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S3: Episode 7 – How Wise Women Embodies The Mission of Wise Wealth With Samantha Compton

Women are a notoriously underserved demographic in the financial industry, even though they are often the ones in the family who make the financial decisions. 

With the Wise Wealth mission to serve in mind, Samantha Compton created Wise Women, LLC.

In this episode, Stephen Stricklin is joined by Samantha Compton of Wise Wealth and founder of Wise Women, LLC. Samantha shares the history of Wise Women and the mission for the organization. She also speaks about what serving means to her, and how she has made a personal commitment to serve.

Samantha discusses:

  • How the pandemic impacted her willingness to serve and why she’s finding the purpose and desire to serve again
  • The types of education events available at the Wise Women meetings
  • Wise Women’s involvement in giving and serving 
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

Like the company’s motto, “First Wisdom, then Wealth,” Samantha seeks to educate and empower her clients as she works with them to develop a long-term financial plan.

Samantha works with couples and single women and especially enjoys helping women feel more confident in understanding her financial plan.

Samantha’s credentials include being securities licensed, as well as maintaining both Missouri and Kansas insurance licenses. Additionally, she is a Women’s Investment Specialist and Founder of Wise Women, LLC – an organization that seeks to educate and guide women investors on the path to financial significance where they are free to give, serve, and live like never before.

Outside of work, Samantha enjoys traveling with her husband, Craig, and spending time with their three children, Gabe, Nathan and Lizzy. Samantha has always been a fan of music, and enjoys singing, playing guitar and Karaoke nights with her family!


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S3: Episode 6 – What It Means To Be Free To Serve Others

This season Stephen talked about being free to give and spoke to several clients about what it means to give in their eyes. This episode Stephen transitions to talking about being free to serve.

In this episode, Stephen Stricklin is joined by his client Brad. Brad shares a little about himself and how he gives back to others, and is free to serve. He is chairman of the board at Children International in Kansas City, a humanitarian organization. 

Brad discusses:

  • When he knew it was the right time to retire
  • How he serves both in his community and internationally
  • How you can work through foundations to multiply what you’re doing and how you’re serving
  • A detailed dive into his work and the work of Children International
  • And more


Season 3, Episode 1
Season 3, Episode 2
Children International

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S3: Episode 5 – What It Means to Give Through A Donor Advised Fund

If you’re going to give, there’s a tax-efficient way to go about it, and you may as well take advantage of the smartest way to do so. 

Enter: donor advised funds.

In this episode, Stephen Stricklin is joined by clients Larry and John, who each run a donor advised fund. They discuss how these funds work, and the primary advantages to giving through a donor advised fund. Larry and John share a few details about their own donor advised funds, why they were started and why they like to give.

Stephen, Larry, and John discuss:

  • What a donor advised fund is
  • Three primary advantages to using a donor advised fund
  • Their thoughts about what it means to be free to give
  • And more

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S3: Episode 4 – An Introduction to Qualified Charitable Distributions & Required Minimum Distributions

This season we want to bring on our clients and share some of their stories of giving.

In this episode, Stephen Stricklin is joined by his client Bob. Bob and his wife Charlene are one of Wise Wealth’s clients involved in charitable giving. Stephen provides an overview of how qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) and required minimum distributions (RMDs) work in relation to charitable giving. Bob shares some of his personal stories about giving and how QCDs & RMDs tie into the overall conversation.

Stephen & Bob discuss:

  • Individual retirement accounts (IRAs), qualified charitable distributions (QCDs), and required minimum distributions (RMDs) and how they work
  • Bob shares his experiences dealing with IRAs, QCDs, RMDs and charitable giving
  • Why Bob and his wife Charlene take advantage of qualified charitable distributions
  • And more


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S3: Episode 3 – What It Means To Give With Evan Lange

Charitable donations have tax benefits, but that’s not the primary reason you should be generous. 

In this episode, Stephen Stricklin is joined by Evan Lange, president of the Midwest Region for The Signatry. Evan shares what makes giving so great, looks at tax deductions individuals receive when they make a donation and explains what a donor advised fund is.

Evan discusses:

  • The primary motivation for why people give
  • Giving appreciated property to charitable organizations
  • Why you should be itemizing your deductions
  • Using donor advised funds 
  • Best funds to use for Charitable Donations after age 72
  • How to experience the joy, peace and purpose of giving
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Evan Lange serves as the President of the Midwest Region for The Signatry. He works closely with financial advisors, attorneys, and business owners to develop strategies to minimize tax liability and maximize charitable giving. Evan is a licensed attorney and practiced law at top firms in Kansas City prior to joining The Signatry.

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S3: Episode 2 – Understanding The Wise Wealth Mission

What does it mean to be free to give, serve, and to enjoy life in retirement?

In this episode, Stephen Stricklin explores the Wise Wealth mission statement and explains each component. He shares how Wise Wealth guides people to a happy retirement and what it means to be financially significant.

Stephen discusses:

  • Understanding what it means to be free to give and free to serve
  • How the sequence of return risk can impact a happy retirement
  • What is the driving force behind planning for financial success
  • The Wise Wealth mission statement
  • And more


Season 1, Episode 5
Season 2, Episode 7
Season 2, Episode 8

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S3: Episode 1 – Recapping Season 1 and 2

Welcome to a brand-new season of Simplify Your Retirement!

In this episode, Stephen Stricklin recaps seasons 1 & 2 of Simplify Your Retirement to get you up-to-date and ready for season 3!  Additionally, Paul Brock, COO for Wise Wealth is reintroduced as our new co-host. Don’t miss this first episode of our new season!

Stephen discusses:

  • A review of the different phases of your investment life; accumulation, preservation & distribution
  • Why a paradigm shift is needed between each phase and which phases have the most risk
  • Understanding all the challenges and risks specific to the stage of your investment life
  • Risks associated to each phase; inflation, average vs real rate of return; sequence of return, healthcare, taxes, long term-care
  • Requirements of a sound retirement plan
  • Discussion of various industry experts included in season 2 that complete the planning process
  • What to look forward to with season 3
  • And more


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S2: Episode 12 – The Importance of Proper Document Implementation, Part Two – with Guest Aaron Love

So, you’ve implemented your documents, but now what? What do you need to do with your documents to be sure that when it comes time for someone to step in, they know how to access them?

In this episode, Stephen Stricklin and Aaron Love dive into part two of the importance of planning tools! Aaron gives some insight into who you should involve with your planning and which documents will ensure that what you have planned for your future will actually happen. Aaron shares some personal stories that emphasize the importance of storing your documents correctly. 

You will learn:

  • Ways in which you can store your documents and include the right people  
  • How you can leave behind virtual assets, financial assets and messages to your family 
  • What you can do now to avoid probate in the future  
  • The importance of planning so your assets go where you want them to go  
  • And more!

Tune in now as Stephen and Aaron continue their discussion of the importance of document implementation! 

Resources: Wise Wealth | Simplify Your Retirement | Stephen Stricklin | Aaron Love | Love Law Group

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S2: Episode 11 – The Importance of Proper Document Implementation: Part One — with Guest Aaron Love

When it comes to your financial documents, proper implementation can lead you to greater peace of mind. If you follow the right steps, this peace of mind is real, and not just imagined. 

In part one of this two part series, Stephen Stricklin sits down with Aaron Love, founder of Love Law Group, as they dive into the importance of following the right steps to implementing your documents. Stephen and Aaron speak on how to make sure your intentions are known and carried out as you desire.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What causes Trust planning to fail
  • How to make sure all planning documents get implemented
  • Why you need a will even if it does not avoid probate
  • Living wills, advance healthcare directives and how to make your wishes known
  • The difference between healthcare & financial powers of attorney 
  • Documents that every single person needs to have
  • And more!

Tune in now to begin your journey of understanding what really goes into the proper implementation of your planning tools with Stephen and Aaron! 

Resources: Wise Wealth | Simplify Your Retirement | Stephen Stricklin | Aaron Love | Love Law Group

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S2: Episode 10 – Investment Advice from a Chartered Financial Analyst – with Guest Ben Malick

What goes into creating a good investment portfolio? How should you be comparing the investments you want to make? What are the risks? 

We can help you answer all of these questions! 

In this episode, Stephen Stricklin is joined with Ben Malik, vice president of Wise Wealth, as they talk about Ben’s experience with investing and the advice he has to offer. Ben walks us through the most important things you need to know about investing before you get into it. 

We discuss:

  • The significance of the CFA designation and how Ben uses his to manage investment portfolios
  • Building an optimal investment portfolio
  • The basics of the modern portfolio theory 
  • How to evaluate portfolios to a comparable benchmark
  • Ben’s thoughts on the biggest impacts on an investor’s returns (asset allocation, time, investor behavior)
  • Learn about biblically responsible/values driven investing
  • And more!

Tune in now to meet Ben Malick and gain a better understanding of what really lies in the risk of investing. 

Resources: Wise Wealth | Simplify Your Retirement | Stephen Stricklin | Ben Malick