Your latest investing strategy questions answered: are gold, real estate investment trusts (REITs), international and small-cap value funds good inflation hedges? Besides the S&P 500, what sectors or asset classes should you invest in for long term portfolio diversification? Should you buy bonds? How should an 18-year-old invest the money in a Roth 401(k)? Also, how can you get out of a non-qualified annuity?
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 losses, tax diversification beyond conversions, and what to […]
Tax planning for Roth conversions with itemized deductions, dividends, and long term capital gains, the difference between a Roth conversion and 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 […]
A mixed bag of questions on everything from spousal solo 401(k) contributions and renaming inherited IRAs to real estate buying strategies (should you cash out the 401(k) to buy a house?) and a perennial fan-favorite, ripping on annuities. Plus a healthy dose of Roth conversion planning thrown in the middle. Subscribe to the YMYW podcast […]
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 savings plan (TSP) […]
According to Dr. Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics, the US economy and real estate market are currently extremely healthy, so we should appreciate it and focus now on fixing the retirement crisis we’re facing in 10-15 years. Plus, Joe and Big Al answer your money questions: Why is owning a home considered “profitable”? Is it […]
What do the increases in the Federal Reserve interest rates mean for the economy and our portfolios – and how can we benefit from the rate hikes? Lindsey Stanberry dishes about Refinery29 Money Diaries. Joe and Big Al answer your money questions on state vs. federal tax deductions, saving for retirement vs. paying debt, and […]
How the most volatile month of the year affected Spotify and Apple, and how to avoid volatile markets and sequence of returns risk affecting your required minimum distributions. Plus, should a self-employed small business owner contribute to a solo Roth 401(k)? If you max your Roth IRA contributions and receive a company match, is that […]
Marc Levinson, author of The Economist Guide to Financial Markets: Why They Exist and How They Work explains how understanding financial markets can help you make fewer investing mistakes and improve everything from your home to your job to your portfolio. Plus, what does Tax Reform 2.0 have in store for us? What to do […]
A Reddit thread about getting sold life insurance when going to a life insurance company for financial planning gets Joe Anderson, CFP® ranting! To make sure Joe’s insurance rant doesn’t apply to you, and to help you avoid buying insurance you don’t need, Paul Lim CFP® educates us on term life insurance, permanent life insurance, long-term […]
Chris Mamula retired early – at age 41! He now blogs about his experiences at CanIRetireYet.com. How did he do it, after making a decade of retirement planning mistakes? Plus 5 Things to Consider Before Tapping Your Retirement Accounts, and the good, the bad and the ugly of the popular “guaranteed income” products known as […]
Are annuity contracts a good fit for your retirement? As with so many financial decisions, the answer is, “it depends.” It depends on your age and your needs. Let’s dive into understanding annuity retirement pros and cons to help you decide if an annuity is the right solution for a portion of your retirement income. […]
Brian Sauter, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with Pure Financial Advisors, explains the total cost of the financial advice you’re receiving by breaking down commissions of annuities, loaded mutual funds, non-traded REITS as well as internal costs with mutual funds, annuities and advisory fees.