124 – 10 Keys to Retiring Well

Last episode, we covered “10 Pitfalls To Retiring Well”. In this episode, Bob and Shawn go a little more positive in discussing “10 Keys To Retiring Well”. Whether you are 20 years away from retiring or thinking about making this life transition within the next couple of years, this is advice for everyone of every age and life stage within this episode’s unique discussion.

Retiring can be daunting, and while it may seem like there are one or two keys missing, it’s okay to feel that way! However, Christian Financial Advisors wants to take as much fear out as possible by helping you prepare for this life’s transition. So sit back and listen to discover some key takeaways you can obtain from this episode on “10 Keys To Retiring Well”.

123 – 10 Pitfalls To Retiring Well

In this episode, Bob and Shawn introduce some of the common pitfalls that occur that may keep you from retiring well. Many of us look forward to retirement, but when the time actually comes, we don’t know what to do with all of the extra hours in the day. It can be hard to face retirement, especially when it comes too early, and we have wrapped our entire identity around our career.

Here are 10 pitfalls to watch out for when it comes to retiring, including factors like retiring too early and lack of purpose. So, tune in to learn about the “10 Pitfalls to Retiring Well”.

122 – Gold Fever. Is It Worth It?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “gold”? For most of us, it creates a sense of wealth, stability, and purchase power. Gold was once considered a source of wealth and currency in the pre-global/pre-digital world economy (The Roman Empire and Biblical times) when it was readily accepted as a form of payment. However, times have changed, and the amount that gold is really worth – especially compared to the irreparable damage gold mines cause – just doesn’t seem to be worth it.

While gold might have been a good investment in the past, it is not great for long-term investments. Why? Bob and Shawn cover seven reasons why gold might not be a wise investment.

121 – Voting Right, Investing Left

Do you vote for candidates that align with your Christian values? Would you vote for a candidate that aligns with your values and then gives money to their opponent’s political campaign? The answer is most likely no.

In this episode, Bob and Shawn discuss if it makes any sense to vote with your values and then turn around and invest against your values. Literally millions of Conservative voters may be unknowingly supporting the leftest, liberal agenda by how they invest within their IRA’s, company retirement plans, government retirement plans, and brokerage accounts.

Isn’t it time to align how you vote with how you invest?

120 – What Is A Certified Kingdom Advisor

Bob and Shawn discuss the importance of the Certified Kingdom Advisor® (CKA®) designation, its meaning, and the requirements that go into it. A CKA® is something that you may not have heard of, but is extremely important in the realm of Christian professionals. For Christians choosing an investment portfolio, many find it important to connect with a financial advisor that shares their values and faith. Thus enters Kingdom Advisors.

Kingdom Advisors is a professional association that offers training and support to various Christian financial professionals who aim to integrate faith and finances within their business. They have taken Biblical values, along with core financial training, to create a designation that combines the two called a Certified Kingdom Advisor® (CKA®). If you see a CKA® designation next to a financial advisor, it symbolizes that you should receive sound financial advice within a Biblical context.

119 – 5 Reasons You Need a Christian Financial Advisor

Bob and Shawn present just 5 of the reasons that it is so important to work with a Christian financial advisor. A Christian financial advisor differs from a financial advisor that just happens to be a Christian. They may sound the same, but they indeed are not.

A Christian financial advisory firm believes in Biblically responsible investing and looking at investing in companies that make a world a better place. These morals and ways of investing are integrated throughout the company and how they operate.

A financial advisor that happens to be Christian may not be implementing these biblical guidelines into the way they invest. As a person, they are Christian, but how the company operates may not be. So, listen in as we complete our 3 part series on, “Why You Need…”

118 – 5 Reasons You Need An Investment Advisor

In this episode, Bob and Shawn continue our series on “5 Reasons You Need…” by discussing the reasons that you need an investment advisor. Sometimes, it seems like you can go it alone when you hear about all of the day traders out there and advertisements that make investing look easy. However, there’s a lot that goes into it, which is why you need a registered investment advisor to help you along your financial journey.

Proverbs 15:22 states, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” A good advisor monitors your portfolio and helps you stay on track with your financial goals. We are here to help and try to take the confusion out of investing. So, listen in to see just 5 of the many reasons why you need an investment advisor!

117 – 5 Reasons You Need a Financial Planner

There are many reasons that you might need a financial planner, but Bob and Shawn cover some of their favorite reasons in this episode. Just like you wouldn’t go on a long road trip without your maps turned on, you also don’t want to face life’s financial minefields without a map. A financial planner will help you create this map to help you navigate your financial life a little easier.

A great financial planner can also help you create a budget for saving, spending, and investing, while aiding you in making adjustments over the years as financial situations change. Learn about all these and more as you listen to 5 reasons why you need a financial planner.

116 – Recessions: Actions Vs Words

Check out these questions that Christian Financial Advisors recommends you ask yourself if you start panicking at all of the recession talk that is going around. You might just be surprised with your answers! Bob and Shawn really encourage you to think about what you are DOING right now during this time instead of just what people are SAYING.

Increased costs for both gas and food staples can make it feel like the world is ending, and many doomsayers want everyone to think just that. However, if you look around and really analyze the economy, things aren’t always as bleak as they first seem (or are making you feel). Here is just a little bit of encouragement for you during these times of uncertainty.

115 – Roller Coasters, Emotions, And Rubber Bands

The stock markets can make even the best of us get emotional. It goes up; we may become happy and excited! It goes down; we might become worried and stressed. So, how can we combat this roller coaster of emotions in order to get a better handle on how we feel when it comes to the continual ups and downs of the stock market?

One way is by getting educated on typical market trends and understanding just exactly how bear and bull markets work. In this episode, Bob and Shawn present some tips, and of course Bible verses, on getting a better perspective on the market, its checks and balances, and just taking your emotions out of the investment game, or at least as much as possible, anyways!

114 – Financial Sharks In Turbulent Waters

In this episode, Bob and Shawn discuss the financial sharks that we all have to watch out for during turbulent times and how they like to disguise themselves. For example, if you hear about a great investment opportunity that sounds “too good to be true”, then it is most likely just that – too good to be true. Have you ever seen one of those big postcard invitations in the mail for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities featuring a big juicy steak on the front? Have you ever received an email from a professional doomsayer about how the country is ending but miraculously happens to have the product to protect you from the disaster they just made up?

Most of these are meant to prey on our emotions in order to sell products to benefit the seller and not to benefit you. 1 Peter 5:8 gives this warning: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” The next time you receive a free offering for a steak at a high-end restaurant, be aware of the financial shark that may be behind this so-called “opportunity”.

113 – Christian Fundamentals For Investing

The Bible says a lot about stewardship and finances. In fact, stewardship is one of the most talked about subjects in the Bible! As a Christian, we believe that God owns everything, even our money. If we truly believe that God owns everything, then shouldn’t we be trying our best to invest and manage our money in a way that honors God?

In this episode, Bob presents various financial fundamentals for Christians that are looking at investing their money wisely and according to Biblical principles. From involving your spouse in investment decisions to staying consistent over many years, here are 10 Christian fundamentals for investing.

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112 – Benefits Of A Bear Market

Instead of looking at all of the cons of a bear market, Bob and Shawn discuss some of the pros of a falling market and how you might be able to take advantage of it. A bear market isn’t for the fainthearted, and it can cause most people to question if they have made all of the right choices with their money up until this point. However, without a bear market, we wouldn’t have bull markets. There must be a down to an up, an opposite driving force, if you will, that maintains balance.

111 – Questions For Down Markets

The only guarantee we have in the stock market is that it will have ups and downs. However, when the market starts going down, even the best of us start to question our decisions. Instead of questioning all of our choices, Bob and Shawn pose 7 questions we should be asking ourselves in order to try and remain confident. So, what questions should you ask yourself when the stock markets are in a downward trend? Find out by listening!

110 – A Christian’s Response To Today’s Investment Uncertainty

Listen in as Bob and Shawn discuss how a Christian should respond to investment uncertainty. There is always some form of uncertainty and risk when it comes to investing, but how we react to that risk makes a big difference. The last thing we want to do is let pure emotions dictate our decisions. More importantly, looking towards scripture is one way to try and gain peace and confidence when it comes to our investments. It all belongs to God anyways, doesn’t it?

109 – Investing During Turbulent Times

In this episode, Bob and Shawn discuss all of the emotions that we go through when the market isn’t exactly doing what we want (i.e usually a bear market). They also cover various scriptures that may help bring us wisdom and peace during these turbulent times and how to best combat these emotions. The stock market and investing always has ups and downs. It’s part of what makes investments both a risk and a benefit. Volatility is part of the natural cycle of a stock market, and while it’s okay to be a little nervous, it’s not okay to act based solely on emotions.

108 – Christian Financial Principles Part 2

Tune in to part 1 of our 2 part series on 12 Christian Financial Principles. In this episode, Bob and Shawn cover the first 6 principles out of 12 that we, as Christians, should all strive to live by. These Christian financial principles are full of wisdom since they come directly from scripture. The first 6 Christian financial principles that we are covering today include: God Owns It All; Work Is Good; Honesty, Truthfulness, and Integrity; Pay Your Taxes; Be Careful With Debt; and Give Generously.

107 – Christian Financial Principles Part 1

Tune in to part 1 of our 2 part series on 12 Christian Financial Principles. In this episode, Bob and Shawn cover the first 6 principles out of 12 that we, as Christians, should all strive to live by. These Christian financial principles are full of wisdom since they come directly from scripture. The first 6 Christian financial principles that we are covering today include: God Owns It All; Work Is Good; Honesty, Truthfulness, and Integrity; Pay Your Taxes; Be Careful With Debt; and Give Generously

106 – Should You Wait To Build Or Buy A Home Today? It’s Just Math

In this podcast, Bob and Shawn discuss the math behind why you should wait to build or buy a home right now. When COVID-19 hit, the Federal Reserve and government put over 8 trillion dollars into the economy to stimulate it. This created massive inflation, especially in real estate. Now, with the federal reserve saying they are going to raise interest rates back to normal, taper bond-buying by the billions of mortgage-backed securities, and reduce their balance sheet, homes prices will have to decline dramatically to compensate.

105 – New Year’s Resolutions, Goals, and Targets

The new year is a time for new beginnings. Most of us take the opportunity of a new beginning to make life changes and goals (about 60% of us), but many never succeed in forming these new habits. Bob and Shawn discuss writing down goals and other methodologies (like the SMAC method – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, and Compatible) to help you be more successful in obtaining your personal goals for the year. Tune in to listen to how you can make 2022 the year for you!