With Scott out of the country, Dan is joined by fiduciary planner, Breanna Reish, CFP®, as they interview a Pittsburgh middle school science teacher who is trying to get better vendor choices.
Scott, Dan and longtime 403(b) advocate Steve Schullo meet up in Riverside, California to talk 403(b) with fiduciary planner, Breanna Reish, CFP®, and a member of the 403(b)wise Fiduciary Advisor Directory.
An AXA rep comes calling at Scott's wife's school and claims to be a fiduciary. The CFP® Board is making changes to the Fiduciary Standard. Dan talks Liverpool FC (only briefly) and about his visit to Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia to talk saving for retirement with teachers. Finally, another 403(b) story appears in a major publication.
We talk Dan's presentation at recent retirement plan workshop for Los Angeles Unified School District teachers put on by United Teachers Los Angeles.
We talk to Mychal Eagleson, CFP®, AIF®, ChSNC® owner of An Exceptional Life Financial and a member of the 403(b)wise Fiduciary Advisor Directory.
We talk 457(b) plan. What is it? How does it work? How is different than a 403(b)? Is it better than the 403(b)?
We talk increased 403(b) contribution limits, our visit to the New York Times, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) involvement in the 403(b), and a not-so-golden 403(b) product.
We speak with Daniel Alexander, CEO and Managing Director of Principal Review, a firm taking on the conflict of interest service and sales structures that exist within group sponsored retirement plans (ERISA and Non-ERISA including the 403(b) plan). Principal Review’s services include a Conflict of Interest Audit that identifies conflicted structures that serve to undermine the health of the plan and its participating employees. The firm then provides solutions to remedy the conflict.
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Adam, a 27-year-old counselor from New Haven, Connecticut, was sold an AXA 403(b) five years ago. After reading The New York Times series on the 403(b), including Think Your 403(b) Plan is Bad? Talk to a Teacher, he started doing homework about his plan. He soon realized he was trapped in a high-fee plan. He reached out to us to see what can be done.
Delia Fernandez, MBA and CFP®, is founder and president of Fernandez Financial Advisory, LLC, an independent, fee-only financial planning and registered investment advisory firm in Los Alamitos, California, which she opened in 1994. She helps individuals and small business owners plan and invest for their future. She describes herself as the "Kind of advisor she would like to use."
Delia is a frequent speaker to employee groups and is often quoted in publications such as the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. She also is an instructor in the financial planning program at the University of California, Irvine’s Department of Continuing Education.
Our guest is Ryan Frailich, a fee-only planner from New Orleans and a former teacher, who was recently profiled in a March 16, 2018 New York Times story called Teachers and Annuities: A Questionable Match and Hard Products to Shed.
Ryan who operates Deliberate Finances, recently passed the CFP® exam and is now working on completing his 6,000 planning hours. He’s also a future member of the 403(b)wise Fiduciary Advisor Directory.
We discuss the launch of The 403(b)wise Fiduciary Advisor Directory.
Wait, the market goes down? Dan and Scott talk fluctuation, flu and media market fever.
Scott and Dan discuss increased 403(b) and 457(b) contributions, the raging bull market, and the Buffalo Bills finally making it back to the playoffs.
On October 21, 2017 a pretty damaging New York Times article came out about a company — TIAA or TIAA CREF — that we have long admired. We discuss.
Jeff bought three annuities in the late 90s because he wanted to diversify. Then he got wise. Jeff, a public school custodian, shares his remarkable story of extreme saving.
Wouldn’t it be great to know how much the investments in your 403(b) cost? Wouldn’t it be great to know if there were surrender charges and how long they last? Such a resource exists and it’s called 403bcompare.com We talk 403bcompare with Mike Wilson one of the architects of the site’s redesign.
In a bit of a surprise, Vanguard announced they will no longer be the record keeper of their small market 403(b) plans (less than $20 million). The firm also rolled out plan fee changes.
We interview Doug Lynam, director of Educator Retirement Services for Long View Asset Management. Doug was featured in a June 9, 2017 NY Times piece by one of our favorite writers Ron Lieber. Story was titled The Monk Who Left the Monastery to Fix Broken Retirement Plans.
An AXA 403(b) was not music to the ears of Elementary music teacher and his teacher wife. They have successfully moved to a lower cost option.
Scott helps Dan and his wife consolidate their many retirement savings plans from past and present employers.
Dan interviews a New Jersey teacher and his wife who are getting their financial lives in order. They discuss tackling debt, sharing money management duties, working multiple jobs, and, of course, being stuck with a bad 403(b).
David Martin, Vice President, Client Analytics and Research, Fidelity Investments, discusses the 2017 Higher Education Faculty Study.
Micah Hauptman is the financial services counsel at the Consumer Federation of America. Micah and his organization are fighting to save the Department of Labor’s Conflict of Interest Rule (a.k.a. the fiduciary standard) which is under assault by the Trump administration.
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We discuss the latest NY Times 403(b) article When Teachers Face the Task of Fixing Their Retirement Accounts. We also speak with Connecticut state representative Matthew Lesser (D) who is trying to improve 403(b) plans in the state.