Tag Archives: Retirement

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 


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


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


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 

DA-001760.1 Podcast Episode #78

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 


Episode 76 – Everything You Need to Know About Roth Conversions – With Matt Perrone

Join this episode of Your Retirement Solution Podcast as Matt Perrone discusses how a Roth conversion can help benefit and maximize your retirement and tax planning strategies. Matt shares his advice and explains why Roth Conversions are highly recommended, yet not something that you’re required to do.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How you can benefit from a Roth conversion in today’s low tax rate environment
  • Matt’s insight on Roth conversions now that the income limit has disappeared
  • What a “backdoor” Roth conversion is and its tax benefits 
  • The role of the five-year rule when it comes to the 10% early IRA withdrawal
  • And more!

Tune in as Matt reveals the different purposes and functions of a Roth conversion! 

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


Episode 74 – The ABCs of Medicare with Tom Black

Understanding your Medicare options and why it matters for you.

Today’s episode with Tom Black of the Retirement Solution focuses on Medicare and the challenges we face when looking into Medicare for ourselves or checking on our loved ones’ coverage; the different parts, the different plans, and what it all means.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What choices you have and the timeline you have in which to change it
  • What the difference is between an Advantage plan and a Medigap plan
  • At what age should you start to enroll in Part D
  • How you start and stop Medicare if you are laid off due to Covid
  • And more!

Tune in to learn more about Medicare and the steps you can take to make an informed decision.

Resources: The Retirement Solution | Your Retirement Solution Podcast


Episode 73 – Plan for the Retirement You Deserve with Jim Black

Do you have a plan that can cover the bumps and bruises of life?

In this podcast Jim Black of the Retirement Solution discusses how a thorough plan process can help give you the confidence and courage to do what you want to do in your retirement.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why people resist going through the planning process
  • The value a comprehensive financial plan can have to a person
  • How the service and engagement change over the years 
  • And more!

Tune in as Jim explains what a plan can truly be and the affect it can have on your life

Resources:  The Retirement Solution | Your Retirement Solution Podcast

Episode 72 – Financial Players You Need on Your Retirement Team –– With Cindy Mueller

Do you have a solid financial team to keep you on track for life after retirement? 

Today, Cindy Mueller, a financial planner and tax advisor with The Retirement Solution, walks you through a list of professionals that make up an all-star team, and what role they each play in helping you live your happily ever after in retirement. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why financial planners maintain good relationships with estate planning attorneys
  • How a personal coach can help you navigate life’s transitions
  • How life, health, and annuity insurance may fit into your plan
  • Why a good relationship with your realtor should be part of your team
  • And more!

Tune in to get a list of financial players to add to your retirement team! 

Resources:  The Retirement Solution Inc.


Episode 71 – Your Annual Plan Review – With Tom Black

Is your financial plan ever really complete? 

In this episode of Your Retirement Solution Podcast, Tom Black from The Retirement Solution explains the review process and what your annual or even semi-annual review with your financial planner should look like.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why it is important to meet with your financial planner regularly and discuss life changes
  • How your annual review is a time to make adjustments to your financial plan
  • Why tax changes may have you adjusting your written plan 
  • What you want your plan to do now and in the future 
  • And more!

Tune in to learn how to get the most out of your annual review so that you can retire on your own terms and live life to the fullest! 

Resources:The Retirement Solution | Your Retirement Solution Podcast