Welcome to Declare Your Financial Independence with Jeff Motske. If this is your first time tuning in this is a show designed to teach the average person to get their financial house in order from a financial planner’s perspective.
Jeff started the show out by discussing “Your Financial House”. This is where he asks listeners to visualize the different building blocks of a stable financial financial house starting from the foundation all the way to the roof.
He also discussed:
A college education is now the second-largest expense an individual is likely to make in a lifetime right after purchasing a home. Ironically, one of the reasons the price tag continues to climb is the abundance of loan dollars that discourages schools from keeping their costs in line.
Aid such as the income-based federal Pell grants covered 34 percent of college costs in 2015-16, up from 30 percent in the previous school year.
The second-highest proportion came from parent income and savings, which averaged $6,867, or 29 percent of total spending on college, followed by borrowed money, which covered 20 percent of college expenses in 2015-16.
In the 3rd segment Jeff brought on Attorney Mark Lewis to talk about:
This week’s story involves a young woman who died prematurely from cancer. When first diagnosed with cancer, she decided to prepare her own Will. She actually succeeded in preparing a “legal Will”, which complied with all of the witnessing formalities required by Florida law and which named her brother as the personal representative of the estate. Unfortunately, without having been counseled on important legal issues, her “legal” Will has created many problems for her family.
In the final segment Jeff and relationship counselor Kimber Holdaway talked about Financial Compatibility. This is such an important topic to Jeff because statistically, finances and infidelity are the top two reasons that marriages end in divorce. This is an opportunity to provide tips to avoid the arguments that result from poor communicating regarding money.