Episode 12 - Retirement Should Be A Waltz Not a Tango

May 17, 2018

Does your dance towards retirement look like a graceful waltz or a fast-paced tango? We want your planning to go smoothly and have structure, like the waltz! In this episode, Jim Black shares what he learned when he took ballroom dancing during college, and how he now applies those principles to retirement planning.

Listen in as Jim explains how Absolute Return Solutions can help you waltz your way to a happy retirement!



Episode 11 - How Do You Play Catch Up If You Need To?

May 3, 2018

Do you need to play catch up when it comes to retirement planning? Whether you’re approaching retirement or already retired, Jim has financial strategies you can use to steer your retirement in the right direction.

Learn more about how to play catch up in this podcast:



Episode 10 - The Top 10 Retirement Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

April 19, 2018

A lot of people make errors when planning their retirement, but we can learn how to avoid or overcome them. In order to transition into retirement - a lifestyle that’s drastically different than being employed full time - it’s essential that we have proper planning, discipline, and awareness in place.

Learn more about the top retirement mistakes and how to avoid them in this podcast:



Episode 9 - How to Mentally Prepare for Retirement

April 5, 2018

There is a lot of mental preparation that goes into retirement planning, and people go through several stages during this planning process. But how can we plan to be mentally stable during retirement? We know that most people’s emotional and physical needs are met through their employment, yet it’s still difficult to predict how we will feel once we retire. Will we feel happy and fulfilled or bored and listless?

In this podcast, you’ll learn how to become mentally prepared for your retirement.



Episode 8 - What’s in Your Buckets Now

March 22, 2018

When planning for your retirement, it’s important that you understand all of the options that are available to you. That way, you can make educated decisions now that will set you up for a worry-free retirement. How much income you have available in the future will depend on how you allocate your funds today. With a proper plan in place, you will know how much money you can spend every month of the year for the rest of your life.

In this podcast, you’ll learn more about financial buckets and how simple adjustments can be made so that you always stay on track:



Episode 7 - Retiring On Your Terms

March 8, 2018

Retirement could be the biggest life-changing event that you’ll experience during your lifetime. How will you spend your time once it’s freed up? What decisions can you make now in order to increase your odds of living the retirement of your dreams? Once you create a plan, you’ll have freedom in knowing that you’ve given yourself the confidence to achieve your goals.

Learn more about retiring on your terms in this podcast:



Episode 6 - Inflation is Not Real - Things Just Get More Expensive

February 27, 2018

Inflation refers to the rising costs of products and services over time. Even if the prices of certain products aren’t increasing, you may notice that their quality or volume has declined. For example, the containers of a certain ice cream brand that I love keep getting smaller and smaller!

Should retirees be concerned about inflation? Will inflation affect your happily-ever-after in retirement?

Learn more about inflation in this podcast:




Episode 5 - There are No Do-Overs in Retirement

February 8, 2018

Have you ever started a project and then realized (probably after some denial), that you want to start over? Maybe you’re working on a painting, and it just isn’t looking how you’d envisioned. You decide it’s time to paint over it and try again.

It’s frustrating when projects don’t go as planned-- so much so, that we can take for granted our option to begin again.

When it comes to retirement, there are situations where you can’t hit the rewind button. For example,  if you had 30 to 40 years worth of assets in the market when it crashed in 2008, then that was it. There were no do-overs. When it comes to having a happy and worry-free retirement, planning ahead is key.

The biggest way to reduce the need for a do-over is to have a plan in place.  Learn the strategies to set you up for success in this podcast.




Episode 4 - Happily Ever After by Jim Black - Chapter I – We All Want to Live Happily Ever After

January 25, 2018

One of the biggest fears for most retirees or those preparing for retirement is that they may run out of money before they die.  That fear can be greatly reduced by following a simple, easy to implement strategy.

In Jim Black’s latest podcast, he shares insight from chapter one of his book, Happily Ever After, in which he reveals the process he created at Absolute Return Solutions that helps retirees overcome their biggest fear in retirement, and have the confidence they need to live the life they’ve always imagined in their golden years.



Episode 3 - Happy Trails to You - Happily Ever After by Jim Black Origin of the Book

December 13, 2017

Throughout his career as a financial planner, Jim Black has been keeping notes: What are retirees biggest concerns? Which financial strategies are retirees benefiting from the most? What financial strategies are they overlooking?

When Jim’s father passed away, he decided to put everything together in a book where his mom could easily read it and understand it. His personal project resulted in a humorous and informative financial roadmap for retirees, his book: Happily Ever After, Retirement Doesn’t Have to be Just a Fairytale.