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Episode # 287 – Should Your Company be Forced to Offer a Retirement Plan?

April 16, 2021

New Jersey recently enacted legislation that requires business owners, who do not offer employees a qualified retirement plan and who have 25 or more employees, to automatically enroll those employees in the New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program. New Jersey is one of ten states to enact the legislation, more are sure to follow.  Steve is joined by Retirement Plan Specialist, Dennis Jablonoski, CRPS, to discuss the merits of this mandatory program and some deficiencies both employers and employees may realize once these plans are operational.

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Episode # 286 – How You Can Adapt to the Changing American Workplace

April 9, 2021

If you’re a business owner or employee, changes in the labor and job market will continue to have a direct impact on your financial wellbeing. Steve is joined by Rick Grimaldi, author of FLEX: A Leader's Guide to Staying Nimble and Mastering Transformative Change in the American Workplace. Rick is an attorney and partner with the firm Fisher Phillips, a management side labor and employment law firm. Topics discussed include the growing gig economy, the minimum wage debate, how and why the latest trends in the labor market are closely tied to the economy, and more.

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Episode # 285 – 8 Financial Lessons You Can Learn From Baseball

April 2, 2021

It’s the surest sign that spring has arrived, baseball season is here.  Cordasco Financial Network’s John Walker and Dennis Jablonoski team up for a winning podcast teaching us the many financial lessons to be learned from the game of baseball. From the risk reward comparison, to knowing that you don’t always come away with a win, to understanding that there’s always another day to play, there is much to learn from America’s greatest pastime.

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Episode # 284 – Impact Investing: A Sustainable Trend or the Latest Fad

March 26, 2021

We invest to grow the money we’ve earned and secure our future. For some however, it now goes beyond that. There are investors who not only want to increase their wealth, but want to know that the companies they invest in will have a positive social impact and are aligned with the causes they support.  Today, Steve discusses all sides of the growing trend of impact investing including performance when compared to a more traditional approach, and whether or not direct contributions to a cause may have a greater impact.

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Episode # 283 – Inflation Fears: How Should You Prepare?

March 19, 2021

As a record amount of stimulus money enters our economy, concerns about inflation rise.  Founder and CEO Steve Cordasco presents this special in-depth discussion on ways inflation can affect your life and wealth. He discusses the root causes of inflation, how it can impact the future of your cash, bond and equity holdings, and details important defensive actions smart investors should consider if inflation worries persist.

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Episode # 282 – Tax Filing This Year: Reasons You Should Consider A Delay

March 12, 2021

The April 15, 2021, tax deadline is only a month away and the recently passed stimulus package contains federal legislation that may impact your 2020 tax return. Cordasco Financial Network CPA Tim Joseph joins Steve to discuss why you may want to consider delaying your tax filing this year, and the importance of putting a strategic tax plan into action with professional help beyond your tax preparer. 

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Episode # 281 – Women and Investing: Helping You Secure Your Financial Future

March 5, 2021

Cordasco Financial Network’s Director of Business Development John Walker sits in for Steve today and is joined by CFN Relationship Manager and Financial Advisor Desiree Reil.  In commemorating International Women’s Day this week, they discuss the unique investing and retirement challenges faced by women today and cover several strategies to help female investors overcome some of the often significant disadvantages they face.

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Episode # 280 – The 401k Plan: A Benefit for the Employee & Employer

February 26, 2021

401k plans are the focus of today’s podcast.  Steve is joined by Cordasco Financial Network Retirement Plan Specialist Dennis Jablonoski.  They offer insight and guidance for employees who participate in a 401k plan and for business owners or managers responsible for overseeing their company’s plan.  They discuss contribution limits, permissible catch-up contributions, the value of an employer match, consumer protections, new 401k rules for 2021 and more.

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Episode # 279 – Bitcoin’s Meteoric Rise: Should It Be in Your Portfolio?

February 20, 2021

The price of bitcoin has surged 350% in just the last six months as major investors and large companies have begun to adopt its use.  Average investors have taken notice and see it as a potential opportunity.  Today we discuss bitcoin, one specific form of cryptocurrency, grabbing the headlines. Steve is joined by Cordasco Financial Network’s Client Service Specialist Evan Salter and Steve Proffer, a member of CFN’s Investment Committee. Evan helps us understand what bitcoin actually is, how the technology works and why its been so readily embraced by younger investors. Steve Proffer offers perspective on bitcoin’s appropriateness for inclusion in an investor’s long-term portfolio as well as what may be driving large companies to accept bitcoin as currency.

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Episode # 278 – Keeping Your Investment Portfolio Aligned with Your Needs in Changing Economic Conditions

February 12, 2021

The current economic conditions have created the need to change some of the investments used to build portfolios at Cordasco Financial Network. Our new investment allocation will have a significant impact on our bond investing. We’re taking a proactive stance, and using a strategy that includes a more actively managed dynamic bond portfolio. Today, Steve is joined by CFN Financial Planner Ryan Flurer to discuss the reasons for change and detail much of the work that goes into architecting an investment portfolio specifically designed and maintained to meet the ongoing needs of each individual investor.

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