Byron Moore, CFP® and Mike Jones

Wisdom on Wealth

Budgeting made easy – stop budgeting, pt. 1

By Byron Moore, posted February 20, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, February 18, 2018.
 

abacus_sm.jpgQuestion: I keep trying to figure a budgeting system that will work for me. But I keep failing. Do you have a favorite app to recommend?

Answer: Do you have areas of your life in which you are constantly hitting the reset button?

First things first

By Byron Moore, posted February 12, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
 

Foundation_sm.jpgQuestion: I am about to sign up for my company’s retirement plan. I’m 40 and getting a late start. With the market where it is, where should I invest the money now?

Answer: Maybe in something outside a retirement plan. And maybe in something that isn’t an investment at all.

Podcast - The family business – are you raising children or successors? (3:15)

By Byron Moore, posted February 8, 2018

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Do you have a family-oriented business or a business-oriented family?

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What's the difference between a pension and a 401K?

By Byron Moore, posted February 5, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
 

Simple math_sm.jpgQuestion: What is the difference between a pension and a 401K plan? I know they both have to do with retirement, but are they the same thing?

Answer: They are not.

In some ways, retirement planning is like a math problem. In reality, it is much more than a math problem, but there are similarities.

Podcast - Law of diminishing intent (3:25)

By Byron Moore, posted February 1, 2018

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

What is the Law of Diminishing Intent and how can you overcome it?

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The secret of financial and career confidence

By Byron Moore, posted January 29, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
 

goals_kid airplane taking off_sm.jpgQuestion: My children seem to have little initiative to set out and build a career as I did. We feel as if we have given them every advantage. Any hints on how to incentivize my children to succeed?

Answer: A father once told me he was driven to succeed financially because of all the hardships he had to endure as a child. He didn’t want his children to have to face the same difficulties he had.

Podcast - Why save money? (3:45)

By Byron Moore, posted January 25, 2018

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

It’s not a good idea to bet the farm that you’ll thread the needle of longevity, health, career and myriad other unexpected future events.

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Financial wellness

By Byron Moore, posted January 22, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, January 21, 2018.
 

piggybank with stethoscope_sm.jpgQuestion: What is financial wellness? I am a human resources professional and financial wellness is a hot topic among my peers. The idea is that if we provide financial wellness training for our employees, they can be more stable and productive for their employers. That sounds good, but I’m not even sure how to define the term, much less offer training for it.

Answer: I think it would be helpful to think of financial wellness in much the same way we think of physical wellness. It isn’t so much a destination as a state of being.

Retirement goal setting – aim at what you require, desire and aspire

By Byron Moore, posted January 16, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, January 14, 2018.
 

goal setting_sm.jpgQuestion: My wife and I are setting some goals with respect to our retirement and we have a question. Should we be pessimistic or optimistic about how things will go, both now and in retirement? I’ve run different scenarios and things can really turn out wildly different depending on what assumptions you use.

Answer: One of the great unspoken sins of my profession (financial planning) is allowing people to think we can forecast the future with any greater precision than a palm reader.

Podcast - Will power – plan your estate wisely (3:45)

By Byron Moore, posted January 11, 2018

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Considerations when planning your estate and will...

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