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The Perfect Game Retirement Podcast is brought to you by Black Oak Asset Management, serving the greater Atlanta area with offices in Alpharetta, Cartersville and Macon. Former professional baseball player and now financial coach, Ryan Ledden, is your host. This is the show that’ll help you make the right decisions, so you can pitch a “perfect game” in retirement.

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Episode Show Notes

Ep 69: Most Common Retirement Planning Questions About Taxes

As we approach the end of the year, saving money on taxes becomes a bigger focus for many people. But let’s broaden the scope out for this particular episode and focus on some of the most common retirement planning questions about taxes. We’ll talk about mistakes to avoid and how a proper plan can make a significant difference in someone’s tax savings.

November 17th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Ep 68: The Money Gridiron: What Football Teaches Us About Retirement Planning

At this time of year, you can find football on TV almost every night of the week. So, let’s take some concepts from the game of football and apply them to our retirement planning…

November 3rd, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Ep 66: Retirement Planning From A Psychologist’s Point Of View

We always talk about the money side of financial and retirement planning. But what about the mental aspect of that big life change? Today we’ll break down an article written by a Licensed Professional Counselor (Kate Schroeder) for Psychology Today, titled The Psychological Investment In Retirement.

October 6th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Ep 65: Going Against the Grain

Being a good advisor isn’t about winning a popularity contest or just saying the same things that everyone else in the industry says. It’s about giving the best advice that you can for each individual situation. On today’s show, we’re going to peel back the curtain to discuss some areas where a good financial advisor’s opinions might go against the grain with mainstream ideas in the industry.

September 15th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Ep 63: What They’re Saying: Analyzing Advice On Surviving A Bear Market

It’s no secret the stock market is in turmoil. We’re in a bear market and the R-word (recession) is getting thrown around daily. So, what can you do to survive bear markets like the one we’re in now? We’ve collected advice from various commentators and “experts” from across the country. You might have even heard some of this advice yourself. But should you follow it or proceed with caution? We’ll breakdown the guidance to provide some important context and perspective.

August 18th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Ep 62: Can You Get An A+ On Our Retirement Planning Quiz?

Don’t dread this as much as you hated hearing these words as a kid, but it’s time for a pop quiz! We’re putting retirement planning preparedness under the microscope with 5 critical questions to which you need to know the answers. So sharpen those pencils and let’s see how ready you are for retirement.

August 4th, 2022|Tags: , |

Ep 61: Why Retirement Planning Ain’t What It Used To Be

In some ways, retirement planning was easier for past generations. Let’s explore how a good financial advisor helps people overcome the additional challenges of today. Our parents and grandparents may not have had to face these things, so just relying on the experiences of family members might not be enough to help us achieve our own financial success…

July 21st, 2022|Tags: , , , , , |

Ep 60: Do You Concur? Picking Sides In Important Financial Debates

On this episode, we’ll try to pick sides in some important financial debates. From bonds to life insurance, credit card debt to starting Social Security, we’ll propose several different topics to see which sides of the debates you and your advisor should probably fall on.

July 7th, 2022|Tags: , |

Ep 58: What to Do as You Count Down the Days to Retirement

We’ve assembled a list of priorities to keep in mind as you count down the days to retirement. From getting healthy to thinking about a post-retirement career, what do we do as we count down the days to retirement?

June 2nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

Ep 57: Reasons You Should Get Life Insurance

Sure, life insurance is one of the more boring topics to cover on a podcast. And a lot of what you hear is going to warn you why you should NOT get various types of life insurance. But our goal on this episode is to focus on the positive and analyze the reasons why you should get life insurance, or at least consider it. Many people think that once the kids are out of the house, you don’t need insurance anymore. But there are some other reasons why life insurance can be a useful part of your retirement plan.

May 19th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Ep 56: The Most Important Birthdays In Retirement Planning

There are certain age milestones where you should really pay attention to your retirement planning progress. On this episode, we’ll look at the most important birthdays as you approach retirement and cover the exact things you should be checking off your to-do list at each age.

May 5th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Ep 55: Home Run Retirement Planning – How Baseball Principles Also Score Financial Runs

After listening to today’s episode, you’ll never attend another baseball game with the family and look at it the same way. We’re going to show you how taking some of baseball’s most basic principles can also lead to financial success in your retirement portfolio. So, grab your peanuts and crackerjack, and let’s take the financial field.

April 21st, 2022|Tags: , , |

Ep 54: Murky Issues That Make Retirement Planning Harder

This USA Today article points out 3 murky issues that increase retirement planning’s degree of difficulty, especially in today’s economic climate. On this episode, we’ll breakdown the article to see if it’s worthwhile advice, if the murky issues are actually that threatening, and what you can do about all of it if you’re concerned.

April 7th, 2022|

Ep 53: Who Even Needs A Financial Advisor?

Some people feel that they’ll save money by handling their investments themselves instead of working with an advisor. Others may like the challenge of doing it themselves. Still, others just don’t know who to trust so they end up not working with anyone. Let’s talk about some reasons that you might need an advisor…

March 17th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Ep 52: Do You Have A Money Bias? And How Much Is It Costing You?

On this episode, we’ll break down a recent CNBC article that analyzes a recent Morningstar study. The study found that most of us have at least one money bias, some of us more than one, and that those biases are very possibly costing us money in our checking, savings, investing, and retirement accounts. Listen to see if you might be impacted by a specific money bias and for strategies to get it back under control.

March 3rd, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Ep 51: How Children Become Part of the Retirement Discussion

If you have kids, often they come up in the discussion when you’re talking about your retirement plans. Let’s talk about some of the ways those discussions play out, the role your advisor should play in navigating these conversations, and the overall impact on you and your family’s financial goals.

February 17th, 2022|
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