Tag Archives: Financial Planning

25. Trust the Experts with Your Retirement Planning



When you have a water leak, you call a plumber. When you need to create or manage a retirement plan, you call a retirement income specialist.

In this episode, Tim Whisler discusses the role that a retirement expert plays within retirement planning. Tim shares the difficulties of self-managing a retirement plan and the different elements of a holistic financial plan.

Tim discusses:

  • Why you should hire a retirement expert
  • The difficulties of taking financial advice from friends and family
  • The importance of understanding the different stages of life and how your spending will change
  • The role of liaising gains and relieving pains in your retirement plan
  • And more!

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Investment advisory and financial planning services offered through Simplicity Wealth, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Sub advisory services are provided by Advisory Alpha, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance, consulting, and education services are offered through The Whisler Agency. The Whisler Agency is a separate and unaffiliated entity from Simplicity Wealth, LLC, and Advisory Alpha, LLC.


23. The Psychology Behind Your Money Woes with Maggie Klokkenga



Have you ever felt you were living paycheck to paycheck, or felt stressed when talking to a financial advisor about your financial situation?

Did you know that these reactions have a scientific explanation?

In this episode, Tim Whisler is joined by Maggie Klokkenga, CPA, CFP®, financial coach at Make A Money MindShift, LLC. Maggie shares her journey from financial planning to financial coaching and the fascinating psychology behind our understanding and relationship with money.

Maggie discusses:

  • The importance of understanding your relationship with money
  • The psychology behind monetary struggles
  • How money scripts subconsciously influence everyone
  • And more!

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About our Guest: 

Maggie Klokkenga is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and CPA and has worked in the financial industry for almost 25 years. In that time, she’s worked with couples to help them make their money work for them. She’s studying for the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) designation because she knows how emotional talking about money can be. Maggie seeks out and continues to receive training that best helps clients use their money to reach their financial goals.

Investment advisory and financial planning services offered through Simplicity Wealth, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Sub advisory services are provided by Advisory Alpha, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance, consulting, and education services are offered through The Whisler Agency. The Whisler Agency is a separate and unaffiliated entity from Simplicity Wealth, LLC, and Advisory Alpha, LLC.


22. The Gift Of Giving with Phil Newton



When you hear the word legacy, what comes to mind? What do you want your legacy to be? The legacy you leave behind can begin with a simple donation.

In this episode, Tim Whisler is joined by Phil Newton, founder and partner of Perennial Partners. Phil shares how charitable gifting can be beneficial for your retirement planning and your financial legacy.

Phil and Tim discuss:

  • The benefit of donating your IRA distribution to charity
  • How to donate a life insurance policy
  • The importance of donating, not matter the amount
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

From 1993 to 2014, Phil Newton has worked in administration at four Peoria and Bloomington IL charities, including 12 years as Executive Director at South Side Mission.  In his time there, he helped grow the organization’s budget 250% during recessionary times, without any government funding.  Also in that time, he helped the organization eliminate debt and amass a year-end cash on hand equal to one fifth of its annual budget with the use of wills, trusts & life insurance giving.  In his time at South Side Mission, Phil also completed two Five Year Strategic Plans and developed a strong Board of Directors/staff/volunteers partnership in fundraising.  During his time there in 2008, South Side Mission was named one of the Top 10 Grassroots Ministries in America (Samaritan Award) by World Magazine and the Acton Institute of Grand Rapids, MI.

He has enjoyed success in all aspects of fundraising; from planned giving and major gifts to grantsmanship, annual giving, and even charity business development.  He is adept at “thinking outside the box” to help organizations develop and maximize revenue.  His marketing and public relations background has served well the organizations for whom he has worked as each of them have raised their profile and developed vibrant niches under his direction.

Phil is a graduate of Auburn University with a Master of Arts in Communication with a Public Relations emphasis.  While at Auburn, he had a paper accepted for the annual SCA convention.   His Bachelor’s degree is also in Communication, from Eastern Illinois University, where he was a part of their collegiate speech team, earning national qualifier status in 1992.

Beginning Perennial Partners in 2014, Phil has worked with more than 50 nonprofits and small businesses.  Budget sizes range from $3,000 annual all the way up to $24 million.

Phil lives in Peoria with his wife, and five children.  In 2012, he authored Homeschoolers, Hippies & Heirloom Tomatoes which is available on Amazon.  In his spare time, he loves supporting his children’s activities, the great outdoors, and playing guitar.

Investment advisory and financial planning services offered through Simplicity Wealth, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Sub advisory services are provided by Advisory Alpha, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance, consulting, and education services are offered through The Whisler Agency. The Whisler Agency is a separate and unaffiliated entity from Simplicity Wealth, LLC, and Advisory Alpha, LLC.


Episode 18 – Retirement Planning 101—Part 1



You don’t have to be a professional financial advisor to understand the basics of planning.

In part one of this two-part series, Tim Whisler dives into five of the most common mistakes 401(k) and IRA owners make. Tim helps you discover the taxes you are paying but shouldn’t be, and shares ways you could save even more.

You will learn:

  • 5 of the most common errors 401(k) and IRA owners make
  • The potential advantages and drawbacks of withdrawing IRA inheritance
  • How the SECURE Act impacted retirement income
  • The taxes you can avoid paying for different planning mistakes
  • And more!

Listen now as Tim Whisler reveals the taxes you could avoid when planning your retirement!

Resources: Tim Whisler | The Whisler Agency: (309) 291-0491

Investment advisory and financial planning services offered through Simplicity Wealth, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Sub advisory services are provided by Advisory Alpha, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance, consulting, and education services are offered through The Whisler Agency. The Whisler Agency is a separate and unaffiliated entity from Simplicity Wealth, LLC, and Advisory Alpha, LLC.