Category Archives: Business

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9 Key Points You Need To Know About A Recession (Ep.15)



Is America in a recession right now? How can investment portfolios be prepared for one? There are many questions about America’s current economic state and the possibility of a recession, so let’s start off with the basics.

In this episode, Ken Ouellette educates listeners on 9 important pieces of information about recessions and shares his professional opinion about whether or not America is currently in a recession, and what listeners can do to prepare themselves for one.

Ken discusses: 

  • What a recession is
  • What causes a recession to happen
  • How long a recession typically lasts
  • What happens to the stock market during a recession
  • The 5 economic indicators that warn of a recession
  • How to position your stock and bond portfolios to prepare for a recession
  • And more

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The What, Why, and How of Tampa Bay’s Real Estate With Tanner Tillung (Ep.14)



Are you looking to buy or sell a house? Tampa Bay’s real estate market is hot right now!

In this episode, Ken Ouellette speaks with Tanner Tillung, one of the top real estate agents in West-Central Florida, about Tampa Bay’s current real estate market. Tanner reports what the current market looks like, compares the current market to previous markets, and shares stories and tips about buying and selling properties in Tampa Bay.

Tanner discusses: 

  • What differentiates his buying and selling processes from other real estate agents in Florida
  • What Florida’s current real estate market looks like
  • What is considered peak season for Tampa Bay, and what months are usually the slowest in real estate
  • His key tips for preparing a house and making it looks appealing before putting it on the market
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Tanner Tillung has a varied history and is one of the top real estate agents, along with Terry Tillung, in West-Central Florida. Before going into real estate, Tanner lived in New York for three years after high school. He was a professional model and actor from ages 14 to 23, working for major brands like Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Hollister. He moved to Colorado to study sustainable development and worked for the largest privately held developer in Colorado after college.


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9 Estate Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Ep.13)



Have you started your estate planning? Without the help of a specialist to guide you through the planning process, it’s possible to make some mistakes along the way.

In this episode, Ken Ouellette identifies nine estate planning mistakes and shares some advice on how you can avoid them.

Ken discusses: 

  • How estate taxes have changed over time
  • The mistake of delaying your planning
  • A TOD (transfer on death) account and the issues with it
  • Not accounting for a beneficiary divorce
  • The mistake of not having a spillover will
  • And more

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The Curse Of Stagflation (Ep.12)



Stagflation is when the price of goods is rising at an above average rate, and the growth of assets is falling in many cases.

In this episode, Ken Ouellette explains the key ingredients of stagflation to give you a glimpse into what causes it, and describes his opinion of a healthy outcome for the country.

Ken discusses: 

  • Why you rarely hear economists speak of stagflation
  • Three key ingredients that differentiate stagflation from all other calamities in the financial world
  • The shocks to the system that can cause stagflation
  • Why economics is much like medicine 
  • And more

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Why Doesn’t My Financial Advisor Do That? (Ep.11)



Is your financial advisor doing all they can to keep you on the path of success?

There are six main areas that your financial advisor should be focusing on and providing to you, the client as part of their services.

In this episode of A Life Well Lived, Ken Ouellette explains the six different areas of financial advising in detail along with sharing stories and solutions.

Ken discusses: 

  • The importance of planning before retirement
  • How estate planning can go horribly wrong without proper advice
  • Why your financial advisor should be focusing on tax management
  • Education funding – gifting $100 on their birthday or contributing to a 529 plan?
  • And more

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Farming For Dividends (Ep.10)



Are you working the land of the market landscape and trying to find those dividend-paying companies?

When you invest in dividend-paying stocks, you’re essentially investing in companies committed to returning value to their shareholders. But not all dividends are created equal.

Listen in as Ken Ouellette explains how dividends work in good and bad markets and how you can successfully integrate a dividend approach into your portfolio.

Ken discusses: 

  • The basics of dividends
  • Three qualities that make a good dividend investor
  • What defines a good dividend stock
  • The types of dividend stocks
  • And more

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Understanding Corrections While Investing and Powering Through Bear Markets (Ep.9)



Making investment decisions based on fear, greed, and listening to the media has the potential to cause some major damage to your portfolio. 

Investing can be risky, but the potential for reward is high if you know how to handle your investments when the market is low.

In this episode, Ken Ouellette takes a look at the stock market from the perspective you didn’t know you needed as Ken examines the market corrections and provides valuable techniques you can use to handle a bear market situation.

Ken discusses: 

  • The difference between corrections and bear markets
  • The causes of a bear market
  • Bear markets from a historical perspective
  • How to approach a bear market to protect your investments
  • And more

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5 Steps to Handle Market Volatility (Ep.8)



Volatility is often associated with the markets going down. But, if you have well thought-out and effective strategies in place, volatility can be what makes you money. 

In this episode, Ken Ouellette talks about the importance of volatility. He shares must-know recommendations to handle its ups and downs with less stress, and more financial security. 

Ken discusses: 

  • The importance of not panicking during market volatility
  • What it means to actively assess your risk portfolio and how it’s done 
  • Why you can’t trust everything you hear about volatility on various advertised media outlets
  • How to remove emotions from your finances
  • And more

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The Reality of Rising Oil Prices (Ep.7)



If you commute regularly you might have noticed an increase in the price of gas.

What’s the reason behind it? When are the prices going to stabilize?

In this episode, Ken Ouellette gets real about the current oil and gas prices and educates you on why they are on the rise looking into more than just the war in Ukraine and different insights you may not have considered. 

Ken discusses: 

  • Potential signs of gas and oil prices going down in the near future 
  • How the higher gas prices can affect other industries 
  • Ways you can save money when filling your tank up
  • Ways high gas prices can affect the economy 
  • And more

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The Vicious Cycle of Interest Rates (Ep.6)



It’s no secret that interest rates are going up, leaving many people feeling helpless. 

In this episode, Ken Ouellette dives deep into interest rates and addresses some fears and concerns people may have when it comes to changing interest rates. He offers strategic advice on how to stay on top of changes to your financial account that could affect your finances. 

Ken discusses: 

  • How interest rates can put a hamper on your fixed-income investments 
  • How interest rates affect the 10-year treasury causing increases in pricing 
  • The correlation between interest rates and taxes to help you better understand interest rates 
  • Advice for investors to better protect their investments 
  • And more!

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