Episode 89 – Remember to Retire in Retirement – With Tom Black



A fulfilling retirement requires two things: A financial strategy you are comfortable with and a bucket list of things you can do.

Would you agree?

Today, The Retirement Solution’s president and lead financial planner, Tom Black, discusses everything you need to know about retirement and its components surrounding finances, emotions, and productivity. All this so that you can prepare ahead, fulfill your wishes, and most importantly, retire in retirement.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The importance of building freedom in retirement to do things you want to do 
  • Why switching from saving to spending is a struggle for retirees – and how to overcome it 
  • How an income plan can ease the process of transitioning to retirement 
  • After their last paycheck: How long does the vacation-like feeling last for retirees? 
  • From traveling, volunteering, and creating new habits: Things you can do to achieve a happy, productive, and long retirement 
  • And more!

While a to-do list can be handy, tune in today and find out why retirement is all about doing the things that bring meaning to YOUR life! 

Resources: The Retirement Solution: 888-500-5830 | Tom Black 

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Episode 88 – Navigating the Path of Estate Planning Documentation – With Shane Perry



Estate planning is not only for the wealthy. Instead, it’s for anyone who wants their assets and finances to be taken care of (according to their wishes) when they pass away. 

One way to do this is through estate planning documents, and that’s exactly what Shane Perry discusses in this episode of Your Retirement Solution. Shane not only introduces the different records you may need but also sheds some light on techniques you can incorporate within your planning to easily pass assets to your beneficiaries.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The breakdown of wills, beneficiary designations, and health care power of attorney’s as crucial estate planning documents 
  • The importance of drafting documents according to your state laws and following a consistent beneficiary format 
  • Everything you need to know about wills going into probate 
  • What are letters of intent and what is their purpose within estate planning 
  • How guardianship designations can guarantee care for children in the absence of their parents
  • And more!

Listen today, and find out how these records can help your estate planning flow as seamlessly as possible!

Resources: The Retirement Solution: 888-500-5830 |  YouTube  | Shane Perry


Episode 87 – Health, Wellness, and Fitness in Retirement – With Cindy Mueller



How do you envision your overall health and wellness in retirement?

Well, believe it or not, there are six related components you MUST be aware of.

In this episode of Your Retirement Solution, Cindy Mueller explains why physical (and intellectual), mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual health are so important when thinking, envisioning, and planning for your retirement years. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • From walking groups and dance clubs, to even puzzles and Sudoku: Why is physical and intellectual health so important in retirement?
  • How retirees can tackle mental health 
  • Things you can do to keep your emotional health on track 
  • How the pandemic has impacted retirees and their social health
  • How environmental components such as smog affect your health in retirement 
  • The truth about spiritual health in a pandemic and retirement scenario 
  • And more!

Tune in today and discover what our clients at The Retirement Solution are doing to achieve a fit and healthy retirement! 

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


Episode 86 –Risky Investments Versus Having a Plan – With Mike Whitmore



Did you know that the COVID-19 pandemic has played a huge role in the risky investment arena?

In this episode of Your Retirement Solution, Mike Whitmore discusses must-know considerations surrounding risky investments. All this while referring to the importance of building a risk-proof financial plan.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Anything that loses value: What are risky investments 
  • Cryptocurrencies, and Mike’s own personal experience: What are some of the risky investments he has seen in his career 
  • From stimulus checks to stocks: What are some of the trends in risk markets  
  • The role of The Retirement Solution when it comes to having a plan – and how does it differ from having different investment portfolios 
  • Why is it important to build a plan and what are some of the time and cost considerations 
  • And more!

Listen in and find out everything you need to know about risky investments – and when they are appropriate for portfolios! 

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


Episode 85 – Tax Bracketology – With Matt Perrone



Believe it or not, March Madness and taxes are related – and it’s because in both you fill brackets, which leads to Matt Perrone defining this as “bracketology.”

In this episode of Your Retirement Solution, Matt explains everything you need to know about setting up the correct tax bracket for retirement. All this while highlighting what to be aware of when it comes to Roth conversions and RMD’s. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to control taxes in retirement 
  • What’s a Roth conversion and how does it impact retirement-related taxes
  • The truth about potentially converting everything into a Roth 
  • Reasons why Matt believes taxes are “on sale” – and what happens if rates go up or down in the future 
  • What’s a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) and how are they impacted by taxes and Roth conversions 
  • 70 and above: Age considerations when doing Roth conversions 
  • And more!

Adult children to older parents, family members, and everyone in between should tune in and find out how a correct tax strategy can benefit YOU in retirement! 

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

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Episode 84 – New Trends In Retirement – With Tyler Lively and Pete Finlon



Did you know that technology can play a huge role in benefiting your retirement years?

In this episode of Your Retirement Solution, Tyler Lively sits down with Pete Finlon. Pete explains how digital technology can positively impact the social, health, and well-being component of retirees and pre-retirees. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The use of cellphones and computers: Embracing technology as retirees and pre-retirees 
  • The importance of being patient: How has the older generation pivoted and adopted to working from home
  • Technology safety and password managers: How to prevent data internet breaches 
  • Playing the “what if” game: The relevance of resurrecting old hobbies
  • Tips on how to maintain a healthy and active retirement 
  • And more!

Now more than ever, tune in and find out how technology can benefit your health and social life in retirement!

Resources:  The Retirement Solution I Tyler Lively I Pete Finlon

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Episode 83 – New Law Changes – With Tom Black



We know that with every new administration, there are many changes that come into effect, and changes in law and taxes are great examples. 

In this episode, The Retirement Solution’s Tom Black discusses different law and tax changes expected to come into effect in 2021. This discussion is not to cause panic, but to promote thought-provoking thinking and learning since they will differ from the current ones. 

In this episode, you will learn: 

  • How new 2021 tax laws can potentially change the way you transfer wealth and plan for retirement 
  • What a “Step-Up In Basis” is, its role within real-estate, and why is it considered to be a “double-edged sword” 
  • How Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) are expected to change in 2021 
  • What the charitable deduction scenario is looking like in 2021 
  • The benefits of a charitable Required Minimum Distribution 

Listen today and learn potential timeframes as to when and how these tax and other laws are expected to change! 

Resources: The Retirement Solution I (888) 500-5830 I Tom Black 

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Episode 82 – Tax Return Optimization Strategies – Shane Perry



It’s no secret that we all want to save on taxes. Never to evade them, but to have confidence that we never pay more than we legally owe.

Would you agree? 

In this episode, The Retirement Solution’s Shane Perry not only reviews his career journey at the firm, but also explains different optimization strategies that are all about helping you save some cash when it comes to taxes.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What the US tax brackets are and how they work 
  • The difference between tax deductions, tax credits, deductions, and itemizing 
  • Tips on mortgage interest to energy tax credits: popular deductions and credits
  • Strategies on Roth’s to 529 plans: How the team at The Retirement Solution can help you build and develop tax planning strategies.
  • What a Family Limited Liability Company (LLC) is and how it works 
  • And more!

Listen today and discover how these tax-related techniques can help you optimize, save, and prepare for retirement! 

Resources:The Retirement Solution I (888) 500-5830 I Shane Perry

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Episode 81 – A Comprehensive Look at Our Planning Process – With Mike Whitmore



When you near retirement, you need to look at things differently. It’s like having a different strategy in the second half of a football game!

Today, Mike Whitmore explains how our planners at The Retirement Solution help folks create just the right plan for their unique retirement vision. Mike dives deep into our comprehensive planning process and discusses the various steps involved.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How we customize your income plan through our holistic planning process to effectively address all of your fears and concerns
  • The five major pillars covered during our planning process
  • Ways in which our process differs from that of a regular broker or an insurance representative
  • What defines an ideal client for us to work with
  • And more!

Tune in now to fully understand the planning process at TRS, and how it can help you achieve your goals and sustained retirement success! 

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

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Episode 80 – Learning Lessons from 2020: Implementing Financial Changes in 2021 with Cindy Mueller



It’s no secret that 2020 was a year full of lessons, especially from a health and financial security point of view.

In this episode of Your Retirement Solution Podcast, CFP® and Tax Advisor, Cindy Mueller, explains how reflecting upon 2020 can help people prepare for 2021, while discussing the importance of saving for emergency and increasing retirement funds.

In this episode, you will learn the importance of:

  • 401Ks and Roth IRA’s: The importance of contributing
  • Saving young: Why you should avoid living paycheck to paycheck 
  • Fear and greed as they relate to the stock market
  • Cindy’s insight on the 2021 tax environment 
  • And more!

Tune in to discover the value of saving and ALWAYS having a systematic plan in place!

Resources:  The Retirement Solution I Cindy Mueller

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