Which states are best for retirement taxes? When moving to a state with a lower cost of living, is it wise to take on mortgage debt to invest in the market? Does it make a difference if you do a Roth conversion before or after moving to another state? Plus,...
Spitballing retirement readiness for Sean in Texas and for Little Al in Chantilly, VA, who has UK retirement funds and is desperate to quit work now. Plus, how can Doug in Missouri do some tax arbitrage with pensions, Roth conversions, and Social Security? Can Mary switch to her ex-spouse’s Social...
Do you need a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional? Is a financial advisor worth hiring? What does a fee-only fiduciary actually do, anyway? We get variations on these questions frequently, and now you can listen to Joe & Big Al’s answers from 2016 to the present, all in a single episode....
Do Roth IRA conversions increase Medicare premiums? How can you convert to Roth and stay below the IRMAA threshold (that is, Medicare’s Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount)? Also, a Roth conversion strategy to account for RMDs, those 5-year rules for withdrawing from your Roth depending on whether you’re over or under age 59 and a half, and “how much should I have in a Roth to be in a low tax bracket in retirement?”
As you age, your portfolio grows, but your time to spend it shrinks. So from a financial perspective, what is the ideal retirement age? Plus, if you aren’t seeking FIRE (financial independence, retire early) but instead have achieved FAHR (financial abundance, happily retired), should you do Roth conversions to the top of the 37% tax bracket? Should you stop investing and start saving cash as retirement approaches? If you’re maxing out your retirement accounts, is it a good idea to now take advantage of a deferred comp plan? Is participating in an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) putting too many eggs in one basket? And finally, how should you pay for long-term care insurance?
Joe & Big Al discuss various strategies to protect your portfolio from a stock market crash: stop losses, put options, collars, non-correlated alternative investments, and tax-managed buy-and-hold. Also: how should you measure financial advisor performance? How does tax-loss harvesting work? Are health savings accounts (HSA) tax-free? Is alternative minimum tax (AMT) a concern when moving Roth to an annuity? And our first “Dear Joe” question, in the Derails: how do you get your mother-in-law to stop smoking in your car without starting a fight?
Maxing out Roth IRA, 457, and HSA – check. Pension – check. What else should you be doing to prepare for a successful retirement? (And do 40 chickens play a part?!) How do pension and Social Security fit into your equity and fixed income portfolio mix? Should you be more aggressive with Roth conversions? When planning for early retirement and considering inflation, is a 5% equities growth rate a good rule of thumb? Will a Spousal Lifetime Access Trust (SLAT) protect assets from a tax time bomb? Plus, an overview of the SECURE Act 2.0.
Learn how to rack up tax-free Roth retirement income: Roth IRA vs. Roth 401(k), paying the tax on a Roth conversion, how to avoid violating the 60-day rollover rule on a mega backdoor Roth, and Roth IRA contributions when receiving restricted stock units (RSU) in retirement. Plus, moving money from solo 401(k) to IRA before age 59.5, suggestions for a CFP® to be, and matching your umbrella insurance policy to your net worth.
“Can you explain how long-term capital gains are ‘stacked on top’ of ordinary income?” Here are all the YMYW capital gains tax vs. ordinary income tax discussions, together in a single episode, to help you craft a tax-efficient strategy for managing dividends, Roth conversions, and paying less capital gains tax. Will your taxes be going up? Subscribe to the YMYW podcast and newsletter for the latest updates.
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?
Spitballing a real estate strategy: sell investment rental properties to buy a home, use restricted stock units (RSU), do a 1031 exchange, or some other idea? Plus, is it worth it to hire a financial advisor? Is it a good idea to do Roth IRA conversions to the top of your tax bracket each year? How can you move non-deductible IRA money to Roth IRA without paying taxes again? And a cautionary tale about Roth conversions and stimulus payments.
Risk management investing strategies: is selling rental property and buying a variable annuity to reduce sequence of return risk and interest rate risk a good idea? Do small-cap or emerging markets have better risk-adjusted returns against market volatility? Should eREITs (non-traded real estate investment trusts) be in your retirement investments? Is RPAR Risk Parity ETF a good inflation hedge? Should you be tax gain harvesting in declining financial markets?