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Retirement

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:

What is the biggest unknown about retirement?

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

red carpet_sm.jpgQuestion: I’m not the kind of person who likes surprises. In your experience, what is the biggest surprise facing most retirees and what can I do to get ready for it now?

Answer: Wow. That could be a long list.

Like the Oscars, an announcer might read from a cue card, “And the nominees for Biggest Surprise in Retirement are…” (drum roll, please)…

Podcast - Mistaking investing for a financial plan (2:15)

By Byron Moore, posted March 1, 2018

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Investments may be an important part of your financial plan, but they are by no means the whole plan.

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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.

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.

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 - Do you have more money smarts than a doctor? (3:17)

By Byron Moore, posted December 14, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

What if I told you doctors do no better with their money than the average Joe?

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How much money is enough?

By Byron Moore, posted December 11, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
 

Handful of money.jpegQuestion: How much money is enough? And can you ever have too much? I know people who have more money than they’ll ever spend and yet they are still not happy. So what is the right amount?

Answer: How much money is enough money?

For John D. Rockefeller the answer was “just a little bit more.” At the peak of his wealth, Rockefeller had a net worth of about 1% of the entire US economy. He owned 90% of all the oil & gas industry of his time. Compared to today’s rich guys, Rockefeller makes Bill Gates and Warren Buffett look like paupers.

Podcast - Late getting started (3:34)

By Byron Moore, posted August 31, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

So you’re late getting started planning for retirement. But you’re not done for.

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Podcast - Five Wants of Retirement (3:41)

By Byron Moore, posted July 20, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

The ultimate goal of retirement planning is to make work optional. The five “wants” discussed in this week's podcast are common to anyone who desires this kind of financial freedom in retirement. 

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