Free Online Retirement Class

How to Make an Investment Plan

Our next online retirement planning class, How to Make an Investment Plan, will be on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

What investments should you buy? When should you buy them? How long do you hold them? Is it foolish to own bonds right now? What about crypto, is it a fad or the next big thing?

In this webinar, we provide you with a framework to help you answer these questions and develop an investment plan that fits your goals, time horizon, and future cash flow needs. 

We’ll cover:

  • Key components to an investment plan
  • The impact of taxes
  • When to buy and sell
  • What do do when the media says “Bonds/Stocks/Real Estate/Gold/Crypto are/ are not the place to be these days.”
  • How investment plans should vary based on your goals


  • Thursday, May 20, 2021


  • 5 pm AZ &Pacific/6pm Mountain/7 pm Central/8 pm Eastern

Registration Required

Who Should Attend

  • Those of you age 50-70 who are within 10 years of your desired retirement date will benefit the most from this class.

Your Presenter

Dana Anspach is the author of Control Your Retirement Destiny (in its second edition) and of Social Security Sense, contributes to MarketWatch, and spent eight years writing for as their MoneyOver55 expert and for as their Retirement Decisions expert. She is the founder and CEO of Sensible Money. Dana is also a CFP®, RMA®, and Kolbe Certified Consultant who began her financial planning career in 1995.

Recorded Retirement Classes on YouTube

Several of our prior online retirement workshops are available to watch on YouTube. Below you’ll find information and links to many of our recent classes.

How to Election-Proof Your Retirement

Recorded September 17, 2020

The impact of election results on our country’s future weighs heavily on everyone’s minds. The stakes have rarely felt higher. Debates rage across Twitter among strangers; across Facebook, among family and friends.  

To what degree do you let your politics impact your relationships or your financial decisions? Should you adjust your retirement date? Rearrange your investment portfolio? Based on what you think will happen? Or just to be cautious? 

In this webinar, you will see how the market has reacted to elections in the past. And more importantly, we’ll look at how you can set up a plan that gives you confidence your retirement cash flows are secure no matter who wins – now, or in the future. 

Watch it on YouTube at: How to Election-Proof Your Retirement.

Planning for Disruptions

Recorded May 25, 2020

What do you do when life doesn’t go the way you planned? Maybe an adult child gets laid off and you want to help. Or you find yourself suddenly unemployed. This isn’t what you thought would happen. How do you adjust? Where do you get cash to get you through?

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to navigate your way through the practical aspect of raising cash such as withdrawing from IRAs and using home equity, and we’ll also be covering the emotional side of dealing with disruptions and planning for a fantastic future.

Watch it on YouTube at: Planning for Disruptions.

How to Recession-Proof Your Retirement

Recorded April 9, 2020

The type of plan you need isn’t one that tries to predict recessions. That’s akin to roulette. It either works, or it doesn’t.

Instead, the type of plan you need is one that acknowledges that recessions will come along during your retirement years. Rather than the constant guessing game of trying to avoid them, you make an action plan, so you know how to power right through.

In this webinar, we’ll show you how to make a plan that protects your retirement standard of living from the impact of a recession. We’ll also discuss current market events and what to do during these turbulent times.

Watch it on YouTube at: How to Recession Proof Your Retirement.

5 Year-End Tax Planning Moves You Should Look at Now

Recorded October 17, 2019

We’re not going to lie to you. Year-end tax planning requires an investment of time. You come up with an estimate of everything you think will show up on your tax return. And you use that estimate to uncover tax savings ideas that will work for you. 

Here’s the secret – you have to do the work before year-end. We’ll be covering the 5 year-end tax planning moves below, what they are, how they work, and how to know if they are a good fit for you.

In this retirement class we cover how to:

  • Harvest capital gains and losses
  • See if it’s a good year to use a Roth conversion.
  • Find creative ways to fund IRAs, 401(k)s, HSAs, and more!
  • Give it away – how to use QCDs and Donor Advised Funds
  • Make a preliminary draft of your tax return

Consistent tax planning can put money in your pocket. This valuable webinar shows you how it works.

Watch it on YouTube at: 5 Year-End Tax Moves.

Don’t Cheat Yourself With the 4% Rule

Recorded March 12, 2021

Many retirees and advisors gravitate to simple rules of thumb, like the 4% rule, which says you can safely withdraw 4% of your portfolio each year, increase that withdrawal with inflation, and expect to have your income last for life.

Do such rules work?

Certainly, they’re useful when you’re age 40 and planning for retirement 20 to 30 years away. But as you get closer to retirement, these rules can work against you.

This class will show you what to watch out for, and provide four practical tips on how to account for taxes, inflation, market returns, and Social Security when you project your retirement income plan.

Watch it on YouTube at: Don’t Cheat Yourself With the 4% Rule.

Planning For Health Care Costs in Retirement

Recorded May 30, 2019

One of the biggest expenses you face in retirement is the cost of health care. To plan for it you must understand the three primary phases of health care in retirement; the early phase for those who retire pre-age 65, the Medicare phase which begins at 65 and extends through life, and the later-life phase when long-term care expenses are likely to arise.

We will be covering all three phases and much more in this free webinar.

Watch it on YouTube at: Planning For Healthcare Costs in Retirement.

Best Retirement Investments (in a Volatile Market)

Recorded March 12, 2020

In this free online class, we’re going to look at the best investments to use when investing for retirement. We’ll cover:

  1. Dividend-paying stocks and other high-income producing investments
  2. Four types of annuities – and who should buy them
  3. Bonds vs. bond funds, and why at times, one can perform better than the other
  4. Rental real estate – and what to watch out for

Once we take a look at how various retirement investments work, we’ll look at popular approaches to putting these investments together such as the total return approach using systematic withdrawals, and the asset-liability approach where you invest like a pension plan.

You Will Learn:

  • The pros and cons of using different types of investments
  • How to make a recession-proof plan
  • Why following the retirement rules of thumb can be hazardous to your wealth
  • The biggest reason plans fail to work

Watch it on YouTube at: Best Retirement Investments.

Tax Planning for Retirement

Recorded March 14, 2019

In retirement, what matters is not how much income you have; it’s how much you have available to spend. After paying taxes, if you are expecting to have $60,000 a year available to spend in retirement, and proper tax planning can increase it to $63,000 a year, that’s a meaningful increase! Research papers have begun to quantify the results that can be delivered by incorporating tax planning with investment management.

In this free online class we’ll be looking at some of that research, as well as practical examples of how to apply it in the following three situations:

  • While you are still contributing to savings
  • When you are taking withdrawals
  • How you allocate your investments

Your class instructor, Dana Anspach, will be using examples and illustrations from Chapter 4, of the 2nd Edition of her book Control Your Retirement Destiny. Tax planning can put money in your pocket! Come learn how taxes work in retirement, and how to reduce what you’ll pay.

Watch it on YouTube at: Tax Planning for Retirement.

How to Control Your Retirement Destiny

Recorded January 17, 2019

Amazon reviewers are calling the 2nd Edition of Control Your Retirement Destiny the best book on retirement planning they’ve ever read. You don’t want to miss this online retirement seminar, where you’ll have the ability to hear directly from the author.

You will learn:

  1. Why the planning is different once you’re age 50+
  2. The basic planning steps to take
  3. What Social Security mistakes to look out for
  4. How taxes impact you in retirement
  5. How to compare investment approaches
  6. The changing role of insurance as you near retirement
  7. Key things to know about company benefit plans
  8. The purpose of annuities
  9. How real estate fits into your retirement plan
  10. How to estimate health care costs
  11. Ways to boost your career asset
  12. Where to find quality advice
  13. Estate planning steps to take

Watch it on YouTube at: How to Control Your Retirement Destiny

How to Invest for Retirement

Recorded Thursday, November 9th, 2017

This recorded retirement class covers many different ways to invest for retirement income. For example, should you load up on dividend-paying stocks? Buy annuities that guaranteed income for life? Or maybe you should follow an allocation model and use the “100 minus age” rule.

In this investing class video you’ll learn about the four main strategies of investing for retirement, which are:

  1. The total return approach using systematic withdrawals
  2. The “income only” approach where you buy high yielding investments and live off the interest and dividends
  3. The guaranteed approach where you buy annuities that provide life-long cashflow
  4. The asset-liability approach where you invest like a pension plan by matching up investments to the future cash flows they need to produce

Watch it on YouTube at: How to Invest for Retirement.

Retirement Planning for Women

Recorded June 7th, 2018

We find that some women can be intimidated by financial terms, so this recorded retirement class starts by covering the basics such as what is a stock, what is a bond, and how mutual funds work. It also looks at subjects pertaining to how long your money lasts in retirement and how you go about planning for withdrawals as you near that phase of life.

Some of the topics that are covered in this recording are:

  1. Social Security for women
  2. Facing retirement alone
  3. Ways to cover long-term care expenses
  4. Marriage and divorce near retirement
  5. Ways to guarantee your retirement income

Watch it on YouTube at: Retirement Planning for Women.

The Key to Retirement Success

Recorded April 19, 2018

This recorded retirement seminar looks at retirement risks that you can’t control such as longevity, market returns, inflation, and the economy – how they affect how much money you will need in retirement. Then you’ll learn how you can adjust the items that you can control, such as spending, tax management, investment risk, and your retirement date, to maintain a stable life-long standard of living regardless of other external factors.

In addition to learning about retirement risks and what you can do about them you will learn:

  1. The 10 worst money mistakes near-retirees make.
  2. Why investing the same old way doesn’t work in retirement.
  3. Decisions that can help protect your income well into your later years.
  4. Why paying attention to taxes is critical between ages 55 and 70.
  5. Investment strategies that protect you in a down market.
  6. The retirees that will be most affected by inflation.

Watch it on YouTube at: The Key to Retirement Success.