Monthly Archives: December 2020

Episode 79 –A Look Back at 2020 and Financial Projections for 2021. Are you prepared?



With a fresh, new year just around the corner, what’s your 2021 financial planning picture looking like?

In this episode of Your Retirement Solution Podcast, Jim Black not only reviews how 2020 impacted the stock and financial markets, but he also discusses important financial components you must consider as we roll into the new year. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Jim’s take on how The Retirement Solution has helped clients navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Ways the market impacted small and large businesses in 2020, and what the stock market projections are for 2021 
  • The role of the market when it comes to the 2020 elections and Jim’s insight on doing things differently during or after election years
  • Company announcements for 2021
  • And more!

While 2020 was full of ups and downs, tune in today to discover how creating a financial plan can help you prepare for whatever 2021 has in store for us.

Resources: The Retirement Solution  

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Episode 78 – Beware of Variable Annuities – With Mike Whitmore



Believe it or not, annuities have been around since Roman times.

Back then, and depending on how many battles individuals survived, they would qualify for pensions or annuities from the Roman government. 

In this episode of Your Retirement Solution Podcast, Mike Whitmore explains how variable annuities can be problematic, while also discussing ways to use them as a vehicle to invest in the market through insurance companies.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Layers and layers of fees: The reason why you could lose money with variable annuities 
  • The role of commissions when it comes to selling variable annuities 
  • Fee comparison between regular and variable annuities 
  • What insurance companies offer clients who have variable annuities 
  • And more!

Tune in and discover why fiduciaries are your best bet when seeking help to understand the ins and outs of variable annuities!

Resources: The Retirement Solution I (425) 558-3700 I Bankrate 

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Episode 77 – What Are You Grateful For?



While money is important, remember, money isn’t everything.

Join this episode of Your Retirement Solution Podcast as Jim Black discusses the benefits of being grateful, and how he weaves this quality into the planning process when working with his clients.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Jim’s take on how practicing gratitude can change your attitude 
  • Find the positive in every situation: How Jim establishes financial and non-financial conversations with clients during tough times 
  • The firm’s holistic planning approach that focuses on health, family, legacy, and anything that fulfills clients and their hopes and dreams 
  • And more!

Tune in and find out how gratitude can help you thrive in your personal and financial life! 

Resources: The Retirement Solution I Jim Black 

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