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How part of portfolio can act as pension

By Joel Dresang
I am part of a vanishing class of workers with so-called defined-benefit plans—company-funded accounts guaranteeing set monthly payments in retirement. There used to be more of us. My pension is from a former employer. In my age group, 1 in 10 households has a pension. That’s down from more than 6 in 10 in my father’s cohort. […]

Money Talk Quiz, May 2022

The latest Money Talk Quiz includes multiple-choice questions on topics such as the inverted yield curve, the uneven performance of stock indexes and the fundamentals of long-term investing. Test your knowledge (or how much you’ve retained from our podcasts). Each answer includes links to further information. […]

Unretirement: Part of retirement planning

By Joel Dresang
In 2008, I was asked to write an essay for what was to be a sort of retirement keepsake. The book was to celebrate Brett Favre, the Green Bay Packers quarterback, who had just retired after 17 seasons. But of course, then Favre unretired. […]

Possible changes on inherited IRAs

An IRS proposal could change how inheritors of IRAs are required to draw down those accounts. “While the proposal has certainly raised concerns about how to handle distributions, this may be one instance where investors are better served allowing the process to play out,” Kyle Tetting said. […]

What We’re Reading

What’s catching the eye of investment professionals at Landaas & Company are more perspectives on potential effects from the war in Ukraine and a look into inflation, particularly, rising prices for meat. […]

War in Ukraine reminds us of role for bonds

By Kyle Tetting
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised important questions about the direction of global markets. Though uncertainty is an ever-present part of investing, the market response to this conflict so far reflects unknowable questions, let alone unknown answers. […]

Credit yourself by staying vigilant

By Joel Dresang
Eight months ago, when I reported that someone had tried to use my credit card without my knowledge, I said it wouldn’t be the last time. Well, on Jan. 27, it happened again. My credit card issuer texted me to say it declined a $23.65 charge with my card at Aldo shoes. “Was this you? Reply YES or NO.” I replied NO and braced myself. […]

Money Talk Quiz, March 2022

Test your investment know-how by answering questions based on recent Money Talk Podcast discussions. This month’s quiz includes material on interest rates, inflation and the war in Ukraine. Each answer includes links to more information. […]

Self-awareness helps you help advisor

By Brian Kilb
Much of the time we spend together is trying to find some means for you to feel financially secure. That in no small part involves identifying financial risks, explaining those risks, and getting you comfortable that we have addressed those risks the best we can. Pretty straight forward. But then again not. […]

Facing fears or falling to them

By Joel Dresang
A number of forces are behind people’s fear of finances. Besides individual circumstances, low financial literacy is a chief contributor to anxiety and stress over money, according to the joint study by the FINRA foundation and George Washington University. In other words, when it comes to money, what you don’t know can hurt you. […]

Holiday shopping with inflation

By Joel Dresang
At a pre-holiday gathering of extended family, I heard several comments that echoed what I’d been reading about, a topic we’d been discussing at work: Rising prices. Inflation is always an issue. No one likes paying more. Prices are pretty much always going up. […]

Money Talk Quiz, January 2022

Test your investment know-how by answering questions based on recent Money Talk Podcast discussions. Each answer includes links to more information. […]

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