Joe Anderson
ABOUT Joseph

As CEO and President, Joe Anderson has created a unique, ambitious business model utilizing advanced service, training, sales, and marketing strategies to grow Pure Financial Advisors into the trustworthy, client-focused company it is today. Pure Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), was ranked 15 out of 100 top ETF Power Users by RIA channel (2023), was [...]

Alan Clopine

Alan Clopine is the Executive Chairman of Pure Financial Advisors, LLC (Pure). He has been an executive leader of the Company for over a decade, including CFO, CEO, and Chairman. Alan joined the firm in 2008, about one year after it was established. In his tenure at Pure, the firm has grown from approximately $50 [...]

Published On
August 6, 2016

Joe Anderson, CFP® & Alan Clopine, CPA share common retirement mistakes they’ve seen for years. These mistakes that could cost you thousands, if not more, can easily be avoided if you learn how.

00:00 – Intro

02:27 – “What we have found with a lot of you is that potentially you’re not going to be in a lower tax bracket.”

05:37 – “The people we work with have assets in retirement accounts, and in most cases they will be in the same tax bracket or higher because most people that will come into our office want to at least maintain their same lifestyle.”

09:32 – “You have to put a plan together to take a look at a forward-looking strategy.”

13:37 – “The first one (mistake) seems so obvious but we see it over and over again – it’s not having beneficiaries on your retirement plan or IRA or having the wrong ones on your IRA.”

17:34 – “As a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) for over 30 years, it does amaze me how many people fail to get the message about tax planning and strategies until they make a mistake that costs them thousands of dollars.”

22:57 – “There are a lot of different requirements to name the trust as the beneficiary.”

25:49 – “There is good justification for actually having a separate trust; it’s called an IRA trust which has nothing to do with your living trust and you set that trust up in such a way that when you pass away, your beneficiaries become sub-trusts and you can actually have the RMD (required minimum distribution) based upon each individual beneficiary.”

28:02 – “This isn’t so much a mistake but an underutilized strategy because a lot of people don’t really know about it. It’s called net unrealized appreciation (NUA).”

30:55 – “If you keep your tax bracket low enough, you can avoid the capital gains tax so you can get those assets out tax-free to you.”

34:46 – “Interest rates are at all-time lows, markets are volatile, we’re living a lot longer and healthcare costs – the list goes on and on.”


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CFP® – The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification is by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. To attain the right to use the CFP® designation, an individual must satisfactorily fulfill education, experience and ethics requirements as well as pass a comprehensive exam. Thirty hours of continuing education is required every two years to maintain the designation.

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CPA – Certified Public Accountant is a license set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and administered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Eligibility to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam is determined by individual State Boards of Accountancy. Typically, the requirement is a U.S. bachelor’s degree which includes a minimum number of qualifying credit hours in accounting and business administration with an additional one-year study. All CPA candidates must pass the Uniform CPA Examination to qualify for a CPA certificate and license (i.e., permit to practice) to practice public accounting. CPAs are required to take continuing education courses to renew their license, and most states require CPAs to complete an ethics course during every renewal period.