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Welcome to the Gen X Wealth Academy, a podcast built for Gen X-ers reaching that age where it's time to seriously plan for their financial futures. Join for bi-weekly episodes that explore the worlds of financial and retirement planning with Phil Telpner of Breakout Private Wealth.

Phil will lead you through helpful conversations about money, life and retirement and cover topics like 401(k)s, IRAs, income planning, investing, and so much more. So much information about retirement is geared toward Baby Boomers, but Phil is crafting this show to be all about Generation X.

Ep 46: Back To Basics - Understanding Income Planning

It’s been said that if you don’t have an income plan, you don’t really have a retirement plan. We’ll tackle that mentality on this episode to see if it’s true and further explore why so many retirees, pre-retirees, and Gen Xers don’t understand the importance of an income plan, nor how to properly construct one. This is a foundational topic for anyone preparing for retirement, so make sure you hear this one.

Ep 45: Common Investing Mistakes Gen Xers Make

Even if you’ve been saving your money and investing for a long time it’s easy to make rookie mistakes. In this episode, we’ll cover some of the top rookie mistakes we see people make, illustrate how to avoid them or how to fix them if you’ve already made some mistakes in your financial life.

Ep 44: The Top 5 401(k) Mistakes You Need To Avoid

Saving in your 401(k) can be an easy and painless way to build your retirement savings. But because it’s so easy and painless, it can also be easy to ignore for long periods of time, which often leads to mistakes. We’ll cover at least the top 5 mistakes people make in their 401(k)s.

Ep 40: Gen X Problems

Generation X has different financial concerns than the ones our parents had. We don't have pensions and we have had massive increases in expenses. Let's dive into some of these problems and see how we can make the most of them.

Ep 39: Introducing The Gen X Wealth Academy

This episode introduces an important shift in the focus of our show. Going forward, the show will have a specific focus on serving Generation X savers to help them prepare for retirement. Phil will detail why he's so passionate about helping Gen X prepare for retirement, the unique challenges they face, and why a specific focus on this group is so needed.

Ep 37: How Money Ads Catch Your Attention

We’re bombarded with ads each day in all forms of media. But have you ever taken a closer look at these messages? If we unpack some of these headlines and ads a little bit more, we’re able to clearly understand what emotions they’re trying to elicit. More importantly, we can figure out what companies are trying to sell us. For this episode, we just perused the internet for a couple of hours and kept track of various financial planning, investing and retirement ads we came across. Let’s pick apart these messages that popped up and see if it helps us become savvier savers.

Ep 36: Going Against The Grain

Being a good advisor isn’t about winning a popularity contest or just saying the same things that everyone else in the industry says. It’s about giving the best advice that you can for each individual situation. On today’s show, we’re going to peel back the curtain to discuss some areas where a good financial advisor’s opinions might go against the grain with mainstream ideas in the industry.

Ep 34: What They’re Saying: Analyzing Advice On Surviving A Bear Market

It’s no secret the stock market is in turmoil. We’re in a bear market and the R-word (recession) is getting thrown around daily. So, what can you do to survive bear markets like the one we’re in now? We’ve collected advice from various commentators and “experts” from across the country. You might have even heard some of this advice yourself. But should you follow it or proceed with caution? We’ll break down the guidance to provide some important context and perspective.

Ep 33: Can You Get An A+ On Our Retirement Planning Quiz?

Don’t dread this as much as you hated hearing these words as a kid, but it’s time for a pop quiz! We’re putting retirement planning preparedness under the microscope with 5 critical questions to which you need to know the answers. So sharpen those pencils and let’s see how ready you are for retirement.

Ep 31: Investor Beware: Spotting Red Flags When Picking An Advisor

Do you know what red flags, but also some good signs, to be on the lookout for when you’re searching for an advisor to work with as you prepare for retirement? On this episode, we’ll give you some red flags to be aware of, teach you how to spot them, and illustrate the difference between an advisor who does the bare minimum versus one who goes above and beyond to work in your best interests.

Ep 27: The Retirement Diet: Fixing Unhealthy Financial Habits

We all know some of the basic secrets of eating healthier to lose weight, limit disease, and live longer. Avoid empty calories, try to limit your added sugar, and lower those pesky trans fats are just some examples. But how can we spot similar unhealthy habits in the financial world? We’ll talk about it on this episode and help you fix some of your unhealthy financial habits.

Ep 26: Understanding Financial Jargon: Investment Terms You Should Know

There are some important terms you’re going to come across as you prepare for retirement. Having a basic understanding of these will help you achieve financial success, so we’ll cover what they mean and what you should know on today’s episode. And don’t worry. We won’t go quite so far down the rabbit hole where we expect you to be able to explain how a company’s P/E ratio meshes with it’s Alpha and Beta ratings to determine how much stock you should buy.