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Mastering Money

Mastering Money is hosted by Certified Income Specialist™ Steve Jurich. Steve's comments have been seen on MarketWatch, CNBC.com, Bloomberg, and TheStreet.com. Steve is joined on most days by Money Radio favorite Sinclair Noe as well as experts and authors from the world of Wall Street and real estate. New episodes published every weekday at 9am PST. Listen every weekday to get a handle on emerging market trends, asset allocation strategies, social security, medicare, RMD planning, tax strategies, estate planning, annuities, life insurance and more!
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Now displaying: August, 2015

Aug 17, 2015

Commodities have fallen in value during the great deflation of the 2000's, but recent price movements indicate gold could be poised for a move. China and India's economy will eventually have their say on which direction gold, platinum, and silver head to in price. The Chinese yuan devaluation could trigger uncertainty and lead to gold buying. Is copper a metal you should watch as a predictor for the precious metals? Or does it matter?  Nick Grovich and Sinclair Noe dig deep into the fundamentals of metals and how to incorporate metals at low prices into your portfolio. Steve reviews a more effective, real world approach to organizing your retirement plan in segment 4.

Aug 14, 2015

Reinvesting dividends in quality stocks is a proven path to long term accumulation, but the demand for the most popular dividend paying stocks has pushed their valuations to high levels.  According to the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Strumpf, interest-rate jitters are taking their toll on high-dividend stocks. Double digit losses in 2015 have now replaced double-digit gains seen in recent years. Investors plowed $48.4 billion into mutual and exchange-traded funds tracking utilities and REITs from 2010 through 2014, according to Morningstar Inc., but now, many large institutions are moving away. You may not want to be sitting in some of these positions as the tide goes out.  In the Q & A segment, Neil MacNeal, whose stock split strategy has been recognized by Mark Hulbert at MarketWatch, and has doubled the Wilshire 5000 since 2000, returns to Mastering Money to talk splits with the A-Team. 

Aug 13, 2015

Shock jock newsletter writers are talking about the Chinese yuan replacing the dollar as the world's "reserve" currency. Is there any truth to it? Are we headed for the disruption of the financial world as we know it? Sinclair and Steve review some important facts and what you really need to know.  In the Q & A segment, well known CFP and financial educator Michael Kitces joins the A-Team to review the actual value of Social Security payments and how "back door IRA's" work. Michael, who holds a Masters Degree in Taxation, likes the idea but also cautions about what can go wrong under the "step transaction rules."

Aug 12, 2015

Spies are infiltrating Wall Street. According to Bradley Hope writing for the Wall Street Journal, a wave of companies with ties to the intelligence community are  winning over the world of finance--with banks and hedge funds putting the firms’ terrorist-tracking tools to work in multiple ways. It turns out the CIA gave many of these companies their big break, through the private-equity arm of the CIA known as In-Q-Tel. Steve and Sinclair review the trend. In the Q & A segment, CFP® Murray Titterington joins the A-Team to discuss why the service at the Social Security system is so slow, and what to do about it. Steve reviews real estate opportunity and risk.

Aug 6, 2015

Todays show is a rebroadcast of the July 8th program. Enjoy the show!

Ironically, Twitter may become a victim of the times it helped invent. So says Steven Sears, writing in Barrons. Steve and Sinclair review the stats on Twitter whose IPO has not worked out well. In the real world, Institutional money managers are using social media for financial intelligence more and more, but Twitter ranks last, after LinkedIn and Facebook for financial intel. According to the study, 20% of analysts first use LinkedIn to research industries, followed by 13% for Facebook, and 9% for Twitter. For market and event commentary, 18% turned to LinkedIn, 13% to Facebook, and 12% to Twitter. For investment products and services, it’s 13% for LinkedIn, 9% for Facebook, and 5% for Twitter. Sears reviews put, call, and collar strategies. In the Q & A, Pension and Qualified plan specialist Mary Read joins the A Team to discuss defined benefit plans, cash balance plans, and 401ks for small business owners. Mary has been instrumental in over 10,000 qualified plans in her career. 

Aug 6, 2015

Todays show is a rebroadcast of the July 13th program. Enjoy the show!

When it comes to asset allocation, where does gold fit in? Is it an investment? Is it a speculation?  Is it insurance? Or is it simply a back up currency? On Mondays this summer, Steve has invited Nick Grovich of American Federated Coin and Bullion to share his views on gold, coins, and metals. Listen in to "inside baseball" on the gold markets. Steve comments on a recent article in Barrons':  "Bye-Bye Bond Funds" which focuses on the multiple risks that bond mutual fund and ETF owners are faced with now.

Aug 6, 2015

Todays show is a rebroadcast of the July 29th program. Enjoy the show!

Biotech and Pharma are tearing up the market this year, and according to Ron Winslow writing in the Wall Street Journal, a powerful new class of drugs promises hope  for high-risk patients with cholesterol issues—a group that numbers in the millions. Companies like Regeneron may be in the right place at the right time, up over 25% for the year. Is there room to run? Sinclair and Steve review what's happening. In the Q & A segment,  CFP® Murray Titterington with IQ Wealth joins the A-Team to discuss Social Security taxation issues.

Aug 6, 2015

Todays show is a rebroadcast of the June 16th program. Enjoy the show!

Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. The debate rages on whether California should invest the billion dollars per plant it will take to provide drinking water from the Pacific. IDE Technologies of Israel has built 400 plants over four decades and has refined the techniques, lowered the cost per gallon, and reduced environmental impact. Carlsbad and San Diego are now players, will LA and San Francisco follow suit?  Critics site the cost as being high, yet Californians are ready to build a football stadium to attract an NFL team. The last one built, Dallas Cowboy Stadium (AT&T) cost $1.2 billion. You can build a plant that will cover the water needs for a city the size of Los Angeles with that kind of money. Matt Griffin of Payson Petroleum joins us for the Q & A on Mastering Money.

Aug 5, 2015

Todays show is a rebroadcast of the June 24th program. Enjoy the show!

Are you using the "backdoor Roth IRA?" IRS income limits forbid many Money Radio listeners from contributing directly to a Roth. The back door Roth is a way to accomplish the task and build a tax free nest egg--if you meet certain requirements and don't screw it up! Steve and Sinclair discuss and review. In the Q & A, CFP® Murray Titterington with IQ Wealth answers questions on Social Security claiming and ex spouses.

Aug 4, 2015

Todays show is a rebroadcast of the July 21st program. Enjoy the show!

Exchange-traded funds that use leverage to boost returns have an appeal that can be hard to resist. If your timing is right, you can collect gains two or even three times that of the daily return of a given stock or bond index. But Jonathan Burton of Marketwatch and experts from Morningstar say  "watch out: Leverage cuts both ways, and if you're on the wrong side of a bet, your losses will be magnified."  

...And leveraged ETFs -- which use derivatives and other financial instruments to amplify the market's daily moves -- have wrinkles that can lead to unwelcome surprises for some investors. Steve and Sinclair review. In the Q & A, hear answers about the legalities involved with certain types of agents and advisors, and how it can result in your getting short-changed on thorough information.

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