102. End of The Year Tax Planning With Shane Perry



According to the IRS, about 75% of taxpayers take the standard deduction, but could be missing out on valuable tax deductions if they can itemize.

In this episode, Shane Perry is here to share with you all the key details about year-end tax planning. Shane shares basic things you can do to help yourself from a tax standpoint, how you can help offset your income at the end of the year and more.

Time Critical Items for End of Year Tax Planning:

  • December 31st Deadline Items
  • Act Now to Save Taxes
  • How to save money by reducing your taxes
  • New Tax Law Legislation to Consider
  • Last Minute Tax Deductions
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Shane Perry received his Bachelor of Science in Financial Planning and Advising from Purdue University. In addition, he studied Economics with emphasis on investment mathematics, accounting, estate planning, statistics, and tax law.

At the beginning of 2014, Shane joined The Retirement Solution as a Client Manager with the motivation and commitment to represent a client’s needs above all else. In 2019, Shane changed his title to Associate Planner. Seeking to build on his passion to further help people transition smoothly into retirement with the knowledge and confidence of a solid income plan, Shane was promoted to Financial Planner status in June 2020. Building strong relationships and watching his clients achieve and sustain their retirement hopes and dreams is what inspires Shane’s work to thrive every day.


101. Portfolio Review Analysis With Cindy Mueller



The end of the year means it’s time for clients’ portfolio reviews. That means it’s time to ensure that you’re still meeting your goals, and checking your risk tolerance.

In this episode, join Cindy Mueller as she explains her analysis of portfolio reviews. Cindy walks us through what a balanced portfolio is, the biggest red flags she spots in portfolios, and how taxes are affected in an investment portfolio.

Cindy discusses:

  • What a portfolio review means
  • What a balanced portfolio is
  • What some of the red flags are when looking at someone’s portfolio
  • How are taxes affected by an investment portfolio
  • And more

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Cindy joined The Retirement Solution in 2008 with a commitment to delivering sound principles of financial management. She offers clients professional counsel in personal finance, investment advisory services, estate planning, and retirement planning.

Cindy grew up in Camas, Washington and holds a BA in Finance from Washington State University. Following graduation, Cindy was accepted into Washington Mutual’s two year management training program where she spent 12 years in various financial roles. In addition to raising her three bustling children, Cindy was active in the Bellevue School District for multiple years as PTSA President, Treasurer, and Auction Chair, earning Volunteer of the Year and the Golden Acorn Award, which is awarded for outstanding service to youth in the community. Additionally, Cindy was awarded the Interlake High School Booster Award.


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100. What Potential Changes to Medicare Mean For You



Potential Medicare changes may soon happen. It’s important to know what those changes will mean for you and your healthcare coverage.

In this episode, Tom Black considers some of the possible changes to Medicare that may happen in the future and what that would mean. Tom talks about how people who jumped into Medicare and have now gone back to the workforce and are receiving benefits can manage their situation.

Tom discusses:

  • The potential cost increase to Medicare
  • The penalty for not taking Medicare and what situation this applies to
  • What people who are receiving Medicare and benefits from their employer need to know
  • The most important part of Medicare’s open enrollment period
  • And more

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99. The Mindset of Boring Investing With Mike Whitmore



In the current economic situation, excitement can build with the thought of the availability of investing opportunities.  However, some opportunities could lead to great risk.  Talking about boring investing could really be a valuable conversation.

In this episode, Mike talks about the exciting part of boring investing. When it comes to cryptos and stocks, it can be exciting to invest in riskier stocks in hopes to get rich quick but it is never that simple. Having individual stocks could be a great way to get rich, but it is a lousy way to stay rich.

Mike Whitmore discusses:

  • Why diversification is so important
  • What he thinks about cryptos
  • Why you should stop gambling with your future
  • The benefits of having a retirement plan
  • And more

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About Mike Whitmore

Mike is an experienced Financial Planner with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Sales, Conference Speaking, IT Strategy, and Management, Mike has a strong finance professional with a BS focused in Marketing from Brigham Young University.

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98. What is Social Security? With Cindy Mueller



When should you start your social security benefit?

In this episode, Cindy Mueller is here to break down all things social security. From the basics of how you become eligible for social security, to the more complex dynamics of taxes, this episode will answer the questions you have about social security.

Cindy discusses:

  • What is social security, when can you start it, and how you can become eligible
  • How much you receive in monthly benefits 
  • How spousal benefits work
  • Taxes related to social security
  • And more

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Cindy joined The Retirement Solution in 2008 with a commitment to delivering sound principles of financial management. She offers clients professional counsel in personal finance, investment advisory services, estate planning, and retirement planning.

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97. Figuring Out Retirement Expenses With Matt Perrone



As you transition into retirement, your monthly spending changes significantly, especially your discretionary expenses.

So, how do you account for your expenses and ensure they are taken care of?

In this episode, Matt helps you figure out your basic retirement expenses so you can become financially confident in your spending habits and live your dream retirement.

Matt discusses:

  • How expenses change during the go-go, slow-go, and no-go years of retirement
  • Why it’s possible to achieve your financial goals despite a low income before retirement
  • Important retirement expenses which are often overlooked
  • Reasons to build a customized financial plan instead of relying on generic rules of thumb
  • And more

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About Matt Perrone:

As a financial planner, Matt Perrone focuses on one goal in his work — to give clients a sense of confidence by managing their life savings with the utmost care and integrity. For as long as he can remember, he has been passionate about helping others make wise financial choices. To this day, Matt finds his work both fun and meaningful. Matt is also involved with charities that aid disadvantaged youth and that support the arts and education. Before transitioning to Finance in 2015, Matt spent seven years in Hospitality and Business Management. His previous experience has allowed him to bring a more personalized level of care and service to his clients.

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96. How to Manage Your Spending in Retirement With Tom Black



It’s not enough for your advisor to know what’s going on with your retirement, you need to know as well.

Of course you want to spend all the money you saved for retirement. In this episode, Tom Black shares how you can be successful in your retirement. Tom speaks about some of the “rules” around retirement spending and why not everyone can keep up with them. 

Tom discusses:

  • Why more people are looking towards retirement
  • The first step to creating a real retirement plan
  • Why having a good handle on your monthly will likely lead to you having a successful retirement
  • The “rules” of retirement and spending and why it’s not for everyone to follow
  • And more

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As a Financial Planner, Tom has a thorough understanding of the complex issues that must be addressed when preparing a strategic retirement plan.

Tom has always been interested in wealth management, graduating with a Finance degree from Brigham Young University. He attributes his career path to his passion and desire to help enrich peoples’ lives. Tom is motivated by helping people maintain financial independence and their active lifestyle long into retirement by providing a holistic financial review process. Prior to joining TRS, Tom gained extensive experience overseeing client-business relationships, client satisfaction strategies, accounting, budgeting, projections, and financial operations at Abadan, Yakima Valley Farmworkers, and Connell Grain Growers.


95. Everything You Need to Know About Setting Up Spousal Assistance With Tyler Lively



No one wants to have a conversation about end of life assistance after a loved one has passed on. Start having those conversations today.

In this episode, Tyler Lively talks about spousal assistance and how you can ensure your loved ones are protected if you were to pass away abruptly. Tyler explains how spouses can be successful in planning survivorship, and what some of the biggest worries people like you have.

Tyler discusses:

  • The best time to have the conversation about what happens when a spouse passes away
  • How spouses can be successful in planning survivorship
  • Some of the biggest pitfalls of clients who are still working when it comes to end of life planning
  • Some of the biggest worries that you’ve seen couples have in regards to end of life
  • And more

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Tyler is a native of Washington state, having grown up in Redmond. He has always had a passion for learning and finding the optimal solution to any goal. This drive pushed him to graduate from the prestigious Marriott School of Business (rated one of the top 10 entrepreneurship programs in the U.S.¹).

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94. How to Have Money-Related Conversations with Your Children With Mike Whitmore



To all parents out there, do you talk about money with your children?

If so, what’s your approach?

In this week’s episode, The Retirement Solution’s Mike Whitmore quickly breaks down how to start, introduce, and maintain financial and money-related conversations with kids depending on their stage as pre-teenagers, teenagers, and adult children. 

Mike discusses:

  • Teaching your pre-teen children how to handle money, and what are the benefits of setting up UGMA accounts for them
  • Why have tax, “paying yourself first,” debt, and credit history-related conversations with your teenage children as they receive their first paycheck and are ready to go to college 
  • The importance of emergency funds, saving for retirement, and power of attorney documents for adult children 
  • The difference between consumer and educational debt 
  • What is “bank on yourself,” and what’s its role within the mortgage and life insurance arena 
  • AARP considerations for adult children 
  • And more!

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Mike graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Business Management and Marketing and a minor in Dutch Literature. He is a Financial Planner with The Retirement Solution, serves as the President of the Advisory Board for Velvet Media, and is a former co-founder of Fresh Consulting.

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93. Investing with Non-Retirement Funds: What to Watch Out For With Tyler Lively



Non-retirement investments are “non-qualified,” meaning that you’re investing with after-tax dollars and are not subject to any special tax treatment.

In this episode, The Retirement Solution’s Tyler Lively navigates the path of investing with non-retirement funds. All this while highlighting the role of retirement, taxes, ETFs, and mutual funds within the investment arena. 

Tyler discusses:

  • From life insurance to college planning: Why follow the general investment hierarchy to invest non-retirement fund money
  • Benefits of utilizing after-tax money for investment purposes 
  • The role of capital gains tax when it comes to after-tax assets – and a breakdown of capital gain rates in 2021
  • The idea of “capital loss bank” to offset capital gains
  • Utilizing mutual funds in after-tax investments
  • The importance of saving during retirement 
  • And more!

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Tyler is motivated by the ability to work closely with clients to help them achieve their financial dreams and goals. Tyler is an integral member of The Retirement Solution Investment Committee and has earned a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation through the College of Financial Planning, as well as the prestigious Certified Financial Planner® designation from the board-registered CFP® educational program. 

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