With the new SECURE Act 2.0 rules regarding retirement savings contributions, should your company match go into the traditional or Roth 401(k)? Joe and Big Al also discuss whether you can or should do Roth conversions when your company fails non-discrimination testing for highly compensated employees, the mega backdoor Roth vs. the employee stock purchase plan, and they spitball a tax arbitrage strategy. Plus, a retirement spitball for a 37-year-old couple wanting to retire in their 60s, and another couple wanting to FIRE (financial independence/ retire early) – but are they screwing up and creating a huge future tax bill?
Asset location strategies, liquidity, and building up tax-free Roth IRA money when retiring early, how growth is taxed in taxable accounts, the pros and cons of rolling an employer retirement plan into a traditional IRA, how stock futures are determined and why stock price matters, and buying 8-week treasuries. And, if you’re planning to make a killing on eBay or at your next garage sale, the fellas get into the weeds on how to maximize your tax savings.
You’ve had enough of the 9 to 5 and are ready to punch early. Are you financially prepared for a long and early retirement? Joe and Big Al provide a spitball analysis. And of course, the ever-popular Roth IRA conversions: how much to convert to Roth, when and how to pay the tax on a Roth conversion, and why not pay Roth conversion taxes out of the retirement account you’re converting from?
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Question: I was on track to retire this year, but I’m concerned about retiring now. My retirement account balances are down, so I don’t want to pull out the money to live on. Can putting off retiring for a year or two make a significant impact on my overall retirement funds or am I overthinking […]
While the FIRE Movement is not for everyone, there are concepts that we all can take from it to improve our own retirement: Don’t Wait – Plan for Retirement Now Try to Reduce Your Expenses Try to Increase Your Income Save, Save, Save & Invest Watch the full episode, FIRE: Financial Independence or Fad? Make […]
Even though most people could benefit from the FIRE Movement concepts it’s important to mention some rather large risks and pitfalls with retiring early. You may not have enough money with life changes Your professional skills may be diminished if you try to re-enter the job market The stock market may have a prolonged downturn […]
One of the best ways to increase your savings rate is to control what you can control – your spending. Here are a few basic pillars of the FIRE movement. Let’s see if you’re up for these: Low-Cost Housing Buy Used Cars Minimize Eating Out Use Travel Rewards Tax Optimize Add Income with a Side […]
You need to understand how to calculate the number of years it will take to reach financial independence. In traditional retirement planning, you tend to focus on a certain age to retire. With the FIRE Movement, you focus on how quickly you can become financially independent. Calculation Example: Years to Financial Independence (FI) Annual Expenses […]
A movement getting a great deal of attention on the financial channels is called Financial Independence – Retiring Early or FIRE. The concept requires that you spend significantly less than what you earn for a decade or two – and with compound interest, you could retire well before a typical retirement age of 65. In […]
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 a little Roth […]
Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence authors Chris Mamula (CanIRetireYet.com), Brad Barrett and Jonathan Mendonsa (Choose FI) share principles to change your life and your idea of retirement. Plus, answers to your FIRE (financial independence / retire early) questions on bridging the gap between early retirement and tapping retirement accounts, balancing ACA subsidy eligibility […]