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Why Are More Americans Retiring Outside the United States?

Why Are More Americans Retiring Outside the United States?

June 30, 2020

A growing number of Americans are retiring outside of the United States. This is partly due to retirees increasingly having a challenging time financially. Also, more retired people are choosing to relocate abroad because they realize the U.S. will be just too expensive to live up to the lifestyle desired. Not having enough income in retirement is a serious issue and more people are solving this problem moving abroad. Although some retirees are moving abroad for a sense of adventure and change of life, the primary motivation is often a financial one.

 

This podcast episode talks about why more Americans are choosing to retire outside the United States.

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Will the Pandemic Change College Forever?

Will the Pandemic Change College Forever?

June 22, 2020

College and the Pandemic

The coronavirus has created some questions on what higher education will look like in the future. It is impossible to predict. However, the pandemic will forever change several universities without question. The changes in higher education due to the pandemic today are going to have a lasting impact for some time. Some of these adjustments will certainly be welcomed while others might not be so positive. The future is unknown, but the challenges and changes are guaranteed.

 

This Smart Start Money Podcast episode talks about the challenges with college related to the pandemic and how many schools will be changed forever.

 

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How Much Does the Average American Have in Savings for Retirement?

How Much Does the Average American Have in Savings for Retirement?

June 15, 2020

It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans have no retirement savings at all. Not having sufficient retirement income is a serious issue for much of America. The average savings is much lower than it should be and there are several reasons why.

There are some real changes that need to be made for Americans to have a future and one that includes retirement.

This podcast episode talks about the average retirement savings in America and the issues with the amount being very low. The recent pandemic has only added to the likelihood of the average retirement savings falling even further for most of the United States.

 

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Is Remote Work Going to Remain After the Pandemic?

Is Remote Work Going to Remain After the Pandemic?

June 11, 2020

The pandemic the world is experiencing with COVID-19 has forced numerous employers to allow more of their employees to work remotely. Although many companies have resisted widespread remote work policies for some time, more have been forced to accept it. With cell phones, computers, and conference technology, working remotely is not as difficult as some employers would freely like to admit.

Proponents of remote and telecommute work have claimed for some time now that the benefits of working away from a traditional office far outweigh the negatives. While many jobs are now performed at home during the pandemic, companies are discovering not all roles need to be in a traditional office space. Employers have been forced to embrace a work from home policy. Will the trend of remote work continue following the pandemic?

This podcast episode talks about the remote workforce resulting from the pandemic and if companies are likely to continue to allow remote work once the pandemic is over.

 

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Why Do People Say Financial Advisors Aren’t Worth It?

Why Do People Say Financial Advisors Aren’t Worth It?

June 8, 2020

Getting advice from a financial advisor can be advantageous in the right setting, but it isn’t something every investor needs. The truth is that for most people the reasons to not have a financial advisor can outweigh the advantages.

This podcast episode revisits a question on hiring a financial advisor. Why do a lot of people say a financial advisor is not worth it?

In your 20s, is it more important to save for a home or save for retirement?

In your 20s, is it more important to save for a home or save for retirement?

June 4, 2020

Saving for retirement should be one of the biggest financial goals that you have through your working life. Putting money away for a home can also be something important if homeownership is something you want to accomplish.

There can be a real danger of saving too much money for retirement or buying a home without having a financial foundation.

 

This podcast episode talks about the importance of having a financial foundation prior to saving for retirement or home.

Index Fund Investing: Advantages and Disadvantages

Index Fund Investing: Advantages and Disadvantages

June 1, 2020

Is index investing a good choice?

Index fund investing has grown in popularity as a passive investment strategy to invest in the market. It is now estimated that almost half of the market is composed of passive investing. With an increasing number of people no longer looking to financial professionals who are unable to consistently beat average market returns, investors are many times choosing index funds.

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