Financial Life and Baseball

The View From The Pinnacle

Missing baseball season already? Get your fix as Sean talks about the similarities between baseball and financial planning. 

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Thing’s You’ll Learn Along Today’s Journey

Baseball has a lot to teach us. From sportsmanship to teamwork to quick decision making, these are lifelong skills to build on. What can we learn from baseball when it comes to financial planning?

A few months ago, Sean had the opportunity to speak with John Buck, MLB player, to compare some of his lessons learned in baseball to Sean’s experience in financial planning. Today, we talk about a few of those key points in further detail.

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Do you have a plan for healthcare costs down the line? Recent studies have shown that an estimated 47 percent of men age 65 or older will need some form of long-term care in their lifetime. Since women live longer, nearly 60 percent of women will need care. Do you have a plan for how those expenses will be covered? Or are you simply hoping for the best?

When you look at planning, especially from a tax perspective, things change. Just like in baseball, you change the way you pitch when you’re trying to keep control of the game. What tax efficient strategies are you implementing? Be sure you have the flexibility you need to make adjustments when things happen and then constantly review your tax situation.

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[1:46] – Shoring up retirement income strategy is like the middle innings in baseball. 

[4:01] – Planning for healthcare costs is an important strategy.

[6:36] – Tax efficient strategies change over time.


Looking Back From The Mountaintop

There’s a difference between understanding your risks and making a decision, and just hoping and praying that you don’t have to go into long-term care.

-Sean Lee


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