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The Retirement Huddle

61 EpisodesProduced by Mark HowardWebsite

Financial and retirement planning guidance with Mark Howard of the Howard Financial Group in Savannah.Mark has almost three decades of experience in the financial industry, has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, South Magazine and several other publications. He has also been featur… read more

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Ep 61: Financial Lessons From Financial Songs

September 15th, 2022

10:37

What can we learn about financial planning from these song lyrics about money?

Whether it’s “bills, bills, bills” or “take the money and run,” we’ve got some song lyrics that hit home when it comes to your finances.

Ep 60: Mailbag: Short-Term Loans, Staying Conservative, and More

September 1st, 2022

13:21

Today we’re diving into the mailbag to answer questions from listeners just like you. We’re taking questions about short-term loans, whether you …

Ep 59: Personal Training & Financial Planning

August 18th, 2022

13:05

There are a lot of principles from the personal training and fitness world that we can apply to retirement planning. Let’s explore some similarities and learn how to increase our level of financial fitness.

 

What we …

Ep 58: A Message For The Good Savers

August 4th, 2022

11:29

So you’ve done a good job saving and investing over the years. You’ve lived on less than you’ve earned, kept yourself out of debt, and your investments have done pretty well. That means everything will be simple for you …

Ep 57: The Weaknesses in 401(k) Accounts

July 21st, 2022

11:53

The 401(k) and other employer-sponsored retirement plans can be a great tool to save for retirement but they aren’t perfect. Identifying the …

Ep 56: Challenging Conventional Wisdom in Finance

July 7th, 2022

11:29

Conventional wisdom isn’t always so wise. Today we’re discussing a few examples where financial conventional wisdom might lead you astray.

 

What we discuss in this episode: 

1:02 – Real estate

3:22 – Good debt and bad …

Ep 55: Planning Your Retirement Like a Vacation

June 16th, 2022

12:51

It’s often said that the average person spends more time planning vacations than planning retirement. Today we’re going to plan for retirement by pretending like we’re planning a vacation.

 

What we discuss in this …

Ep 54: Money Lies We Tell Ourselves

June 2nd, 2022

12:14

We’re all guilty of telling ourselves money lies from time to time. The lies we tell can change the way we think and act when it comes to finances. Are you guilty of any of these specific money lies?

 

What we discuss …

Ep 53: DIY Financial Planning

May 19th, 2022

12:33

People love do-it-yourself projects. There’s even a DIY Network where you can watch shows about home renovation, landscaping, or interior design and how to do those things without professional help. Today we're talking …

Ep 52: Financial Wisdom From The Andy Griffith Show

May 5th, 2022

11:08

What can we learn about financial planning from the Andy Griffith Show? We’ll share some quotes from the famous show and explain how they relate to you retirement.

 

What we discuss in this episode: 

1:25 – Floyd

2:27 – …

Ep 51: Mailbag - Job Offer, Taxes, and Wedding Budgets

April 21st, 2022

14:56

Should you take a job with a higher salary but worse health insurance? Is there a way to not owe the IRS so much in taxes each year? These are a few …

Ep 50: Are You Asking the Wrong Questions About Your Finances?

April 7th, 2022

10:27

A lot of people have questions about their retirement plan, but you might be asking the wrong questions. We’ll share some common wrong questions and what better questions might be.

 

What we discuss in this episode: 

Ep 49: Do You Want to Retire Early?

March 17th, 2022

12:51

Sometimes we have clients who want to retire early. But how much earlier do they mean, and is this a realistic goal? We’ll share some challenges they face and how to know if early retirement is for you.

 

What we …

Ep 48: How Delayed Gratification Can Help Your Finances

March 3rd, 2022

12:35

Delayed gratification is a difficult skill to master and that’s just as true with financial matters as it is in the other areas of your life. Let’s …

Ep 47: Financial Wisdom From Shaq

February 17th, 2022

13:58

What can basketball star Shaquille O’Neal teach us about retirement planning? Quite a bit. Let’s examine some of his famous quotes and how they can apply to your life.

 

What we discuss in this episode: 

0:46 – Seeing …

Ep 46: First Steps of a Financial Plan

February 3rd, 2022

10:48
For some folks, the idea of putting together a financial plan can be overwhelming. But it’s less threatening if you just focus on the first step. …

Ep 45: Don’t Make These Excuses

January 20th, 2022

15:44

We often hear people try to make excuses or explain away some of their questionable financial decisions. On today’s show we’ll explain why these …

Ep 44: How to Should You Handle Market Volatility?

January 6th, 2022

10:43

Anytime the market is turbulent, people react in various ways. So, how should you handle rough periods in the market? We’ll share how to handle these …

Ep 43: Rolling Over Your 401ks Into IRAs

December 16th, 2021

11:30

We often talk about the importance of not leaving a 401k with your old company after you no longer work there. But what are the main benefits of …

Ep 42: What We Wish You Knew About the Financial Industry

December 2nd, 2021

12:36

As financial professionals, there are things that we wish everyone knew and understood about the financial industry. Today we are going to share some of the tricks that sometimes get played and how to spot them.

 

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Ep 41: Financial Wisdom from Mr. Rogers

November 18th, 2021

12:07

Mister Rogers left us a treasure trove of inspirational quotes during his 31 years on TV. Did you know that a few of them have some solid financial …

Ep 40: How to Deal with Financial Stress in Retirement

November 4th, 2021

13:00

Psychologists have determined that retirement is the 10th most stressful event that you can experience in life. Today we’re sharing some ways to …

Ep 39: Retirement Reality Check

October 21st, 2021

10:02

Some people need a reality check when it comes to understanding their retirement. You might picture yourself retired on a beach or a boat, but it might be time to check your dreams.

 

Read and get additional financial …

Ep 38: Financial Tips for Empty Nest Syndrome

October 7th, 2021

10:58

Right now, there are many parents who recently dropped their first kid off at college. Other parents just dropped their last kid off at college and …

Ep 37: Mailbag - Social Security, 401k Investments and Long-Term Care

September 16th, 2021

13:59

Today, we’re answering your mailbag questions. Up first, Beth wants to know if it was a mistake to take Social Security early. We’ll also answer your questions about 401(k) investments and long-term care.  

 

Read and …

Ep 36: Retirement Questions You Didn’t Know to Ask

September 2nd, 2021

12:09

You likely have questions about your retirement, but there might be some questions that you didn’t know to ask. We’ll explain what those questions are and why the answers are so crucial to your financial future.

Episode …

Ep 35: Mailbag - Inheritance, Housing and Retirement Goals

August 19th, 2021

12:05

Today we’re answering some mailbag questions about inheritance, housing prices and retirement goals.

 

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Ep 34: Retirement Readiness - Where Do You Stand?

August 5th, 2021

9:35

On this episode of The Retirement Huddle podcast, Mark Howard explains the questions you need to answer to see if you are ready for retirement.  

 

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Ep 33: What Teachers Can Teach Us About Financial Planning

July 15th, 2021

12:40

We like to look at issues faced by people outside the financial world and see what kind of retirement lessons we can learn. Today, we’re seeing what we can learn from teachers and the issues they face.

 

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Ep 32: Retirement Pop Quiz

July 1st, 2021

12:07

What kind of score will you get on this retirement pop quiz? If you don’t know the answer to the majority of these questions, there’s a good chance that you’d be flunking a course on retirement planning.

 

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Ep 31: Important Ages for Retirement Planning

June 17th, 2021

13:30

There are some important ages when you’re thinking about retirement. Some of these ages start way before you retire. We’ll explain what they are and why they’re important milestones.

 

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Ep 30: Financial Planning With Grandma

June 3rd, 2021

7:53

Even if she wasn’t actually talking about money, Grandma said a lot of smart things that we can apply to financial planning. On this episode of The Retirement Huddle podcast, Mark Howard explains some of these classic …

Ep 29: The Retirement Marathon

May 20th, 2021

10:16

Getting through retirement is a lot like running a marathon. Are you prepared and ready to go? We’ll explain what you need to do.

 

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Ep 28: Retirement Decisions That Can’t Be Undone

May 6th, 2021

10:49

Some decisions you make are hard to go back to change, and some you can’t change at all. And there are many decisions in retirement planning that can’t be undone, so you want to make sure that you make the right call.

 

Ep 27: Financial Acronym Salad

April 15th, 2021

12:55

The financial world is full of acronyms that get thrown around for convenience, but the average person doesn’t necessarily know what they all mean. …

Ep 26: Agree or Disagree With These Financial Strategies?

April 1st, 2021

12:14

Should you always pay off your house as soon as you can? Do you need life insurance when you retire? Find out if we agree or disagree with these …

Ep 24: The Jigsaw Puzzle of Retirement

March 18th, 2021

9:21

To successfully complete a jigsaw puzzle, there are some strategies you’ll want to keep in mind, and many of those same strategies apply to …

Ep 24: Why the Final Decade Before Retirement is Crucial

March 4th, 2021

12:36

When you’re in the red zone in football, you need to capitalize on the opportunities and not make costly mistakes. The same thing goes when you’re in the red zone leading up to your retirement years. We’ll explain why.

 

Ep 23: How Home Renovation is Like Financial Planning

February 18th, 2021

9:59

Do ever watch home renovation shows on TV? Well, renovation projects can also apply to your financial life. We’ll explain how.

 

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Ep 22: What Basketball Can Teach Us About Retirement Planning

February 4th, 2021

12:23

What can basketball teach us about financial planning? Surprisingly, they have a lot in common. We’ll explain how

 

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Ep 21: Financial Goals for 2021

January 21st, 2021

9:26

“This is the year. I’m going to do (fill in the blank).” How many times have you heard people say that about New Year’s resolutions? Let’s talk about …

Ep 20: Is Your Advisor Doing This?

January 7th, 2021

11:26

Does your financial advisor look at your tax returns? What about the fees in your investments? We’ll explain how your advisor should be helping you.

 

Ep 19: Financial Lessons from Christmas Carols

December 17th, 2020

9:00

This time of the year is very special. Christmas songs can get you in the mood for celebrating with your family. They can also be compared to retirement planning. On this episode of The Retirement Huddle podcast, Mark …

Ep 18: How Overconfidence in Your Finances Can Lead to Destruction

December 3rd, 2020

11:57

On this episode of The Retirement Huddle podcast, Mark Howard explains how overconfidence in your financial life can sometimes lead to destruction.

 

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Ep 17: Are You Out of Tune Financially?

November 19th, 2020

8:46

Even if you have a solid financial plan in place, things can quickly get out of tune if you don’t make adjustments from time to time. On this episode …

Ep 16: How to Spot Villains in the Financial World

November 5th, 2020

11:44

Villains in the movies are usually pretty easy to identify, but villains in the financial world aren’t always so easy to identify. Here’s how to recognize them.

 

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Ep 15: Are We Playing Chess, Roulette or Poker?

October 15th, 2020

15:00

Many financial decisions can be compared to playing chess, roulette or poker. Some use skill and some use luck, and we will explain why. 

 

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Ep 14: What’s Your Spending Personality?

October 1st, 2020

9:14

Are you an emotional spender or someone who loves to do research before making a purchase? No matter how you spend money, it’s helpful to know your …

Ep 13: Financial Wisdom From Moms’ Favorite Sayings

September 17th, 2020

11:42

In honor of all the wonderful mothers, let’s take some of their favorite sayings and apply them to financial planning.

 

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Ep 12: Top 6 Retirement Google Searches

September 3rd, 2020

16:39

Mark breaks down the top six financial topics that people search on Google and what you should know about them. 

 

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Ep 11: Don't Make These Assumptions About Retirement

August 20th, 2020

10:09

Are you making assumptions about your retirement and what it will look like? Mark breaks down some of the expectations people have and where you can go wrong.

 

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Ep 10: 5 Types of Financial Risks

August 6th, 2020

12:59

Most people don't know what types of risk they should guard against in their financial planning. We break down five risks and how to address them. …

Ep 9: 5 Classic Pre-Retiree Mistakes

July 16th, 2020

12:51

Everyone gets tripped up by mistakes in retirement planning and sometimes they’re unavoidable. But many times we see pre-retirees make bad decisions …

Ep 8: Financial Forecast: How Planning is Like the Weather

July 2nd, 2020

10:30

Financial lessons can be found everywhere you look, even on The Weather Channel. Today we’re taking four common weather terms and finding the equivalent in retirement planning.

 

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Ep 7: The Challenges Facing Baby Boomers in Retirement

June 18th, 2020

9:08

We work with many, many Baby Boomers so we see and hear the concerns they have heading into retirement. Let’s discuss what challenges are facing this generation and where mistakes often get made during the planning …

Ep 6: How to Ruin Your Retirement

June 4th, 2020

11:40

After all of the hard work it takes to make it to retirement, why would you go and do anything to jeopardize your finances or your lifestyle? …

Ep 5: How the SECURE Act Impacts Your Retirement

May 21st, 2020

12:11

The SECURE Act took effect to start 2020 and it’s the first significant retirement legislation in many years. Let’s look at the key changes to retirement planning and how it might impact your future.  

 

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Ep 4: What They Don't Teach You In School: Coronavirus Edition

May 7th, 2020

7:24

A lot of us are in a rut right now. The state of the economy remains in limbo as unemployment rises and businesses struggle to remain open.

It can be overwhelming to completely rearrange your daily life while trying to …

Ep 3: Investing Like a Genius

April 16th, 2020

13:21

When you think about what it takes to become a better investor, what do you imagine? Are you envisioning some big secret strategy or a hot stock tip that pushes you to another level?

The truth is you might not need any …

Ep 2: Choosing Between a Traditional vs Roth IRA

April 2nd, 2020

10:45

The traditional IRA has long been the popular retirement account for investors but the Roth is making up a lot of ground. Let’s explore the …

Ep 1: Who We Are and Why We Chose a Podcast

April 1st, 2020

10:35

Mark Howard has worked in financial planning for more than three decades and plans to bring that knowledge and experience to the world of podcasting. On this debut episode, we’ll tell you more about Mark, how the …

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