Cornerstone Wealth Management November 2017


7 Simple Strategies to Simplify Planning for Retirement

way you can create a diversified income plan? Consider how you optimize your Social Security benefits. There are so many options at your disposal — options you may not have realized existed. After all, around $10 billion goes unclaimed every year because people don’t optimize and strategize! When you don’t strategize, you stand to lose tens of thousands of dollars, if not more — and this is just from Social Security. Want to learn more about planning for retirement and overcoming these shortfalls? Be sure to listen to the podcast at This is one episode you shouldn’t miss.

When you don’t have a plan, you risk disaster — running out of money. One of your goals should be intentionality when it comes to planning. This leaves you in the best possible position for financial security. You’ve heard the expression “money doesn’t buy happiness,” but that might not be true. Money gives you options when it comes to retirement. But beyond that, research out of Harvard suggests that, to a degree, money can buy happiness. It’s all about taking away financial pressure and living life on your terms.

If you have ever thought planning for retirement was complicated or

overwhelming, this episode of Wealth From Wisdom Radio is for you. In this podcast, dated June 24, 2017, Ron Carson and Paul West talk about simplifying retirement plans. This is a critical insight for anyone who has struggled, or is currently struggling, with the planning process. Throughout their working years, most people know they need help and that they need to develop a financial game plan. It’s a major process, and people are often left asking, “Where do I begin?”

That is what a plan gives you. It’s living your retirement on your terms. What’s one



It’s a great time of year to warm up with a cup of soup, and this comforting, guilt-free dish comes together in a flash.


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1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup water

3 1/3 ounces fresh, hot Italian sausage

Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Trim sprouts and cut in half. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, 3–5 minutes. 3. Add sprouts to skillet. Add 1/2 cup water. Add salt and pepper. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until just tender. Check them periodically and add a bit more water, if necessary. 4. When sprouts are just about done, remove cover and raise heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring just once or twice, for a couple more minutes. The liquid should evaporate, and the sprouts should start to brown. 5. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or warm. | 3

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