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Tune in to valuable financial insight on WTCM AM 580 at 10:10 a.m. every Thursday to listen and learn while Retirement Planning Expert, Dennis Prout, CFP, and co-host Shea Petaja discuss and answer your questions on the latest financial news, tips, and strategies.

If you miss the Thursday show, you can hear it rebroadcast every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. on AM 580.


Questions or comments?

Call (231) 947-7675 during the show to talk with Dennis and Shea on the air.


Play Your Monthly Payments radio show
Your Monthly Payments December 20, 2018

Is it just me (Shea), or have we become a society that decides what it can afford based on monthly payments instead of long-term thought? For example, that car you want can be yours IF you can afford it monthly. Forget the six years of interest payments and added insurance costs. And if it’s not the big-ticket items that get you, it’s the small ones. You can stream your music AD-FREE for just $9.99 a month. Don’t forget your favorite movie series for just $12.99 a month. Add on your audio books, podcasts and online newsletters. You name it, you can have it all for a monthly cost. At year-end, those little monthly payments can add up to thousands of dollars.
We enjoy the convenient pleasures offered by technology. But what would happen if you decided to invest those monthly payments to fund your future? We are going to run the numbers to give you some fun perspective.

Play Guest CPA Today! radio show
Guest CPA Today! December 13, 2018

This year, we are experiencing the most significant tax reform since 1986. What have we learned since then? Instead of speaking for ourselves, we’ve invited CPA Jonathan Sluis on the air to discuss the pros and cons of the new tax plan. After assessing his current clients’ situations, he anticipates that over 86% of them will benefit from the new plan.
How? He will tell you!
Tune in today to find out what you need to know when filing your 2018 taxes. Here’s a hint: It’s all about perspective, strategy and simplicity!

Play Every 57 Seconds radio show
Every 57 Seconds December 6, 2018

Fewer than half of the population has a written will, and even fewer business owners have a formal succession plan. Recently interviewed by The Ticker, Curtis Kuttnauer of Golden Circle Advisors said, “In the United States, there are over 70 million Baby Boomers, with 11,000 turning 65 years old every day. Of these … it is estimated there is one business owner turning 65 years old every 57 seconds. There are 12 million businesses that are expected to be sold in the next 10 to 15 years, representing $15 trillion worth of assets.”
Let that sink in.
Today, Shea will be interviewing two business owners – Dennis Prout himself and Casey Petz. Both are advisors for different reasons and both have worked with clients who are transitioning their businesses. They want you to consider creating a succession plan that will preserve your legacy and the families that depend on you.

Play Variety Show radio show
Variety Show November 29, 2018

Listen to this episode and hear Dennis Prout discuss the variety of retirement accounts available and even give some example situations for saving.

Play Ways to Prepare for 2019 radio show
Ways to Prepare for 2019 November 8, 2018

Election day is behind us, and the holidays are in front of us. Before the end-of-the year distractions and commotion begin, let’s get ahead of the New Year with a checklist from Ed Slott. We know that the last thing on your mind will be your retirement accounts, but understand that missing deadlines can be expensive.
That being said, there are 19 ways to prepare for 2019!