the need for a banking system. With encrypted digital currency there is no need for a bank. Transactions bypass the third-party gatekeepers that are typical of traditional banking transactions, so there is no need for any extra fees. 
    How could cryptocurrency help combat inflation? Inflation occurs when a currency loses value over time. We have seen the inflation rate spike over the past year and the more money that comes into the system the less value the dollar will have. Since the US government is printing currency faster than ever, many people are worried that the dollar will continue to lose its value.
    New crypto coins or tokens can only be released by mining, so the value of the currency is based on a degree of scarcity. The finite supply of the currency’s structure is designed to retain its value over time.
    What are some concerns over cryptocurrencies? With all the benefits that come with this revolutionary financial technology come some drawbacks. Since it is so new, cryptocurrency has become a craze with new currencies being released each day. Much like the internet craze of the early 2000s, no one knows which currencies will come out on top. 
    The novelty of this new trend has also created volatility in the values of different cryptocurrencies. Currency values can spike up or down 10%-20% in one day.
    Investing in cryptocurrency is a bit like heading out to the wild west to pan for gold. Since it is so new, there is little to no government regulation which, paired with the anonymity that these currencies provide, can attract bad actors and lead to money laundering and tax evasion.
    Listen in to hear whether I recommend adding cryptocurrency to a retirement portfolio to hedge against inflation. 
    OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN LISTENER QUESTIONS [5:05] Is investing in cryptocurrency a good way to combat inflation in retirement? [11:51] Why is cryptocurrency such a big deal? [17:01] What are some concerns over cryptocurrencies? [22:10] Contribution limitations in the year that you retire [24:41] Appealing the IRMAA surcharge [26:27] What counts as income when calculating ACA credits? TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT [28:16] Finalize your 2021 net worth statement Resources Mentioned In This Episode Episode 300 - Medicare and IRMAA
    Form SSA-44 - Medicare Income-

    • 32 min
    How Will I Estimate What My RMD Will Be at Age 72?

    How Will I Estimate What My RMD Will Be at Age 72?

    Do you have a system for estimating what your future RMDs will be? Should you keep a mortgage or pay off the balance of your house in retirement? What should you do with the money that you withdraw to fill up your tax bracket? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered on this episode of Retirement Answer Man. Press play to check it out!
    My word of the year The end of the year is always a good time to think about beginning anew in the next year. I’m not big on celebrating New Year, but I enjoy the renewal process that comes with the start of the new year. 
    If you have listened to the show in the past, you have heard me discuss my word of the year. I choose a word each year as part of my own process of renewal. I try to use my word of the year as my guiding light to help me stay focused on my goals for the year ahead. Have you ever chosen a word of the year to help you focus on your goals? Listen to this episode to hear what my word is this year. 
    How do you calculate what your future RMDs will be? You know RMDs are coming at age 72, but how can you estimate what they will be? To calculate your RMDs you can create your own spreadsheet to get an estimation. Once you have a feasible retirement plan in place and you know how you will fund your retirement you can use this fantastic exercise to help you optimize your retirement plan. 
    To estimate future RMDs, I set up a simple spreadsheet with these columns: your age, the year, the RMD ratio, the end of the year account value for the prior year, estimated withdrawals, and the year-end value. Once you have these values in place you can take the total and divide it by the value provided by the IRS uniform lifetime table to estimate your future RMD. 
    How estimating your RMDs could benefit your retirement plan One way that this exercise can benefit you is by allowing you to project the risks that you might encounter in retirement. You may realize that you won’t need this much money to live on and decide that it is a good idea to fill up your tax bracket by withdrawing from your IRA sooner so that you can lower your RMD in the future. 
    What to do with the money that you withdraw from your IRA to fill up your tax bracket  If you do decide to withdraw from your IRA or 401K to fill up your tax bracket you will have the benefit that you know what your tax rate will be, but what should you do with the money? The way I see it you have 5 options. You can spend it, save it, give it away, invest it in after-tax vehicles, or convert it to a Roth IRA. The most important thing to do when making these arrangements is to think through your process in an organized way. What would you do if you decided to fill up your tax bracket?


    OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? [1:30] My word of the year LISTENER QUESTIONS [6:55] How do you calculate what your future RMDs will be? [15:33] Is it a good idea to keep a mortgage in retirement? [21:34] What do you do with the money that you withdraw from your 401K? [26:20] A suggestion from Mike [28:21] The efficacy of using balanced funds TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT [36:18] What will be your word of the year next year? Resources Mentioned In This Episode LTCI Partners 
    Rock Retirement Club
    Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That
    BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney
    Work with Roger
    Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

    • 38 min
    Are I-Bonds a Smart Investment for My Retirement Portfolio?

    Are I-Bonds a Smart Investment for My Retirement Portfolio?

    Do you have a net worth statement that you update regularly? Whether or not you do, you’ll want to learn about the psychological benefits that this exercise can create. In this episode of The Retirement Answer Man show, we’ll discuss what a net worth statement is and how you can gain from creating one regularly. 
    You’ll also hear several listener questions that range from inherited IRAs to I-bonds, to SPIA annuities. If you are interested in rocking retirement, you’ll need to arm yourself with the knowledge to help you navigate this change in life. Listen in to get started on your retirement education journey. 
    A Rock Retirement Club announcement If you are looking to join the Rock Retirement Club you can sign up for the waiting list until we open enrollment again in late January. We closed enrollment in early December to restructure the club a bit and introduce periodic enrollment so that new members can be a part of a cohort. This will help freshmen members to take full advantage of their membership as they work their way through all the benefits that the club provides. If you are interested in checking out the Rock Retirement Club, head on over to the website and join the waiting list to receive the latest email updates. 
    What is a net worth statement? If you have listened to the Retirement Answer Man show in the past, then you already know that a net worth statement is a statement of the resources you have accumulated with your wealth. 
    Your net worth statement lists all of your assets and their values and your debts and their values. Assets like your retirement accounts, investment accounts, or property are listed on the left side of the net worth statement. These assets can be categorized by whether they are tax-deferred, after-tax, or tax-free accounts. On the right side is the debt column. Total each column up to see the value of each. Once you do that you’ll subtract the debts from your assets and have your net worth. 
    Creating this valuable financial tool is a way to understand the cumulative impact of the financial decisions you have earned. Do you have a net worth statement that you update regularly? 
    The 5 ways you can use your income Since there are only 5 things that you can do with your income, your net worth statement reflects those financial decisions that you have made. These are the 5 ways that you can use your money:
    Spend it.  Pay down debt Give it away. Save it as cash in an emergency fund. Invest for the future. For every dollar you have earned you have made a decision (whether consciously or unconsciously) to do one of these 5 things, so your net worth statement is a reflection of these choices. 
    Creating a net worth statement provides a psychological impact By updating your net worth statement periodically you’ll be able to compare how your finances reflect your values and whether you are using your finances to stay in line with your goals. If you identify any incongruencies then you can address the behavior before it gets out of hand. 
    Have you ever put together a net worth statement? When was the last time you updated it? As a rule of thumb try revisiting it every 6 months.
    Make sure to listen to the next episode to hear my word of the year!
    OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT [1:56] What is a net worth statement? [4:50] Creating a net worth statement provides a psychological impact LISTENER QUESTIONS [11:21] You can work with LTCI Partners directly [14:45] Mike asks if I-bonds are a no-brainer [20:12] Examples of how people have blended retirement with meaningful work [24:28] A comment about SPIA annuities [32:25] Alternatives for the fixed income portion of assets in retirement  [35:27] Navigating the changes to the inherited IRA RMD rules TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT [37:51] Consider creating experiences rather than giving gifts for the holidays Resources Mentioned In This Episode BOOK - Retire

    • 41 min
    What Is a Retirement Plan of Record?

    What Is a Retirement Plan of Record?

    You have probably heard me refer to a retirement plan of record in the past few episodes, but you may be wondering what exactly this is. I have had several listeners reach out and ask me to define this term, so in addition to hearing listener questions, today you’ll learn exactly what a retirement plan of record is and how it can help you plan your retirement. Press play to check it out.
    What is a plan of record? The retirement plan of record is something that I work on with my clients and I am in the process of developing a template that will be available in the Rock Retirement Club masterclass. This plan of record will help you create a current representation of your decision-making framework so that you can walk through a decision-making process in an organized way. 
    Why is it important to have a plan of record There is so much to consider in retirement planning--asset allocations, withdrawal rates, Roth conversions, IRMAA, taxes, not to mention who your friends will be and what you’re going to do all day. With all of these considerations, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the choices if you don’t have an organized way to make decisions. Without a clear direction, your decision-making process could have you bouncing around like crazy. 
    The 3 pillars of the agile process When creating a retirement plan of record, it is important to organize your financial goals into 3 pillars so that your plan can remain agile. First, develop a feasible plan, then, make it resilient, and lastly, optimize your plan. If you can arrange your decisions under these 3 pillars, then you can think through the process in an organized way. 
    A retirement plan of record can ensure that your decisions reflect your values and goals. You’ll be able to create feasible spending goals based on your resources. Your plan needs to be resilient so that you can manage risks. 
    Once you have your plan of record in place then you can work through each decision while referring to your plan. You’ll be able to see the changes you are considering within your organized process and create a what-if scenario by making a copy of your plan of record and adjust accordingly. This way you’ll be able to flush out the implications of this new variable so that you can examine the decision in a thoughtful way. 
    The plan of record is a useful tool to accomplish organized thinking that you can execute in a consistent rhythm so that you can stay agile and make the most of your life regardless of what happens. Your plan of record allows you to focus on what you can control.


    OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? [3:50] What is a plan of record? OUR SPONSOR [12:22] Check out LTCI Partners for your long-term care insurance needs LISTENER QUESTIONS [13:31] Lee is worried about inflation--should she work longer? [22:05] Thinking about Social Security claiming strategies [28:18] How IRMAA surcharges work each year [33:26] How to deal with switching from an HSA to Medicare [35:32] Filling up tax bracket buckets TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT [39:03] Review your retirement contributions to make sure you are hitting the numbers you want Resources Mentioned In This Episode Episode 385 - The 4% Rule
    Episode 395 - Retirement Risk Basics
    Check out LTCI Partners for your long-term care insurance needs
    Rock Retirement Club
    Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That
    BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney
    Work with Roger
    Roger’s Retirement Learning Center

    • 42 min

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NancyThib ,

Love this podcast

I’ve been listening to Rogers podcast now for over two years and I love how he explains everything in an easy to understand manner. He just recently answered my question regarding how to calculate RMD‘s and I was able to follow his logic and setting up my own spreadsheet. Thank you Roger!

An ekename ,

Down-to-earth answers to retirement questions

Roger Whitney's podcast provides information for everyone from the financial neophyte to the savvy investor. He limits his use of jargon and defines what special vocabulary he does use. Although, as he makes clear in every episode, he is not providing financial advice, he does provide a framework in which one can make more informed decisions in one's own financial life. His folksy, down-to-earth demeanor helps make financial planning seem less intimidating.

I am always leery of reviews that are entirely glowing, so I will point out my one minor complaint: I find the bumper music to be rather irritating.

free market maniac ,

Good Information

Roger provides good focused down-to-earth content without using confusing language a lot of financial podcasters love to do. What I like most about Roger is his open approach. He offers strategies and ideas but knows there are many ways to approach the same goals. He understands individuals have individual needs and wants. Fixed income can mean cash or laddered CDs or an annuity or it can mean medium duration bond funds or even a mixed bond and equity strategy. He focuses on concepts and not specifics. Very good podcast.

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