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Your Life Your Wealth

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Exclusive interviews from the nation's most renowned experts on topics ranging from personal finance to global markets and politics. Expert insights for enhancing Your Life and Your Wealth brought to you by Cordasco Financial Network.

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February 22nd, 2024


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Optimizing Your Social Security Benefits # 431

February 23rd, 2024


Maximizing Social Security benefits for you and your spouse can be tricky since there are several different options to consider. Today, John …

Things To Consider if You Plan to Retire in the Next Year or Two # 430

February 16th, 2024


If your retirement is a year or two away, you should be mindful of changes to the current retirement landscape. The changes result from …

You Can Avoid Less-Than-Stellar Financial Advice # 429

February 9th, 2024


In today’s economy, there’s seems to be no shortage of financial advice offered. It may come from friends, family members, co-workers, or even journalists. The problem is that the advice you receive may not be good …

Cash is King, but There’s More You Should Know # 428

February 2nd, 2024


Managing risk and yield within your portfolio in today’s world, with higher interest rates that likely won’t last, can be a challenge. Today, John …

The Past, Present and Future of Retirement # 427

January 26th, 2024


The modern concept of retirement was a long time in coming and will continue to evolve. Lifestyle changes and longevity have had a significant …

The Value of Knowing Your Net Worth # 426

January 19th, 2024


Putting together a net worth statement may be a good starting point for a more accurate understanding of your financial health. Today, John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, discusses what’s included …

Feelings About Finances: The Gender Difference # 425

January 12th, 2024


Today, a discussion on how gender may impact your feelings toward money and money management.  Kelly Albert, Wealth Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional at Mercer Advisors joins John Walker, Regional …

Your Investment and Retirement Planning for the New Year # 424

January 5th, 2024


Arrival of the New Year may be viewed as an opportunity for a fresh start, a new beginning, or at very least a chance to put your best foot forward. John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, discusses …

Your Year End Tax Planning Reminders # 423

December 15th, 2023


As the year ends, the holidays arrive and many of us may be busier than ever. But it’s an important time of year to keep your financial wellbeing …

The Benefits of an Early Start when Your Family and Advisor Connect # 422

December 8th, 2023


Having a multigenerational relationship with your advisor can help your adult children get a solid start with financial planning. Today, John Walker, …

Your Financial Planning vs. a One Time Financial Plan # 421

December 1st, 2023


There’s a big difference between financial planning and obtaining a one-time financial plan. A one-time plan only presents a snapshot of a single moment in time and doesn’t include consideration of life changes you will …

Unexpected Early Retirement - Are You Prepared #420

November 17th, 2023


Planning to work into your late 60’s or beyond may be a good idea in theory, but frequently working longer is not an option. Health concerns or being let go by your employer are likely unforeseen. Does your financial …

Your Health, Wealth and Longevity # 419

November 10th, 2023


Financial planners help clients manage their money, of course, but may also assist in navigating the physical, psychological and emotional impact of …

Living Your Purposeful Retirement # 418

November 3rd, 2023


During our working life, some of us define ourselves by what we do for a living. Retirement changes all of that. Today, John Walker, Regional Vice …

What Happens when Student Loan Repayment and Retirement Planning Converge? # 417

October 27th, 2023


Today, John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors is joined by Mercer Advisors’ Financial Planner Dennis Jablonoski to discuss newly released data on the impact the resumption of student loan repayments may …

Why Cash Should be a Part of Your Investment Portfolio # 416

October 20th, 2023


Having a well-diversified investment portfolio is one of the most basic guidelines in financial planning. Having cash on-hand should be part of that …

Charitable Gift Annuities # 415

October 13th, 2023


The giving season is fast approaching. Today, John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors is joined by Mercer Advisors’ Tim Joseph CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and CPA, and Ryan Flurer, Wealth …

Expenses That Could Jeopardize Your Retirement Plans #414

October 6th, 2023


You’ll spend a good part of your working life saving for your retirement. Once you reach your goals, you want to feel confident that what you’ve saved will be enough to cover your financial needs throughout your retired …

Financial Relativity: Help in Clarifying Your View # 413

September 29th, 2023


Attempting to understand Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity can be mind-blowing, but have you ever considered financial relativity? Today, John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, explains the meaning …

Your Retirement Outlook: Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty? # 412

September 22nd, 2023


Having a clear financial plan may help ease concerns for many, whether already retired or nearing retirement. What is your view of the future? In this episode, John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, …

Building Your Investment Portfolio One Brick at a Time # 411

September 15th, 2023


In this episode, John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, discusses the similarities between building a house and constructing a solid …

Tax Planning Now and Throughout Your Retirement # 410

September 8th, 2023


Focusing on your tax situation for the current year is important. It’s equally essential to consider how tax planning for today can impact your tax situation in retirement. In this episode, John Walker, Regional Vice …

Your Financial Plan for Living Until Age 100 # 409

September 1st, 2023


Why should my financial plan include a projection for living until the age of 100 when I know I won’t live that long? It’s a question financial …

What Will the Charles Schwab Acquisition of TD Ameritrade Mean for You? # 408

August 25th, 2023


Organizations merging or being acquired is commonplace in nearly every field. In the world of finance, the recent acquisition of TD Ameritrade by Charles Schwab has some investors concerned. Today, John Walker, Regional …

Investing and Golf: More in Common Than You May Imagine # 407

August 18th, 2023


If you’re an investor who also enjoys the game of golf, the similarities between the two may surprise you. Today, John Walker, Regional Vice …

5 Roth IRA Mistakes You Can Avoid # 406

August 11th, 2023


Roth IRAs offer numerous benefits that make them a preferred choice for many investors. Today, John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, discusses five mistakes often made while using Roth IRAs and the …

A Family Health Crisis: How Would You Manage? # 405

August 4th, 2023


Being prepared to deal with the many financial and emotional challenges of a family member’s critical illness is a subject most people would prefer …

Investing in Your Later Years # 404

July 28th, 2023


There’s a smart strategy for investing in each stage of life. Some investors consider reducing investment risk as they age. The ability to withstand risk may diminish, but you may need to maintain a certain level of …

Mid-Life Investing: Opportunities for Your Future Financial Security # 403

July 21st, 2023


As you approach middle age, your 40’s or 50’s, it’s likely to be one of the busiest times of your life. You may be at the pinnacle of your career, …

The Family Office: Your Comprehensive Financial Solution # 402

July 14th, 2023


If you interact separately with professionals such as your financial planner, CPA, and attorney, and each is working independently on your behalf, …

Setting-up a Trust For Your Retirement Account Beneficiaries # 401

July 7th, 2023


Estate planning is a critical part of your overall retirement plan. Your retirement accounts, such as IRAs and 401ks typically pass directly to a beneficiary you’ve selected, and not through a trust you may have created …

The Impact Anchoring Bias Can Have on Your Financial Affairs # 400

June 25th, 2023


Anchoring bias can place a disproportionate amount of merit on something you hear or read. It can shape how you make future judgements, and it can have a negative effect on everything from the purchases you make to the …

Spending Patterns in Your Retirement # 399

June 23rd, 2023


Would you like to maintain your pre-retirement spending levels and standard of living after you’ve retired? Some, however, intend to spend more …

Gifting to Your Heirs Using Tax Efficient Strategies # 398

June 16th, 2023


The biggest transition of wealth in history may be upon us.  Over the next couple of decades, most aging Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are expected to pass along about $73 trillion of their wealth to their heirs. This …

You can Capitalize on Warren Buffett's Success and Wisdom # 397

June 9th, 2023


It’s difficult to overlook the long-standing investment success of the so-called Oracle of Omaha. Today, John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer …

Retirement Manifesto: Helping You Enjoy a Happy, Active and Productive Retirement # 396

June 2nd, 2023


In addition to financial planning for your retirement, it’s wise to also consider what living your everyday life will be like after the structure of working each day gives way to nearly total freedom. Today, John …

Ways to Avoid Longevity Risk # 395

May 26th, 2023


People who are saving for retirement sometimes fail to consider how living longer will affect how much they’ll need once they stop working. Today, John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, discusses …

Spending In Retirement: Why it’s OK to Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor # 394

May 19th, 2023


Retirees sometimes second-guess, or even get a bit uneasy, about spending their hard-earned savings when the regular weekly paycheck from their …

Helping You Prevent Costly 401(k) Mistakes # 393

May 12th, 2023


Recent market volatility and the changing economic landscape are among the most common reasons investors give for not taking full advantage of their …

Will Retiring to Another State Really Help You Save on Taxes? # 392

May 5th, 2023


In order to reduce their tax burden, some retirees move to states that don’t assess personal income taxes. Depending on your lifestyle however, there may not be any real tax savings since revenues in these “lower-tax” …

7 Habits for a Happier Retirement # 391

April 28th, 2023


Strategic planning for the money we earn, save and invest is essential in helping to create a successful retirement, but there’s more to consider. …

Helping You Maximize Various Forms of Compensation # 390

April 21st, 2023


Some organizations offer stock as part of their employee compensation package. Other companies offer some form of deferred compensation. These arrangements can often create concentrated stock positions and unique tax …

Retiring Abroad # 389

April 14th, 2023


Ever dream about spending your retired years living abroad? For some, it’s a pipe dream. Other’s have made it their reality. Today, John Walker, Senior Vice President, Mercer Advisors, speaks with Janet Blaser, who …

Why You Should NOT Keep Up with the Joneses # 388

April 7th, 2023


It’s common to look at others from afar and judge just how well you think they’re doing financially. Comparing your own personal financial status with the apparent prosperity of others can be a detriment to both your …

Tricky Retirement Decisions May Lie Ahead # 387

March 31st, 2023


There are countless important questions you should answer when planning for your retirement. Questions about cashflow, taxes, asset allocation, …

Are You Ready to Un-Retire? # 386

March 24th, 2023


During our working years, some of us look ahead with great anticipation to retirement. We look forward to leisure time, relaxation, and a flexible …

Unifying Your Financial Plans # 385

March 17th, 2023


In creating a thorough financial plan, consideration is given to many areas of your financial life. Understanding your current economic condition along with your priorities, helps create a clear and measurable path with …

Helping You Avoid Anxiety During Tax Season # 384

March 10th, 2023


For some, tax season is one of the most stressful times of the year. CFN's Tim Joseph, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and CPA at Mercer …

Roth IRA for Your Child # 381

March 3rd, 2023


There are no age restrictions on contributing to a Roth IRA, so the interest and dividends on a child’s retirement contributions can also grow federally tax-free. You can even super-charge their savings with matching …

6 Ways to Help Strengthen Your Savings # 383

March 3rd, 2023


Whether you’re focusing on retirement planning or saving for a particular expenditure, you need a good strategy to help reach your goals. John …

Beneficial Changes for Your Retirement Planning # 382

February 24th, 2023


With the SECURE 2.0 Act signed into law, there are many changes that can impact your retirement planning over the next few years. Mercer Advisors’ John Walker, Regional Vice President, and Mercer Advisors’ Dennis …

Your Adult Child Becoming Your Financial Caregiver # 380

February 10th, 2023


Your Adult Child Becoming Your Financial Caregiver

The discussion of an adult child helping with a parent’s finances as they age can be very …

Helping You Cope with the Stress of Uncertainty #378

January 27th, 2023


No matter what age or stage of life, there is likely to be trouble or strife that you must deal with. It’s the natural order of things. That’s life. …

Helping Your Adult Child Navigate their First Home Purchase # 377

January 20th, 2023


Purchasing a home, particularly a first home, can be a stressful time. Parents often want to help. Selecting a home, determining a down payment, …

Resetting Your Good Financial Habits # 376

January 13th, 2023


The new year can be an opportunity for a fresh start. We often strive to get back on track with health and fitness, attitude or outlook, but what …

Are You a Financial Hoarder? # 375

January 6th, 2023


Vowing to be more organized in the new year is a very common resolution, but will it apply to your finances? Accumulating or hoarding assets …

Your Year-End Tax Reminders # 374

December 27th, 2022


Available opportunities to reduce your tax bill for 2022 are fleeting, but there are still some important moves you should consider now. John …

Benefits of Your Charitable Giving # 373

December 22nd, 2022


Helping others through charitable giving can be rewarding to the giver and receiver. Cordasco Financial Network’s John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, discusses the benefits of giving with Andrea …

Risk and Reliability: Building Your Retirement Plan # 372

December 16th, 2022


On today’s podcast, Cordasco Financial Network’s John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, discusses two strategies for retirement planning. John explains the differences between probability-based …

Retirement Risks You Can Avoid # 371

December 9th, 2022


According to the Society of Actuaries, average life expectancy in the U.S. has increased from 68.14 years in 1950 to 76.1 years in 2021. Living longer likely means more years in retirement and more savings necessary …

10 Steps You Should Consider If You Want To Retire Early # 370

December 2nd, 2022


According to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year, nearly half of all Americans expect to retire before they turn 62. To …

Thanksgiving Table Conversation: Your Money Habits For A New Generation # 369

November 22nd, 2022


How can parents instill good financial habits in their children? It’s a question many Mercer Advisors team members, who are also parents, were recently asked. Cordasco Financial Network’s John Walker, Regional Vice …

Understanding Your Life Insurance Needs # 368

November 18th, 2022


Insurance, as a piece of your overall financial plan, may not always get enough attention. Insurance products are complicated and getting a clear …

Cashflow Can Be King in Your Retired Years # 367

November 11th, 2022


Some of us have preconceived notions about saving for retirement during our working years and spending during our retired years. Those misconceptions can become ingrained in our minds, leading us to believe they are …

Maintaining Financial Security on the Winding Road of Life # 366

November 4th, 2022

As you go through life, transitions and changes are inevitable. Major events such as starting a new job, getting married, buying a home or entering retirement influence how you view and plan for the future. …

Delaying Your Retirement and the Domino Effect it Causes # 365

October 28th, 2022


Some workers are delaying retirement because of rising inflation. Twice as many potential retirees are staying on the job when compared to last year. Delaying retirement can impact more than just the retiree. It will …

Helping You Plan for Loved Ones With Special Needs # 364

October 21st, 2022

Having a family member who lives with a physical or intellectual disability, or some degree of impairment (such as an injury, illness or chronic condition), is far more common than you may realize. Financial planning …

How Psychology Impacts Your Financial Decisions # 363

October 14th, 2022


Psychology and emotions play a large role in how we think about money and investing.  All too often, our financial decisions are impacted by our …

Medicare Made Easier for You # 362

October 7th, 2022


Since becoming a part of Mercer Advisors, Cordasco Financial Network has increased the number of financial services we offer to help guide you with Your Life and Wealth.  Among them, is providing assistance navigating …

Important Reminders for You, Today’s Investor # 361

September 30th, 2022


Are the markets testing your patience? Today, Cordasco Financial Network’s John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, shares historical data, lessons learned, and valuable insights recently published …

Lessons From The Witch of Wall Street # 360

September 26th, 2022


Now may be a good time to learn about the intriguing relationship between wealth and wellbeing. Today, Cordasco Financial Network’s John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, discusses why there is often …

New Opportunities for Reducing Your Tax Bill # 359

September 16th, 2022


For consumers who purchased electric vehicles, home appliances, health insurance from the exchanges, or participated in a Medicare program, there …

Financial Education: The Value of an Early Start # 358

September 9th, 2022


There is an increasing awareness regarding the importance of teaching students about money. The number of school districts around the country now …

The Evolution of Retirement Planning: Your Labor Day History Lesson # 357

September 2nd, 2022


Dennis Jablonoski, Certified Retirement Plan Specialist at Cordasco Financial Network, a part of Mercer Advisors and John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, discuss the origins of retirement planning. …

Generational Money Beliefs You May Want to Cast Aside # 356

August 26th, 2022


Mom and Dad’s long-held opinions about money and finances may not be relevant today. Cordasco Financial Network’s John Walker, Regional Vice President, Mercer Advisors, outlines 5 generational beliefs about how you …

Business Retirement Plans # 355

August 19th, 2022


There are several retrement plan optons available to business owners and employees. Dennis Jablonoski, Certfied Retrement Plan Specialist at Cordasco Financial Network, a part of Mercer Advisors joins John Walker, …

You or Your Investments: Which Is Your Advisor's Focus? # 354

August 12th, 2022


As an investor, you’re excited to see growth. As you save and invest that growth is important, but you need to know why you’re building wealth. It’s not just about having more money. John Walker and Advisor Ryan Flurer …

You Just Received A Financial Windfall: Now What? # 353

August 6th, 2022


Would you know how to handle a windfall of cash if it came your way? Whether it be from an inheritance, sale of your business or property, a legal …

Three Types of Investment Risk You Face #352

July 29th, 2022


Risk tolerance, capacity and need are three important components of successful investing. John Walker and and Tim Joseph, CFP® and CPA, from …

Answering Your Questions to the Inbox # 351

July 22nd, 2022


At Cordasco Financial Network, a part of Mercer Advisors, we regularly receive questions via email from listeners like you. This week, Dennis …

Inflation: The Inescapable “I” Word # 350

July 8th, 2022


Inflation has reached heights not seen in more than 50 years. It’s an inescapable reality at the gas pump, grocery market, and everywhere else we spend our money. There is no shortage of reasons discussed, both real and …

Your Pathway to a Fulfilling and Purposeful Retirement # 349

July 1st, 2022


People often encounter difficulties such as the loss of identity and self worth as they enter retirement. Coping with a drastic change in …

Why You Should Know the Difference between a Portfolio and a Plan # 348

June 24th, 2022


Your investment portfolio is only a piece of your overall financial plan. Having a financial plan helps you set clear goals and objectives, …

Helping You Find Opportunity In Uncertain Economic Times # 347

June 10th, 2022


Inflation, choppy markets, and political uncertainty are causing economic challenges that investors can’t change, but you can take steps to …

Time In The Market vs. Timing The Market: A Distinction You Need to Know # 346

June 3rd, 2022


You have a far better chance of meeting your financial goals by investing for the long-term. The buy and quick-sell mentality of trying to “time the markets” can bring a quick profit, but this is more like gambling …

The Good News About Rising Interest Rates # 345

May 20th, 2022


Interest rate hikes may not be welcomed by everyone, but current retirees and those nearing retirement can benefit as rates go up. If a portion of your income is derived from fixed income investments, those yields …

Market Volatility & Inflation: Moves You May Consider to Ease the Pain # 344

May 13th, 2022


As market volatility and inflation continue to dominate our consciousness, Steve Cordasco, Director and Senior Wealth Advisor at Cordasco Financial …

How You Can Comfortably & Confidently Transition from Retirement Saving to Retirement Spending # 343

May 6th, 2022


Some people who have amassed great wealth and live modestly, while others let their lifestyle reflect their significant wealth. A financial “Catch 22” for living in retirement is often finding the right lifestyle …

Your Investments in Focus: A Discussion with Mercer Advisors’ Chief Investment Officer Don Calcagni # 342

April 29th, 2022


Stock and bond markets, interest rates, and inflation take center stage as Steve Cordasco talks with Don Calcagni, MBA, MST, CFP®, AIF®, Chief Investment Officer with our new partners at Mercer Advisors. They help …

Unique Challenges for Women with Investing and Retirement Planning # 341

April 22nd, 2022


There are distinct differences between the money management needs of men and women. Women also have particular retirement planning needs. Pay …

New IRS Regulations and Enforcement You Should Know About # 340

April 15th, 2022


Purchasing a home without a mortgage is increasingly common in today’s hot real estate market. Investors owning cryptocurrency is not unusual. The IRS, of course, has taken notice and is increasing scrutiny of these …

Good News for Retirement Savers is on the Horizon: SECURE Act 2.0 # 339

April 8th, 2022


Encouraging news for retirement savers may be coming, thanks to SECURE Act 2.0 legislation. The acronym stands for Setting Every Community Up for …

The Housing Market: How Will You be Impacted by Rising Interest Rates # 338

April 1st, 2022


Over the last 2 years we’ve experienced a boom in the housing market with prices and demand at an all-time high, and interest rates and inventory at historic lows. Now, mortgage rates are beginning rise. CFN’s John …

Clarity on Using Bonds and Bond Alternatives in Your Portfolio # 337

March 25th, 2022


The Fed has started to increase interest rates, and it may be a good time for you to gain a better understanding of the role bonds play in your …

Market Volatility: Your Wake-Up Call to Investment Risk # 336

March 18th, 2022


Recent market volatility resulting from the pandemic, inflation and now the Russian invasion of Ukraine has become a wake-up call for many. For …

Why You Should Consider Using a Trust in Your Estate Plan # 335

March 11th, 2022


At Cordasco Financial Network we are frequently asked about the use of trusts in estate planning. There are many scenarios where a trust is the most appropriate method for passing your wealth to your heirs. Setting up a …

Helping You Prepare for the Taxes You’ll Pay on Your Retirement Income - Episode # 324

December 23rd, 2021


CFN’s Retirement Plan Specialist Dennis Jablonoski, CRPS® talks with Tim Joseph CFP® and CPA. Tim explains how various forms of retirement income are taxed and the planning necessary to meet those obligations.

Listening …

Will the Federal Reserve’s 2022 Efforts to Curb Inflation Impact Your Investment Planning? - # 323

December 17th, 2021


The Federal Reserve recently announced it will take action to reduce inflation. The Fed has indicated it will end its asset buying program and also plans on making three interest rate hikes in 2022. Cordasco Financial …

Important Announcement: Your Life Your Wealth Special Edition - # 322

December 9th, 2021


It’s Cordasco Financial Network’s 10th anniversary.  Steve Cordasco is joined by Jim Tate for this Special Edition podcast.  They share exciting news about new opportunities and discuss the growth and future of the firm.

Will Increasing Medicare Premiums Impact Your Bottom Line? - # 321

December 4th, 2021


A sizable Social Security cost of living adjustment takes effect in 2022.  For most recipients however, that increase will be offset, and in some cases exceeded by, an increase in Medicare premiums. CFN’s John Walker …

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