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Why The Timing of Market & Economic Cycles Is Important (Ep. 59)

2022 has been a volatile, tumultuous year for the market. As we move into the final quarter, Jeff Green and Lauren Smith offer up their opinions on what’s going on and how to think about that based on the timing of market and economic cycles. Together they discuss:

  • Why they believe we’re not currently in a Recession (and when it may be coming)
  • What types of investments that are generally strategic for: Bear Markets, Bull Markets & Recessions
  • The differences between Economic Cycles vs. Market Cycles
  • Different sectors that tend to do well in various types of markets and cycles
  • And more!

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The Ultimate Car-Buying Experience: LeasePro (Ep. 54)

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
  • And more!

Note: Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse the services of Matt McGuire or LeasePro.


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 About Our Guest

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.

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Focusing On The Good Amidst The Doom & Gloom (Ep. 53)

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

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The Results of a Strategic Retirement Plan (Ep. 52)

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

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Is A Recession Really Coming In 2022? (Ep. 51)

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

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