Joe Anderson
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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 27, 2016

Pensions in lump sum vs monthly payments, 401(k) rules, the fiduciary standard, and more as Joe Anderson, CFP® and Big Al Clopine, CPA answer listeners’ investing and personal finance questions on episode 60 of the YMYW podcast. Original publish date August 27, 2016 (hour 2). Note that content may be outdated as rules and regulations have changed.

02:00 – “Does the early withdrawal penalty on my IRA apply to me?”

04:40 – “Never use your IRA (individual retirement account) for anything other than retirement.”

05:23 – “Do 401(k) contributions have any effect on MAGI (modified adjusted growth income)?”

08:40 – “Think of ‘above-the-line’ as things like income and direct expenses to that income whereas ‘below-the-line’ is generally personal expenses.”

11:14 – “Which should I take, a monthly pension or lump sum buyout?”

16:56 – “Why should I hire a fiduciary advisor?”

20:03 – “Everybody needs a financial plan, but not everybody needs a financial planner.”

23:08 – “If you can save money on taxes, your money is going to grow that much further and you can take less risk.”

23:51 – “Are high-yield bonds a good investment?”

26:26 – “A high-yield bond is going to be ordinary income, and you have to pay ordinary income taxes at the highest rate.”

29:50 – “Do I need to pay capital gains tax on the sale of my retail space?”

33:27 – “Which income option is best for a 70-year-old?”

35:45 – “You have to look at so many different options, you can’t look at this stuff in a bubble or you might make big mistakes.”


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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.

AIF® – Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation is administered by the Center for Fiduciary Studies fi360. To receive the AIF Designation, an individual must meet prerequisite criteria, complete a training program, and pass a comprehensive examination. Six hours of continuing education is required annually to maintain the designation.

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.