Most folks would agree the car buying and leasing experiences leave a lot to be desired. The sales spiel, the haggling, the game-playing… it can just feel like such a hassle. But what if it doesn’t have to be?
In this episode of The Green Zone Podcast, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith sit down with Matt McGuire, Owner of LeasePro, an independent auto sales and lease company that provides a truly customer-driven experience. Together, they discuss:
How LeasePro has disrupted the auto sales market to bring cars straight to the buyers
The advantages and disadvantages of leasing versus buying
How Covid affected the auto sales industry and what ripple effects we’re still seeing today, including the skyrocketing prices and supply chain issues
Note: Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse the services of Matt McGuire or LeasePro.
LeasePro was established in 2010 by Matthew McGuire who is a licensed dealer and auto facilitator in the State of Texas. Matt started this independent auto lease company to provide an experience based entirely on the principles of customer service and value. As a hands-on owner, Matt has been recognized as a top salesperson throughout his career and has received numerous sales and customer service awards. Matt’s 23 years of experience in sales, leasing, and finance of both new and pre-owned vehicles helps solidify LeasePro as an expert in the automotive sales and leasing arena. Matt and his wife Melissa reside in Friendswood and treasure cheering and supporting their 3 active children in various sporting activities.
These days, it feels like everywhere we look, we see messages of doom and gloom. We are constantly being told by the media that the markets, politics and even our safety are at risk. But instead of letting yourself go down a rabbit hole of negativity, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith want to encourage you to remember this: America is still the greatest country in the world. And good things are happening every day, even if they don’t make the headlines in the news.
In this episode of The Green Zone Podcast, Jeff and Lauren discuss:
Why it’s easy to get overwhelmed with negativity and what we can do to combat it
How America’s contentious politics are at the core of who we are as a country
What Plenty and SpaceX have to do with their positive outlook on the future of our nation
Even in turbulent financial times, the one thing you can always count on is a sound financial plan – and advisors who help you pivot with and understand the ever-changing market. In this episode of The Green Zone Podcast, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith talk about the importance of financial planning today with tomorrow in mind.
Jeff and Lauren share:
The true story of a real financial planning client
How the right type of financial planning now can yield results later
Why it’s important to know your retirement goals and values – even if you’re years away
There’s no doubt the current market is ugly. We have fielded many calls from concerned clients — and understandably so. With everything you hear on the news these days, it can feel like the sky is falling. But is a recession really coming? We’ll cover that and more in this episode of The Green Zone Podcast.
Jeff and Lauren discuss:
Why they do NOT believe a recession is coming in 2022
What bottoming out indicators they’ve been tracking and what’s going on with them today
How much longer they expect to see market volatility
Why you should take what the media is saying with a grain of salt
Real conversations they’ve been having with clients around the current market conditions
Language is a beautiful thing as it can seamlessly morph and adapt to changing times, but sometimes as older folks, it can be a little tough to understand the lingo of the younger crowd.
In this episode, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith identify the meaning of some investing terms used by younger people. They also share where these terms are originating from as more younger people are starting to invest their money into the stock market.
Jeff and Lauren discuss:
How Reddit has influenced the investing terms used by young people
Investing terms you should know to understand what your kids are talking about
How you can compare original investing terms to the current lingo being used
Most people can agree that they’re concerned about college education planning and ultimately paying for the cost of college.
A 529 plan is a great tool in helping you reach your education savings goal.
In this episode, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith talk with Ryan White, CIMA® a director of product management at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, US. You will learn why a 529 plan is a simple way to save for all educational related expenses, and what your three options are if you still have money in your 529 account after college.
The basics of 529 planning
How a FAFSA will calculate your eligibility for financial aid
The opportunities for tax benefits that set a 529 apart from other vehicles
Ryan White, CIMA®, is an experienced financial services professional with a demonstrated history of success in distribution, product management, and relationship management in the asset management industry.
As with other investments, there are generally fees and expenses associated with participation in a 529 plan. There is also a risk that these plans may lose money or not perform well enough to cover college costs as anticipated. Most states offer their own 529 programs, which may provide advantages and benefits exclusively for their residents. Investors should consider, before investing, whether the investor’s or the designated beneficiary’s home state offers any tax or other benefits that are only available for investment in such state’s 529 college savings plan. Such benefits include financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors. The tax implications can vary significantly from state to state.
It might feel good to just up and retire from your job without any plan. But that may not be the smartest choice.
In this episode, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith talk about the ‘pre-retirement checklist’ they have created for their clients and how it can change their entire experience of the retirement lifestyle. They also go into detail about the difference between clients that have used this plan far in advance and clients who have used this a little later in the game.
Jeff and Lauren discuss:
Their personally constructed retirement checklist
How to establish your values in retirement to help you stay fulfilled after your working years are over
Why it is important to be discussing your retirement plans, aspirations, and wants early-on with your spouse
The strategy of picking a specific date to have your goals established for retirement
Everybody has their own personal experiences which helped them kick start their career in the financial industry.
In this episode, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith talk with Melanie Knight, director of operations and client services at Green Financial Group, to discuss her experience going directly from college to starting her career at Green Financial Group.
The responsibilities of client service within Green Financial Group
The typical day working as a financial professional
The environment of graduating college during Covid and how different it is compared to pre-pandemic years
How she finds balance between work and everyday life
Melanie Knight is one of those people who just like to get things done. As the Director of Operations and Client Services at Green Financial Group, she does just that while supporting clients and their families with important administrative and clerical tasks, directing the team’s internal operations, and serving as a friendly liaison for clients. She finds an immense amount of satisfaction in helping a client with any issue, small or large, from opening new accounts to facilitating money transfers to helping generate annual reports.