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
July 30, 2016

Joe Anderson, CFP® & Alan Clopine, CPA answer frequently asked investing questions and explain key factors to look for when choosing a financial advisor on YMYW podcast 52. Should you choose a fee-only or fee-based advisor and does it matter if they follow the fiduciary standard? Find out.

00:00 – Intro

02:27 – “I’m currently employed by two employers, which brings my yearly income to $170K. I understand my pre-tax contributions. One of my employers now offers a Roth contribution. Am I eligible to contribute to only one employer’s Roth?”

04:54 – “Yes, you can contribute to both plans…can you contribute to a Roth in either or both plans? The answer is yes.”

08:15 – “I just purchased a home in January 2015 and I’m now wanting to sell with a potential profit of about $60K. I am newly married as of May 2016, and would like to file Head of Household to avoid paying Capital Gains. My income alone is $44K and married we are at $74K. I would like to be sure that I am under the radar and not having to pay capital gains tax if I sell today.”

09:32 – “When you’re married, you can’t file head of household unless you’ve been separated for six months and have not lived with your spouse for six months.”

15:46 – “You want to work with a fiduciary 100% of the time where there are no other licenses. If they have a broker-dealer affiliation, they sell products.”

20:45 – “An overwhelming percentage of retirees are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their financial health.”

25:39 – “If you look at the average 401(k) or IRA balances of those who are 55-64…it’s $100,000. If you look at all people age 55-64, the median retirement account balance is $12,000 (Source: TIAA CREF Survey).”

28:52 – “My wife and I both draw on our Social Security Insurance benefits. We are both 68 years old. We just adopted 3 grandchildren. Does this change our benefits in any way?”

30:38 – “I will be retiring in a month or so and will be about 2 years before the mandatory withdrawal. Where can I park my money so that I have the least management fees and can earn some returns?”


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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.