Retirement Planning Strategies - February 2020

Meet Matt Forrest


Colorado calls to many because its natural beauty is desirable for those who love being outdoors. That’s exactly what brought Matt Forrest here in September 2019, and we’re lucky it did because we were able to add him to our team in December. Matt previously worked for several years as a financial advisor with a large investment company, so he knows the ropes when it comes to figuring out the best ways to save money and the best ways

reminiscing on his earliest days with Retirement Planning Strategies. “The people I work with are really top-tier. That goes for my coworkers and our clients. They’re genuine, caring, and all-around high-quality people who made the transition into a new job easy.” As one of our specialists for new business and licensing, Matt spends a lot of one-on-one time with our clients, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I enjoy getting to know people through their stories. It makes helping them through the whole process, which can often be overwhelming, that much more productive and enjoyable for everyone.” The time Matt spends with our clients helps him learn about their aspirations and the best ways to achieve them. But Matt never forgets what brought him to our state in the first place: his love of the outdoors. Outside of work, he hikes, camps, golfs, plays tennis, and does just about any other outdoor activity Colorado has to offer. But he doesn’t venture outdoors alone. That’s because just a few short weeks ago, Matt adopted Kemba, a 3-month-old Labrador-Collie mix. “I think he’s going to be a really good dog. I can already tell he’s smart, and we’ve only had a few accidents! We’ve got a lot of growing to do together, but I can’t wait.” Funny, we feel the same way about having Matt on the Retirement Planning Strategies team. currently living in the U.S. is roughly 187,000. Some famous leaplings include motivational speaker Tony Robbins, rapper Ja Rule, and singer Mark Foster of Foster the People. However, the most famous leapling is probably Superman. When you invent a super-being, you might as well give him a super-birthday. WHERE Anthony, Texas/New Mexico (a single town that straddles the two states’ borders), claims the title “Leap Year Capital of the World.” The city throws one massive birthday party for all leaplings but invites everyone to join the celebration. Two leapling neighbors from Anthony began the tradition in 1988, and it’s blossomed into a festival with thousands of participants every four years. It includes banquets, hot air balloon rides, a carnival, concerts, parades, and more. When you have four years to plan in between each shindig, there’s time to go big. Celebrate this leap year by doing something unusual or new. It’s a special day that doesn’t occur often, so make the most of it by doing something you’ll talk about for another four years. TAGLINE Facts About the Leap Year Title

to spend it. Prior to working in finance, Matt was a sales manager for a national brewery. These experiences make him both valuable and a lot of fun to work with. “When I first came in and met the team here, I was just completely blown away by everyone and everything they do. The firm they’ve built is so impressive, and I couldn’t wait to be a part of it,” Matt says,


Like the Olympics and presidential elections, leap years only occur once every four years, which is why many people look forward to February 29. But there’s a lot that you might not know about this quirk on the calendar. WHY To keep the calendar in sync with Earth’s orbit around the sun an extra day is added to it every four years. Earth takes exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to orbit the sun. Those extra hours add up over time, so another calendar day becomes necessary. But a leap year doesn’t occur every four years. Adding that extra day still doesn’t quite keep Earth on track, so the calendar skips leap years that occur during century years not divisible by 400. For example, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 won’t be. WHO The odds of being born on February 29 are 1 in 1,461. That means that of the roughly seven billion people in the world, only about five million of them are “leaplings.” The number of leaplings

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