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4 Case Studies Using Keen Wealth’s Comprehensive Planning

In a recent survey, non-retired adults told investment firm Schroders that they will need approximately $5,000 per month "to enjoy a comfortable retirement." But is that really enough? Maybe! Studies and surveys like these make for eye-catching headlines, but they skimp on the details. For example, where are these retirees planning on living? $5,000 per month is going to go a lot further in, say, Kansas City than it will on the coasts.

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Following Up on Our Latest Webinar on Maximizing Social Security Benefits

It's worth celebrating just about any time our leaders on both sides of the political aisle can meet in the middle. But seniors in Kansas City, MO should all be smiling now that, starting in 2024, they’ll get to enjoy a little bit more of their Social Security benefits. Thanks to a broadly bipartisan vote, Missouri is set to become the 39th state to make Social Security payments exempt from state taxes. Of course, that also means many folks in our audience will have to factor in a new variable when they're deciding when to take Social Security. Luckily, Matt Wilson, Keen Wealth's Chief Investment Officer and President, recently hosted a comprehensive webinar on Maximizing Social Security Benefits that you can rewatch on our website. Today, we're going to discuss some follow-up questions Matt received from attendees.

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Busting 4 Myths About the "Sacred Cows" Hurting Your Financial Plan

On today's show, we answer a request from a Keen on Retirement listener who's been reading Garrett B. Gunderson's popular book "Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity." You might have seen some of Gunderson's thoughts about alternative financial strategies passed around online, especially among folks who are skeptical about the markets and the government's role in economic policy. But while there's certainly no one way to create a financial plan, most investors who steer clear of "sacred cows" like investing in a diversified portfolio and funding their retirement accounts could be killing their chances of a secure retirement. Below are several of the points we discuss.

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What Does It Take to Be in the Top 1% Of Household Income in Your State?

According to a recent study of data from the IRS and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, households that earn $652,657 or more per year are in the top 1% of earners in the nation. But the income you need to earn to be a "one-percenter" varies quite a bit on a state-by-state basis. And just like living well in California probably won't cost the same as living well here in the Midwest, your idea of what it means to be "wealthy" in life could be very different than your neighbor's, or even your spouse's. I believe that staying focused on those personal values and money goals is much more important than hitting some arbitrary number before retirement. Still, talking through these statistics can be a useful way to put your financial journey in perspective and have more purposeful conversations about money, happiness, and what's really important in life.

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Answering Your Questions About Paying Taxes in Retirement

Without careful analysis and planning, taxes can become one of the biggest expenses for retirees -- if not the biggest. Matt Wilson, Chief Investment Officer and President of Keen Wealth Advisors, recently hosted a webinar discussing the tax issues you could face at four stages of retirement. Today's podcast episode hits on some of Matt's key points and answers important follow-up questions from webinar attendees. Together, this content provides a full picture of how Keen Wealth integrates both annual tax preparation and long-term tax planning into a comprehensive financial plan.

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The Latest on Interest Rates, Inflation, and Your Retirement Plan

At its meeting on June 14th, the Federal Reserve did something that it hasn't done in 15 months: it decided not to raise interest rates. This slight pause in the Fed's battle against inflation gives us an opportunity to discuss the state of our economy and the markets at the midway point of 2023. On today's show, we take stock of the latest market data, put current inflation and interest rates in their proper context, and consider the United States' place in the global economy.

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