Do You Need a CFO for Your Personal Life? With Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, and Nick Roth, CFP®

When it comes to our day-to-day lives, delegating certain responsibilities can actually free up our mental space, giving us time to focus on what we do best.

In this episode, Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, and Nick Roth, CFP®, discuss the concept of having a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for your personal life. They explain the benefits of having a CFO-like advisor who can provide information and insights to help you make informed decisions about your finances. There is great value in having a team of professionals, including financial planners, investment managers, insurance agents, and estate planning attorneys, to provide specialized expertise and support. 

Nick and Rachel share more about:

  • The importance of staying updated on financial regulations, investment opportunities, and retirement plans
  • Saving time, relieving stress, and making the right decisions with a CFO-like advisor
  • Making good financial decisions and maximizing opportunities while minimizing mistakes
  • Benefits of delegating certain aspects of life to experts
  • And more


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How Could I Benefit from Working with an Advisor that Does Tax Planning? With Zach Binzer, CFP®

You’re likely familiar with the idea that for every action, there’s a corresponding reaction. This concept rings true in financial planning as well. With nearly every financial decision you make, there aretax consequences waiting in the wings.

In this episode, Zach Binzer, CFP®, discusses the nuances associated with different investment account types and how tax considerations vary from one to the next. He also explains how the long term planning a financial advisor can provide can help you understand how today’s decisions may impact your tax situation 10, 20, or 30 years from now! 

Zach shares more about:

  • The importance of account diversity 
  • Insights into  tax-efficient estate planning approaches
  • The impact of taxes on Medicare premiums and Social Security benefits
  • The essential part CPAs can play in proficient tax planning
  • And more


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How Can I Select A Medicare Plan That is Right For Me? With Dave Nienaber, MBA, CPA, CFP(R) and special guest, Marisa O’Neill of RetireMed

You’ve seen the ads on TV and in your mailbox, but what really are the important things to know before you choose a Medicare plan? And what are the differences between Part A, B, and D? 

In this episode of the Foster & Motley podcast about Wealth & Life, Dave Nienaber is joined by Marisa O’Neill, CEO of Retire Med to explain. Marisa shares the differences and details about the different parts of Medicare, emphasizing the importance of planning and working with an agent to make sure you understand your options and get the right plan for you. Dave and Marisa cover the timing for Medicare coverage whether you are approaching 65, over 65, or under 65 but in need of coverage. 

Marisa shares more about:

  • Annual enrollment period for Medicare 
  • The role of agents when it comes to Medicare plans
  • Benefits of working with an agent for ongoing personalized assistance
  • Why couples may select different plans
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Marisa O’Neill is the CEO of RetireMed, one of the Midwest’s largest advisors in Medicare plan selection, having provided support to more than 50,000 individuals. RetireMed was named One of The Best Places to Work by the Dayton Business Journal. RetireMed’s Clients include: 

  • Akron General Medical Center
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Cincinnati Financial
  • Cintas
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Formica
  • Indianapolis International Airport
  • Kettering Health
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Reynolds & Reynolds
  • TriHealth
  • UC Health
  • UFCW
  • University of Dayton

In her previous role as Chief Growth Officer for RetireMed, Marisa oversaw the transition of thousands of retirees from Employer Group Retiree Insurance to Individual Medicare plans for organizations such as Formica, Cincinnati Bell, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, University Hospital – Cleveland, and AK Steel. 

In addition, Ms. O’Neill is the Board Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association of Cincinnati. With more than two decades of experience in the Medicare industry, Ms. O’Neill has spoken for and been interviewed by: 

  • Dayton Business Journal 
  • Cincinnati Enquirer
  • WKRC Cincinnati
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Cincinnati 
  • Alzheimer’s Association National Summit 
  • Greater Cincinnati HR Association
  • Bluegrass Estate Planning council
  • Employer’s Resource Association

Marisa is a graduate of Saint Louis University where she was a member of the swim team. Continuing her love of sports, she spends weekends in the summer water skiing in Tennessee. She lives with her husband, Andrew (an inspiring barbeque pit-master) and three boys in Cincinnati, Ohio.

How Can I Benefit From a 529 Roth Conversion? With Tony Luckhardt, ​​MBA, CFP®, CRPC®

Saving for college may seem like it starts as soon as you learn about a new addition to the family. With all the discussions about 529 plans to invest in future educational expenses, recent changes have actually made things better, for the most part.

In this episode, Tony Luckhardt, ​​MBA, CFP®, CRPC®, discusses changes to rules around  529  accounts and how they relate to saving for college, and maybe even retirement expenses. He explains the basics of 529 plans, including their tax advantages and options for unused funds. 

Tony shares more about:

  • How the Secure Act 2.0 plays into this saving strategy 
  • A new provision that allows for a rollover of funds from a 529 account into a beneficiary’s Roth IRA
  • The rules around 529 to Roth conversions
  • And more


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Is Economic Forecasting Useful? With Luke Hail, MBA, CFP®, and Ryan English, MBA, CFA, CPA, CFP®

In a world where uncertainty lurks around every corner, humans have an innate desire to predict the future, particularly when it comes to things that may impact them negatively. Economic forecasting is one such endeavor, attempting to navigate the complex currents of financial markets and emerging economies. 

In this episode, Luke Hail, MBA, CFP®, and Ryan English, MBA, CFA, CPA, CFP®, discuss the value of forecasting when it comes to the economy and the stock market. Drawing parallels to our primitive instincts, they delve into the desire to foresee economic developments that could either benefit or harm us.

Luke and Ryan share more about:

  • The difference between economic forecasting and stock market forecasting
  • Warren Buffet’s thoughts on forecasting
  • The investment approach of John Maynard Keynes
  • The Foster & Motley approach to investing
  • And more

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How Do Tax Extensions Work? With Emily Diaz, MAcc, CPA, CFP®

When the tax deadline looms near and you find yourself in need of more time to complete your return, what steps should you take? It’s a common situation; about 12% of tax returns filed each year are extended! Maybe life got busy or perhaps you have a complicated financial situation and find yourself waiting on forms needed to file your return. Either way, there’s no need to stress! Tax extensions are available for a reason, and navigating them isn’t complicated.

In this episode, Emily Diaz, MAcc, CPA, CFP®, explains that a filing extension provides an extra six months to file taxes, but it does not extend the deadline for paying taxes. She emphasizes the importance of paying taxes on time to avoid interest and penalties, and how simple the extension form is. 

Emily shares more about:

  • The simplicity of filing for an extension
  • How obtaining an extension can improve the accuracy of your return
  • The benefit of rounding up your extension payment
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

Emily joined Foster & Motley with a CPA background, but her interest in client service can be traced back to her high school days when her mother, also a CPA, asked Emily to help a client straighten out their bookkeeping. Emily loved using her analytical and financial skills and developing a relationship with the client to solve problems together.

Soon after, Emily declared a major in accounting and graduated summa cum laude from Grove City College (PA) in 2013. She went on to earn her Master of Accounting degree from The Ohio State University in 2014. Upon graduating, she entered public accounting, joining Plante Moran’s tax team and obtained her CPA license. After exploring corporate and non-profit tax, Emily found her passion in serving individual clients, especially high net worth families.

As a Financial Planner at Foster & Motley, Emily draws on her tax expertise and experience with individual clients and families. While Emily has always enjoyed diving into details, she also thrives on looking at the big picture and figuring out how all the pieces come together to meet the client’s financial goals.

When not in the office, Emily can be found running, cooking, or swimming. She is also actively involved at her church and enjoys traveling internationally. At present, Emily lives with her husband, Dan, in Mason.

What is Property & Casualty Insurance and how do I make sure I have the right Coverage? With Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, and guest, Erin Blevins

Not all insurance plans are created equal, which is why having the right partner matters.

In this episode, Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, is joined by Erin Blevins from Oswald Insurance to dive into property and casualty insurance specifically.  They discuss how to make sure you have the right coverage for your situation and  the importance of planning for unknown risks. 

Erin also shares about:

  • The difference between market value and replacement value in home insurance
  • The importance of umbrella coverage
  • Considerations you need to make when looking to purchase a home in a weather rampant area
  • Why insurance is necessary outside of legal requirements
  • And more

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The information discussed and posted represents the views and opinions of the guest and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Foster and Motley. The content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional financial advice. Keep in mind that rules and regulations are subject to change. Always seek the advice of your financial advisor or other qualified financial service provider with any questions regarding your financial planning and investments. Foster and Motley is not affiliated with any third-party providers. Any mention of a third-party provider does not imply an endorsement of that provider. If you decide to utilize a third-party provider, you do so at your own risk.

About Our Guest:

Erin Blevins joined The Oswald Companies in early 2016 with more than 20 years of experience in Personal Risk Management in the affluent space. She has an extensive focus in Business Development and Relationship Management. In addition, has developed a specialized niche dedicated to high-profile clientele and multi-generational families.


Erin attended Ball State University and The University of Cincinnati with a focus in Business Marketing. Erin has earned her Certified Insurance Services Representative (CISR) designation and is currently pursuing an additional designation as a Chartered Private Risk and Insurance Advisor (CPRIA). She has studied with various insurance carriers to complete sales and service training to provide exceptional service to her clients. Erin also serves on the board for her community’s youth football organization.

Are Bonds Back? With Thom Guidi, CFA and Sarah Conwell, CFA

Are you curious about the role of bonds in an investment portfolio and how they react to economic shifts?  

In this episode, Thom Guidi, CFA, and Sarah Conwell, CFA, delve into the crucial lesson of incorporating bonds into your investment strategy and what the benefits are. While bonds serve as a protective measure during bear markets and deliver a consistent income stream that is less influenced by economic and stock market risks, there are no gaurentees. In 2022 both stocks and bonds faced challenging times. Join us as we explore what happened and why bonds reacted the way they did. 

Thom and Sarah share more about:

  • The importance of investing in bonds
  • The current bond market 
  • How the inverted yield curve impacts portfolios
  • Foster and Motley’s approach to bond investing
  • And more


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Should I Consider Loaning Money to My Kids? With Joe Patterson, CFP

Have you thought about supporting your children in purchasing their first home? With the increasing  interest rates, there is a growing trend of parents stepping in to provide assistance with down payments or initial purchases.

In this episode, Joe Patterson, CFP, delves into the burgeoning trend of family loans and examines the various strategies parents can employ when considering this option to offer support. 

Joe shares more about:

  • The rising cost of housed and the challenges of affordability for younger buyers
  • Strategies to provide assistance to your children while fostering their independence
  • Effective approaches for structuring loans when supporting your children
  • Key considerations when contemplating monetary gifts for your children
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

Joe Patterson remembers as a child going with his father, an estate planning attorney, to visit clients, many of whom were in chaotic or isolated situations. His father drilled into him that being there for people with integrity and consistency wasn’t just part of the job, but was what you built a career on.

Joe values face-to-face interaction and relationship building more than anything else, and he often does it with a laugh. After a ten-year career with other institutions, he knew that the unique approach of Foster & Motley, pairing an investment manager with a financial planner, would allow him to have more of the real conversations that lead to organized and holistic outcomes.

Joe became a shareholder in 2017 at Foster & Motley and finds a lot of purpose and inspiration in the long-term vision of the firm. He is also in charge of human capital at Foster & Motley, and he oversees employee matters ranging from benefits and hiring to planning fun, team-building events for our staff. At Foster & Motley, relationships with clients are the most important aspect of anyone’s work, and Joe knows that the wellbeing and happiness of his colleagues contributes to successful client relationships. Helping to provide a positive and engaging environment is right up his alley.

Joe and his wife Sarah have prioritized exposing their sons, Peter and Tate, to different cultures and experiences. One such experience was a trip to Spain, and they plan on undertaking many more small and large adventures with their family.

It is not lost on Joe that in any situation, whether with his family or in his work, getting face-to-face and having real interactions is always the first step to helping others.

What’s The Best Trip You’ve Ever Taken? with The Foster & Motley Team

We are traveling around the world with the individuals of Foster and Motley! 

Join us as we traverse the globe, guided by the insights of Zach Binzer, CFP®, Niki Williams, Joe Patterson, CFP®, Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, Nick Roth, CFP®, Sara Young, CFP®, Zach Horn, MBA, CFP®, CMFC®, Tony Luckhardt, MBA, CFP®, CRPC®, and Betsy Wolking, MSM.

In this episode, a few of the employees at Foster & Motley transport us to their most cherished vacation destinations. From the enchanting landscapes of Spain to the cultural wonders of Cambodia and Thailand, team members share their personal anecdotes and unveil the essence of what made these voyages truly extraordinary. 

The team shares about:

  • Unforgettable moments that will forever hold a place in their hearts
  • The remarkable impact of good company, elevating the entire travel experience to new heights
  • Key destinations they explored, inspiring you to add them to your own bucket list
  • And more


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