Life and Long-term Care

We meet with a lot of people and out of the 500-600 people we’ve met with over the past 7 years, we can count on one hand the few who didn’t want to leave anything behind financially for their loved ones. It’s natural and biblical to want to leave something behind. We want to leave […]

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RMDs – What, Why, and How Do They Work?

RMDs are Required Minimum Distributions. These are required distributions from annuities like IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), or a 537. Do you remember the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? There is a scene where Indy is fighting the bad guy while positioned on a tank as it drives towards and eventually over a cliff. Think […]

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Pension Max and Lump Sum Pension Strategies

Previously, we explored the risks inherent in carrying a pension plan, and some of your payout options. Now, we’re going to explore, in more detail, some specific payout strategies we’ve helped clients with. Pension Max is one strategy worth considering. Pension Max consists of taking the Single Life payout, let’s say $2,000 a month, vs […]

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Pension Risks and Basic Payout Options

Most people go decades waiting for the moment when they get to blow out the candles on their retirement cake, turn their pension on and ride off into the sunset. But hold your horses there, cowboy! There are some things you should be aware of before you sign up for that company pension. Understanding Pension […]

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Uncommon Annual Reviews

We often joke to people that we would be able to work in a corporate environment for a while, but that employment would quickly come to an end when we got our annual reviews. Needless to say, we’re not big fans of the corporate annual review. Here is why we loathe them. First, they aren’t […]

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Which Bricklayer are you?

We came across this parable recently that illustrated the mindset necessary if you want to go down the Uncommon Path that leads to an Uncommon Life. There are three bricklayers on a job site. A man walks up to the first bricklayer and asks him, “What are you doing?” The first bricklayer replied, “What does […]

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Sequence of Return Risk

It’s all about timing. Investment involves risk. One category that does not get talked about often is what is called the sequence of return risk. The nutshell version is this: the risk of receiving lower or negative returns early in a period when withdrawals are made from an investment portfolio is known as sequence of […]

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Investing the Uncommon Way

There are so many different ways to invest. When we talk about investments, it’s not just stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, although those can be a part of the picture, but not the whole picture if you want to invest the uncommon way. Investing the uncommon way brings the 7 Sources of Residual Income into […]

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Creating a Savings Plan

Your Uncommon Life needs a bankroll. This starts with establishing a budget. Previously, we walked through some specific steps to establish a household budget. It takes a little time and effort, but it gives you some crucial numbers in creating a savings plan. After you’ve put a budget in place, you know your total monthly […]

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Budgeting: Starting Point of the Uncommon Life

The idea of a budget is not uncommon. The practices of creating and sticking to a budget are far too uncommon. We want to help you fix that. When it comes to budgeting there’s definitely an app for that. To create a budget, you can go to many platforms, follow many different tricks, tweaks, systems, […]

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