Category : retire

Wall Street Won't Provide 401k Help

Helping You With Your Retirement Where Wall Street Won’t

After about 20 years of working as financial advisors and helping people reach retirement, Kevin Conard and I knew the financial services business model was broken. No — more pointedly – we knew Wall Street was broken. Don’t believe us? Take a few minutes to learn about the Wall Street neglect that led us to create our 401k management app at blooom. We believe every hard-working American trying to save for retirement deserves to receive expert 401k help! If you watch blooom’s story, you’ll see why we are here to change the culture of saving for retirement:

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Based in Leawood, Kansas, our culture consists of Midwestern values and hard-work. We are a low-cost, online platform created to help improve the way average Americans manage their 401k retirement plans. In just five minutes, anyone with a 401k can receive a free health assessment on their current investment strategy. Then, for those that want professional Do-it-For-You 401k help, blooom can be hired manage your account for a flat, Netflix-like fee of only $10 per month. We don’t even need to move your account.

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What's your retirement jam?

Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2: Your Retirement Jam Revival

If you haven’t read Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1: How to Master Your Retirement Jam, you should because it’s chock full of tunes goodness. But, oy, we live in a world of perpetual streaming and episode recaps. 

So Mixtape Vol 1. Recap …

  1. Mixtapes are AWESOME!
  2. We at blooom LOVE music
  3. Hearing about a great card game called MIXTAPE on a favorite podcast of mine, The Chalkboard Podcast, got me thinking. The game poses questions like what’s the “best song for riding a unicorn across a rainbow?” and demands you match it with a song. This prompted me to ask the question of the blooom team (and you!): The day you decide to retire or give your notice of retirement, what song plays in your head (i.e. what’s your theme music for this moment)?
  4. So many submissions hit my Slack channel that we’ve created not just ONE (you really should check out Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1: Master Your Retirement Jam the blog post and the Spotify playlist), but TWO volumes (our Engineering ninjas and me get to rock this one out).

The next mix is strictly a three-act affair, crowdsourced by a few of blooom‘s technical maestros, Jeff Durbin and Taylor Johnson, and yours truly (because I want to remain relatively impartial, Director of Client Happiness Chad Beland will offer commentary about each selection in italics):

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Mixtape Vol. 1: Master Your Retirement Jam

Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1: How to Master Your Retirement Jam

Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga

That freakin’ opening number in the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix featuring “Hooked on a Feeling!” It set the mood for the entire soundtrack and would most definitely get Baby Groot movin’.

We LOVE music in the office – control of the SONOS is a perpetual war of will! And who doesn’t get hooked on a good mixtape? It’s such the perfect way to communicate a feeling.

It was about a month ago my mixtape nostalgia was rekindled again. I discovered a great card game called MIXTAPE on a favorite podcast of mine, The Chalkboard Podcast.

I immediately ran out and bought it. With question cards like “What song plays as you ride a lion to work in slow motion?” how could I resist?

For me, a child of the 80s and 90s, it’s awesome to see the mixtape culture make a comeback.

But Don’t Call It A Comeback! We Look Forward To Retirement

And that card got me thinking – though I spun the idea of nostalgia … of looking back, into what if we looked forward toward retirement. The day you decide to retire or give your notice of retirement, what song plays in your head (i.e. what’s your theme music for this moment)?

I posed the question to the blooom team. I got enough submissions to create not just ONE, but TWO volumes (our Engineering ninjas get their own – along with my addition).

Without further ado, I proudly present blooom’s Awesome #Mixtape Vol. 1: Master Your Retirement Jam (You can listen to the Spotify playlist for everything but Beyonce and read my commentary about each selection in italics):

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My Retirement Vision

Wanted: Superior Retirement! Rocking Chairs Need Not Apply

Retirement used to be a word that had a very clear definition to me. Basically, it meant you stop working, eat dinner at 4:30 p.m., and spend your golden years sitting in a rocking chair.

When I was a young man this was my vision of retirement. You kick back enjoying the fruits of decades of labor. It seemed perfectly logical at the time. Didn’t everybody wake up at 6 a.m. and work 60-plus hours a week in a job they couldn’t stand for 40 or so years?

Over time my perception of retirement has changed dramatically. But no matter what my vision of retirement looks like, the path to get there is the same…ACHIEVE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE.

Now I like to think of myself as a 45-year-old millennial. Yes, I know that sounds odd. But I do respect my younger counterparts’ idea of retirement. Who wouldn’t want a future that involves doing what you love and taking time to see the world?

Also, the idea that happy is the new rich — a life less focused on acquiring stuff and more about real experiences connecting with people — really appeals to me. This mindset helps when it comes to financial independence. You need less money if you have less stuff.

So if this is what the typical millennial believes in, I swipe right. Let’s take a moment and travel through how my retirement vision has changed:

1. My 20s Retirement Vision…

In my youth, I had a lot of young man wishes. I’m going to make millions of dollars, purchase a mega mansion with an eight-car garage for all my high-end sports cars, and travel the world on my yacht Lonely Island style.

Now, those ideas make me think…That is WAY too much house to clean! How much would tires cost for that car? And if I’m really being honest, I get seasick standing on a dock.

At some point, adulting does happen and perceptions can change. And no matter what you envision retirement to look like, a plan is a must (if you’re currently in your 20s and can set your plan now, you’re one of the lucky ones).

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Hawaii Hammock Retirement

How to Treat Your Retirement Planning Like Spring Break

IMG_5937.JPG Every year, the activity most college students look forward to is spring break. It’s the halfway point from Christmas to summer vacation and, let’s be honest, it’s a week of freedom from exams, boring lectures, and responsibility.

Depending on how excited you are about your spring break, planning can start as early as October – finding available houses or condos, coordinating travel and learning about the local hot spots. Hopefully around that same time, the savings start, as well. Each year, college students get to spend a week away from their parents, surrounded by their closest friends on a beach – or some other Instagram-worthy destination. That’s something worth saving up a bit of extra spare change.

Unfortunately, once college has ended and you are off in the real world, spring break becomes a thing of the past. A week-long vacation where you can forget about your responsibilities and sit on a beach sipping an adult beverage is no longer a given each March.

But this year, when the weather began to warm up, I started thinking about those days and how I can relax from work and other daily stresses, and I asked…

WHY CAN’T THAT BE MY RETIREMENT?

Trick is, like spring break, retirement – and the saving for it – requires planning and the need to start saving early.

Now, I can already hear your thoughts: “I have debt I need to pay off,” or, “I’m only in my 20s, why do I need to start planning for retirement?” Trust me, I get it. At 21 years old (almost 22!) and finishing up my Master’s degree, I feel like I have a lot of other ways to spend my money than putting it towards my retirement. But I’ve learned that the longer my money has to grow, the more it can do for me in the future. That’s the power of compounding interest

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