Category Archives: Financial

Breaking Down the Different Federal Employee Benefits With Arrin Crain | Podcast



#46 – Are you a federal employee planning to retire soon?

If so, there are various retirement benefits you can maximize by planning well ahead of time.

In this episode, Jeremy Keil joins Arrin Crain, MBA, RICP®, ChFEBC℠, financial planner at Bluecrest Financial Alliances, to help you better understand what those benefits are and how they work. Plus, they dive into some key planning mistakes and ways to avoid them while managing your federal benefits.

Arrin discusses:

  • The four-legged stool that every federal employee should know about
  • Tips for efficient estate planning, maximizing health benefits, and managing sick leaves
  • Ways to optimize benefits for the surviving spouse
  • How to buy back any military service time while calculating your federal retirement
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Arrin Crain, MBA, RICP®, ChFEBC℠, is a financial planner at Bluecrest FInancial Alliances, and an expert in federal benefits. Bluecrest Financial Alliances strives to assist you in understanding your financial options in this ever-changing world. It starts by assessing your financial situation, and listens to your needs and goals to learn more about your objectives. Then, it works as a team to create a financial strategy designed just for you and creating legacies along the way.


Roadmap to Retirement: 10 Key Things To Keep in Mind | Podcast



#45 – Retirement Planning is more than just focusing on your investments – and you have no control over the market! Today we’ll focus on a non-investment way to get the standard of living you want in retirement.

In this episode, Jeremy Keil discusses 10 key moves you should consider while getting ready to enter retirement. He shares valuable insights from an article by Kiplinger and adds his own unique take on various aspects of retirement including taxes, healthcare costs, and other major expenses.

Jeremy discusses:

  • How to plan for your monthly expenses while adjusting for inflation
  • Ways to achieve an enjoyable retirement lifestyle without compromising your budget
  • Tips for creating a floor income to help you get through unexpected circumstances
  • How to leverage your pension and Social Security to optimize your retirement plan
  • And more

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Simple Habits That Help You Live Longer, Stronger, and Better | Podcast



#44 – Adding a few good habits to your daily routine can have a lifelong impact on your mental and physical health.

In this episode, Jeremy Keil shares the ideas he learned through an intriguing article from the AARP Bulletin, which lays out simple habits that will help you improve your health and wellness in the long run. Plus, Jeremy reveals some of his own life stories where a few minor habit changes benefited his health immensely.

Jeremy discusses:

  • Healthy foods and drinks to include in your diet
  • Things that might directly affect the health of your heart and brain
  • How to improve your relationships to combat loneliness and stress during retirement
  • Tips to help you take better care of your skin
  • And more

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Solving Your Student Loans Situation When You’re Over 50 With Erik Kroll | Podcast



#43 – The number of people over 50 with outstanding student loans is rising rapidly.

This is keeping them from truly enjoying their golden years of retirement.

Jeremy Keil and Erik Kroll, CFP® of Hilltop Financial Advisors and Student Loans Over 50 address this growing issue in today’s episode. Erik shares his five-step planning process that helps those close to retirement tackle their student loans so that they can truly enjoy their retirement.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why there is so much more to financial planning than just investment management
  • The benefits offered by Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and its eligibility criteria
  • Key things to consider while creating a loan repayment plan
  • How tax planning plays a major role in repaying your student loans
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how you can get rid of the student loan burden as early as possible!

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The information covered and posted represents the views and opinions of the guest and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Keil Financial Partners. Keil Financial Partners is a part of the Thrivent Advisor Network, a registered investment advisor. The Content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional investing advice. Always seek the advice of your financial advisor or other qualified financial service provider with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning. 

Keil Financial Partners does not provide legal, accounting, or tax advice. Consult your attorney or tax professional. Representatives have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets. For complete details on your situation, contact the Social Security Administration.


Retirement Planning for Harley-Davidson Employees | Podcast



#42 – With the Harley-Davidson headquarters based in Milwaukee, we’ve had the chance to work with many of their employees.

Because of this, we’ve learned a thing or two about the unique needs these employees tend to have around their retirement plans.

Today, Jeremy Keil shares insight into the key retirement benefits available to Harley-Davidson employees. Plus, he dives into general retirement planning tips that can be used by employees of any company to maximize their Social Security, pension, and 401(k) investments.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Where to get all the information you’ll need to make informed financial decisions
  • How to determine the ideal start dates for different income sources
  • Key things to consider before choosing your health insurance plan
  • The importance of reviewing the tax consequences of major retirement decisions
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how you can optimize your retirement plan based on the unique benefits offered by your company!

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The information covered and posted represents the views and opinions of the guest and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Keil Financial Partners. Keil Financial Partners is a part of the Thrivent Advisor Network, a registered investment advisor. The Content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional investing advice. Always seek the advice of your financial advisor or other qualified financial service provider with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning. 

Keil Financial Partners does not provide legal, accounting, or tax advice. Consult your attorney or tax professional. Representatives have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets. For complete details on your situation, contact the Social Security Administration.


The Widow’s Guide to Keeping More of Her Assets – With Bill Harris | Podcast



#41 – We understand that early widowhood is a time of grief and sorrow. That’s why we want to do our best to help widows get through this time by relieving their financial burden.

In this episode, Jeremy Keil joins Bill Harris, RMA®, CFP®, an advisor with WH Cornerstone Investments. Together, they help widows navigate through the emotionally overwhelming path of widowhood so that they can make more informed decisions about their finances, especially in areas that have long-term consequences and cannot be easily reversed.

You will learn:

  • 4 ways to manage money inherited from your spouse
  • How to avoid the ‘widow’s penalty’
  • Why you should consult advisors who are specialists rather than generalists
  • How couples can plan for the surviving spouse well ahead of time
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how you can make better money decisions during the challenging time of widowhood.

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 The information covered and posted represents the views and opinions of the guest and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Keil Financial Partners. Keil Financial Partners is a part of the Thrivent Advisor Network, a registered investment advisor. The Content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional investing advice. Always seek the advice of your financial advisor or other qualified financial service provider with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning. 

Keil Financial Partners does not provide legal, accounting, or tax advice. Consult your attorney or tax professional. Representatives have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets. For complete details on your situation, contact the Social Security Administration.


The Rich Life in Retirement – With Susan Latremoille | Podcast



#40 – Retirement is not an end goal, but a next chapter in life. 

Retirement isn’t just about how much money you have when you retire. It’s about how you’ll spend that money to live a rich retirement life.

In this episode, Jeremy Keil joins Susan Latremoille, co-founder and partner at Next Chapter Lifestyle Advisors to discuss how retirees can live a rich retirement life. They address common non-financial problems that people face in retirement and share creative solutions that can help you solve them.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The mantra for building a rich life mindset in retirement
  • How a structure for your daily activities can keep you from feeling lost and dejected
  • 3 secrets to leading a happy retirement
  • Tips for navigating the complex retirement landscape
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how you can make retirement the happiest part of your life!

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The information covered and posted represents the views and opinions of the guest and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Keil Financial Partners. Keil Financial Partners is a part of the Thrivent Advisor Network, a registered investment advisor. The Content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional investing advice. Always seek the advice of your financial advisor or other qualified financial service provider with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning. 

Keil Financial Partners does not provide legal, accounting, or tax advice. Consult your attorney or tax professional. Representatives have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets. For complete details on your situation, contact the Social Security Administration.


How To Get More Interest on Your Bank Money (Part 2) – with Scott White | Podcast



#39 – Some people have been waiting for interest rates to get better since 2008. Instead, we recommend doing something different: Get creative when looking for better interest rates.

In part two of our interest rates mini-series, Jeremy Keil joins Scott White, a fixed annuity specialist with CPS Insurance Services. They discuss unique ways of earning higher interest on your excess cash in the current low interest rate environment. To make things easier for you, they also lay out a simple 4-step decision process to guide you in your search for better interest rates.

You will learn:

  • Why interest rates are so low
  • Six tips for significantly boosting your effective interest rate
  • Key questions you should ask before getting a fixed annuity
  • Updates on the current interest rates market
  • And more!

Listen now and learn how you can get more interest on your bank money!

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The information covered and posted represents the views and opinions of the guest and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Keil Financial Partners. Keil Financial Partners is a part of the Thrivent Advisor Network, a registered investment advisor. The Content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional investing advice. Always seek the advice of your financial advisor or other qualified financial service provider with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning. 

Keil Financial Partners does not provide legal, accounting, or tax advice. Consult your attorney or tax professional. Representatives have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets. For complete details on your situation, contact the Social Security Administration.

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Outsource Your Interest Rate Management (Part 1) – with John Major | Podcast



#38 – If you have a huge amount of excess cash sitting in your bank account but don’t have enough time for interest rate planning – outsource it.

Otherwise, it’ll keep losing value due to inflation!

In part one of our two-part series on interest rates, Jeremy Keil talks with John Major, vice president of The American Deposit Management Company (ADM). John provides a helpful introduction to the world of deposit management and shares tips to help you boost your current interest rates without having to compromise liquidity.

You will learn:

  • Potential opportunities in our current interest rate environment 
  • The extent to which your bank money is protected under the FDIC insurance
  • How ADM leverages its massive network of banks to get the best interest rates
  • Negotiation strategies to help you receive better interest rates at any bank
  • And more!

Learn how to effectively manage your excess cash and maximize your interest rate returns by tuning in today!

Resources:

 The information covered and posted represents the views and opinions of the guest and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Keil Financial Partners. Keil Financial Partners is a part of the Thrivent Advisor Network, a registered investment advisor. The Content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional investing advice. Always seek the advice of your financial advisor or other qualified financial service provider with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning. 

Keil Financial Partners does not provide legal, accounting, or tax advice. Consult your attorney or tax professional. Representatives have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets. For complete details on your situation, contact the Social Security Administration.


Retire & Be Happy – With Marianne Oehser | Podcast



#37 – The ultimate goal of retirement is not earning maximum returns on investments, but leading a happy life!

To do that, you need to focus on two key areas, your investment portfolio and your “happiness portfolio.”

In this episode, join Jeremy Keil and Marianne Oehser, founder of Retire & Be Happy and partner at Next Chapter Lifestyle Advisors. They explore the non-financial side of retirement and discuss ways you can make this next chapter of life much more fulfilling and happy.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to diversify your activities and allocate your time to optimize your “happiness portfolio”
  • 5 key concepts for designing your ideal retirement
  • Why bucket lists don’t qualify as sustainable long-term goals
  • A sneak peek into an upcoming webinar on 3 secrets to a successful retirement
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how you can retire & be happy by following your passion and living your retirement dreams!

Resources:

 The information covered and posted represents the views and opinions of the guest and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Keil Financial Partners. Keil Financial Partners is a part of the Thrivent Advisor Network, a registered investment advisor. The Content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional investing advice. Always seek the advice of your financial advisor or other qualified financial service provider with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning. 

Keil Financial Partners does not provide legal, accounting, or tax advice. Consult your attorney or tax professional. Representatives have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets. For complete details on your situation, contact the Social Security Administration.