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Retirement Prep - Balance Your Economic Strategies

By Byron Moore, posted October 8, 2018
Originally published in the News-Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
 

Shelly never realized how simple retirement would be.Piggy bank balance_small.jpg

“Will I have enough money coming in each month to live like I want to live?” she said. “And will it last as long as I do?”

Very simple.

But really hard. 

At first, she thought it would be as simple (and easy) as saving enough into her 401K plan. So, she just maxed out the amount she could withhold from her paycheck each month and put those withholdings into her company’s 401K plan. The company matched her contributions up to a certain amount, and she knew she’d also get some Social Security.

She was all set. Or so she thought.

When she turned 50, Shelly thought it might be a good idea to go see a financial planner to see if there was anything she might be missing. And good thing she did.

Aim for the Sweet Spot

By Byron Moore, posted September 5, 2018

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

When making a financial plan, make sure it is personal.

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Plan Like a Pessimist, Live Like an Optimist

By Byron Moore, posted August 29, 2018

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

In order to live optimistically, plan pessimistically.

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Retirement Budgeting: Don't Forget Your Meds

By Byron Moore, posted August 22, 2018

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Medical expenses are likely to be a significant budget item for most retirees.

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Are You Afraid of the Wrong Thing?

By Byron Moore, posted July 17, 2018

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

When it comes to fiances, are your fears misplaced?

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Thinking Like an Investor

By Byron Moore, posted July 2, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

 

“Should I be worried?”Stock Market Question_small.jpg

In my world, you get this phone call on a regular basis. I’m actually glad to get it, because it gives me an opportunity to remind folks what we are doing and what we are not doing.

“The market was doing so well last year, now it’s really slowed down. Should I be worried?”

He was right. The stock market did extraordinarily well in 2017, much to the surprise of nearly everyone. Depending on which measuring stick you use, the United States stock market was up anywhere from 21% to 28% in 2017.

Now, things seem to have taken a pause. Is it North Korea? Or corn prices? What about all these new tariffs? The new tax law? The president? The congress? The Illuminati exercising secret mind control over the markets?

Which is Better? A Good Salary or Good Benefits?

By Byron Moore, posted May 15, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
 
 

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Every weekday morning, I do CrossFit with Tim. Tim is a young dad, probably in his early thirties, who’s busy providing for his wife and three kids under the age of five. What a handful.

Just last week, as we were leaving the gym and heading to our cars, Tim told me that he’s considering two different job offers – one pays more, but the other has better benefits.

“I am leaning towards the one with better benefits,” he said, “since I like that security. What do you think?”

I think my answer may have startled him a bit:

Convenience not always a virtue

By Byron Moore, posted February 20th, 2014

Question:  I just started a new job and the HR guy says I should put as much as I can into our 401K plan. He says I won't miss the money out of my paycheck, but I've got some debts I need to get paid off. Besides I really don't know anything about investing. I like the idea of getting it automatically done so I don't have to think about it. What do you think?

Answer: We love it when things are convenient.  

Four roads to retirement income, part 2

By Byron Moore, posted January 13th, 2014

The following column was published in The News Star on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Question: I will be retiring in a few years. I will have Social Security, money in my 401(k), some company stock I’ve acquired over the years and some cash. I think I’ll have enough, but I am not sure the best way to take out money when I need it. What’s the best way to take it out?

Answer: Last week, we began looking at the four most common ways to tap into your retirement funds for a regular income stream. We’ll do a quick recap, and then cover the third and fourth methods.

Four roads to retirement income

By Byron Moore, posted January 6th, 2014

The following column was published in The News Star on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

Question: I will be retiring in a few years. I will have Social Security, money in my 401(k), some company stock I’ve acquired over the years and some cash. I think I’ll have enough, but I am not sure the best way to take out money when I need it. What’s the best way to take it out?

Answer: The best way is whatever method works best for you. It doesn’t matter what anyone else does.

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