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Debunking Social Security Myths With Elaine Floyd, CFP® (Ep.12)



Are you properly claiming your Social Security benefits?

Most people don’t put enough careful thought into Social Security claims and this mistake can leave you with a reduced retirement income.

In this episode, Jim McGovern talks with Elaine Floyd, CFP®, and author of Savvy Social Security Planning For Boomers. She debunks some of the most common myths about Social Security and shares effective methods that maximize retirement income. 

Elaine discusses:

  • Why you shouldn’t bank on the fear of Social Security cuts 
  • How retirement income for Social Security is calculated and how you can maximize that income
  • Why higher earning spouses should claim at age 70 to maximize the survivor benefit
  • Why retirees should consider auxiliary benefits if they become widowed or divorced 
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Elaine Floyd, CFP® is the director of retirement and life planning at Horsesmouth, a New York-based company that helps financial advisors develop business, advise clients, and manage their practices. She is the author of Savvy Social Security Planning for Boomers and Savvy Medicare Planning for Boomers, two comprehensive training programs designed to educate financial advisors on the important government benefits available to clients when they retire. After 20 years as an independent financial writer of books, articles, and white papers for the financial services industry, she joined Horsesmouth in 2008. Elaine is an authority on Social Security rules and strategies as a result of her intense interest in the subject and analysis of hundreds of cases which have been brought to her by Savvy Social Security Planning program subscribers. Floyd has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, and Robert Powell’s Retirement Weekly. 

 


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How to Protect, Grow and Exit Your Company (Ep.11)



During the life of a business whether it be a company that is big or small, business owners put in long hours, wear different hats, and are pulled in different directions with no shortage of stress.

In this episode, Jim McGovern talks about a clear path to follow so you can protect the company you have built, position this company for growth in the future, and exit the company on your own terms.

Jim discusses:

  • The differences between small businesses and public traded companies
  • The importance of the transferable value of your company
  • Protection in place to keep cash flow coming in the door
  • How retention incentives can help you reach business objectives
  • And more

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The Fundamentals Of Investing (Ep.10)



Do you know what ingredients are in your investment portfolio, the recipe being used and why?

Do you know how markets work, the factors that influence your long-term returns, and what to expect out of your portfolio based on how it’s designed? Without an intuitive and logical framework to follow, investing can be confusing, intimidating, and frustrating. It doesn’t have to be that way.

In this episode, Jim McGovern outlines the fundamentals of investing and what most investors don’t know about building an efficient portfolio. He provides jargon free answers to common investment questions and breaks down investing into 3 easy to understand steps.

Jim discusses:

  • Four investment factors that can impact returns over time
  • How to calculate investment risk so you know what to expect as an investor
  • Investing strategies to help you understand why you’re investing in certain types of stocks or bonds
  • How to invest with confidence
  • And more

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Protecting Your Cash Flow (Ep.9)



One of the most important financial resources that you have is cash flow. We use cash flow to determine how to spend, save and plan our money for the future. 

What happens to you when your cash flow stops as a result of a health-related matter?

In this episode of Maximizing Outcomes, Jim McGovern discusses health-related issues that may stop you from earning a pay check. He also discusses why your employer’s insurance coverage doesn’t completely protect you. 

Jim discusses:

  • What disability insurance is and how it works
  • The reasons why you could stop earning a pay check
  • The two types of disability insurance
  •  Why your employer’s insurance doesn’t completely cover you
  • And more

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The Importance Of A Will, Trust, and Power of Attorney with Brooke McMorrow (Ep.8)



What would happen to your estate if you were to pass away tomorrow?

Do you have a will in place for your family? States such as Pennsylvania cannot guarantee that the spouse of a deceased person will inherit 100% of the money when there isn’t a will in place.

In this episode, Jim McGovern talks with Brooke McMorrow, a business owner and attorney from McMorrow Law, LLC. They explore why you should develop a will and establish your power of attorney no matter what age you are.

Brooke discusses:

  • What an estate plan is and how you can start creating yours
  • Why you should have a power of attorney no matter your age
  • What happens when you or one of your family members passes away without a will
  • What a revocable living trust is and how it benefits you and your family
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Attorney McMorrow strives to change the stereotypes that people have about attorneys by returning phone calls in a timely manner and above all, listening to the client and providing affordable and knowledgeable legal advice in a comfortable setting.  Brooke McMorrow is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New York. As a member of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Attorney McMorrow is trained in collaborative law.


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Financial Advice For Parents of Children with Special Needs with Judy Herron, CPA (Ep.7)



Every child is going to need different quantities of support from their parents.

How can you establish and navigate the support systems that your child requires?

In this episode, Jim McGovern talks with Judy Herron, CPA to discuss her story of raising her son Chaz and how she became proactive in creating his financial future, finding him support systems, and finding the right opportunities for someone who is ‘differently abled’.

Judy discusses:

  • How her work as an experienced CPA impacts small businesses 
  • What impact her son Chaz has had on her professional and personal life
  • What questions she asked herself early on about her disabled son’s future and how they helped curate his financial plan
  • Financial planning tips for parents with disabled children
  • And more

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Start-up or established company, your financial information is essential for managing business performance. It’s always better to be clear on your financial position, and Judith can help you get there. Work with Judith to sharpen your focus on data that makes you an agile decision maker.




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Supporting Children With Special Needs With Mike Magulick (Ep.6)



Everyone wants what’s best for their children even if they need a little extra support whether it be financially or emotionally. 

In this episode, Mike Magulick, co-founder and president of the board for the Miracle League of Moon Township, discusses his family’s story of raising and financially preparing for their child with disabilities and how this experience changed him personally.

Mike discusses:

  • His personal life story about his son’s illness at birth
  • The journey to find expertise about his son’s rare condition
  • How he is financially preparing for the future of his child with disabilities
  • The Miracle League of Moon Township and what they provide for the community
  • And more

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Mike Magulick is a commercial banker with 27 years of experience. He is the co-founder and president of the board for the Miracle League of Moon Township. He is a commercial banker for one of the larger banks in Pittsburgh and is here to share his personal story.




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The Landscape of Special Education With Dr. Jessica Hall-Wirth (Ep.5)



Navigating the education system is completely different when you have a child with special needs, but just because it’s different doesn’t mean it has to be any more complicated.

In this episode of Maximizing Outcomes, Jim McGovern talks with Dr. Hall-Wirth, an assistant professor at Slippery Rock University in West Pennsylvania. Dr. Jessica Hall-Wirth outlines the evolving landscape of special education and explains the resources available for your child with special needs to pursue not only an education, but a career.

Jessica discusses:

  • The landscape of special education at Slippery Rock University and the career resources available
  • What inspired her to choose a career in special education
  • An overview of the educational programs available to children with special education
  • The process of obtaining an individualized education program for your child during different stages of education
  • And more

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Jessica is an assistant professor of special education at Slippery Rock University located in Western Pennsylvania.




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Protecting Your Child’s Future (Ep.4)



What’s at stake when setting your child up for a successful financial future? What specific goals do you have in mind for your child?

In this episode, Jim McGovern will give you practical insights and an overview of life planning, building a sustainable wealth for you and your children, and caring for your child’s future. 

Jim discusses:

  • His philosophies of planning for your child’s financial future
  • Planning your financial timeline and how to properly incorporate your children’s financial inheritance
  • The financial planning process when caring for a child that has special needs
  • How to plan for your financial well-being
  • And more

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A Conversation About Retirement Income Planning (Ep.3)



You should understand just how fragile financial plans really can be and stay realistic about what you are up against. If it was easy to do, then you wouldn’t hear about people running out of money.

In this episode, Jim McGovern shares how retirement income planning has changed over the years. He also briefly explains four rules that will help you add structure to your retirement planning all while enjoying more income.

Jim discusses:

  • The history of retirement planning
  • Two significant changes that transformed retirement planning
  • Why there was a shift away from traditional pensions
  • What changes in life can make retirement planning more challenging
  • And more

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