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Our Investment Philosophy

Our Investment Philosophy

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_27.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDealing with volatile markets requires discipline, and we believe it is important to have a written philosophy. Our firm follows the following principles when we make portfolio choices and evaluate the asset managers and model builders with whom we work. #1. Short-term market returns […]

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How Does A Roth Ira Work

How Does A Roth IRA Work?

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_26.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) allows you to put money away long-term. If you follow the rules, your distributions during retirement are tax-free. If you are eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA, it can become a powerful retirement savings vehicle. How Does […]

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Lessons From A Year With Covid

Lessons From a Year with Covid

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_25.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow has the economy been impacted by Covid in the last twelve months? It’s been 12 months since the markets first felt the impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic. It’s been a crazy year. The market, our lives, and our emotions have been on […]

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Changing For Good Book Club

Changing for Good Book Club

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_23.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor our book club, Amy, Jeff, Nick, and I have been reading Changing for Good by James Proshaska, John Norcross, and Carlo DiClemente. This book was first brought to my attention by one of my instructors at Kansas State, Dr. Megan Lurtz, who wrote […]

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Charitable Giving Strategies

Charitable Giving Strategies

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_22.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor many of our clients, charitable giving is an important part of financial planning. Supporting causes in which you believe can be a very rewarding goal. Traditionally, the tax code has supported charitable giving and encouraged Americans to be generous with their support of […]

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Starting A Budget

The Steps for Starting a Budget

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_16.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you committed to starting a budget? Budgeting is like dieting. Most of us aren’t good at it. Our brains are wired for instant gratification, not delayed consumption. Making people think about such things can be an uncomfortable part of being a financial planner. […]

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Market Predictions

Prediction Season!

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s that time of year: Prediction Season! Along with new year’s resolutions, it’s time for economists and money managers to make market predictions. Some will be gloom and doom, constructing elaborate arguments about how the market is greatly overvalued and about to crash. Others […]

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Life Planning Is Financial Planning Done Right

Life Planning is Financial Planning Done Right

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_11.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLife Planning is a personal approach to financial planning that starts with a conversation about your life goals and dreams. We often don’t give ourselves the time and space to really think about what we want for our lives now, in the near future, […]

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Learning About Financial Planning with our Intern Joel

Learning About Financial Planning with our Intern Joel

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_10.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere at Shotwell Rutter Baer, we have a genuine bright spot to brag about in 2020. We launched a Financial Planning internship program this year and were lucky enough to hire Joel. He is currently a senior in Michigan State’s International Business program. Last […]

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Individual Stocks

Why We Don’t Recommend Individual Stocks

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_13.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrequently when we meet people who handle their own investments, they like to talk about individual stocks. I can understand why. Individual stocks have a story that you can wrap your head around, such as Pfizer creating a vaccine for Corona Virus, to borrow […]

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