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Common Beneficiary Mistakes To Avoid

When it comes to retirement planning, one critical aspect that’s often overlooked is the designation of beneficiaries. It’s not just about who you want to inherit your assets; it’s about making sure that your wishes are carried out smoothly and without legal complications. Let’s talk about some of the common mistakes we see people make when it comes to the beneficiaries of their accounts…

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Irreversible Decisions in Retirement Planning

Conventional wisdom says you can’t put toothpaste back in the tube. That is to say, once the deed is done, there’s no taking it back. There are many decisions in retirement planning that can’t be undone, and in today’s episode, we’re going to explore some of them.

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Moving Safely into Retirement: Lessons from the Moving Truck

Have you ever faced the daunting task of moving to a new home? The careful packing, the labeling of boxes, and the strategic loading of the moving truck are all important parts of a smooth transition. What if we told you similar principles apply to planning for your retirement? Listen in as Mark and Ron share some of the unexpected similarities between moving houses and financial planning in today’s episode.

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Financial Rules of Thumb: How Helpful Are They?

There are certain rules of thumb in the financial industry, many of which you might’ve heard of. For example, the “Rule of 100” or the “4% Rule” might sound familiar to you. But how helpful are these rules of thumb in real-life planning?

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Retirement Planning with Oscar Wilde

Welcome back to the Retirement Huddle podcast! In today’s episode, we’re exploring the timeless wisdom of Oscar Wilde. Celebrated as one of the English language’s most quotable figures, he offers us a unique lens to explore financial wisdom.

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Surprising Uses For Life Insurance

One of the topics we discuss pretty frequently here on the show is life insurance. While it may not be the most exciting subject, there are several reasons why life insurance might be useful as part of your retirement plan. Stay tuned as we explore the diverse benefits of life insurance in this episode.

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Retirement Planning with Winston Churchill

Today we’re diving into the world of retirement planning through the lens of one of history’s most iconic figures, Winston Churchill. While many of us know Churchill for his leadership during World War II, you might be surprised at how much his quotes resonate in the world of retirement strategy.

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What Your Advisor Might Be Missing

Far too often, people aren’t receiving the advice they truly need from their financial advisors. It’s not uncommon for financial professionals to focus solely on managing investments, overlooking the broader context of clients’ aspirations, dreams, and lifestyle goals. Tune in to discover what your advisor might be missing…

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Six Reasons to Consider Roth Conversions

In today’s conversation, we’re going to focus on six key reasons why a Roth conversion might be a game-changer for your financial future. As the dreaded April 15 tax deadline approaches, Mark is here to share why this strategic tax approach makes sense for just about everyone and is a great retirement vehicle to consider.

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How The Howard Financial Group Process Works

Have you ever wondered what happens when you decide to give us a call? In this episode, we’re pulling back the curtain to give you an inside look at how we guide our listeners through the preliminary process at Howard Financial Group.

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What Can We Learn From Popular Christmas Songs?

It’s that time of the year when Christmas music is playing everywhere you go. We all have our favorites, and we also have songs we start getting tired of hearing. But for the most part, the music adds a wonderful soundtrack for one of the best times of the year and helps puts people in good spirits.

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Financial Questions That Are Difficult To Answer

Welcome back to The Retirement Huddle podcast! In today’s episode, Mark is going to tackle some of the unanswerable questions that often pop up when planning for retirement. From predicting market crashes to navigating the uncertain landscape of future taxes, stay tuned for insights on building a robust retirement plan that stands the test of time.

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The Financial Cereal Bowl

What can our favorite cereals teach us about financial planning? Much like selecting cereal, choosing financial products involves a myriad of options, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. From healthy and sensible choices to the flashy and appealing, Mark and Ron draw parallels between cereal selection and financial decision-making in today’s episode.

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Unreasonable Retirement Planning Requests

In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss some of the unreasonable requests that can arise during the retirement planning process.  Tune in as we tackle some common misconceptions, dissecting why they may not be feasible, and provide valuable insights on what to expect instead. From desiring high returns with little to no risk to hoping to avoid paying taxes on your IRAs and 401ks, Mark will shed light on the realities of successful retirement planning in today’s talk.

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Retirement Planning With Forrest Gump

The classic film, Forrest Gump, is filled with loads of memorable lines that many of us know and love. In today’s episode, we’re going to explore the unexpected financial lessons that are hidden within this iconic movie. Listen in as we discuss the importance of putting the past behind you, making informed decisions, planning for the unexpected, and much more.

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Navigating Retirement Income Gaps

In this episode of “The Retirement Huddle,” we’re diving into the world of retirement income gaps. Mark shares his insights on the different types of gaps individuals may encounter during retirement and how to effectively prepare for them. From the paycheck gap to the widow’s gap, we’ll discuss the importance of having a comprehensive income strategy to ensure financial stability and peace of mind in retirement.

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Why Mark Does What He Does

Have you ever wondered why Mark works in the financial planning business? What drove him to start Howard Financial Group? In this episode, Mark opens up and shares his influences, dreams, and goals to help you get to know why he’s so passionate about what he does every day.

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Lesser Known Social Security Facts

Social Security is a big part of what we discuss with clients on a daily basis because the majority of us will rely on this retirement benefit for income after we’ve stopped working. Despite its importance to planning, there’s a lot that the average person doesn’t know about Social Security.

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Retirement Planning with Ron Swanson

Believe it or not, you can learn a lot about retirement from the show ‘Parks and Recreation’, especially from the character Ron Swanson, played by Offerman.

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Retirement Planning with Johnny Carson

Johnny recognized this fact many years ago, and it’s still true today. When the news is more about entertainment than information, it can lead to people having too much anxiety about what’s going on around them because of the way things are presented. And that often leads to less than ideal financial or investment decisions.

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