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Listen to Johnson Brunetti's Money Wisdom with Joel Johnson CFP®, host of Better Money Television program and Forbes Contributor. Gain true financial wisdom and advice aimed at educating you about all of your financial options when it comes to retirement so you can make the best decisions for you and your family. Get information and education that can bring you peace of mind with your savings and retirement. Whether it’s your 401k account, IRA, or an underperforming asset, Joel Johnson can answer your questions and make you more aware of issues that may affect you.

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Jan 12, 2024

Believe it or not, we still get a lot of questions about pensions. Just because there aren’t many private companies that are still offering pensions, there are still many people that had them at a job 20 years ago and they have a choice to make or they are retiring from a state employee job. Whatever the case, one of the questions that people are trying to work through is do I take the lump sum on this pension or do I take the monthly income for the rest of my life?

Heath Grossman, CFP® joins the podcast to walk us through that conversation because the answer won’t be the same for everyone. It needs to be a part of the broader retirement income plan and we’ll share a look into how to determine the best answer for you and your family.


Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • What type of person would benefit from the lump sum over the monthly payout and vice versa.
  • How to utilize a hybrid approach to get the best of both worlds.
  • Pension plan payouts are different and that could impact the decision.
  • How does the interest rate environment change the decision?


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