If you’re smart, tax planning is a year-round activity. And, if you are even smarter, you will pay attention not only to the ALLOCATION strategy for your investments, but also your LOCATION strategy. Knowing WHERE to locate your various investments inside OR outside of IRAs and Roths is something that is easily done with a little planning upfront. For example, many investors will pay taxes on mutual funds this year even though they never took out a penny from their account. They--and maybe you--will get charged for capital gains that occurred in the fund during the year even though you didn't cash in. Today, we'll point out to avoid unnecessary taxes with your investments and then get some planning insights from CPA Nick Stefaniak. An important show you don't want to miss MASTERING MONEY is on the air!!
Target-date funds — actively managed funds with a pre-determined asset allocation that automatically shifts as an investor ages — are an easy option for the hands-off investor, and their popularity increases every year, according to a new report. But while they have many attractive features, experts advise investors to consider all of their options before committing all their capital. And currently, the risks for a person contemplating or in retirement have never been higher for Target Date Funds. We'll examine the reasons why that statement is true on today's show, with irrefutable logic and simple math. If you want to learn what risks you may be taking that you shouldn't be right now, don't miss today's show....MASTERING MONEY is on the air!!
Most investors, especially in or nearing retirement, seek to reduce risk while growing capital prudently in the stock market. Gains are nice, but large drawdowns are sickening, especially in retirement when you don't have an income stream from a full-time job and time is no longer on your side.
When time IS on your side, and because most bear markets tend to last only six months to two years at the most, you are able to rebuild the value of your account simply by staying put on not rushing for the exit. The only people who lost in 2008 and 2009 were those who sold at the bottom. The market has some room to run according to experts, but we all want to keep a good share of money OUT of harm's way. But are bonds the answer for the safe money side of your plan? Today, we'll examine why Warren Buffett says that bonds are a terrible investment. Then health insurance and Medicare Specialist Shelley Grandidge joins us. You don't want to miss today's show...MASTERING MONEY is on the air!!
With the New Secure Act in place, and the Trump Tax brackets at risk of being blown up when he leaves office one day, many retirement-minded people who can do the math are converting at least some of their IRA money to Roth IRAs, or to cash value life insurance, which when properly structured, may provide tax free retirement income, long term care benefits, and a legacy for heirs all in one asset. But you truly do need to work with an ethical agent to get the right policy, and to get that policy set up right! So, is life insurance a good investment? Well, actually life insurance is not an investment at all, even though it is sometimes sold that way. Today on Mastering Money, Steve and I will break down whole life insurance and index universal life to the basics, making it easy to understand. Then estate planning attorney Libby Banks joins us. A great show you don't want to miss...MASTERING MONEY is on the air!
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The Secure Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in late 2019 will greatly affect some taxpayers and have zero net effect on others. For example, if you have kids and grandkids you want to leave some money to...well...your IRA just became a big tax time bomb for your heirs!. That’s because the lifetime Stretch IRA has been eliminated beginning right now in 2020. That said, all stretch IRAs initiated in 2019 and before are all grandfathered in, with no effect. But there are several other new details that you need to know including a shocker when it comes to Roth IRAs and Roth conversions! Today on Mastering Money Steve and I continue our deep dive into the Secure Act and our bench is DEEP! Independent CPA Nick Stefaniak also joins us! Our goal is to make sure you know where you stand in 2020 and beyond... You definitely don't want to miss today's show, MASTERING MONEY is on the air!!!
What if you had a magic calculator that could tell you just when to get into the market and when to get out? That would certainly be a popular gift item, but there's one problem. No such thing exists! That doesn't stop MILLIONS of people with money in the stock market from trying to TIME IT. JP Morgan's new retirement guide points out what many researchers have already discovered: if you are out of the market at the wrong times, you will destroy your overall returns. In fact, if you missed only the TEN best days of the market over the past ten YEARS, your return would have been cut in HALF. If you missed the twenty best days, your return would be negative!! Find out how to build a REAL strategy with your investments today in a fact filled Market Intel Segment. Then senior mortgage officer Mitch Boxberger joins us! Don't miss it, MASTERING MONEY is on the air!!
The New Secure act passed by Congress and signed into law in December by President Trump has some good news and somebad news, depending on the size of your IRA accounts, and whether or not you want to leave money to heirs with a bit of tax savings. The Stretch IRA is gone, and some people can wait until age 72 to begin their RMDs, but others can't. We'll discuss that in the Market Intel segment followed by estate planning attorney Libby Banks who will explain why many trusts, perhaps yours, will need to be reworded to match the rules of the new legislation. You don't want to miss this fact filled show ...MASTERING MONEY IS ON THE AIR!!