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On this retirement investing podcast, financial planner Joe Anderson, CFP® and certified public accountant Big Al Clopine answer your money questions about investing, portfolio diversification, how to reduce taxes, creating retirement income, collecting Social Security benefits, how much you can spend in retirement, Roth conversions, and more. Retirees and pre-retirees listen to this irreverent and informative personal finance podcast to laugh as they learn strategies that can help them reti ...
 
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How might Joe Biden's or Donald Trump’s changes to the lifetime estate tax exemption impact your estate plan? Plus, is there any reason to have pre-tax retirement accounts? How long does money have to be in a traditional IRA before a backdoor Roth conversion? Can annuities be converted to Roth? And more on dividends, long term capital gains, Vangua…
 
Answering questions across the financial and retirement spectrum, with topics like when your traditional IRA is growing faster than you can convert to Roth, consolidating retirement savings, annuities, the SECURE Act and inherited IRAs, undoing SEP-IRA contributions, Roth conversions after age 72, offsetting conversion gains against tax-harvested l…
 
Is timing the market and day trading in your Roth IRA in retirement a good idea? How are you taxed if you collect dividends vs. reinvesting? Plus, tax loss harvesting, asset allocation, investing in bonds, the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) for spousal Social Security, and IRA vs. 529 plan for a newborn. Wh…
 
How do you report a backdoor Roth IRA conversion over two tax years, and is there a point at which the backdoor Roth doesn’t make sense? Plus, more strategizing for your Coronavirus related distribution, stimulus (and possible future stimulus) tax planning, and your self-employed, small business retirement plans. And finally, listener comments. Fil…
 
The YMYW Retirement Plan Spitball Analysis was so popular that it’s time for part 2! Where do Roth IRA conversions, primary residences, and rental real estate investment properties fit in your retirement plan? How much Social Security is taxed, and will taking your pension lump sum before Social Security impact your taxes? Fill out the podcast surv…
 
Tax planning for Roth IRA conversions with itemized deductions, dividends, and long term capital gains, a Roth conversion vs. investing a 401(k) distribution in your Roth, separating pre-tax and post-tax money for a rollover, and gong baths. Plus, is a 3 year fixed annuity a safe place to earn more than 20 basis points? What should you do if you’re…
 
Investing strategies for dividend-paying stocks and how the pro-rata rule for Roth conversions work with dividends. Plus, Wealthfront, M1, Paul Merriman? Should young investors use a robo-advisor or pay for financial advice? Also, thoughts on a Vanguard retirement portfolio and ideas for self-employed small business owners to save money in retireme…
 
With CARES Act provisions expiring, Joe & Big Al recap the two new stimulus bills - the HEALS Act and the HEROES Act - now being negotiated in Congress. Plus, estate planning considerations when it comes to required minimum distributions (RMDs) for non-designated and designated beneficiaries. And, the 403(b) escape hatch, Social Security, records o…
 
Joe and Big Al spitball retirement plan considerations, including: - investing in brokerage and Roth instead of pre-tax - getting tax diversification - pension lump sum or annuity - paying for education - calculating a retirement number to put savings on autopilot Plus, what life insurance “investment” has a “guaranteed” 10% return? Do dividend pay…
 
Should you tax gain harvest or do a Roth IRA conversion? Should active or passive investments go in retirement accounts? If you’re on the younger side, why own bonds? Are Vanguard Roth accounts any better or worse than others? What’s the break even on taking Social Security early vs. late? Should you convert your 401(k) or retirement account to Rot…
 
Do you have to transfer from a 401(k) to a traditional IRA before you do a Roth IRA conversion? Does the pro-rata rule apply? Also, the logistics of paying the tax on a Roth conversion. Plus, stimulus package updates around paycheck protection program loans, required minimum distributions and Coronavirus-related distributions from retirement accoun…
 
What impact do ex-spouses, income, and early retirement have on collecting your Social Security benefits? Plus, indexed universal life insurance, estate planning with a step-up in basis on private placement real estate, and more on CRDs, RMDs, and stimulus checks. Joe and Big Al also submit their forecasts for whether Congress might tax Roth IRA gr…
 
Joe and Big Al take a look at an investing strategy a listener set up for his parents, and they run the numbers on their variable annuity. They also kick the tires on an early retirement plan and they discuss equity allocations in a portfolio. And since no YMYW is complete without some Roth talk, how might Roth contributions for grandkids affect co…
 
Reducing real estate taxes, leveraging new rental income properties, coordinating Social Security benefits with Roth conversions, and bragging about your 401(k) balance. Also, 5-year Roth clocks, converting from your TSP, Roth conversion vs. Backdoor Roth conversion, and paying taxes on conversions. Plus, a chat about Social Security survivor benef…
 
Is it possible to do a Roth IRA conversion with a Coronavirus-Related Distribution from your retirement accounts? Joe and Big Al will explain whether you can, and if you should. Plus, more stimulus payment questions, charitable giving strategies from your required minimum distribution, selling stock for tax-free capital gains and an analysis of exc…
 
Roth IRA contributions and conversions come with plenty of rules: contribution rules, withdrawal rules, safe harbor rules, pro-rata and aggregation rules. In this episode, we explain these rules, and how they apply to both traditional retirement plans and accounts like SEP IRAs and thrift savings plans (TSP). Plus, understanding small-cap, mid-cap,…
 
Should market volatility and the economic downturn due to COVID-19 change where you save for retirement? Should contributions go to pre-tax accounts or to post-tax Roth accounts? Plus, Coronavirus related distributions, how to use a PPP loan to pay your self-employed self, backdoor Roth IRA conversions, and strategies for funding a Roth IRA for chi…
 
The windfall elimination provision (WEP), government pension offset (GPO) & spousal Social Security benefits. Also, Roth IRA conversions and Medicare, Roth conversions from a thrift savings plan (TSP), and conversions to buy real estate. Plus, asset location and other tax planning strategies beyond Roth IRA conversions, like life insurance and char…
 
Financial planning strategies around Coronavirus-Related Distributions from retirement accounts and required minimum distributions (RMDs). Plus, listener corrections on dependents and the CARES Act stimulus package. Also, two very different market volatility strategies: living off of cash and Social Security only, and leveraging a home equity line …
 
A mixed bag of questions on everything from spousal solo 401(k) contributions and inherited IRAs to house-buying strategies, to the fan-favorite, ripping on annuities, with a healthy dose of Roth conversion planning thrown in the middle. Sign up for the LIVE YMYW webinar on May 13, send in money questions, read the episode transcript and access fre…
 
What types of investments you keep in your taxable, tax-deferred and tax-free accounts can play a big part in how much tax you pay over time. In this episode, Joe and Big Al break down asset location and answer some of your tax planning questions. As always, the fellas also talk strategy when it comes to Roth IRA contributions and Roth conversions.…
 
In this jam-packed episode of the Your Money, Your Wealth® podcast, stimulus payments for self-employed, dependents, and those who message us on Facebook, plus, the paycheck protection program, round two of which started since this episode was recorded, coronavirus-related distributions, Roth and Backdoor Roth conversions, tax-loss harvesting, and …
 
In these volatile markets, pitches for fixed indexed annuities will be on the upswing. Here's how to analyze them for yourself. Plus, CARES Act stimulus payments for kids, retirement account distributions, and rethinking your retirement savings strategy. Also, SECURE Act stretch IRA rules, evaluating long term care insurance options, and why thrift…
 
Roth IRA conversion pro-rata rule considerations with RMDs on an inherited IRA, tax bracket planning to account for the loss of a spouse, and the state income tax impact on Roth conversions. Plus, earnings on a reversed excess IRA contribution, how dollar-cost averaging affects capital gains tax first in, first out (FIFO) rules, zero-coupon bonds, …
 
Recovery rebates, new rules for retirement account distributions, stimulus checks for those on Social Security & unemployment benefits. Plus, should a listener invest his forbearance, buy foreclosures, and capitalize on the financial crisis? We also get into the cash-on-cash math for rental real estate and potential property tax deduction changes f…
 
In these volatile financial markets, are you reconsidering your investing strategies? Joe and Big Al discuss cash, selling stocks in taxable accounts and repurchasing them in tax-deferred accounts, doing nothing and staying globally diversified, writing an investment policy statement, doing Roth conversions, and fixed indexed annuities (AKA equity-…
 
If you’re in the 22% tax bracket, does 22% of what you make go to the IRS? How does capital gains tax work with ordinary income tax? Joe & Big Al explain how tax brackets work and answer your Roth contribution and Roth conversion questions: like what's the point of a Roth conversion if you're just leaving the money to your kids? Plus some Mega Back…
 
Tax loss harvesting, Roth conversions and more: Joe and Big Al explain how bear markets like the one we're in now are the time to utilize these investing strategies in your retirement portfolio. And the fellas go over those Roth IRA 5-year withdrawal rules again. They’ll cover some Roth withdrawal mistakes and Roth rollover consequences, and they h…
 
How much of your money should you keep in cash? Should you buy VBK, the Vanguard Small-Cap Growth ETF? Plus, asset allocation and asset location, the pros and cons of the Roth 401(k), Medicare, spousal and survivor Social Security benefits, tax-saving charitable giving, small business strategies, who qualifies to be called Joe Anderson’s “peer,” an…
 
With volatility, should you time the market and change the asset allocation of your investment portfolio, your pension, or your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)? Plus, asset location: should equities be in a brokerage account, Roth IRA or traditional IRA? And diversification vs. concentration, calculating how much you’ll have in retirement, how to get the…
 
How do you run the numbers to find a good, profitable rental property? Should you pay off the mortgage, buy more real estate, or save for retirement? Should you buy a home all cash? Can a property be considered a rental for tax purposes? Should you refinance your home to pay student loans? What can you do with unused education savings? And what do …
 
As Tax Day approaches, you've got taxes on your mind. When do you have to pay the tax on your Roth IRA conversion? Is converting beyond the current tax bracket ever recommended? Plus, answers to more of your SECURE Act retirement questions on IRA contributions and inherited IRAs and other assets, and Roth conversion and Backdoor Roth strategies for…
 
We address a challenge to the advice to wait until age 70 to take Social Security and we tackle your questions on making the most of your benefits, what happened to annual projections for those on restricted applications, using a revocable trust to protect assets from Medicaid, converting from 403(b) to Roth IRA, rolling Roth 401(k) to Roth IRA, an…
 
How to choose international funds in a diversified portfolio, a momentum investing strategy called The 12% Solution, and safe retirement investments like CDs and bonds. Plus Joe and Big Al touch on real estate investing with 1031 exchanges and qualified opportunity zones, and they answer your questions on the SECURE Act, IRA contributions, and calc…
 
The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX) comes very highly recommended by JL Collins in his book, The Simple Path to Wealth. So why not put all your money into it? Plus, Joe & Big Al answer your questions on the 4% rule for retirement withdrawals, what to do before and after age 59 and a half, whether to invest in the Roth or traditional …
 
Joe and Big Al tackle your SECURE Act retirement planning questions: how minors can distribute inherited IRAs, whether a trust should be your IRA beneficiary, and what effect the new law has on required minimum distributions, or RMDs, and qualified charitable distributions, or QCDs. Plus, the fellas get schooled by YMYW listeners on their Thrift Sa…
 
Joe & Big Al explain, once and for all, the 5-year clocks for Roth conversions and Roth contributions and pro-rata rules. (Well, hopefully it’ll all make more sense to you by the time they get through it. If not, let us know.) We’ll also find out what the fellas think about holding cash until the inevitable economic downturn, lump-sum investing ver…
 
The thrift savings plan (TSP) explained, and the rules around Roth conversions from TSPs. Plus, Joe and Big Al answer your questions about, what else, Roth conversions and contributions: age limits on making conversions, backdoor Roth conversions, Roth contribution phase-outs and recharacterizations, and the pro-rata rules. Plus, Joe explains, agai…
 
Just in time for the holidays, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, or SECURE Act, has been made law, effective January 1, 2020. Joe and Big Al explain what it means for your stretch IRAs, required minimum distributions, retirement savings and more. Plus the fellas answer your questions on self-employed small business reti…
 
Joe and Big Al answer questions about coordinating Social Security benefits with Roth contributions and required minimum distributions, weighing the Social Security restricted application against survivor benefits, the Windfall Elimination provision for teachers, whether to take RMDs from a brokerage IRA or an annuity - and of course, Joe will expl…
 
How much of a Roth conversion should you do and when? Does it make sense to convert to a Roth IRA all in one year, or to do it over time, based on your age? Joe and Big Al explain the reasoning behind their answer to this common retirement investing question. Plus, they answer your questions about converting from a thrift savings plan (TSP) to a Ro…
 
Tanja Hester (called the Matriarch of the women’s FIRE movement by the New York Times) returns to YMYW to discuss the value of our time, how it’s connected to our money, and the options financial independence provides for a life well-lived. Plus, Joe and Big Al answer questions about the balanced asset allocation strategy, taking a pension and anot…
 
How do you figure out the break-even point on a Roth IRA conversion? Joe and Big Al discuss whether to convert, how much to convert, and when. Plus, the step-up in basis on a primary residence, self-employed small business retirement plan options, the difference between a financial advisor and financial planner, and defining a registered investment…
 
Will a Roth IRA conversion be impacted by your Social Security benefit or vice versa? Plus, today we're talking Social Security spousal and survivor benefits, Roth IRA conversions, earned income, ordinary income, modified adjusted gross income, and taxable income. We’re also talking about taking this job, shoving it, and doing Roth conversions all …
 
Cameron Huddleston discusses her book, Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations With Your Parents About Their Finances. But first, let's get into glide path: should you invest more aggressively through retirement? Which assets should you spend before you take Social Security? What should your portfolio withdrawal strategy b…
 
We tackle Indexed Universal Life Insurance one more time. And you may have heard that millionaires "buy term and invest the rest" to pay estate taxes, but is it a good idea? When you have appreciated company stock, how much should you "NUA" and when, and how do you deal with the taxes? Plus, can you convert an inherited 401(k) to a Roth? When is yo…
 
Should you stay or should you go? Joe and Big Al weigh in on whether a couple of listeners who are dissatisfied with their financial advisors should ditch or keep the advisors. Plus, how should you choose investments in your 401(k)? Is it a good idea to make Roth contributions for your kids? How do you manage taxes and penalties because of Roth con…
 
Social Security strategies if you are married to a younger spouse and have a minor child, affected by the windfall elimination provision, considering divorce for a better benefit, or unsure of the restricted application. And should you spend 401(k) money before taking Social Security? Next up, real estate: should you gift property now to reduce tax…
 
Is indexed universal life insurance good for estate planning, investing or as a tax shelter for high-income earners? Should you pay down debt or save if you only have $100K saved for retirement at age 66? Should extra money be invested in your 457 or brokerage account? ETFs or mutual funds? And with the new tax laws scheduled to sunset in 2026, doe…
 
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