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The Your Life, Your Money Podcast helps you thrive in life, wealth and retirement. The show is designed to navigate the complexities around money, building and securing wealth, and achieving financial independence. Scott Sierens, financial advisor at Sierens Financial Group, will provide thoughts, strategies, and ideas on each episode to help you make smart and sound financial decisions. The goal is to take complex financial subjects and make them simple and easy to understand so you can feel confident to take action, enjoy life, and eliminate financial stress and anxiety.

Scott, along with guests from across various industries, will cover topics such as tax savings strategies, investment and wealth management, IRAs, 401(k)s, retirement planning, income strategies, pensions, estate planning, social security, healthcare, and much more.

Retirement isn't an age or number. It's finding the balance between living life today and feeling financially confident about YOUR tomorrow.

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Feb 22, 2024

In today’s financial landscape, the market has been hitting new highs and interest rates remain at elevated levels. You might have even heard some of the buzz surrounding the Federal Reserve and interest rate adjustments. We’re here to bring some clarity to the question on many investors’ minds: What does all of this mean for my investments and retirement plans? Is all of this exciting or cause for concern?


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

0:00 – Intro

3:20 – Understanding S&P 500 + Recent Market Highs

7:36 – Impact of Economic Indicators on Market Performance

9:56 – Analyzing Historical Returns + Being Cautious of Market Noise

15:12 – Market Performance Impact on Your Retirement

19:40 – Understanding the Federal Funds Rate

25:18 – Interest Rates Impact on Your Retirement

32:06 – Listener Question: Financial Indecision



Resources for this episode:

JP Morgan Chart – Investing during all time highs

Additional Information


Interest Rates

USA Today Article - article -

Bankrate – Biggest Winners & Losers -


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