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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: February, 2016

Feb 29, 2016
In Warren Buffett's annual letter to investors, he once again emphasizes that "Bond funds should come with a warning label."   Today on Mastering Money, Steve and Sinclair discuss and review a Wall Street Journal report about how investors confuse bonds--where principal is protected--and bond mutual funds/ETFs--where there is no principal protection. Finra is concerned that many advisors are still pushing bond funds as being "safe" when indeed bond funds have entered a new era of risk and may be a threat to the retirement plans of many.
 
In the Q & A segment, Commercial Real Estate attorney Christopher McNichol joins the A-Team to educate on buying tax liens as an investment.
Feb 26, 2016

On Mastering Money today, Steve and Sinclair head to the beach for a special friday edition with real estate developer Charles Boyd of the Costa Rica Team. Learn why twenty percent of the Fortune 100 and many U.S. retirees have established property in the economically stable paradise, and how to get a piece of Costa Rica for less than you think. Mastering Money Coming up next right after Business For Breakfast, right after the news, right here on Money Radio.

Feb 25, 2016

The last five years before retirement and the first five years after you retire can make or break a retirement income plan. That's because the sequence of returns during your last five to ten years will determine your final retirement amount. The order of the returns you get matters. If you get great returns during the time when you didn't have much money in the pot, but your returns go south or flat when you have a lot--your results can disappoint.

Steve and Sinclair investigate outcome math for both accumulators and de-cumulators based on a research article by CFP Michael Kitces who has appeared several times on Mastering Money. In the Q & A segment, Enrolled Agent and Master Tax Advisor Doris Milton with H & R Block joins the A Team.

Feb 24, 2016

Older Women Are Reshaping the U.S. Job Market, reports the Wall Street Journal.

More female workers are delaying retirement, which is a shift that’s starting to transform America’s economy.
More and more women in their 60s and 70s remain in the workforce, doubling the number since the 1990s.
Its creating economic slack and wage stagnation according to several economists. Steve and Sinclair review a fascinating report.

In the Q & A segment, CFP Murray Titterington with IQ Wealth Management joins the A-Team to discuss how, in his opinion, the retirement income model has broken at major wire houses like Merrill Lynch, UBS, and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Titterington spent considerable time with several major brokerages before coming to IQ Wealth in 2014.

Feb 23, 2016

Mark Hulbert of the world famous Mark Hulbert Digest and a regular columnist on MarketWatch, has been tracking the results of all major investment newsletters for over 30 years.
On Mastering Money today, Steve and Sinclair reveal the number one market strategy since 2000, and how he did it. Hulbert gives hard statistics that may surprise you.

In the Q & A segment, commercial real estate attorney Christopher McNichol joins the A-Team to discuss the difference between gross leases, net leases and ground leases, and what liabilities arise.

Feb 22, 2016

Get up to date on the markets then get educated on leading financial trends.

Are you one of the 95% of gold owners not making any money. National gold expert Nick Grovich of American Rare Coin and Bullion (national headquarters is in Carefree, AZ) joins the A-team to review key questions asked at the recent Retirement Preservation Workshop. Learn what to look for, and what to avoid.

Feb 19, 2016

On Mastering Money today...Steve and Sinclair review a T. Rowe Price documented study of retiree income withdrawal rates from 2000 to 2010, using a '55-45' stock-bond portfolio--find out which of four retirees--each with $500,000 dollars and a slightly different approach-- ended up with the best chance of NOT running out of money in retirement, and which technique all but guaranteed total income failure. This was a T. Rowe Price study--the results may surprise you! (does not involve annuities)

Feb 18, 2016

Over the past year, the S&P 500 index has fallen approximately 11%, even though many of its constituents are sporting pretty lofty dividends. Many companies also continue to buy back their stock. But until recently when the shorts have been squeezed, there hasn’t been enough motivation to tempt investors into some of the traditional dividend payers like Catepillar and Ford. Investors appear to be worried about China's slowdown and its aligning with different trading partners, global economic growth, and low oil prices. With many blue chips yielding 3% to 5.5% based on their lower share prices, will big investors move more heavily into dividend payers? Steve and Sinclair review a Wall Street Journal report. In the Q & A, estate planning attorney Richard Dwornik joins the A-Team to explore issues with blended families--and happily married couples who, themselves, aren't blended, but whose kids are divorcing and blending. Who gets what, when, and how?

Feb 17, 2016

Suddenly, the future just ain’t what it used to be for Smart Beta funds. By now, you’ve probably heard of “smart beta” mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Some academic studies using back-tests suggest that, yes, these new-age portfolios—in which stocks are weighted by rules or “factors” other than their market value, like dividends, value, high momentum, or low volatility—can outpace a straight index over extended periods—say, a full market cycle or two. But don’t expect outperformance every year. In fact, many Smart Beta funds that took off rather well, are falling harder than the market itself. That's what they were built to avoid. Steve and Sinclair examine why its happening. In the Q & A, we review a Kiplinger's quiz on money management for couples who want to stay together for the long haul.

Feb 16, 2016

The Fed raised interest rates back in December--so are you wondering why your money market account isn't paying more? Steve and Sinclair investigate why recent yields are unchanged from the levels of Dec. 15 at 13 of the 20 largest share classes of “prime” money funds for individuals, according to Crane Data LLC, a Westborough, Mass., firm that tracks money-market funds. These include funds from Bank of New York Mellon Corp.’s Dreyfus Funds, Federated Investors Inc., Charles Schwab Corp. and T. Rowe Price Group Inc.

Steve reviews key planning points in the Q & A segment, and previews his upcoming workshop.

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