Your Money, Your Wealth
Your Money, Your Wealth
“Best Retirement Podcast With Humor” 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 (FIPhysician). Learn strategies that can help you retire successfully on this funny personal finance podcast. Financial advisor Joe Anderson, CFP® and certified public accountant Big Al Clopine, CPA answer questions about your 401k, IRA, Roth conversions and backdoor Roth IRA, how to pay less taxes, asset allocation, stocks and bonds, real estate, and other investments, Social Security benefits, capital gains tax, 1031 exchange, early retirement, and more money and wealth management strategies. YMYW is retirement planning, investing, and tax reduction made fun, presented by Pure Financial Advisors - a fee-only fiduciary. Access free financial resources, Ask Joe...
How to Reduce Taxes and Get Better Investing Returns? Asset Location
3/28/2023 • 33m
Which investments should go in your traditional IRA vs your Roth IRA, and does that asset location depend on your age? Learn how to generate “tax alpha” to get better returns on your investments. Plus, Joe and Big Al spitball whether to roll a TIAA 403(b) to an IRA or take the annuity, and they spitball retirement and Roth conversion and Roth contribution strategies for an overseas officer with a military pension, and for Americans working abroad who qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. Timestamps: 00:51 - Best Assets to Hold in Traditional IRA and Roth IRA...
Roth Conversions & Retirement Spitball Analysis
3/21/2023 • 50m
Should Edith and Archie live off their non-qualified accounts and pay Roth conversion taxes from their 401(k)? How can Johnny from Knoxville do Roth Conversions and stay in a low tax bracket Plus, at age 31, are Shad and his wife saving enough for retirement? What should Tech Chick do with her severance package after being laid off from her tech industry job? Finally, listener comments on retirement plan education, Roth conversions, and the 5-year Roth clocks. Timestamps: 00:39 - Live Off Non-Qualified Accounts, Pay Roth Conversion Tax From 401(k)? (Edith & Archie, TX) 11:35 - How to Do Roth C...
Mutual Funds vs. ETFs, SECURE 2.0 & Capital Gains Strategies
3/14/2023 • 40m
Are low-cost mutual funds or ETFs better investments in a tax-advantaged account? Also, more strategizing from that SECURE Act 2.0 529 plan provision, the pros and cons of selling a rental house now or holding it until you pass, and an easy-breezy self-employed retirement account that’s better than a SEP IRA. Plus, will municipal bond income bump you into a higher tax bracket? Can you avoid capital gains tax by investing less aggressively over time?  Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:46 - Mutual Funds vs. ETFs in a Tax-Advantaged Account? (Midwestfabs, St Paul, MN) 08:06 - SECURE Act 2.0 529 Plan Strategy (Chris, Atla...
How to Start Planning for Retirement
3/7/2023 • 32m
In order to retire comfortably at age 60, what should you be doing with your finances when you’re in your 20s? A framework for getting started planning for retirement on today's episode of YMYW. Plus, if you’re a small business with a SIMPLE IRA plan, is it stupid to save for retirement in a brokerage account rather than a traditional IRA? If you inherited money and promised to donate to charity, should you do Roth conversions? What’s the most efficient way to pay financial advisor fees, and what’s a good strategy for making pre-tax and post-tax retireme...
“Will I Ever Be Able to Retire?”
2/28/2023 • 34m
If you’ve got some retirement savings but can’t contribute any more, will you ever be able to retire? Joe and Big Al have three simple strategies to help you get there. Plus, how long does it take to get off of Medicare’s income-related monthly adjustment amount, or IRMAA, after your income decreases at retirement, and how do you take unknown future IRMAA income limits into account when setting up your financial plan? Can you “re-do” Social Security and stop taking benefits after claiming Social Security early? Do spousal benefits change after one spouse files for Social Security...
What to Do When You Get a Huge Pay Increase
2/21/2023 • 37m
How should your financial strategy change when your income increases dramatically? We’re talking like $450K one year to a million and a quarter the next? (If you guessed Roth conversions might be in the answer you’d be correct!) Joe and Big Al also spitball strategies for when your income is too high to make Roth contributions, and can you use capital gains to contribute to Roth? Can “Alligator Joe” afford to retire early, or does he need to keep gutting it out at his current job wrestling alligators? Should Catherine contribute to her 401(k) or buy company stock be...
Set-and-Forget Investing, Real Estate vs. Bonds, Pension, Social Security and Medicare
2/14/2023 • 42m
Joe and Big Al spitball on set-and-forget brokerage investments for 30-something investors, real estate as a substitute for bonds in a diversified portfolio, and options for taking a state pension with or without sick time pay. The fellas also discuss how to bridge the retirement gap until collecting Social Security, strategies for claiming spousal Social Security benefits, and whether you need to sign up for Medicare if you’d rather keep the healthcare you already have. Timestamps: 00:49 - Set-It-and-Forget-It Brokerage Investments for a 30-Something Investor? (Chris, Scottsdale) 07:56 - Is Real Estate a Substitute for Bonds in a...
SECURE 2.0, FIRE, Tax Arbitrage & Roth Retirement Spitball
2/7/2023 • 45m
With the new SECURE Act 2.0 rules regarding retirement savings contributions, should your company match go into the traditional or Roth 401(k)? Joe and Big Al also discuss whether you can or should do Roth conversions when your company fails non-discrimination testing for highly compensated employees (HCEs), the mega backdoor Roth vs. the employee stock purchase plan, and they spitball a tax arbitrage strategy. Plus, a retirement spitball for a 37-year-old couple wanting to retire in their 60s, and another couple wanting to FIRE (financial independence/ retire early) - but are they screwing up and creating a huge future tax...
Medicare IRMAA, Roth Pro-Rata, & Real Estate Strategies - 414
1/31/2023 • 45m
Modified adjusted income for Medicare and IRMAA and the pro-rata and aggregation rules for Roth conversions explained... clearly? Will a combat zone TSP transfer be subject to those rules? Plus, joint tenants with rights of survivorship vs. transfer on death for a brokerage account, reducing taxes on the sale of a timeshare, how much to spend on home improvements, and using a reverse mortgage instead of long-term care insurance. And wait ’til you hear Joe and Big Al's thoughts on the best way to pay the least amount of tax when you cash out your retirement savings to buy go...
Spitballing Diversified Portfolios for Retirement
1/24/2023 • 46m
How should young savers invest pensions and estimate their retirement income needs? Is going into your employee stock purchase plan a good portfolio diversification strategy? What do Joe and Big Al think of multi-year guaranteed annuities (MYGA), and dividend-paying stocks vs. ETFs? Plus, a $10.6M retirement spitball analysis, making extra mortgage payments vs. saving to a brokerage account, and contributing to Roth 401(k) vs. traditional 401(k). Also, will a 403(b) held by an insurance company be subject to separation costs or surrender fees when rolled to an IRA? And the specifics on when to file tax form 5500. Show notes...
SECURE Act 2.0 & Retirement Rich, Cash Poor
1/17/2023 • 46m
Joe and Big Al are back with a SECURE Act 2.0 recap and a proposed backdoor 529 plan strategy from the new law. Plus, is there a scenario where it makes sense to not max retirement accounts, to avoid being retirement rich and cash poor? Also, the fellas’ thoughts on a break-even point for Social Security, required minimum distributions (RMD) from inherited IRAs, and of course, Roth IRA strategies: as in, the 5-year rules for Roth withdrawals, preserving Roth money and avoiding early withdrawal penalties, and Roth conversions to offset brokerage account losses. Show notes, transcript, free financial resources - including th...
Bear Market Survival & the 5W1H of Roth Conversions: YMYW Best of 2022
1/10/2023 • 45m
IRA withdrawal strategies when you retire in a down market, Roth contributions vs. Roth conversions, converting now or waiting to convert to Roth in retirement, and why you'd want to lose today's tax savings and contribute to Roth in the first place, today on the best of the YMYW podcast 2022. Plus, how to know if your financial plan is on track and the funniest Derails of the year. Visit the podcast show notes for more financial resources - including the free guide to the SECURE Act 2.0 - episode transcript, and Ask Joe & Big Al On Air for a retirement...
Retirement Planning, Investing, and Tax Reduction Made Fun: YMYW Trailer
1/3/2023 • 1m
Welcome to Your Money, Your Wealth® podcast, with CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional Joe Anderson and Certified Public Accountant Alan "Big Al" Clopine. Your Money, Your Wealth® is retirement planning, investing, and tax reduction made fun! Follow YMYW on your favorite podcast app and share this trailer. Visit and click Ask Joe and Big Al On Air to get a Retirement Spitball Analysis of your own. And hey, thanks for listening, because the show wouldn't be a show without you.  Your Money, Your Wealth® is presented by Pure Financ...
Diversification Vs. Fees: What’s More Important for Retirement Investing?
12/27/2022 • 39m
Is it better to choose low-cost index funds or to diversify investments, even if it means paying higher fees? What causes mutual fund price fluctuation? Are mid-cap funds necessary in a balanced portfolio? Joe and Big Al also talk about real estate funds vs. real estate investment trusts (REITs), and TIAA annuities vs. bonds in a retirement portfolio. Finally, we revisit some investing strategy questions that are still relevant in today’s volatile markets on moving to cash in tough times, analyzing your asset allocation, and rebalancing your retirement portfolio. Show notes, free financial resources, transcript, Ask Joe & Big Al...
Who to Trust? Second Opinion Retirement Spitball
12/20/2022 • 42m
Can you trust the opinion of just one advisor when planning for your entire financial future? Joe and Big Al spitball their second opinions for some retirement plan and Roth conversion strategies, they illustrate one way some financial advisors may be acting in their own best interests, and they explain how to determine if you’re on track for a successful retirement. Plus, can you take penalty-free withdrawals from a Roth TSP to Roth IRA rollover in order to bridge the gap until age 59½? Will paying for a home remodel with Roth conversion funds avoid tax? And, should you use...
Where to Save for Early Retirement?
12/13/2022 • 38m
Asset location strategies, liquidity, and building up tax-free Roth IRA money when retiring early, how growth is taxed in taxable accounts, the pros and cons of rolling an employer retirement plan into a traditional IRA, how stock futures are determined and why stock price matters, and buying 8-week treasuries. And, if you’re planning to make a killing on eBay or at your next garage sale, the fellas get into the weeds on how to maximize your tax savings. Show notes, free financial resources, transcript, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
Fixed Indexed Annuities, RMDs, and Early Social Security
12/6/2022 • 50m
We’re hearing more about fixed-indexed annuities with these volatile financial markets. Is it time to reconsider? Plus, clarification on required minimum distributions (RMDs) being waived for non-spouse IRA beneficiaries in 2021 and 2022, taxation on trusts, and suggestions for a 40-year-old considering an early mini-retirement. Also, can a 62-year-old immediately withdraw Roth conversion money? Finally, a strategy to claim Social Security early while working and invest the difference in a Roth IRA, and Joe and Big Al attempt to explain family Social Security benefits without phoning it in. Show notes, free financial resources, transcript, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air: ht...
How to Forecast Your Expenses in Retirement
11/29/2022 • 52m
What will you actually need to spend in retirement? Joe and Big Al explain how to really think about and calculate your retirement expenses. Plus, if you want to reduce your tax-deferred account balances, does it make more sense to do Roth conversions or reinvest? What about doing Roth conversions to a higher tax bracket than the one you’ll be in during retirement? Also, the fellas explain the alternative minimum tax, how Social Security spousal benefits work, and when in the year you turn 72 you must take required minimum distributions from your retirement accounts. And finally, what should so...
Life Insurance, Muni Bonds, and Dividend Stocks in Retirement
11/22/2022 • 47m
Joe and Big Al discuss LIRPs, or life insurance retirement plans, they spitball whether to take full pension survivor benefits or buy a life insurance policy, and whether to sell losing stocks for even bigger losers to take advantage of the 0% capital gains tax bracket. Plus, zero coupon municipal bonds and the de minimis rule, and target date funds as part of Paul Merriman’s Two Funds for Life strategy. Finally, how do dividends figure into the 4% rule for retirement withdrawals, and should that 4% come from stocks or bonds? Show notes, free financial resources, transcript, Ask Joe & Big Al On...
Roth IRA 5-Year Rules: How to Withdraw Money With No Taxes or Penalties
11/15/2022 • 47m
Joe and Big Al clarify once and for all those 5-year clocks for withdrawing money from your Roth accounts. How do the 5-year Roth IRA rules impact the taxation of dividend income? Do the 5-year rules for Roth withdrawals impact thrift savings plan (TSP) to Roth conversions as well? Plus, why contribute to a Roth in the first place and lose today’s tax savings? Joe and Big Al rise to that challenge and they discuss Roth conversions and required minimum distributions from an inherited IRA. Show notes, free financial resources, transcript, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air: https://bi...
Inflation Investing, Asset Location, and Real Estate Retirement Spitball
11/8/2022 • 48m
Following the Fed’s fourth consecutive interest rate hike last week, should you be changing your investing strategy to time this inflationary market, moving from bonds to 3-year annuity CDs? Plus, Joe and Big Al spitball on asset location and Roth conversions for the in-laws, and a net unrealized appreciation (NUA) strategy for company stock in a 401(k). They also discuss whether extra home mortgage payments are part of an investment portfolio, and what real estate expenses are tax deductible. Show notes, free financial resources, transcript, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
Will Your Retirement Savings Last Until You're 90 Years Old?
11/1/2022 • 42m
Are you behind on your retirement savings? What do you need to do to catch up? If you retire in just a few years, will your money last until age 90? Based on the 5-year Roth withdrawal rules, do you need to open a new Roth IRA for each Roth conversion? Plus, Joe and Big Al spitball a health insurance, capital gains, and real estate strategy to save more money and have more wealth in retirement. Finally, they revisit the SECURE Act rules for withdrawing money from an inherited IRA, and Social Security income limits. Show notes, free financial resources...
Should Young People Save for Retirement?
10/25/2022 • 36m
New research says some young people shouldn’t save for retirement. Find out what Joe and Big Al think about that. Plus, is it tax fraud if you re-file taxes to take advantage of new student loan forgiveness? Should you invest in CDs instead of bonds, since both stocks and bonds are getting crushed right now? How can you consolidate your stock portfolio to minimize capital gains tax? Also, charitably inclined YMYW listeners want to know how to use donor-advised funds when spitballing tax planning around an IPO, and whether to do more Roth conversions or more qualified charitable di...
Anything Stupid or Overlooked in Your Retirement Plan Spitball?
10/18/2022 • 44m
Are there any holes in a 5-year plan to retire from the Air Force, buy a house and a plane, and become a commercial pilot? Can you claim an unpaid loan to a start-up as a tax loss, do a Roth conversion, and pay no tax? Are Roth conversions a good idea in a low-earnings year? Does it matter if you convert to Roth before or after changing custodians? What retirement savings options do independent contractors have besides the Solo 401(k)? Does it make sense to cash out a 529 college savings plan that’s losing money? Plus, Joe and Bi...
Survivor Social Security and Lowering Taxes in Retirement
10/11/2022 • 43m
Joe and Big Al explain when and how to claim Social Security survivor benefits and how earning income impacts your benefit if you collect Social Security before full retirement age. Plus, how much should you withdraw in retirement from tax-free, taxable, and tax-deferred accounts? Also, RMDs, deciding whether to keep a life insurance policy, and of course, Roth Conversion strategies - is the backdoor Roth better for long term portfolio growth? Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
How to Manage Financial Market Stress? With the Help of a Caddie
10/4/2022 • 42m
As the financial markets fall and then surge, Joe and Big Al talk about market timing, reallocating retirement contributions, and portfolio rebalancing. Plus, your questions answered on estimated taxes, Roth conversions, and the logistics of inheriting IRAs and passing assets on. Finally, how is a financial advisor like a golf caddie when markets get volatile? Joe and his Pebble Beach golf caddie buddy, Big G from the Real Life Caddie Podcast, discuss how their professional knowledge and experience can help the rest of us avoid big mistakes. Show notes, free financial resources, transcript, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air...
Spitballing Retirement Planning in Your 40's & 50's
9/27/2022 • 47m
A compilation of some of Joe and Big Al's retirement plan spitballing specifically for those in their 40s and 50s - a critical time on the path to retirement. Is your financial plan set up so you pay as little tax as possible? Does it take volatile markets and potential future tax increases into account? Have you got a strategy nailed down for Roth conversions, or backdoor Roth, or pension options? Maybe you’re making big decisions about what to do with your money between now and when you retire, like buying a house vs. saving for retirement? Are yo...
Backdoor Roth, Investing, and Taxes
9/20/2022 • 48m
Joe & Big Al answer your questions on, of course, backdoor Roth strategies. Y’know, to get as much lifetime tax-free growth on your investments as possible. Plus, investing strategies: does it make sense to buy a property now and rent it out until retirement? How much of a single stock in your investment portfolio can you sell and pay no capital gains tax? The fellas also explain capital loss carryovers, inherited IRAs, spousal Social Security and delayed retirement credits, required minimum distributions, and they spitball on an appropriate allocation of bonds, domestic stocks, and international stocks. Show notes, free fi...
Spitballing Early Retirement by the Ocean with Husband and Boyfriend
9/13/2022 • 46m
What’s the next move for a 22-year-old who wants to retire early at 50? Can another YMYW listener afford to retire by the ocean in 10 months? Can Flowergirl and her husband AND her boyfriend retire next year? Joe and Big Al also check extensive retirement spitball math sent in PDF format. Plus, what are the fellas’ philosophies on single vs. married tax rates when one spouse passes, and how does high state income tax impact a retirement strategy?  Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
How to Deal With Taxes When Income Goes Through the Roof
9/6/2022 • 47m
If a fortunate equity event or liquidity event should cause your income to skyrocket, what will that do to your taxes? Joe and Big Al spitball tax strategies to help you manage this good problem to have. Plus, Backdoor Roth, contributions, conversions, and income limits explained, converting twelve and a half million bucks to Roth, and what happens to retirement accounts when you pass - will there be a tax bill due? Kicking it off with the 7-twelve portfolio - what is it? Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
Is Now the Time for a Roth Conversion, or Wait Until Retirement?
8/30/2022 • 44m
Should you convert money from your pre-tax retirement accounts to Roth now, or wait until retirement, or until required minimum distributions kick in? Should a mid-30s couple do Roth Conversions or Backdoor Roth? Should a 93-year-old open his first ever Roth and start converting? What’s a good retirement savings mix between pre-tax and post-tax? And the fellas do a worst-case scenario retirement spitball analysis. Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
How to Spitball Retirement Taxes and the 4% Rule
8/23/2022 • 42m
How do you determine how much you need in retirement when you factor in taxes, and how does the 4% rule apply? Has one YMYW listener spitballed retirement well enough to convince his wife that they can afford a new luxury truck? Can another YMYW listener take advantage of what seems to be a big opportunity to sell company stock, pay no capital gains tax, and do Roth conversions? Can Big Al’s high school friend do a 1031 exchange to buy a rental property, make it his primary residence in 5 or 10 years, and pay no tax when selling? Is earned in...
Spitballing Retirement Planning in Your 30s
8/16/2022 • 43m
Setting up your saving and investing strategies when you’re in your 30s can put you on a good path to meeting your retirement goals. We’re revisiting Joe and Big Al’s financial spitballing over the last couple of years specifically for savers and investors in their 30s and even 20s, some of whom want to retire early. Show notes, free financial resources, the YMYW podcast survey, and Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
Working After Retirement and Wealth Gifting Strategies
8/9/2022 • 37m
When you retire and when you actually stop working may be two different things. How can you get a raise when you’re working for a startup in retirement? Should you do Roth conversions before or after you quit working? Plus, find out what Joe and Big Al think about a 529 and series I bond gifting strategy, and using whole life insurance to transfer wealth to the kids. Show notes, free financial resources, the YMYW podcast survey, and Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
Save for a Home or Save for Retirement?
8/2/2022 • 45m
Should you save for a house down payment or invest for retirement? How much long term capital gains tax do you pay on a rental property when you sell it after 20 years, and how does a 1031 exchange work? Also, opening a Roth IRA with the Backdoor Roth strategy, and the 5 year Roth withdrawal rules explained. Plus, a couple retirement spitball analyses: are you saving too aggressively for retirement? Can you avoid the Medicare IRMAA, or income related monthly adjustment amount, and high taxes from required minimum distributions? Show notes with annual podcast survey, free financial resources, and Ask Joe...
Pay Tax on This Move Now to Potentially Have More to Spend Later
7/26/2022 • 41m
The time may be right for a giant Roth IRA conversion, especially now while the market is down, to potentially give you more money to spend in retirement. How does that work with long-term capital gains and dividends, and how much should you convert to Roth, and when, and how? Plus, deciding how to invest 529 plan college savings, whether to save to pre-tax or post-tax retirement accounts, and the ever-popular Backdoor Roth strategy. Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
A Model Retirement Plan Spitball Analysis
7/19/2022 • 46m
Learn how to craft a retirement plan email question that’ll get you a model retirement spitball analysis. Plus, when should you contribute to Roth IRA, and when and how much of a Roth Conversion should you do? Is it hypocritical to prioritize investment returns over your conscience and values? Joe and Big Al talk ESG, or environmental, social, and governance investing, and they evaluate a strategy to keep taxes low while helping your kids buy a house. Finally, your comments about YMYW. Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
Should We Hold Off on Retiring Until the Markets Recover?
7/12/2022 • 41m
When the financial markets are down, should you postpone retirement? When inflation is up, should you change your investments and pile into things like value and commodities? Plus, the ever-popular retirement spitball analysis: an early retirement plan, Medicare, Social Security, TSP, and Roth conversions, and when and how business owners should convert $5.5M to Roth IRA. Also, if excess 2021 Roth contributions were returned, can you file last year’s taxes now without penalty? Finally, what’s the difference between a collective investment trust and regular mutual funds? Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air: https://bizl...
Bonds and Series I Bonds, High Inflation, and High Interest Rates
7/5/2022 • 43m
Inflation is high, interest rates are high, and the financial markets are volatile. Are bonds and series I bonds good investments or bad investments right now? How do bonds fit into your overall retirement portfolio? Plus, variable annuities, evaluating the long-term value of Roth contributions vs. Roth conversions, what if anything can be done about losses in an after-tax 401(k), helping adult kids buy a home, and drinks in the Derails. Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
Can We Retire Soon? Retirement Spitball Analysis
6/28/2022 • 38m
“Are we on track for retirement?” The ever-popular YMYW Retirement Spitball Analysis is all based on that simple question. Joe and Big Al spitball retirement for listeners planning to retire in just a few years, wondering if they should save to pre-tax or post-tax accounts, and strategizing around long-term capital gains, dividends, and Roth conversions. Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
Where to Find Retirement Income When the Stock Market Freaks Out
6/21/2022 • 29m
Equitable accumulators, cash management accounts, and Social Security: with today’s market volatility, how can you squeeze a few more dollars of income out of your retirement savings? Any reason not to use a robo-advisor for decumulation, in other words, spending down those savings? Plus, a pension retirement spitball follow-up, and is it possible to avoid tax liability on a lump sum withdrawal from a 401(k)? Finally, is Joe’s marriage the canary in the Coors Light Party Ball for YMYW? Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Big Al On Air:
Where Should You Save for Retirement? Where Does Real Estate Fit?
6/14/2022 • 35m
If you own houses in your self-employed, self-directed solo 401(k), is converting a house a year to Roth to avoid required minimum distributions (RMDs) a good strategy? What’s an individual coverage health reimbursement arrangement (ICHRA) and is it a good healthcare option for those with C-corporations? When putting away retirement savings, should you contribute to a Roth IRA, a brokerage account, a 401(k), or your employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)? When it comes to step-up in basis, how do you determine the past fair market value of a home? And finally, what happens if you retire before your co...
Don’t Retire Until You Can Answer These Five Practical Questions
6/7/2022 • 46m
Joe Anderson, CFP® and Big Al Clopine, CPA are all about having a plan for retirement. Using examples from past YMYW episodes, they cover five questions you need to answer before you retire - so you can stay retired. Show notes, free financial resources to help you answer each question, and Ask Joe & Al On Air: 1. Can We Afford to Retire? 2. When Should We Claim Social Security? 3. How Can We Reduce Taxes in Retirement? 4. Are We Prepared for Medical Costs? 5. How Will We Fill Our Time?
How to Ditch a Bad SIMPLE IRA? What's a Prohibited Transaction?
5/31/2022 • 29m
Is there a way to get out of a bad SIMPLE IRA and stash cash in a tax-free Roth account? Can an owner of a company, that’s being sold to another company, load up a Roth account with company shares before the sale, and have a big chunk of cash happily growing tax-free? (What exactly are disqualified persons and prohibited transactions?) When designating beneficiaries of an annuity in a community property state like California, does state law or the annuity owner determine the beneficiary? Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Al On Air:
6 Money Strategies for Down Markets Depending on Your Goals
5/24/2022 • 49m
As bear market territory freaked out some investors, YMYW listeners were a bit more chill as Joe and Big Al spitballed on their specific strategies to manage the decline: does it make sense to move to cash inside your retirement account? How do down markets impact Roth Conversion decisions for older investors? What should your asset allocation be now, during market volatility, if you’re expecting a future windfall? How should you manage the relationship with your financial advisor if they buy high and sell low in your investment portfolio? Should you leave a partially vested pension to grow, or...
Is My BF BSing Me on RMDs? Required Minimum Distributions Explained
5/17/2022 • 42m
Required minimum distributions: how do they work, when do you have to take them, and do Roth IRAs have RMDs too? Plus, were the fellas being misleading when they talked about claiming Social Security early vs. late if you save and invest the benefits? Listen for their rebuttal. When you change 401(k) custodians, is it a transfer, or a whole new plan? Can you convert your entire 401(k) to Roth, and should you? Finally, If you’re worried about high tax brackets in retirement, should all your contributions now go to Roth? Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Al...
Roth IRA, 457, TSP, and Retire Early Spitball
5/10/2022 • 45m
Joe & Big Al talk strategy for converting to Roth and paying tax from the IRA when you have limited funds, eliminating required minimum distributions (RMD) on a Roth 457 and avoiding the 5-year Roth clock, and Roth 457, Roth IRA, and Roth TSP. Plus, the fellas spitball pension options, retiring early, and an intricate and potentially risky deferred compensation strategy. Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Al On Air:
Self-Employed Retirement, Fixed Index Annuities, and Investment Property
5/3/2022 • 43m
How does Social Security work for self-employed small business owners? Is there a solo 401(k) that allows after-tax contributions? How much cold, hard cash should you keep on hand? Why do advisors suggest buying a fixed indexed annuity, and how do qualified charitable distributions work? Finally, is it a good idea to pre-pay the mortgage on a real estate investment, and how do you calculate the tax on a home you inherited? Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Al On Air:
Roth Conversion Retirement Spitball Analysis
4/26/2022 • 43m
Does it make sense to do larger “Calvin Johnson” (megatron, aka mega backdoor) Roth conversions when the financial markets are way down? Should you convert to Roth now, or in retirement? How do you spitball the right amount to have in 529 plans for education savings? And are the rules for doing a backdoor Roth the same if you’re married filing separately? Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Al On Air:
Annuities, Social Security, and Real Estate Taxes
4/19/2022 • 32m
When is it appropriate to buy an annuity? Joe and Big Al run a retirement annuity spitball analysis. When might it make sense to take Social Security early, and what are the rules for collecting survivor Social Security benefits?  Finally, how does net investment income tax (NIIT or the Medicare surtax) on long term capital gains impact a house sale? Is it possible to do a 1031 exchange from rental real estate in Utah for investment property in California? Show notes, free financial resources, Ask Joe & Al On Air: