Ep 21: Financial Goals for 2021

“This is the year. I’m going to do (fill in the blank).” How many times have you heard people say that about New Year’s resolutions? Let’s talk about some good financial goals for the New Year and how to make them stick.
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On this episode of The Retirement Huddle podcast, Mark Howard explains why he prefers New Year’s goals instead of resolutions and why you should focus on some financial goals.

Understanding new and old legislation

We had a lot of new legislation last year. Anytime you have new laws passed, such as the Covid-related stimulus, it always takes awhile for the IRS to interpret them. We want to familiarize ourselves with it to see if there’s anything we can take advantage of.

You should also know about older legislation, such as the SECURE Act, and how it affects you.

Gathering tax documents

Go ahead right now: grab a folder for tax documents, make an organized place, and create a digital folder.

Adjusting to new income levels

Maybe you’re making more money this year, or possibly less. If you’re getting more, what should you do with that extra money? Should it go toward retirement or something else?

Reassessing overall retirement health

Based on what you want your retirement to look like, are you on track? So many people really don’t know if they are.

Listen to the full episode or use the timestamps to jump to a specific section. Thanks for listening! We’ll be back for another show every other Thursday.

Today’s Rundown:

[2:12] – Understand new legislation

[3:20] – Understand old legislation

[4:36] – Gathering tax documents

[5:32] – Adjusting to new income levels

[6:26] – Reassessing overall retirement health

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The “Coach” who will help you achieve a successful retirement future and the radio veteran who brings it all together.

Mark Howard - The Coach

Mark Howard is the President of Howard Financial Group and has more than 27 years of experience in the insurance, wealth management and financial services industry. He's also the host of the Retirement Huddle Podcast and radio show on 97.7 WTKS.

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Ron Stutts has been a professional communicator for more than 40 years. With a successful radio career that spans decades, Ron's voice has been heard on dozens of radio stations and podcasts across the country.

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