Category Archives: Retirement

Episode 12 – Eight Retirement Pressures

We all have financial pressures in our lives right now. Taxes, college tuition, car repairs…we are well aware of these pressures that try to drain money from our budgets. But do we know about the financial pressures that will go hand-in-hand with retirement?

This episode is all about getting prepared. It’s about getting informed so that you can make choices that will help protect you and your family during retirement.

Tune in as I explore the top eight retirement pressures and ways that you can push through these pressures.

Episode 10 – 3 Core Financial Pressures Eroding Your Wealth

Have you ever used an air mattress that had a leak in it? You probably felt the impact of that leak as you sank lower and lower towards the ground. And yet, wasn’t it impossible to find the source of that leak?

We can go through a similar experience with our budgets. Thousands of dollars could be sucked away over time, and yet we’re not really sure where all of that money went. It’s almost as though we have several tiny leaks in our budgets.

There are three sources of these financial leaks. In this episode, John Smallwood reveals the source of these financial leaks and explains how you can take control and keep more money in your pockets.

Episode 9 – The 9 Things You Need to Know About the New Tax Law

Are you aware of all the changes brought about by the new tax law? In this episode, I dive right in and discuss how individuals and business owners can be affected by these changes. Learn about itemized vs. standard deductions, tax deferral and get the scoop on Qualified Business Income.

Learn more as I uncover the 9 things you need to know about the tax law in order to optimize your taxes in 2018.

Episode 8 – Do You Suffer From QBI?

If you’re a business owner, you’ll want to learn about the new Qualified Business Income (QBI), introduced by the new tax reform.  Who qualifies for QBI? How much can you deduct? Is this new deduction small-business friendly after all? These are just a few of the questions that John tackles in this episode brought to you by the letters Q, B and I!

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Episode 7 – Tax, Tax, Tax . . . It’s All We Ever Talk About

Taxes drives a lot of us crazy because we don’t understand how it works. But our financial plans may suffer if we don’t consider taxes in our planning process. In this podcast, we’re going to cover the ins and outs of taxes, including how interest is taxed in a person’s financial strategy– we need to grasp this concept before we can understand more complex strategies.

Listen in as John Smallwood tells us what we need to know about taxes and their impact on our financial plans:


Episode 6 – Start Tax Planning Now

It is the start of the year and there is a tax reform underway, so how can we start tax planning for the year?  In order to answer that question you need to gauge where you are right now in order to figure out where you go in the future.  Regardless of the changes being made in the Tax Reform, tax planning is all about strategy and an overall philosophy.  The sooner you start making adjustments to your financial strategy the better off you will be at the end of next year.

Learn more about making changes to your financial strategy with John Smallwood in this podcast:


Episode 5 – I Don’t Want No Stinking Risk

The market rises and drops. That’s a type of risk. We might lose our job or become injured at work. Life is full of risks! We can’t hide from them and we can’t always predict them, but we can certainly plan for them.

In my latest podcast, I expand the conversation beyond market volatility in order to assess what our risks really are and how to set ourselves up for success.

Episode 4 – What Is Savings Exactly?

Savings is the key to every financial strategy.  It is the fuel that fires the entire financial plan.  Without adequate savings, there are many factors that can erode your wealth savings plan.  It is important to start saving now and invest in your financial future.  There is no miracle financial product that you can put your money into to solve all of your problems.

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Episode 3 – 7 Factors That Destroy Wealth

Episode 2 – What Is Wealth Under Pressure?

No matter what aspect of financial planning, there are positive pressures and negative pressures. We have positive pressures such as savings rates, lottery winnings, inheritance, positive interest, etc. Then there are things that will try to bring our wealth down such as taxes, transaction costs, inflation, etc. Wealth is under pressure all the time whether good or bad. The question is how can we balance it so that you have more positive pressure and less negative pressure?

Learn more about wealth under pressure in this podcast: