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40 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Collective Retirement Plans
We end our pilot series with a conversation between Don Ezra and Common Wealth's founding partners Alex Mazer and Jonathan Weisstub, who share how they've put to work some of the ideas discussed on the podcast. Founded in 2015, Common Wealth is a Toronto-based firm focused on expanding access to retirement security. It has advised pension organizations with collective assets exceeding $800 billion, as well as unions, associations, and governments, on issues of strategy, governance, regulation, and the design and implementation of retirement plans, products, and institutions.
40 minutes | May 12, 2020
The Plan Sponsor
One voice we haven’t heard yet in our podcast series is that of the plan sponsor. What are the challenges companies are facing as they help their employees improve their retirement incomes? Cindy Deere (General Manager, U.S. Pension Plans, Shell) shares insights on how a major employer leading in global pensions provides support to about 60,000 participants.
59 minutes | May 1, 2020
Innovative Solutions to Retirement Security Challenges
Throughout our podcast, we've learned about the many challenges within the retirement field, both personal and collective. Now we hear from two acknowledged leaders who observe the global scene, each also with much hands-on experience in creating innovative practices. Ida Rademacher (Vice President, The Aspen Institute, and Executive Director, Aspen Financial Security Program) and Will Sandbrook (Executive Director, NEST Insight) discuss their Aspen-Nest Insight Transatlantic Collaboration and tell us what they see in the future to improve the retirement security of this generation and future generations. This interview was recorded in the summer of 2019.
65 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Stage 5: Life Two (in retirement) with Moshe Milevsky
Save, save, save – that's the retirement mantra. But then do you know how to draw down from your pot of money so that you can enjoy Life Two? Relatively little attention has been devoted to this logical conclusion, also known as decumulation. When you have no idea how long you're going to live, how do you determine the sustainable rate at which to withdraw your money? We sit down with one of the world's pioneers in this field, Moshe Milevsky (finance professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business), describing the sensible and the less than sensible practices he has encountered. Also, you don't have to do this alone – later in the show, we discuss what to say with financial professionals and how to share your Life Two plans with those close to you. This interview was recorded in the summer of 2019.
58 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Stage 4: Transition (first 3 years of retirement) with Jon Glass
People seek out life coaches when they're trying to achieve more fulfillment or pursue a new career, so why not have a life coach to help with the challenging life transition of retirement? You don't have to do it alone – setting goals and figuring out how to structure your life for greater satisfaction. We explore how Life Two coaching works and its benefits, both psychological and financial, with retirement coach Jon Glass of 64 PLUS. Later on the show, Don Ezra shares his own experience, with its unexpected emotions, and draws lessons so others can benefit.
63 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Stage 3: Get set (5 years approaching retirement) with Ernie Zelinski
It's time to get in touch with our feelings because as we all know, money is deeply tied to our emotions. How does one psychologically prepare for retirement? One of the scariest aspects is how you find a sense of purpose in Life Two, how you’ll fill your time, and how you’ll coordinate activities with your partner. International best-selling author Ernie Zelinski (The Joy of Not Working and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free) tells us how to make plans that transform your mindset from fear to eager anticipation. And later in the show, we get back to managing your finances as you approach Life Two.
67 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
Stage 2: Get serious (20 to 5 years before retirement) with Fred Vettese
How much do I need to save for a comfortable retirement? It's the million dollar question – maybe even a bit more. It depends on a number of factors, making it all the more overwhelming for individuals to tackle retirement saving. We speak to author Fred Vettese (former chief actuary at Morneau Shepell) who has researched and written about what people can do. And later on the show, we discuss getting serious and building your financial base for a good Life Two.
66 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
Stage 1: Get started (20 years before retirement) with David John
Just the thought of retirement planning can be daunting for many, so getting started is often the hardest step. Individuals not only have to overcome financial issues, but also psychological barriers. David John (Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute) describes the challenges people face and the approaches for a successful retirement. Later in the show, we take you through the first stage of retirement planning, identifying the minimum, successful and exceptional standards.
69 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
The Retirement Life Cycle – The financial stages in planning for Life Two with Jonathan Clements
Retirement, or what we call Life Two, is one of life’s biggest expenses, and with people working and living longer, traditional retirement planning is becoming more costly and complicated. Jonathan Clements (former personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal) draws on his experience and observations to tell us what goes into a good retirement plan, and later in the show, we break down an individual's five financial stages and determine where you are in your retirement planning.
106 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
The Best Time of Life - A positive reframing of retirement with Chris Battaglia & Jeremy Cooper
What does it mean to retire in the 21st century? Pensions and a full-stop retirement are becoming things of the past, and global retirement systems are struggling to keep up with the changing trends. We speak to Chris Battaglia (VP/Group Publisher, Pensions & Investments) and Jeremy Cooper (Chairman, Retirement Income, Challenger Limited) about what needs to be fixed and which countries are doing retirement right. Even as individuals are increasingly left to manage their own financial future, later in the show we explain why retirement, or what we call Life Two, is potentially the peak time of life: the most enjoyable and the most rewarding.
2 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
Coming Soon: LIFE TWO Retirement Podcast
Don Ezra and Common Wealth are excited to introduce LIFE TWO, a new podcast featuring some of the world's best thinkers on retirement. The 10-part pilot series launches on November 13th.
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