Retire Happy Podcast: Season 2 – Why The Meaning of Retirement Continues to Change With John Diehl (Ep.8)

Jeremy Finger
Jeremy Finger

Saying you were retired used to have a negative connotation because it meant you were no longer able to work, but now, it is something everyone works towards and dreams of.

Why does the meaning of retirement change over time?

In this episode, Jeremy Finger talks with John Diehl, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, to discuss how the changing landscape and meaning of retirement can affect you in the future and provides insight about how you can adapt to these changes as they arise.

John discusses:

  • What he learned about retirement at the MIT age lab
  • Why the meaning of retirement has changed drastically over the past 100 years
  • How your family dynamic could look different than previous generations’
  • The most common myths about retirement and how you can avoid falling victim to them
  • And more


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About Our Guest: 

John Diehl is senior vice president of applied insights for Hartford Funds. He and his team are responsible for engaging and educating financial professionals and their clients about current and emerging opportunities in the financial-services marketplace. These opportunities range from tactical strategies in areas such as retirement-income planning, investment planning, and charitable planning, to anticipating and preparing for long-term demographic and lifestyle changes. John also oversees Hartford Funds’ relationship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. John joined the company in 1988 and was promoted to assistant vice president in 1991 and vice president in 1997. He was named senior vice president in 2007, while he led the Retirement and Wealth Consulting Group, which was responsible for building awareness and knowledge of retirement challenges and the latest planning strategies to address them. In 2012, John was named Senior Vice President, Applied Insights; in this role, he devotes his efforts to serving the needs of financial professionals and their clients.

John has been widely quoted in consumer and trade publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Planning, and On Wall Street. He has also appeared as a featured guest on CNBC and Bloomberg Television to discuss his views on retirement-related topics.

John attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) since 1991. In addition, he holds the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designations. He is also FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 26 registered and holds a life and variable insurance license.

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