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.
For business owners, a defined benefit plan can result in tax deductions and retirement funding of from $100,000 to $300,000 annually, depending on which type of plan is selected. There are also "Roth-like" alternatives with more flexibility, and ways of combining several plans at once, while keeping complexity low. Steve and Sinclair review the options. In the Q & A Segment, highly rated commercial real estate attorney Christopher McNichol of the Gust Rosenfeld law firm joins the A-Team, and digs into community property issues.
Big pharma is making a comeback with cutting edge new drugs to do battle with alzheimers, diabetes, various forms of vaccines, oncology, and acute hospital care. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration has speeded approval of drugs. The agency approved 41 new drugs last year, the most in 18 years, and well above the average of 25 per year since 2005.
Bull markets make geniuses of all investors. Professionals know the challenge involved in not only making money, but keeping it. The speed at which you can click buy or sell on an ETF can give a false sense of security. Unforced errors cost investors lots of money and experts say we are all wired to screw up investments for a list of reasons they have identified. Steve and Sinclair review the research of Dr. Meir Statman, author of What Investors Really Want, and a professor of Finance at Santa Clara University. Neil MacNeil of the 2 For 1 Stock Split Newsletter, featured on MarketWatch, joins the A-Team for the Q & A segment.
Are you ready to ride in a driver-less taxi? Uber thinks you are. After raising $5 billion from investors, the ride sharing juggernaut now wants to dump the taxi drivers and go driverless. In a mad dash to be the firstest with the mostest in driverless taxi's, Uber hired away the top robotics scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Steve and Sinclair review the controversy reported in the Wall Street Journal. CFP® Murray Titterington with IQ Wealth joins the A-Team to talk about Social Security strategies and using software to arrive at the optimal approach.
Buying a home this summer or know someone who is? You might want to close prior to August 1, when a new batch of red tape arrives, courtesy of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It could affect the length of time it takes to close by up to 10 days, lock expirations, and more. Steve and Sinclair review an update by Daniel Goldstein of MarketWatch. In the Q & A segment, Sinclair quizzes Steve on an annuity that offers a 20% bonus to the income and death benefit base.
Have you heard about the retirement programs known as the "770 Account" or "Bank on Yourself", which can result in tax free income in retirement that may rival many other investments? They are heavily marketed on the internet, yet are simply marketing nicknames for what is known as "Overfunded" or "Max Funded" cash value life insurance. IQ Wealth is an authority and primary resource for these types of policies. Many U.S. banks utilize max funded life policies for a part of their cash reserves. In fact, American banks like Bank of American, Wells Fargo, Chase, and Citi owned a combined $130 billion in this asset which is secure, safe, and can be used for cash access with tax deferral when not taking withdrawals. Steve and Sinclair review it in Segment 2. In segment 3, the Q & A segment, gold expert Nick Grovich of American Federated joins the A-Team.
History can mess up your investments, according to Morgan Housel of the Motley Fool. Using history as your only screen for investments is dangerous, and dangerous is expensive in the investment world. What starts as an honest attempt to objectively study the past quickly becomes a field day of confirming your existing beliefs. Psychologists call it Confirmation Bias, and we all suffer from it. Think stocks are expensive? History agrees. Think stocks are cheap? History agrees. Think tax cuts spur economic growth? History agrees. You can win any economic argument you want using a version of history, written somewhere. You just need to be the last person on the podium. Interesting insights on Mastering Money today. In the Q & A segment, IQ Wealth CFP® Murray Titterington, formerly with Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, joins the A-Team to talk Social Security.
Is there a difference in the amount of wealth that can be created by reinvesting dividends versus spending dividends? Yes, and it is substantial--IF--you give it 20 to 50 years. Steve and Sinclair break down and analyze the outcomes of two investors who bought Coca Cola in 1962 to 1965 when Coke was trading at $80 a share with $10,000. One of the investors spent all dividends. The other reinvested dividends. Who came out better? You will want to review the difference from several points of view in both the Getting Smart segment and the Q & A session.
Is Saudi Arabia setting things up for a big oil spike? Some experts who follow supply and demand within the oil industry believe so. SA has exceeded all records of production in an attempt to crush the shale industry, and in so doing, their reserve spare supply is now dwindling. Steve and Sinclair review an article by oil commentator Nick Cunningham who points out that Saudi Arabia wins either way--a low price or a high price, and at some point, demand and supply will change equilibrium. Meanwhile, big private equity investors are moving into oil and gas as a contrarian investment reports the Wall Street Journal.