Category: Investments

Home Ownership vs. Renting: What’s the Best Choice for You? (Ep. 119)

Home Ownership vs. Renting: What’s the Best Choice for You? (Ep. 119)

In today’s challenging housing market, is it better to rent or buy a home?

Today on Wealth Is In The Details, Peter Raskin delves into the complexities of the housing market, addressing the struggles faced by younger generations trying to attain homeownership amidst soaring prices and mortgage rates. Peter discusses the advantages and disadvantages of renting vs. buying and provides valuable insights into making informed decisions regarding housing choices.

Peter discusses:

  • The challenges faced by younger individuals in the current housing market
  • Factors contributing to the high housing costs and mortgage rates
  • Pros and cons of renting versus buying a home
  • Equity building and tax benefits associated with home ownership
  • And more!

We want to help you gain clarity on whether renting or buying a home aligns with your financial goals and circumstances. Don’t miss this informative discussion on navigating the intricate decision-making process in today’s real estate market.

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Disclosure: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Peter Raskin is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.

Decoding Financial Jargon Part 2 (Ep. 118)

Decoding Financial Jargon Part 2 (Ep. 118)

Welcome back to part 2 of our two-part series where we break down financial jargon that many advisors use, for our listeners!

In this episode, Peter Raskin breaks down more complex financial terms to help you better understand investment terminology, while emphasizing the importance of diversification. He explains factor investing and the significance of macroeconomic and style factors in portfolio management. Peter also covers the implications of the yield curve and bond duration for investors.

Peter discusses:

  • Different kinds of stocks and bonds, and the importance of diversification
  • What factor investing is, and specific drivers of returns across asset classes
  • What a yield curve and duration in the context of bonds are
  • The importance of diversifying into different types of bonds based on risk tolerance
  • And more!

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Disclosure: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Raskin Planning Group is a marketing name for registered representatives of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors. Raskin Planning Group is a marketing name for registered representatives of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.

Decoding Financial Jargon Part 1 (Ep. 117)

Decoding Financial Jargon Part 1 (Ep. 117)

Welcome to part one of a two-part series breaking down financial jargon!

Today on Wealth Is In The Details, Peter Raskin breaks down complex financial jargon to help listeners gain a deeper understanding of key investment concepts. Peter discusses key concepts including average returns, standard deviation, correlation, diversification, capital market assumptions, and market cap-weighted indices. He explains these terms in simple, relatable language, making it easier for listeners to grasp these fundamental financial concepts while emphasizing their importance in investment strategy. He advocates for clear communication between professionals and clients and stresses the need for a diversified approach to investing. 

Peter discusses:

  • The importance of understanding investment jargon for investors
  • Key concepts including average returns, standard deviation, correlation, diversification, capital market assumptions, and market cap-weighted indices
  • The benefits of diversification and correlation in building effective investment portfolios
  • The significance of capital market assumptions for long-term asset class returns
  • The differences between market cap-weighted and equal-weighted indexes in investing
  • And more!

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Disclosure: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Peter Raskin is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.

Why You Should Master Retirement Savings Strategies (Ep. 115)

Why You Should Master Retirement Savings Strategies (Ep. 115)

Ever feel overwhelmed by the maze of retirement planning? 

You’re not alone. 

Join Peter Raskin as he ventures into the world of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Born from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, IRAs are now a cornerstone of savvy financial planning. Peter navigates through the complexities of IRAs, covering everything from income taxes and investments to life expectancy and estate planning.

Key Highlights:

  • Traditional IRAs: Understanding their unique functions, the importance of earned income for contributions, and the implications of tax-deferred earnings
  • RMDs: Grasping the necessity of withdrawals from IRAs starting at age 73, and how these are calculated
  • IRA Deductibility: Decoding how participation in employer-sponsored plans and income levels affect your IRA’s tax benefits
  • Roth IRA Insights: Comparing Roth vs. traditional IRAs, exploring the advantages of Roth IRAs including tax-free withdrawals
  • The Pro Rata Rule: Navigating the complexities of the backdoor Roth IRA strategy and its potential tax implications
  • Innovative IRA Options: The groundbreaking 2024 feature allowing 529 plan conversions into Roth IRAs under specific conditions
  • And much more!

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Disclosure: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Peter Raskin is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.

Breaking Stigmas and Improving Mental Health with Ariana Mufson (Ep. 114)

Breaking Stigmas and Improving Mental Health with Ariana Mufson (Ep. 114)

Many people trivialize mental health because they forget it can affect all areas of their lives, including their physical and financial well-being.

Others hesitate to seek help because of the associated stigmas.

Join Peter Raskin and guest Ariana Mufson, LICSW, CST, Psychotherapist, in their efforts to normalize, and even prioritize, mental well-being. Today’s episode explores some of the biggest stressors and how to tackle them using research-backed coping mechanisms and therapies.

Ariana discusses:

  • Why you should be proactive about your mental health
  • Healthy habits to tackle both internal and external stressors
  • The benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Navigating challenges within the mental health system, including insurance coverage and access to care

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About Our Guest:

Ariana Mufson, LICSW, CST, Psychotherapist, provides psychotherapy for adults with a specialty in anxiety disorders, women’s mental health, and sex therapy (AASECT certified). She has trained in a variety of modalities including CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), MI (motivational interviewing), GPM (general psychiatric management), and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Ariana prides herself on using humor and empathy to help clients push through their struggles. She encourages clients to explore their goals for seeking change and supports them in finding the motivation, insight, and skills to cope.

Ariana earned her Master of Social Work from Simmons College and completed a two-year residency in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital system. She worked for several years in McLean Hospital’s Dissociative Disorder and Trauma Program, where she also ran inpatient groups and a hospital-wide family support group. Most recently, she served as an outpatient clinician at the Fish Center for Women’s Health, at the Chestnut Hill satellite for Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Disclosure: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Peter Raskin is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.

Nine Financial Resolutions: An Essential Checklist from a Financial Planner (Ep. 113)

Nine Financial Resolutions: An Essential Checklist from a Financial Planner (Ep. 113)

Are you always thinking about reviewing your finances but never seem to get it done?

Join us in taking nine New Year’s Resolutions that will help you evaluate and organize your current financial situation.

As a financial planner, Peter Raskin shares nine financial resolutions that he will be working on in 2024, along with his family. His thought-provoking questions will empower you to navigate your financial journey with clarity and confidence.

Peter discusses:

  • An Essential Checklist for 2024
  • The importance of regular reviews — even if you already have a financial plan in place
  • Crucial conversations (that should not be delayed) with your partner and/or children
  • Personal anecdotes from his own financial journey

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This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Peter Raskin is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.

Year-End Reflections & Personal Stories From the Raskin Planning Group Team (Ep. 112)

Year-End Reflections & Personal Stories From the Raskin Planning Group Team (Ep. 112)

One of the goals of this podcast is to help listeners get to know our team better.

As days grow shorter and holiday lights fill the darkness, it’s the perfect time to hear from the Raskin Planning Group team and reflect on the past 12 months!

Join Peter Raskin as he interviews his colleagues Alex LaCroce, Kathryn Broy, and Tony Araujo about their 2023 highlights. Tune in and get to know our team beyond their professional lives, including their goals, values, and passions.

They discuss:

  • Alex’s artistic side and his love for Taekwondo and learning new languages
  • Tony’s experience as our newest member and his upcoming 50th birthday plans
  • Kathryn’s journey of continued education and exciting travel plans for 2024
  • How each of them dealt with their biggest challenges last year
  • Hypothetically, if they had $100,000 to give to their favorite charities, what causes they would support

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Disclosure: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Peter Raskin is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.

Mastering Year-Round Tax Planning: Strategies for a Financially Savvy Year-End (Ep. 111)

Mastering Year-Round Tax Planning: Strategies for a Financially Savvy Year-End (Ep. 111)

The clock is ticking, days are getting shorter and cooler, and it is hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. But from a financial perspective, we have less than two months to do tax planning, so what should you be thinking about?

In this episode, Peter Raskin discusses the importance of year-round tax planning. He highlights five key considerations: understanding one’s tax bracket, Roth conversions, charitable giving, gifting strategies, and realizing capital gains and losses. Peter emphasizes the benefits of Roth IRAs and the impact of charitable gifts on communities. He also explains the tax implications of holding mutual funds and the strategy of realizing capital gains and losses.

Peter discusses:

  • Why tax planning should be done year-round, not just at year-end
  • Five tax planning considerations that are impactful over a longer period
  • Tax bracket planning and understanding marginal tax brackets
  • The importance of working with a tax advisor throughout the tax planning process
  • Advantages of Roth conversions and avoiding higher tax brackets
  • The tax advantages of charitable giving and gifting
  • Realizing capital gains and losses throughout the year as a tax strategy

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Disclosure: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Peter Raskin is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.

The Similarities Between Traveling and Financial Planning (Ep. 110)

The Similarities Between Traveling and Financial Planning (Ep. 110)

One of the most important aspects of achieving our financial goals is having a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. And just like a travel journey, without a clear goal, it is easy to get distracted, lose motivation, and make poor decisions.

However, setting a goal is not enough. You also need to have a plan that outlines the steps you need to take, the resources you need to use, and the challenges you need to overcome. 

In this episode, Peter Raskin uses traveling as a metaphor for goal setting and financial planning. He emphasizes the importance of setting clear financial goals and developing unique strategies for each goal. Additionally, he explains the importance of diversifying investments across different sectors to manage market risk and the role of a financial planner when navigating the financial journey.

Peter discusses:

  • Why different financial goals require different investment strategies 
  • How 30% of the market value of the S&P 500 is invested in just ten mega tech stocks, emphasizing the importance of diversification
  • The concept of meaningful diversification
  • The importance of risk management and reasonable expectations in achieving long-term financial goals
  • The role of a financial planner as a coach, emphasizing the importance of enjoying the journey, making necessary adjustments, and building confidence
  • And more!

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Disclosure: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Peter Raskin is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.

The Rise And Fall Of Inflation (Ep. 109) 

The Rise And Fall Of Inflation (Ep. 109) 

Feel like you’re always paying more?

In this insightful episode, Peter Raskin explains inflation, examining its recent rise and breaking down its impacts on society. He challenges the common belief that inflation affects everyone the same way, shedding light on its distinct impacts across various income levels.

In this episode, Peter dives into:

  • Strategies for using inflation insights in investment decisions
  • The role of the Federal Reserve in managing inflation through policy
  • Unique challenges faced by lower-income consumers due to inflation
  • The diminishing purchasing power and what it means for individuals
  • The relationship between inflation, debt service costs, and the influence on various assets and investments
  • And more!

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Disclosure: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional investment advice. Always seek the advice of your financial adviser or other qualified financial service providers with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Peter Raskin is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Securities offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer. Member SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Raskin Planning Group is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and its representatives do not provide legal or tax advice. You may want to consult a legal or tax advisor regarding any legal or tax information as it relates to your personal circumstances.