can I retire?

Can We Retire?

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We kick things off this week with Richard from New York who is wondering if it makes sense for him to start doing some Roth conversions? By far one of the most frequent questions to hit the inbox.

Next up was Liz from Buffalo who’s wondering if she and her husband have enough saved to call it quits when they hit 65 or so.

The summer travel season is officially upon us which means millions of Americans will be hitting the roads and taking to the skies to enjoy their long awaited vacations. 

Whether you want to hit the beach, blaze a trail off the beaten path or explore one of the major tourist destinations, there’s a smart way to do it. That’s where Seth Kugel, our latest guest, enters the picture.

With many credits under his belt, including the Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times, and author of Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious, Seth is full of tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of your latest travel experience. 

Where to go? Where not to go? Drive, train or fly? From Brazil and Prague to India and Italy, we circle the globe with Seth and provide you with useful tips to easily reach your destination, with a few bucks left in your pocket.

For the tight-belted tourist and the first-class flyer, the eager student and the comfort-seeking retiree, Seth Kugel is all about showing how we too can rediscover the joy of discovery.

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Are We in Good Shape for Retirement?

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As is often the case on the show, somebody calls up asking one thing and the discussion turns into a full-blown retirement planning call. That’s what happened with Bill in Illinois who did a great job of saving for retirement, but what about his asset allocation? Is it where it should be?

Millennials want to learn how to start investing. The problem is that most have no idea where to begin. There's a significant lack of information out there catering to the concerns of new millennial investors, such as:

  • Should I invest while paying down student loans?

  • How do I invest in a socially responsible way?

  • What about robo-advisors and apps, are any of them any good?

  • Where can I look online for investment advice?

That’s why we’re happy to have Erin Lowry back on the show to discuss her latest book, Broke Millennial Takes On Investing: A Beginner's Guide to Leveling Up Your Money.

In this second book in the Broke Millennial series, Lowry answers those questions and delivers all of the investment basics in one easy-to-digest package.

Tackling topics ranging from common terminology to how to handle your anxiety to retirement savings and even how to actually buy and sell a stock, this hands-on guide will help any investment newbie become a confident player in the market on their way to building wealth.

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Do I Need Life Insurance?

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We kick off the holiday weekend with Gabriel who is about to turn 30, recently married, planning on starting a family, and is now wondering if he should be looking to purchase a life insurance policy.

Next up was Kelly from Georgia who has a boat load of cash sitting in a savings account. There must be a better alternative than a savings account, right?

Congratulations, you're a manager! After you pop the champagne, accept the shiny new title, and step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don't really know what you're doing.

That's exactly how our latest guest, Julie Zhuo, felt when she became a rookie manager at the age of 25. It’s also why she felt compelled to write her first book, The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You.

She stared at a long list of logistics, from hiring to firing, from meeting to messaging, from planning to pitching, and faced a thousand questions and uncertainties. How was she supposed to spin teamwork into value? What was the secret to leading with confidence in new and unexpected situations?

Now, having managed dozens of teams spanning tens to hundreds of people, Julie knows the most important lesson of all: great managers are made, not born. If you care enough to be reading this, then you care enough to be a great manager.

The Making of a Manager is a modern field guide packed everyday examples and transformative insights, including:

  • How to tell a great manager from an average manager

  • When you should look past an awkward interview and hire someone anyway

  • How to build trust with your reports through not being a boss

  • Where to look when you lose faith and lack the answers

Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.

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Is My Planner Charging Me Too Much?

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Is my planner charging me too much in fees? Can I get the same service, or better, for less? Can I do it on my own? These are the questions we get on a weekly basis, with the latest one coming from Troy.

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What to Do with Old Retirement Plan?

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Most people nowadays have an old retirement account out there from a previous employer. What should you do with it? Leave it where it is? Roll it over into the new plan? Put it into a rollover IRA? That was the discussion as we kicked things off with Nate from Texas.

Sticking with retirement plans, when does it make sense to starting converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA? That’s what Steve from Minnesota wanted to discuss.

When fast-scaling startups and global organizations get stuck, they call our guest in hour two, Aaron Dignan.

In his recently released book, Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?, he reveals his proven approach for eliminating red tape, dissolving bureaucracy, and doing the best work of your life.

He’s found that nearly everyone, from Wall Street to Silicon Valley, points to the same frustrations: lack of trust, bottlenecks in decision making, siloed functions and teams, meeting and email overload, tiresome budgeting, short-term thinking, and more.

Is there any hope for a solution? Haven’t countless business gurus promised the answer, yet changed almost nothing about the way we work?

That’s because we fail to recognize that organizations aren’t machines to be predicted and controlled. They’re complex human systems full of potential waiting to be released.

Dignan says you can’t fix a team, department, or organization by tinkering around the edges. Over the years, he has helped his clients completely reinvent their operating systems, the fundamental principles and practices that shape their culture, with extraordinary success.

In Brave New Work you’ll learn exactly how organizations are inventing a smarter, healthier, and more effective way to work. Not through top down mandates, but through a groundswell of autonomy, trust, and transparency.

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Am I Paying Too Much in Fees?

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There's really no reason whatsoever nowadays why you should be paying a lot of money in fees for financial advice. And that's a good thing. It's also a good thing when you get a feeling in your gut that somebody is being a bit of a greedy pig. That's the feeling that Cathy from Pennsylvania recently experienced.

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Traditional or Roth 401(k)?

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We start the show this week with Shirley from D.C. who’s wondering if she should be using the Roth 401(k) that’s available to her. Most large companies nowadays offer the Roth option, the problem is that many employees aren’t familiar with what it is or how it works.

Next up was Laura from Seattle who has one main question: is our financial picture solid and sound? Sounds simple, but you guys know there’s a lot more to it than that.

Since 1973, our productivity has grown almost six times faster than our wages. Most of us rank so far below the top earners in the country that the "winners" might as well inhabit another planet.

But work is about much more than earning a living. Work gives us our identity, and a sense of purpose and place in this world. And yet, work as we know it is under siege.

Joining us today to discuss is Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change.

Through exhaustive reporting and keen analysis, The Job reveals the startling truths and unveils the pervasive myths that have colored our thinking on one of the most urgent issues of our day: how to build good work in a globalized and digitalized world where middle class jobs seem to be slipping away.

Traveling from deep in Appalachia to the heart of the Midwestern rust belt, from a struggling custom clothing maker in Massachusetts to a thriving co-working center in Minnesota, Shell presents evidence from a wide range of disciplines to show how our educational system, our politics, and our very sense of self have been held captive to and distorted by outdated notions of what it means to get and keep a good job.

Work, in all its richness, complexity, rewards and pain, is essential for people to flourish. Ellen Ruppel Shell paints a compelling portrait of where we stand today, and points to a promising and hopeful way forward.

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Are We on Track for Retirement?

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How do you know if you're on track for retirement? You reach out to the Jill on Money podcast! That's what Lisette from New York did. She wanted to check-in and take the temperature on whether or not she and her husband are moving in the right direction. 

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Pension Lump Sum or Annuity?

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We start the show this week with Joe from Chicago, who thankfully has a good BS detector. His alarm went off after his “advisor” suggested he take out a whole-life insurance policy for his nine year old son. This was a crazy one!

Next up was Janet from California who is in the process of weighing some options regarding her pension plan. Lump sum or annuity? What are some of the factors that should be considered?

When you’re interviewing people on a regular basis, sometimes there’s an instant connection.

It happened when I met Chris Guillebeau and it happened when I met Sam Conniff Allende, author of Be More Pirate: Or How to Take on the World and Win.

It was like reconnecting with a long-lost friend, which of course made for a very fun chat.

In his tiny, sleek, little book, Conniff Allende unveils the innovative strategies of Golden Age pirates, drawing parallels between the tactics and teachings of legends like Henry Morgan and Blackbeard with modern rebels, like Elon Musk, Malala, and Banksy.

Featuring takeaway sections and a guide to building your own pirate code 2.0, Be More Pirate will show you how to leave your mark on the 21st century.

1. Rebel — Draw strength by standing up to the status quo.
2. Rewrite — Bend, break, but most importantly, rewrite the rules.
3. Reorganize — Collaborate to achieve scale, rather than growth.
4. Redistribute — Fight for fairness, share power, and make an enemy of exploitation.
5. Retell — Weaponize your story, then tell the hell out of it.

Whatever your ambitions, ideas and challenges, Be More Pirate will help change the way you live, think, and work today, and tomorrow. So what are you waiting for? Join the rebellion.

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When to Take Social Security?

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When should I take Social Security? A classic question in the personal finance world. It's not always a black and white answer as there's a variety of factors that should be considered. That's the discussion with Kevin from Minnesota. 

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