Stay Wealthy Retirement Show

Taylor Schulte

Retirement planning strategies in plain English. The Stay Wealthy Podcast will teach you how to reduce taxes, invest smarter, and make work optional in retirement.

Award-winning financial expert, Taylor Schulte, tackles topics such as IRA's, 401(k)'s, retirement income strategies, insurance, pensions, social security and more.

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The Social Security program currently pays more in benefits than it collects in revenue. If no changes are made, Social Security will become insolvent by the year 2034... ...and all beneficiaries (regardless of age or income) will face a sudden 22% benefit cut. Even more, some proposals to fix Social Security include stripping 100% of benefits from high-income retirees. This has led a lot of retirement savers to ask: "Should I include Social Security in my retirement planning projections?" If you have the same question, you're going to love today's episode. 👉  Click Here to Access Show Notes and Links for This Episode

Dec 7

9 min 36 sec

Today I’m sharing key findings from a 22-year study on investing in real estate. In general, there are three primary ways you can invest in real estate: Direct ownership Listed real estate Unlisted real estate  Most investors agree that allocating to real estate is prudent. But they don't always agree on the best investment vehicle to use. If you continue to wrestle with how to invest in real estate, you’ll enjoy the recent results I’m sharing from a 22-year study on this popular asset class. 👉  Click Here to Access Show Notes and Links for This Episode *** NOTE: The show notes page I reference in the audio of this episode is incorrect. The correct episode number is 135 and the show notes can be found by going to www.youstaywealthy.com/135 ***

Nov 30

9 min 33 sec

Today I’m sharing 11 surprising facts about tax planning, investing, and retirement. For example, if you: Retired in the year 2000 with $1 million, invested all of it in the U.S. stock market, and withdrew $50,000 (adjusted for inflation) per year...  ...you would have been out of money by 2018! If you want to learn how that could be + have some educational fun with retirement/investing statistics, today’s episode is for you. 👉  Click Here to Access Show Notes and Links for This Episode

Nov 23

17 min 32 sec

Today I'm clearing up some confusion from a prior episode. I'm also tackling part 2 of our equity compensation series.  Specifically, I'm sharing: How ESPP Lookback Periods Work Qualifying vs Disqualifying Dispositions Tips for Offsetting an RSU Tax Bill If you want to better understand the tax implications of equity compensation, you're going to love today's episode.  👉  Click Here to Access Show Notes and Links for This Episode

Nov 16

21 min 37 sec

In 2018, GE stock traded at $7/share—an 85% drop from its all-time high.  Who was hit the hardest?  Company retirees...including former factory workers who used equity compensation packages to save for retirement. In part one of our equity comp series, I'm breaking down: What it is Why it exists How to manage the risks Friend and fellow planner, Odaro Aisueni, also drops by to share his wisdom and expertise. If you want to better understand equity compensation + learn about the overlooked risks of company stock, you’re going to love today’s episode. 👉 Click Here to Access Show Notes and Links for This Episode

Nov 2

23 min 12 sec

Today I'm talking about inflation. While inflation has historically averaged ~3%, the most recent CPI report showed an annual rate of 5.4%. 😲 But I’m going to share why that number doesn't tell the whole story. I'm also sharing how some people are using the recent CPI report to try and scare you before Halloween even starts. Finally, I'll be providing tips for how retirement investors can improve their portfolios if moderately high inflation persists. If you want to know what the current inflation numbers mean for your retirement + how to combat this BIG SCARY threat, today’s episode is for you. 👉 Click Here to Access Show Notes and Links for This Episode

Oct 26

16 min 43 sec

Today I'm talking about preferred stocks. Why? One of our listeners, Gene, was recently concerned about the low yields he was getting on bonds & cash. And he was wondering if preferred stocks would be an appropriate alternative. In addition to answering Gene's great question, I'm also breaking down:  What preferred stocks are Why you might invest in them How to spot little-known risks If you're ready to learn all about preferred stocks (in plain English!), today's episode is for you. 👉  Click Here to Access Show Notes and Links for This Episode

Oct 19

10 min 13 sec

Today I'm talking about the U.S. National Debt which currently sits at ~$28 trillion. While that is a GIANT number, I'm sharing why current debt levels are not as big of a problem as most think. If you want to learn why (in plain English!), you're going to love today's episode.  👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Oct 5

10 min 13 sec

Today I’m talking about the benefits of Market-Cap-Weighted index funds (e.g., Vanguard Total Stock Market). Why? Last week, I made a brief comment that there were some benefits to owning them...and a number of you reached out asking what those were. If, like these other listeners, you’re also curious about the benefits of market-cap-weighted funds, you’re going to love today’s episode! 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Sep 28

10 min 30 sec

The average interest rate for savings accounts is 0.06%. National home prices just reported their highest one-year gain in history. The U.S. stock market is up ~700% since March 2009. When everything seems risky and overbought, what do retirement savers do? How do you earn a healthy 7-8% return over the next 10-20 years? I break it all down in this week's episode. 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Sep 21

15 min 58 sec

Today I'm sharing the hot off the press results of the annual "Mind the Gap" study. Once again, over the last 10 years, investors earned ~2% per year less than the funds they invested in. (Hint: It's not because of fees or taxes.) If you want to learn... Why this return gap exists What asset classes are most at risk And how you can improve your returns ...you'll love this episode. 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Sep 14

8 min 8 sec

Today I’m talking about Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). Specifically, I'm sharing: How RMD withdrawal rates can creep up to 12% Why they can cause you to overpay the IRS How to use an RMD-based approach to create retirement income When RMDs can put you at risk of over withdrawing What you can do to reduce your RMD tax bill If you want to get a quick Masterclass on Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) and take control of your tax bill, this episode is for you! 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Sep 7

11 min 53 sec

Today I’m wrapping up our retirement income series by talking about Dynamic Withdrawal Strategies. Dynamic strategies are designed to: Maximize retirement income Greatly lower the chance of running out of money Combat inflation and maintain purchasing power If you want to learn about dynamic withdrawal strategies, their pros & cons, and how to implement them, today's episode is for you.  👉 Click here to learn more about our Free Retirement Assessment To access the show notes for today's episode, click here.

Aug 31

20 min

Today I'm talking about immediate annuities and dividend stocks as potential retirement income solutions. Specifically, I'm sharing the what, why, and how behind each strategy. I'm also sharing their pros + cons. If you want to find out if annuities and dividends will solve your retirement paycheck puzzle, you're going to enjoy this episode! 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Aug 24

21 min 25 sec

Today I'm breaking down the 4% rule. Specifically, I'm sharing: A brief history of the rule Why the creator doesn't follow it The pros and cons I'm also sharing how you might take the current environment into consideration when using the 4% rule.  If you want to understand the most popular retirement income strategy once and for all, this episode is for you.  👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Aug 17

17 min 53 sec

Today I'm kicking off a multi-part series on creating a reliable income stream in retirement. To help set the stage for this series, Michael Kitces drops in to share why most retirees will NEVER draw down their portfolio. In fact, he shares how the 4% rule is more likely to quintuple wealth than deplete it over 30-years. If you're ready to learn everything you need to know about creating a retirement paycheck, this series is for you.  👉 Click here to access show notes for this episode

Aug 10

15 min 52 sec

Today I'm talking about car ownership.  Specifically, I'm sharing: The Total Lifetime Cost of Owning a Car How Buying New Can Cost the Same as Buying Used Why Leasing a Car Isn't Always the Wrong Decision I also let you in on a little secret about my personal approach to car ownership. 😲 If you want to better understand the true cost of owning a car (and hear my public confession!), today's episode is for you. 👉 Click here to access show notes for this episode

Aug 3

11 min 51 sec

Today I'm talking about I-Bonds, a type of savings bond that some call "the best kept secret in America."   Specifically, I'm sharing: What they are Why successful retirement savers might NOT be racing out to buy them Who they might be a good fit for  If you're interested in learning about a safe investment designed to combat inflation, today's episode is for you.

Jul 27

13 min 3 sec

Today I'm responding to some constructive criticism I received from a listener. I'm also sharing my conversation with Steve Chen, host of The NewRetirement Podcast. Along with sharing a personal update on having three kids under age 5, we dig into: Tax planning opportunities + misconceptions What to do when you've saved more for retirement than you can spend Why people put off estate planning and how to take action Be sure to stick around to the end where we answer a few listener questions and chat about the current state of the markets. 👉 Click here to access show notes for this episode

Jul 20

59 min 50 sec

Want to learn how to lower your tax bill + improve retirement success? Click Here to Get Your FREE Retirement & Tax Assessment --------------------------------------------- Today I’m tackling part two of our series on Long Term Care (LTC). Specifically, I’m breaking down three big things: The types of LTC insurance available (and the pros and cons of each!) Major pitfalls to avoid Vetted resources to help you take action If you want to understand how to maximize your dollars (and coverage!) when buying long-term care insurance, today’s episode is for you. 👉 Click here to access show notes for this episode

Jul 13

22 min 57 sec

Today I'm kicking off a two-part series on Long Term Care (LTC). In part one, I'm sharing: LTC statistics that don't often make headlines Why everyone (yes everyone!) needs a plan for LTC My 5-step process for determining if you can self-fund If Long Term Care is one of those financial planning items you STILL haven't tackled yet, this series is for you! 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Jul 6

16 min 13 sec

Today, guest host Jeremy Schneider talks about retirement accounts. Specifically, he shares why having all of your money locked up in them is a problem + how to access your funds early. He also answers a listener question about where to prioritize investing in a 403(b). If you invest in any type of retirement account (e.g., IRA, 401k, etc.), you don't want to miss his VERY last episode. 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode (Including a unique Stay Wealthy discount code for Jeremy's  investing course!)

Jun 29

20 min 35 sec

Today, guest host Jeremy Schneider explains why he removed oil and gold from his portfolio. In fact, he broke one of his cardinal rules of investing to do it! He also answers a listener's question about investing money that's being saved for a home down payment. If you're a retirement investor who is curious if gold or oil (a.k.a. commodities) belong in your portfolio, you're going to love this episode! 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Jun 22

23 min 8 sec

Today, guest host Jeremy Schneider breaks down the 5 most common arguments AGAINST index funds. Specifically, he shares how individual investors are impacted + his response as an index fund advocate. He also answers a listener question about paying off debt vs. investing. If you're a retirement saver who loves low-cost index funds as much as we do, today's episode is for you! 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Jun 15

23 min 34 sec

Today, guest host Jeremy Schneider takes a deep dive into the COVID-19 stock market crash of 2020. Specifically, he's talking about: What the trading circuit breaker is and why it exists How the length and severity of the COVID crash stacks up to other historical catastrophic events What retirement investors should consider going forward when reviewing their investments  Jeremy also answers a listener's question about rent vs buy given sky-high real estate prices. If you're a retirement investor interested in using history to make more informed decisions about the future, you're going to love this episode. 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Jun 8

25 min 32 sec

Today, guest host Jeremy Schneider covers three BIG topics: When market timing works How to invest a windfall of money What to do if you're afraid to invest in the stock market If you're a nervous retirement investor concerned about investing at market highs, this episode is for you!  👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

Jun 1

24 min 28 sec

Learn how to: Lower your tax bill Optimize investments Improve retirement success Click Here to Get Your FREE Retirement Assessment --------------------------------------------- Today I'm sharing two simple tax planning tips. These tips will help you catch common errors we're finding on 2020 tax returns. I'm also sharing some fun (personal) news with our listeners! 😲 If you've filed your 2020 tax return and want to avoid any big surprises this year, today's episode is for you.

May 25

7 min 55 sec

Today we’re diving into ESG investing.   ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance.   And because the world of ESG is messy and complicated, I asked Liz Simmie, co-founder of Honeytree Investment Management, to help us break it down.   Liz is wildly knowledgeable about purpose driven investing and addresses three big questions in this episode:   What is ESG investing (in plain English!) How retirement savers should approach fees when investing in ESG funds What is the most important data point to screen for when choosing an ESG strategy   If you want to learn the right way to approach ESG investing and how to integrate it into your retirement portfolio, you’re going to love this episode.   👉 Click here to access show notes for this episode

May 18

37 min 12 sec

Want to learn how to lower your tax bill, optimize investments, and improve retirement success? Click to get your FREE Retirement Assessment ================================= Today I'm sharing my current thoughts on bitcoin. A special guest also drops by to share his point of view, including why bitcoin should NOT be used as a store of value. If you enjoyed last week’s interview and you’re craving to hear a different perspective, today's episode is for you. 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

May 11

24 min 11 sec

Today I’m joined by Isaiah Douglass, MBA, CFP®. Isaiah is wildly knowledgeable (and passionate!) about Bitcoin. He’s also very optimistic about its future. I have more questions than answers, so I brought him on the show to share his perspective + challenge my thinking. I asked him questions such as: Why should we trust that 10-years of Bitcoin data is sufficient? Is Bitcoin a speculative investment? What are the best-case and worst-case scenarios for Bitcoin? ...and more!  If you’re wondering if Bitcoin will "pop" like the dot-com bubble or if it belongs in your investment portfolio, this episode is for you. 👉  Click here to access show notes for this episode

May 4

51 min 49 sec

Today I’m joined by special guest, Lazetta Braxton, MBA, CFP®.  It’s almost impossible to miss Lazetta these days!  She’s been seen on NBC Nightly News, CNBC’s Closing Bell, and she’s a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal Financial Experts blog. Lazetta also co-wrote a new book titled “How I Invest My Money” which was illustrated by friend of the show, Carl Richards. In this conversation, we talk about: How I Invest My Money + Investing in Human Capital Lazetta’s “Go to Hell” fund What she's doing to provide broader access to financial advice If you want to learn how investing in human capital can be part of your retirement plan, you're going to love this episode. 👉  Click to access the links and resources for this episode

Apr 27

30 min 57 sec

A quick reminder that we're currently offering a FREE retirement & tax return analysis. Learn how to lower your tax bill, optimize investments, and improve retirement success. Click to learn more. ============================== Today I have a special episode for you. I’m sharing a sneak peek into an incredible new project launched by Tyrone Ross. (You don’t want to miss this.) I’m also joined by Caleb Silver, Editor in Chief for Investopedia.com. We talk about three big things: How he thinks about the media’s role in financial content and education The biggest investing mistakes readers made in the last 12 months What you need to know about fractional shares, limit orders, and SPACs (in plain English!)  If you want to learn how to be a better investor from the person leading the charge at one of the largest financial information websites, you’ll love this episode.

Apr 20

37 min 3 sec

Today I'm wrapping up our two-part series on robo-advisors. Specifically, I'm sharing THREE things: The pros and cons of using a robo-advisor Major pitfalls to watch out for How to choose the right one If you currently use a robo-advisor – or you’re considering one in the near future – this episode will help you better understand if it’s a good fit + how to avoid costly mistakes.

Apr 13

29 min 59 sec

The stock market has been screaming upwards for over 10 years. In fact, the S&P 500 just crossed 4,000! Many retirement savers are starting to get worried, thinking we must be due for a crash. Is it dangerous to invest at market highs? Should you wait for a correction before investing more money in stocks? What if you're retired? Should you be investing in stocks at all? If you've been asking yourself these same questions lately and feeling a bit nervous about the stock market, today's episode is for you.

Apr 6

18 min 58 sec

Today I'm kicking off a two-part series on robo-advisors by sharing: What a robo-advisor is (in plain English!) Why I argue they've been around since the 1920's Who they are and aren't a good fit for If you're a retirement saver who wants to learn more about these low-cost investing solutions + if they live up to the hype, this episode is for you.

Mar 30

19 min 13 sec

Today I'm talking about Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).  Specifically, I'm sharing: What an NFT is (in plain English!) Why they are so valuable If this is an asset class retirement savers should take seriously If you want to know why pixelated drawings and 3-second video clips are trading hands for millions of dollars + what to make of this investing craze, today's episode is for you.

Mar 23

13 min 24 sec

Today I'm sharing 3 of my favorite portfolio analytics tools for retirement investors. I’m also using these tools to provide an update on some of the crazy things happening in the stock market right now. So if you’re ready to learn how you can use tech to better understand what you’re investing in, today’s episode is for you. To learn more about our FREE retirement & tax return analysis, visit www.freeretirementassessment.com. 

Mar 16

19 min 32 sec

Today I'm tackling three listener questions with my good friend, Roger Whitney: Why you don't have to invest in ESG stocks to make an impact How to replenish your emergency fund (+ how much cash is too much)?  How to process retirement account withdrawals if you're trying to stay in the 12% tax bracket If you want to hear our answers to these great (and common!) retirement + investing questions, this episode is for you.

Mar 9

27 min 2 sec

Today I’m sharing my 3 favorite tech tools for retirement savers...that have nothing to do with money! Why? Because if technology can improve your life, save time, and help you become more efficient, you’ll have more time to spend on improving your financial plan :)  Be sure to stay until the end because I’m sharing a few bonus tech tools as well! Even if you don’t consider yourself tech-savvy, I promise you’ll learn something new and easy to adopt that will make your life better...or at least more fun.

Mar 2

17 min 11 sec

Today I'm answering a great question from one of our listeners: "Are we in a stock market bubble?" ~Nancy K., Minnesota In this episode, I share: What a bubble is How to measure stock market valuations My answer to answer to Nancy's question! So if you're a retirement investor concerned about current stock market levels, you're going to love today's episode.

Feb 23

7 min 5 sec

Today I’m wrapping up our mini-series on Portfolio Rebalancing. Specifically, I'm sharing the 5 biggest pitfalls to watch out for. Why? Because making just one of these mistakes could wipe away the benefits of rebalancing entirely. So before you process your next rebalance (or let a computer handle it!), tune in to learn what they are and how to avoid them. 

Feb 16

21 min 6 sec

Today I'm kicking off a 2-part series on Portfolio Rebalancing. In part one, I'm sharing: What portfolio rebalancing is How and where it fits into your retirement plan The top 4 benefits of a systematic rebalancing process If you want to learn how a simple rebalancing plan can boost long-term investment returns, you're going to love this episode.

Feb 9

15 min 31 sec

Today I'm sharing two thoughts on Gamestop and Reddit. Specifically, I'm sharing why individual investors aren't winning this battle + who benefits the most from trading platforms like Robinhood (hint: not its users).   So if you want to learn why Gamestop stock traders were not the biggest beneficiary of last week's events, today's episode is for you. 

Feb 2

7 min 51 sec

Today we’re talking about cash!   I’m joined by Gary Zimmerman, founder of MaxMyInterest (MAX), an online platform that helps you earn a higher return on your cash savings.    The best part about MAX?   You can keep your existing banking relationship!   So if you want to learn more about MAX and how to boost the yield on your cash, you’re going to love this episode.

Jan 26

34 min 3 sec

Today - with help from Morgan Housel - I'm highlighting two economic stories that are flying under the radar. The first story is that Americans might be in the best financial shape they’ve ever been in. And the second is that a large percentage of Americans don’t agree with the first story. Why? Because they’re in the worst financial shape they’ve ever been in. Tune in to learn more. 

Jan 19

15 min 21 sec

Happy New Year! To kick off 2021, I’m digging into the three BIG topics I know are on every investor’s mind right now: Small Cap Value Stocks Bitcoin The Dow Jones Crossing 30,000 I’m sharing updates on each + what they mean for your retirement planning and investment portfolio in 2021 and beyond.

Jan 12

21 min 45 sec

Today I’m sharing 3 simple tax planning strategies to consider before year-end. We have two weeks left in 2020 and my goal is to help you take action before it’s too late. So if you want to lower your tax bill today and reduce your future taxes in retirement, today’s episode is for you.  

Dec 2020

27 min 43 sec

Today I’m talking about tax gain harvesting. While tax-loss harvesting typically gets all the attention, realizing gains and deliberately paying taxes now can oftentimes be more valuable. And once again, this strategy is not just for the ultra-wealthy... In fact, those in the highest tax brackets probably shouldn’t pursue this tax planning opportunity. So if you want to learn how to harvest gains and reduce your future tax bill in retirement, today's episode is for you.

Dec 2020

16 min 8 sec

Today I’m talking about how to combine roth conversions with charitable giving. In fact, this strategy can help wipe out this year's tax bill, reduce future tax bills, and also support some good causes along the way. The best part? There's no minimum amount of net worth required to take action. So if you want to make a smart tax move while also supporting a good cause, today’s episode is for you.

Nov 2020

14 min 6 sec

Today I’m wrapping up our four-part series on investing in bonds by talking about...implementation! My goal today is to help you take action. To take what you’ve learned these last four weeks and make some meaningful improvements to your retirement portfolio. So if you’re finally able to wrap your head around the basics of bond investing and ready to take action, today's episode is for you.

Oct 2020

17 min 25 sec