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When considering retirement, do you wonder what financial opportunities you may be missing? Busy lives take over and years pass without taking advantage. In this retirement podcast, Chad Smith and Mike Eklund unveil financial opportunities, to help you balance enjoying today so you are ready to retire later. By day, they are fiduciary fee-only financial advisors who answer questions about tax savings, investment decisions, and how to save more. If you’ve been putting off your financial to-do ...
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Unfiltered Finance

Symmetry Partners, LLC

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Welcome to "Unfiltered Finance," a podcast created by Symmetry Partners, LLC, an investment firm in Glastonbury, Connecticut. As part of our commitment to clients, this new media offering is designed to proactively address questions, and concerns, around a variety of investment-based topics. Your time, attention, and trust are paramount to our success, and, we’re grateful for it. As always, we’re invested in your goals. Symmetry Partners, LLC, is an investment adviser registered with the Sec ...
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One of the retirement questions that persists through the ages is whether to take a pension or a lump sum payment. On this episode of Financial Symmetry, Mike Eklund joins me to flesh out an example from baseball: Did Bobby Bonilla Day make the right decision back in 1999 to take $1.2 million per year instead of a $5.9 million lump sum payment? See…
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What if you had a magic app that told you how much of your net worth you never got to spend at the end of your retirement? The trouble with planning for retirement is all the uncertainty, however, proper planning can help. In this episode, Cameron Hendricks joins me to discuss how you can learn to spend more in retirement. Outline of This Episode […
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Have you considered how your instincts influence your decision-making around retirement planning? Our natural instincts and biases create frameworks that lead our perspectives on how we think the world works. These frameworks influence our decisions surrounding our financial decisions. On this episode of Financial Symmetry, we discuss how to build …
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Today we’re diving in to a specific path that many retirees consider as they move away from the “corporate” world and enter their second act – which is starting a business. With increased life expectancy, cost of living increases and a desire for continued fulfillment, many retirees are excited to begin a new experiment in an area they are passiona…
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Now that you have made it through the retirement danger zone, you have made it to the Arrivement phase of retirement. You may be wondering, what are my next steps? This season can be full of opportunities and connection with those you care about. At this point in your life journey, you may face some difficult decisions around relocating or how best…
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Have you thought about retiring abroad? Oftentimes when we think of retirement, we think about sunny beaches with crystalline water shimmering in the sunshine. Could this or some other idyllic vision be your future? The realities of retiring abroad can be exciting, but at the same time overwhelming. Complex financial strategies need to be considere…
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If you are retiring soon, you've most likely wondered if your asset allocation is too risky. Some have called the period just before and after retirement the Retirement danger zone as it's a time where understanding how you should be invested matters for your long-term financial success. After years of great returns in tech and large cap US stocks,…
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So many of us will be hoping for no tax surprises when preparing our tax returns this year. This is why we want to provide you with a list of common tax surprises to watch for. After working with hundreds of clients to prepare their tax returns, we’re sharing the latest tax surprises we see that could be helpful to know when completing your tax ret…
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Retirement can hit us with numerous curveballs. One of those could happen right out of the gate–being forced with an early retirement. We all know that layoffs are part of the corporate landscape. While they are commonplace, when you are faced with one later in your career it can cause you to reevaluate your financial situation. In this episode, we…
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While most of our listeners are in or on the cusp of retirement, many have loved ones who are earlier in their careers. Often we get questions on how our listeners and clients can help their younger family members make better financial decisions. As we celebrate International Women's Day with this episode, you’ll meet our newest CFP, Niamh Douglas.…
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Many who approach retirement view it as the ultimate goal, but you could have 30+ years to experience the retirement you've worked to build. While much of retirement planning is focused on the numbers, people often fail to intentionally plan out how they'll spend their time. In this episode, we explore some common retirement pitfalls and then ten s…
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Many investors have been tempted to invest more, if not all, of their portfolios in the S&P 500 given the incredible run it’s had over the last decade. But today we are talking through five reasons why you should consider not making a concentrated investment only in the S&P 500. Don't let recency bias rule your decision-making on the road to your i…
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One of the biggest financial disasters that people can experience in retirement is divorce. On this episode of Financial Symmetry, Grace Kvantas chats with licensed marriage and family therapist, Lesli Doares. Lesli shares warning signs to look out for, misconceptions about keeping finances separate, and why couples should seek marriage counseling …
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If you have rollover IRA accounts and want to make a backdoor Roth IRA contribution, this episode is for you. There are several steps involved to handle this strategy in the right way including understanding how you roll the IRA accounts to your 401k. Today we walk through five considerations you should think through before you implement a strategy…
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Welcome to the series finale! After more than six years, we are concluding the Unfiltered Finance podcast. It has been our sincere pleasure to inform both our investors, and financial advisors with this offering. Joining our host Tom Romano, for this proverbial curtain call, is Casey Dylan, Consultant from Story Market Services & the original host …
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In our usual episodes, we aim to arm you with a particular insight or strategy that can help you inch closer to your ideal retirement. But, with todays show, we want to close the year by providing a list of 15 surprising financial facts about the year that you could share in a conversation with a friend or family member. We also pay tribute to the …
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Welcome to part two of our podcast episode - "Navigating Global Markets". Many investment professionals believe it is imperative for investors to globally diversify their portfolios, and not put all of their proverbial eggs into one basket. We are joined by Symmetry's Brendan Kruh, Investment Associate, to conclude our discussion on the necessity o…
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With recent turmoil in the Middle East, the continued war in Ukraine, and global inflation, investors want their portfolios to feature more U.S. stocks. After all, domestic investments have performed well as of late. In this episode of Unfiltered Finance we are joined once again, by Symmetry's Brendan Kruh, Investment Associate, for a discussion on…
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If you are planning on retiring before age 65, there is no doubt that you have had this question. What do you do about health insurance? In the United States, the health insurance landscape is ever-changing and takes quite a bit of planning. Many people even feel anchored to their jobs because of the prohibitive costs of health insurance. However, …
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