The Incomplete CRNA Financial Plan


Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

Most of the financial conversations we’ve had on the podcast recently have been geared toward retirees, but today we want to focus on the financial planning process. So whether you’re a new graduate or a CRNA with over 20 years of experience, we want to share some planning things that everyone needs to make sure aren’t left incomplete.

In the world of financial planning, it can often feel like you’re navigating stormy seas with no compass in sight. But with the right guidance, CRNAs can steer their financial ship with confidence. Let’s dive into some of these areas where people often overlook or don’t give it the full attention it deserves.

Do you have too much cash on hand?

Whether it’s due to the anxiety of investing during a pandemic or the fear of having too much cash in the bank, incomplete financial planning can have detrimental effects on your financial health. One critical aspect we discussed is the role of FDIC insurance. It provides coverage for up to $250,000 per account title, offering peace of mind in times of financial crises. However, it is crucial to understand the implications of having too much cash in the bank and invest strategically to make the most out of the current financial climate.

Decoding Disability and Life Insurance

The significance of disability and life insurance cannot be overstated. These financial tools are often overlooked or misunderstood by many. We can help you break down the complexities surrounding these insurance types, exploring topics like tax implications, alternatives to workplace policies, and the often-ignored aspect of pregnancy coverage. Understanding the different types of life insurance policies and their benefits can be the game-changer in your financial plan.

Managing Debt and Understanding Opportunity Costs

Debt is a common stressor for many individuals, especially for recent CRNA graduates burdened with student loans. You need to understand the importance of managing debt and analyzing opportunity costs. So many people, CRNAs included, spend more as they make more but managing your cash flow can pay huge dividends later in life.

Planning for Taxes and Healthcare Costs

Two final areas that most people don’t pay enough attention to because it doesn’t impact them right now are taxes and healthcare costs. With the potential for tax increases on the horizon, it’s essential to plan strategically to reduce your tax liabilities. And most CRNAs understand how quickly medical costs are rising so failing to have a plan to keep up with those increases could put a big strain on your money in retirement.

Mastering your finances doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right knowledge and insights, you can navigate through the complexities of insurance, manage your debt effectively, and plan strategically for your future.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:

  • Why you might have too much cash in the bank.  [4:01]
  • Why you should keep 3-6 months of expenses in an emergency fund.  [7:48]
  • The reasons you need disability insurance and life insurance. [10:56]
  • Budgeting and tracking your cash flow. [19:33]
  • The technique we use to help people pay off debt. [22:55]
  • Why you need to be planning for higher taxes in the future. [30:40]
  • How to prepare for medical costs that are increasing faster than inflation. [32:46]

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I implore people to keep three to six months expenses liquid…. so many people live paycheck to paycheck, including CRNAs. You know, they make really good money, but a lot of them spend a lot of money.

Jeremy Stanley, CFP®






Q&A for the CPCA

We all have the current requirement to take the CPC Assessment for recertification, and many of our colleagues are asking us “How can I prepare?”.

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