Smart Money Questions

Weekly investing and financial planning wisdom seeking to provide answers to your financial questions with your host, Matt Hausman.

Downsizing, Old Policies & Portfolio Options

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There are many misconceptions that surround the idea of downsizing your house in retirement. Many people think that they will be able to make a huge profit if they downsize, but that is not always the case. We will guide you through some other considerations to keep in mind before you make the big sale. We also discuss reevaluating an old life insurance policy, how much company stock you should invest in, and deciding whether to move your money into cash, or to keep investing.


Show Notes


2:45- Should you look to downsize when you retire?

5:15- The issues with downsizing and the importance of understanding the real estate market.

7:40- What you need to consider before making the move.

8:30- Matt breaks down what needs to be taken care of in order to have an early retirement. 

13:25- What to do with old policies and how to use the asset properly.

15:22 Matt answers a listeners question on how much company stock should you hold in your portfolio.

18:45- Matt explains deciding on moving to cash or continuing to invest is a question that has many factors for the individual to consider. 

How To Account For Emotions In Your Financial Plan

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Most people like to think that they always make decisions based on logic and facts, but the truth is that emotions usually play a role for all of us in the decision-making process. Matt will share examples he has seen where emotions have influenced the thought process of individuals. Understanding the emotions that come from financial planning and putting the right strategies in place leads to making the best decisions. 

 Show Notes:


1:26- Peoples concerns are often times driven by emotion. Matt will break down the good and bad behind emotions in financial planning. 

3:34- Matt explains the different types of emotions people have when dealing with money. 

4:53- The emotion of fear is always around us. It is key to be cautious of fear and not let it take hold how we make decisions. 

8:54- Greed is an important emotion to identify and ensure it is not negatively affecting your financial planning. 

12:00- Loyalty to companies and family is an emotion Matt encounters that can has led people to make poor decisions. 

16:38- Matt states the importance of understanding your emotion and using logic to come to answers.

17:00- Strategically making decisions, knowing all the options and potential risks leads to the best approach to financial planning. 


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