It’s a hang on kinda ride, whispin’ in through space and time,
Rockin’ this big old rock just tryn’a have fun
So let’s drink another beer, here’s to another year,
Let’s take another crazy trip around the sun – Kenny Chesney Trip Around the Sun
Today marks the end of one year and the beginning of another for me. Days like today make you take note of what has gone on for the last year and what may be coming in the year ahead.
I have thought often about the current narratives that are going on in society. I sense a change that has occurred through the lens of social media that is confusing many today.
The job market in the USA is great today. However, the competition for the right job is just as competitive as always and maybe even more. Today future employers are doing a lot more than just looking at your resume and scheduling interviews.
Social Media has changed everything. Before they even contact you they have searched your name, your social posts and probably things you had forgotten about? Remember that “MySpace” profile?
If you make it to the first interview, which today is usually by phone and are successful then it is on to the in-person interviews. Preparation is a key for success. Today’s hiring managers are looking for highly emotionally intelligent candidates.
What is emotional intelligence?
Father’s Day weekend means grilling out. Grilling out has several steps involved. Timing is crucial.
First, there is, “When should I start the grill?”
Which, in the Tannery house, is interpreted by those not involved in supervising the lighting of the grill as, “Can I get you a cocktail or possibly do you need me to refresh your cocktail?”
This window of time before the steaks hit the grill is my favorite time of Father’s Day. For the next 30 minutes or so it like a grown-up campfire. We gather around and talk and drink and snack.
Father’s Day is also a time for relatives and friends to join us and someone inevitably will ask me about a financial headline they read or heard about the past week. Knowing who is attending dinner, I am sure that the “Social Security is going broke” headline will be discussed.
Social Security is NOT GOING BROKE.
Social Security benefits should be one part of a broader retirement plan. As such, you will want to consider how these benefits supplement other sources of retirement income that you may receive from 401 K’s, individual retirement accounts or other retirement saving plans. Getting a complete Financial picture can help you determine when it’s appropriate and or necessary for you to start to claim your Social Security benefits.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for a fun evening at Halftime 2017. Special thanks to Dean Silverman with Blackrock for his presentation.
A fun side note about Dean. He was the captain of the swim team at Goucher college and set a collegiate record in 2014 winning the men’s 200-meter freestyle. He is quite the competitor.
Scattered thoughts from Halftime 2017 on Wednesday, July 27
CAN THIS CONTINUE – this was the most asked question in both the presentation and in conversations heard over the evening. The subject – Real estate and housing prices.
Are you coming to join us for our Halftime Report next Wednesday night? If you have not confirmed your attendance then RSVP today!
In the Halftime Report we are going to discuss the 2nd Half Outlook for 2017 including these topics: