MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley

In this insightful episode of the "Money Matters" podcast, financial advisor Melissa Reaktenwalt shares her 18-year journey in the wealth management industry. She discusses her transition from the credit union sector to owning her own firm, the significance of ESG and SRI principles in values-based investing, and her role as a public speaker. Melissa's experiences provide invaluable insights into navigating diverse financial channels and incorporating sustainable investing options.

This episode also explores diversity in the financial sector, highlighting Melissa's perspective as a minority professional and her "earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can" mantra, making it a must-watch for financial advisors and clients alike.

00:00 Opening Thoughts on Diversity in Financial Services 

00:44 Introducing Melissa B. Reaktenwalt: A Financial Industry Veteran

01:53 Melissa's Journey: From Entry to Expertise

03:18 The Evolution of Wealth Management with Melissa

04:37 Melissa's Public Speaking Journey: From Moderator to Keynote Speaker

07:50 Navigating Career Paths: Credit Union to Independent Advisor

11:52 Diversity and Inclusion in the Financial Industry: A Personal Take

14:48 Incorporating ESG and SRI into Wealth Management

17:46 The Importance of Financial Education in Melissa's Practice 19:25 Melissa's Personal Money Mantra and Professional Approach

20:49 Industry Trends and the Future of Financial Advising

23:49 Closing Remarks and Where to Find Melissa

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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 12:41pm PDT

In this groundbreaking episode of Money Matters, host Chris Hensley dives deep into a transformative conversation with Eric Brotman, CEO of BFG Financial Advisors and the author of "Don't Retire, Graduate." Eric shares invaluable insights on how to rethink retirement planning, strategies for financial independence, and the steps you can take at every life stage to secure your financial future. This episode is a must-watch for anyone looking to redefine their journey to retirement and discover how to make their wealth work for them.

Introduction: Chris Hensley introduces the theme of the episode: transforming the concept of retirement into a new phase of opportunities. A brief introduction of Eric Brotman, highlighting his contributions to redefining retirement planning.

Eric's Vision on Retirement: Eric discusses the outdated concept of retirement and emphasizes planning for a life where your wealth provides security, freedom, and growth opportunities.

 Financial Planning for Different Life Stages: The conversation covers strategies for financial independence tailored to various stages of life, from early career to senior years. Eric outlines actionable steps for achieving financial independence, including communication with partners, avoiding adverse debt, and strategic tax planning.

Preparing for Economic Downturns: Strategies to fortify finances against future recessions and the importance of not timing the market but being prepared for its fluctuations.

Avoiding the Tragedy of Outliving Your Money: Eric shares three strategies for utilizing money in retirement, focusing on withdrawal rates and the necessity to adjust strategies based on those rates.

The Importance of Financial Literacy: Initiatives to make financial planning accessible across different income levels and the launch of Eric's second book edition with updated insights and timeless advice.

Seeking Professional Financial Advice: When and why individuals should consider getting professional financial advice, especially during significant life changes.

Closing Thoughts: Eric reflects on what he wants to be "when he grows up," emphasizing continuous growth, succession planning, and evolving career paths.

Call to Action: For more insights and to begin transforming your retirement planning, visit for resources, white papers, and access to Eric's book. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more financial wisdom on Money Matters!



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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 9:28am PDT

Welcome to Episode 314 of Money Matters, celebrating Financial Literacy Month with a special guest, Skyler Fleming from Money Talks. This episode dives into how crucial conversations about finances can significantly alter your economic perspective and future. In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, Skyler shares compelling stories and actionable insights on overcoming financial hurdles, from lifestyle creep to syncing with your partner on budgeting and savings. Learn the steps to financial freedom, the importance of starting financial education early, and strategies to enhance your financial well-being. Whether aiming to improve your savings plan, understand investment basics, or simply gain financial peace of mind, this episode offers invaluable advice and inspiration to navigate your financial journey confidently. Tune in now for an enlightening discussion that could transform your approach to money during Financial Literacy Month and beyond. Skyler Fleming is a personal finance podcast host. He hosts Money Talk with Skyler Fleming. A podcast dedicated to starting a conversation around money so we can all do better with money. He found a love for money when he was young and working in a call center for a credit union. He saw a lot of people go through some really hard financial times. He quickly learned more about money than he was ever taught just by helping other people. This helped him find his passion for helping teach other people about money. So that led to him become the host of Money Talk with Skyler Fleming. Where he spends time talking to experts and regular every day people about how manage and learn about finances.

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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 6:08am PDT