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Guarding Your Nest Egg

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It took decades of work and sacrifice to get to where you are. Mike Lester and his team of fiduciary financial advisors have a vested interest in helping you protect your lifestyle, health, and nest egg now and in the future of your retirement.    Guarding Your Nest Egg Radio  Mike Lester  Kristen C… read more

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Being Thankful & Finding Value

November 22nd, 2022


As we embrace the holiday season, we’ll remind you to save a place at the Thanksgiving table for someone you may not have been planning for…

When Should You Hire or Fire an Advisor?

November 15th, 2022


After highlighting one of our Talon Wealth team members' skills, we share how one listener recently reached out for a second opinion because he’s …

What is a Bear Market Portfolio?

November 8th, 2022


The Fed continues increasing rates to fight inflation, but the latest CPI data shows that we're not much better off than we were in March when the aggressive monetary tightening began. Listen to hear Mike’s opinion as …

I Like My Advisor But Not My Portfolio’s Performance & Are I Bonds a Good Idea?

November 1st, 2022


Are you frustrated with the performance (or lack thereof) of your investment accounts? This is unfortunately more common than you may realize. That …

Managing Market & Medicare Capitulation

October 25th, 2022


The Fed has obviously been very aggressive with interest rate hikes, and many are concerned about the short & long-term impact this will have on our economy and individual retirement accounts. Mike shares his …

Seeking Safety During a Scary Economic Time

October 18th, 2022


After checking in with a few kids about their Halloween costume plans, we focus on how this fall has been a spooky time for the market. With stocks down an average of 20% and bonds down about 14% for the year, many are …

Inflation & Your Portfolios Performance

October 11th, 2022


Mortgage rates recently reached their highest level since July of 2007. Instead of focusing on a 2008 flashback, Mike explains why it’s more …

Should You Postpone Retirement Because of Volatile Markets?

October 4th, 2022


The Federal Reserve made history by approving its 3rd consecutive 75-basis-point interest rate hike on September 21st, and wall street didn’t take the news well…

Navigating Economic Pullbacks

September 13th, 2022


Historically, September is a rough month on wall street. With recent stock market pullbacks, investors close to and already in retirement have valid …

Doing the Math on Economic Data That Doesn’t Seem to Add Up

September 6th, 2022


With so much heightened economic news on the agenda, Kristen starts this episode with a little fun by revealing the latest endeavor by Snoop Dogg the entrepreneur. Then it’s back to Biden and his latest proposal. This …

Inflation, Interest Rates, Target Date Funds & Your Financial Outlook

August 30th, 2022


After a fun discussion about renting goats to maintain some property, we dial in on what many Americans are concerned about: After a good July, …

Does Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act Help Inflation?

August 23rd, 2022


Following a conversation about how inflation is impacting the spending behavior of higher-income Americans, Mike walks us through his analysis of …

Don’t Just "Hang In There" Through The Recession

August 9th, 2022


After chatting about someone breaking the world record for holes-in-one for a good cause, we flashback to when Mike first forecasted that we were …

Consumer Confidence is Down. But How’s Your Retirement Confidence?

August 2nd, 2022


Homebuilders are tapping the brakes and consumer confidence is down overall. Plus, with the administration trying to change the definition of a recession, confidence is declining even further for many. Mike explains why …

Extra Spending & Wall Street Records

July 26th, 2022


This week we discuss the fun way a new retiree is spending her time on screen, and how Mike can ironically relate! Plus, he explains how the …

Market Opportunities for Millionaires & The Middle Class

July 20th, 2022


With wall street down and inflation up 9.1% from last year, we’ll discuss why consumers are now likely driving the recession many are predicting. We’ll also reveal what a new survey says about how millionaires are …

The Copper Indicator & Your Retirement Money

July 12th, 2022


It’s no secret that the market has been down for the first 6 months of 2022. As we wait on 2nd quarter GDP numbers to confirm if we’re in a recession or not, listen to find out the consumer behaviors that gives Mike …

Should I go to Cash? And Can I Still Retire This Year?

June 28th, 2022


The market is volatile, and energy prices and interest rates are on the rise. Mike explains why he believes economic issues like this will create a …

Dealing with Wall Street & Annuity Slingers

June 21st, 2022


Wall Street remains rocky, and many near and  in retirement are seeking more conservative investment options. Mike explains how he and his team of fiduciaries have been proactively helping their clients navigate this …

Be a Maverick During Market Mayhem

June 14th, 2022


After discussing Top Gun: Maverick, Mike explains why now more than ever investors near and in retirement should embrace being a maverick by NOT …

Recession & Bear Market Concerns

May 31st, 2022


Are we heading into a recession? For the first time in over 2 years, the S&P 500 recently entered bear-market territory, and inflation isn’t slowing down. Mike simplifies why he believes we may already be in a …

Are Bonds Back

May 17th, 2022


Mike and Kristen start out discussing the different ways high prices are impacting their personal spending habits. With high inflation and interest rates rising, some strategists are suggesting that investing in bonds …

Money Misnomers & Digital Currency

March 22nd, 2022


This week, you may be surprised to learn that many of us might have been brushing our teeth wrong our entire lives while Mike’s 5-year-old son has …

Volatility, Risk and Your Financial Plan

March 8th, 2022


Before Mike addresses vital financial topics of the week that could impact your portfolio, he shares some GOOD NEWS that will brighten your day! He …

How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Impacts Your Investment Accounts

March 1st, 2022


Mike has a question for you this week: Has your portfolio done well in the last few years because of active management, or because it was on cruise …

Global Conflicts, Inflation, Bonds & Your Bottom Line

February 15th, 2022


While headlines intensify, some Americans are worried about what could happen with geopolitical tensions after the Olympics are over. Mike explains …

Dealing with a Rocky Market & Rolling Over Accounts

February 8th, 2022


Investors are concerned more instability could be lingering on Wall Street throughout 2022, especially with the concerns about Russia and Ukraine. …

Navigating The Baby Boomer Retirement Surge

January 25th, 2022


After discussing what a new survey revealed about a common cooking ingredient possibly increasing longevity, Mike explains how the labor shortage …

How Do You Know if You're Ready to Retire?

January 18th, 2022


This week, Mike shares what prompted him to become an independent financial advisor and start Talon Wealth Management and the Guarding Your Nest Egg show. Plus, we explore the 3 signs that suggest someone is ready to …

The Secret to Having $1 million for Retirement

January 11th, 2022


For years Americans have been very focused on becoming millionaires by the time we retire. On this episode, Mike explains how that achievement is more common than the media portrays. Plus, many investors have cash on …

Navigating Your Future Capital Gains Taxes

January 4th, 2022


After some family chat about Mike’s kids, he unpacks what investors should know about Biden’s latest Build Back Better proposal… Mainly how the top …

Should We Buy the Dips?

December 28th, 2021


December has been a little unsteady on Wall Street and many want to capitalize on the market dips. On this episode, Mike boils down how some indicators are reminiscent of 2007 and what investors need to consider. Plus, …

This is Your Retirement on Inflation & Volatility

December 14th, 2021


Remember the late 80’s campaign “This is Your Brain on Drugs?” 🍳 This week Mike discusses the current reality of our “brain on inflation.” He also …

End of Year Market & Tax Insight and Planning for 2022

December 7th, 2021


This week Mike shares tips about what you and your family should to consider regarding your investments and the volatility he’s concerned about next …

Could You Uncover a Sale Inside Your Portfolio?

November 23rd, 2021


Stores are crowded with people that have a plan to find the best deals on Black Friday and throughout the Christmas season. Mike reveals the …

Save a Spot for Inflation at Thanksgiving Dinner

November 16th, 2021


After we share what Mike and some of our listeners are grateful for, we discuss how the Thanksgiving turkey, pies and sides are expected to cost more …

Is The Wall Street Rally Making You Anxious?

November 9th, 2021


If Wall Street doing so well for so long makes you happy and nervous all at once, this episode is a must listen. Mike explores if these ongoing highs are happening for the right reasons, and what to consider if you’re …

The Motivation & Emotions of Investing

November 4th, 2021


After discussing how one business has found an interesting way to motivate teenagers to excel in school and help the labor shortage, we focus on …

Supply & Demand, Inflation and Small Businesses

October 26th, 2021


Mike isn’t “woke,” but some economists are concerned that “wokeness” is negatively impacting our economy. If that worries you too, listen as Mike highlights what to keep in mind regarding inflation, the market, and …

Deflation Risk & Your Final Frontier

October 12th, 2021


After Mike’s 9-year-old fills us in about a rare penny that could be worth $20,000, Mike explains how and why deflation could be the next risk …

Avoiding Financial Penalties

October 7th, 2021


As the holiday season approaches, you’ll appreciate Mike sharing his own Christmas Vacation tree moment that happened with his family. Then we …

Have You Had “The Talk” With Your Family

September 30th, 2021


There are a few uncomfortable conversations we inevitability face:

When we were young, we all dreaded mom and dad explaining the birds and bees. …

Is a Deep Correction Inevitable?

September 23rd, 2021


After some lighthearted chat about the latest fake food for sale, Mike gets very real about the most recent economic numbers, volatility and how it …

Battling Bubbles & Americas’ Great Resignation

September 16th, 2021


Mike and Kristen discuss how the current news cycle is impacting the financial plans of average investors, by hearing from a few average investors. …

New Fees & New 401(k) Rules

September 2nd, 2021


Many Americans are squeezing in one last summer getaway this Labor Day weekend. Whether traveling for fun or business, most of us have asked to check-in early or check-out late of a hotel. It was usually simple. If they …

Economic Impact of Vaccinations

August 19th, 2021


Opinions are plentiful in 2021, but this episode is focused on what to consider based on known financial facts. For example, with American household …

Recent Dips & New vs. Old

August 5th, 2021


Remember when “New Coke” was introduced in 1985? Consumers were so outraged that within 77 days Coca-Cola Classic was reintroduced. Today, there are …

Biden & Your Bank Account

July 27th, 2021


Biden’s Americans Rescue Act expanded the Child Tax Credit significantly, and families across America recently started receiving monthly checks in their bank accounts. Mike explains how this might affect you financially …

Clarifying Texting & Investing Acronyms

July 13th, 2021


Do you ever think about all of the JK’s, BTW’s and ROFL’s you see or send? Since we do almost everything online or on our phones, acronyms have become a social norm. We have a little fun at Mikes expense testing his …

Midyear Portfolio Checkup

July 6th, 2021


While we’re quickly moving through 2021, Mike unveils the steps investors should consider for a midyear financial checkup. Plus, Vanguard says most …

Preparing for Possible Summer Volatility

June 30th, 2021


The Fed Chief signaled that interest rate hikes could happen in 2023, then another Fed official says it may be as soon as 2022. It’s not only …

Forecasting Inflation & Volatility

June 22nd, 2021


It’s not just you, we’re all feeling it. Consumer prices went up more than expected in May. Mike sheds light on the current inflation surge and if this is temporary or not. Plus, with wall street already heating up this …

How the Recent Fuel Shortage is Similar to Investing

May 25th, 2021


42% of small-business owners reported job openings they could not fill in March, however, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she feels confident …

New Travel Fees & Self-Made Millionaires

May 21st, 2021


Travel is making a comeback, but so are fees. We’ll fill you in on what to watch out for this summer. Then Mike tells us about a couple that didn’t realize the total fees another firm was going to charge to manage their …

The Framework of America’s Lumbar Shortage and Stashed Cash

May 13th, 2021


If you’re a DYI homeowner or looking to buy a new home, you’re well aware that lumber skyrocketed during the pandemic, and prices remain at all-time …

Lessons from the Bernie Madoff Scandal

April 29th, 2021


Bernie Madoff executed the largest Ponzi scheme in history, defrauding thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars for almost 2 …

How to Spring Clean Your Finances

April 21st, 2021


Since many of us are spring cleaning at home, Mike revels actionable steps to spring-clean our financial life. He also answers a common financial question from a couple you may relate to, and share’s the habits he’s …

Investing Isn’t a Game

April 9th, 2021


Find out what watching your favorite home improvement show on HGTV may have in common with the way many approach financial planning. Plus, we discuss …

Questions to Ask Financial Advisors & Uncle Sam

April 1st, 2021


Find out how President Biden’s proposed wealth tax is a bit more complex than increasing the income tax rates of those earning more than $400k a year. Mike passes along questions for investors to ask a current or …

Remembering Rush & How Market Mania and Gas Prices Impact You

March 3rd, 2021


After we pay tribute to the king of talk radio behind the golden EIB microphone, Rush Limbaugh, Mike breaks down some recent headlines including: Is …

Reliving 1st Jobs & the Future of Your Taxes

February 24th, 2021


What was your first job? Listen to find out how creative Mike got as a teenager to bring in spending money! After we reminisce over the tax shock most of us felt when opening our very first paycheck… Mike simplifies how …

Milestone Birthdays Impacting Your Money

February 17th, 2021


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Biden’s Tax Plan & Your Portfolio Algorithm

February 9th, 2021


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GameStop vs. Wall Street & Your Portfolio

February 3rd, 2021


Mike simplifies the financial buzz about the Reddit message board Wall Street Bets creating a trading frenzy with GameStop, and most importantly how …

What You Need To Know About Taxes & Technology

January 11th, 2021


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Lockheed Martin, Empower - Target date funds and active management

March 31st, 2020


Lockheed Martin savings plans through Empower. 

We see people on a regular basis that work of previously worked for Lockheed Martin. Most have the …

Hire a financial advisor or do it yourself?

March 2nd, 2020


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Assuming taxes will be lower in retirement? It's not always the case

February 27th, 2020


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Kristen Charles

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Social Security benefits and when to claim them

February 27th, 2020


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Markets don't always go up - What to expect out of 2020

February 24th, 2020


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What can a financial advisor do that a regular person can't?

February 19th, 2020


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It's valuable to know how your investments will react during the good times and the bad

February 11th, 2020


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1 in 3 retirees say they're not ready for TAXES in retirement

January 30th, 2020


1 in 3 retirees say they're not ready for TAXES in retirement

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Falling interest rates and how they impact income in retirement

December 10th, 2019


Falling interest rates and how they impact income in retirement 

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Generating income from your investments in retirement

November 30th, 2019


Taking income from portfolios can be a difficult transition for many because we are conditioned to add to their retirement accounts NOT take from them

Send Me My Check!

November 26th, 2019


Judge Judy sold her TV show to CBS in 2017 and now collects $47 million per year to host the show. Why did she sell? Because she didn't want the …

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