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Benjamin Brandt wants to teach you how to retire! Listen in as Benjamin Brandt CFP©, RICP© answers the questions on the minds of the modern retiree, often joined by the top experts in the retirement planning industry. Do you enjoy Dave Ramsey and Freakonomics? Check out Retirement Starts Today Podcast. Ask Benjamin a question here:

Benjamin Brandt wants to teach you how to retire! Listen in as Benjamin Brandt CFP©, RICP© answers the questions on the minds of the modern retiree, often joined by the top experts in the retirement planning industry. Do you enjoy Dave Ramsey and Freakonomics? Check out Retirement Starts Today Podcast. Ask Benjamin a question here:


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Benjamin Brandt wants to teach you how to retire! Listen in as Benjamin Brandt CFP©, RICP© answers the questions on the minds of the modern retiree, often joined by the top experts in the retirement planning industry. Do you enjoy Dave Ramsey and Freakonomics? Check out Retirement Starts Today Podcast. Ask Benjamin a question here:






Should Private Equity Funds Have a Place in Your 401K? Ep # 147

Would you consider adding private equity funds to your 401K? We’ll weight the pros and cons of this interesting idea as we explore the retirement headlines. No listener questions today, instead, this episode is all about the headlines. We have news about RMD’s, private equity funds, tax strategy in retirement, and a shocking Fidelity study. Make sure to listen until the end to hear the surprise twist. Outline of This Episode What are private equity funds? You may have heard of private...


The Hidden Challenges of Retirement with Fritz Gilbert, Ep # 146

Retirement Manifesto blogger, Fritz Gilbert joins me today. Fritz was actually my very first guest on the show and is now my first repeat guest. I’m excited to have him join me again since he has recently retired. Fritz shares insight from his research in writing his blog and book but also from his first-hand knowledge of retirement. Listen in to our conversation as we discuss hidden challenges of retirement, how it feels to be newly retired, and how to get the most bang for your buck in...


Answering Listener Questions with Grant Bledsoe, Ep # 145

I’ve got an exciting episode planned for you today. This episode will focus solely on listener questions but as an added twist I’ve asked my friend Grant Bledsoe over at Grow Money Business Podcast to join me in answering these questions. I think you’ll benefit from Grant’s expertise as a Registered Investment Advisor and enjoy hearing his perspective as he helps me answer your questions. Listen in to hear our two points of view about rebalancing in difficult markets, quarterly tax payments,...


Bankrupt in Just Two Weeks, Ep #144

Can you imagine this nightmare? You’re newly retired and then a global pandemic comes along and threatens financial markets all over the world leaving you bankrupt in only two weeks. Listen to this cautionary tale in the retirement headlines segment of our show today. But what is more important than hearing the frightening scenario is learning what you can do to prevent yourself from taking this kind of risk. Outline of This Episode Retired to bankrupt in 2 weeks How could someone go from...


4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Are Offered an Early Retirement Package, Ep #143

Do you know what you would do if your employer offered you an early retirement package? Before you rush into an answer, I have 4 questions for you to consider. Given the present economic climate, this is an important consideration. On this episode, we’ll also talk about survivorship bias and what you can learn from it. Then I answer a listener question about alternative minimum tax and donor-advised funds. Lastly, we’ll discuss 3 different retirement headlines. Don’t miss out if you have...


Are You a Prudent Pessimist? Ep # 142

Are you an eternal optimist or a prudent pessimist? It may seem like the stock market is the eternal optimist. Have you seen the headline that Uber laid off 3,000 employees? If you have, you may be wondering why their stock jumped up. Learn why this is a common occurrence by listening in. Then on the other side of the coin, you’ll learn how you can be a prudent pessimist after reading the latest Social Security headlines. But first, let’s get to a listener question from Jennifer. Outline of...


Economic Effects of the Coronavirus, Ep #141

Thanks for participating in the office hours that we’ve held for the past several weeks. Due to that question and answer period, we have exhausted all of our listener questions. But don’t worry we have some interesting articles to discuss on today’s episode. Listen in to learn more about the CARES Act, the lack of inflation, market positions from the big, and why so many people plan to return to work after being laid off. Outline of This Episode Financial planning opportunities within the...


How Did Oil Prices Drop to Negative Numbers? with Dan Eberhart, Ep # 140

Have you been listening to what has been going on in the commodities markets lately? People around the world were shocked when oil prices went negative in the month of May. I didn’t even know that this could happen and I’m a financial professional! This interesting turn of events led me to seek the expertise of someone more knowledgable in the oil commodities sector. This is why I’ve asked oil expert, Dan Eberhart, to come on the show today and explain how the price of oil could drop into...


How to Get a Refund for Your Cancelled Plans, Ep # 139

One of the effects of the Coronavirus has been a number of cancelled plans. Have you had to cancel plans due to the pandemic? Today we’ll explore how to get a refund. I’ll also share a CNBC article that I use as a cautionary tale. Then we’ll look at some cosmic opportunities that may arise post-pandemic. And lastly, we’ll listen to a listener question about home mortgages in retirement. We’ve got an action-packed episode, so press play now. Outline of This Episode Resist the urge to swing...


8 Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor, Ep # 138

With the recent market volatility, people are looking for financial advisors now more than ever. But how can you choose a financial advisor that’s right for you? I created a PDF with 8 questions to ask a financial advisor when you are looking. I’ll discuss these 8 questions as well as answer 2 listener questions and discuss the retirement headlines on this episode of Retirement Starts Today. Outline of This Episode How to decide the best way to take Social Security benefits Often in a...


Retirement Questions from Office Hours, Ep # 137

On this episode of Retirement Starts Today I want to share with you the retirement questions I received through my Friday Office Hours. Office Hours is an online space where I am available to answer any financial questions that come to mind. Over the past 2 weeks, we’ve had a great turn out with about 50 people joining each session. If you want to come to Office Hours make sure you are signed up for my Every Day is Saturday newsletter to get the invite. The next Office Hours session is on...


Your Stimulus Check Questions Answered, Ep #136

You may have gotten your stimulus check last week, but whether or not you have received the funds you may still have stimulus check questions. On this episode, I’ll answer several common questions surrounding the stimulus checks. I’ll also highlight some positive news for most of us. Positive news is hard to find today so let’s relish it a bit! Listen in to get your stimulus check questions answered and bask in the glow of some happy news. Outline of This Episode Is your car insurance...


Spotting and Avoiding Coronavirus Scams, Ep # 135

We all know that scammers are out there looking for the next opportunity to prey on their targets. The Coronavirus isn’t just a worldwide pandemic, for scammers its an opportunity to try new scams. On this episode of Retirement Starts Today you’ll learn how to spot a Coronavirus scam, stimulus check scam, and a grandparent scam. I also have lots of links to resources for you to learn more about this topic so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page when you’re done...


What You Need to Know About Buying the Dip with Lawrence Hamtil, Ep # 134

Everyone is talking about buying the dip, but what is the best way to do that? I’m not an investment advisor, but since the stock market has taken a serious downturn, now may be a good time to consider your overall investment strategy. That’s why I’ve invited investing expert, Lawrence Hamtil, co-founder of Fortune Financial Advisors, to chat with me about the ups and downs of investing after the recent stock market collapse. Listen in on this discussion to hear the pros and cons of buying...


6 Retirement Lessons from 6 Years of The Retirement Answer Man

Making the choice to retire and actually stepping away from the comfort of your long-time career can be so difficult. It takes a lot of courage to make that leap. On this episode of Retirement Answer Man, we’ll be analyzing how you can create a strategy to step off that train and get started on your retirement. Listen in to hear how to start planning for the retirement that you know you want. But first, let’s talk about this stimulus package. What does the CARES Act mean for you? In a...


What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Stimulus Package, Ep # 133

With the Coronavirus situation bringing so much change into our lives, I decided to bring an abrupt conclusion to the Living Off Your Savings series. Instead, today, we’ll talk about some of the changes that the Coronavirus legislation will bring. Now that President Trump signed the Coronavirus stimulus package into law I wanted to give you an idea of what you can expect from this landmark legislation. Join me on this episode of Retirement Starts Today to discover how the Coronavirus...


Living Off Your Savings: How to Turn Assets Into Retirement Income, Ep # 132

Before you retire you’ll need to think about how to turn your assets into retirement income. Today I’ll share with you my 2 favorite ways to turn your assets into retirement income. You’ll hear about the pros and cons of the 4% rule. I’ll also teach you about the guardrail strategy. After listening, you’ll be […]


Living Off Your Savings: How to Deal With a Bear Market, Ep # 131

I promise I did not crash the market just to give you guys an example of a bear market for this episode! But I guess this episode is releasing at the right time. As of this recording, we are not in a bear market yet, but it looks like we’re heading there. It doesn’t really […]


Living Off Your Savings: How Do I Cover My Spending in Retirement? Ep # 130

Now you know what your spending in retirement will be, but how do you know where and when to withdraw money? Welcome back to the second episode in the Living Off Your Savings series. Last week we established how much you needed to retire and you learned how to create a retirement budget. Today we’ll […]


Living Off of Your Savings: How to Create a Retirement Budget, Ep # 129

Have you created a retirement budget? That’s what we’re going to cover this week on Retirement Starts Today. The month of March brings a change in format for us. We are going to try a monthly series format. The theme of this month’s series is Living Off of Your savings. For the entire 5 week […]