Your Money's Worth
Your Money's Worth
Jan 19, 2021
Episode 113: Forecasts for 2021 with Jim Patterson of The Kiplinger Letter
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Jim Patterson, managing editor of The Kiplinger Letter, joins us to talk about the year ahead, from what the Biden administration and next Congress will do to the prospect of driverless trucks roaming our roads. Also, how a new law should protect consumers from surprise medical bills.

 

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The Kiplinger Letter’s Must-Read Political and Economic Forecasts for 2021: https://www.kiplinger.com/investing/economy/602067/the-kiplinger-letters-must-read-political-and-economic-forecasts-for-2021; GDP - 5% Growth Likely This Year: https://www.kiplinger.com/economic-forecasts/gdp; Now's the Time to Refinance: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-41-nows-the-time-to-refinance/id1442125298?i=1000448472789

Retirement Answer Man
Retirement Answer Man
Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, RMA, CPWA®, AIF®
Let’s Get Physical - Creating Your Health Action Plan
Over the past 3 episodes, we have been talking about different ways that you can improve your health in retirement. Today you’ll take action. Choose the habits you want to build and learn how to actually build these habits and set yourself up for success. Learning about health and nutrition is one thing, but taking action is something else entirely. Press play so you don’t miss out on these tips to learn how to create and stick with healthy habits. Do you need to redefine your fitness identity? When we are young it can be easy to take on a fitness identity. I’m a mountain biker. He’s a basketball player. She’s a swimmer. But as we age we can face a fitness identity crisis. Our fitness becomes more about mobility and nutrition. To help yourself create your new fitness identity think about what you want to accomplish. What do you want to improve about yourself? What new version of yourself would you like to see? Think about your motivation. Why do you want to have a healthy body? This is how you can define yourself. Listen in to hear my new motivation for good health. Choose the habits you want to build The power of good (or poor) health comes from habits. Positive and negative habits compound over time so to begin a healthy lifestyle you have to start by building healthy habits. You could start by building a huge meal plan or exercise routine, but that could also set you up for failure. Rather than creating a strict workout routine try tinkering with your movements to explore healthy activities that you really enjoy. How to build a habit and make it stick You may already understand the importance of building healthy habits but some of us don’t know how to make them stick. Many of us try to create a routine but then struggle to maintain the habits we have created. Luckily, starting and keeping up healthy habits doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. Try using these tips to help you create and maintain your healthy habits. To create healthy habits: * Set yourself up for success. Make the habit simple to do. * Create friction. Take a bad habit and make it hard to do. * Start with a small habit. Plan on starting with 5 or 10 minutes a day. To maintain and build up your new habits: * Over time increase your routine in small ways. * As you build up your routine, split it up into separate times each day. * When you falter restart quickly and don’t beat yourself up about it. You have the opportunity to change your health Retirement gives you the freedom to change your lifestyle. You have the opportunity to structure your day in a more purposeful manner. Think about who you want to be in retirement and get started building the habits you need to become that person. Listen in to the Coaches Corner segment with BW to hear how movement and mindset can shape your retirement. OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT * [3:30] Most of us have to redefine our fitness identity as we age * [7:25] How to build a habit * [15:32] Two stories to demonstrate different life views COACHES CORNER WITH BW * [19:45] Movement and mindset can help keep you young * [26:52] Use technology to improve your health TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT * [34:36] Start to make a change to improve your health Resources Mentioned In This Episode Streaks app Noom app Peloton app Oura Ring James Clear Habit Guide BOOK - Atomic Habits by James Clear Stride app Leave me a comment! Rock Retirement Club Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That BOOK - Rock Retirement by Roger Whitney Work with Roger Roger’s Retirement Learning Center
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The Stacking Benjamins Show
The Stacking Benjamins Show
StackingBenjamins.com / Westwood One Podcast Network
10 Habits to Become a Better Investor (plus the Evil HR Lady)
Whether you've been investing for a week, for years, or anything in between, it's always a good idea to keep the fundamentals in mind. BUT....on the other hand, we love to have fun, and it's Friday after all! That's why today we're treating you to a Stacking Benjamins game-show version of "Guess the 10 Habits to Become a Better Investor!" We pulled a piece from M1 Finance listing their top 10 habits, and on this episode, we'll quiz our contributors on which strategies made the list. Not only do you get great investing tips from each of our three contributors, you'll find yourself laughing so much you won't realize you've learned a thing... until it's too late. Playing the game-show with us, we welcome Don McDonald from TalkingRealMoney.com, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and Len Penzo from the LenPenzo.com blog. Think it's too late to make a career change? After we crown our game-show champion, we'll talk big career moves with the Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas. Are you anxious about making an industry change? Think you've sunk too much time to make a move for your happiness? We'll talk sunk costs (both monetary and emotional), following your happiness, and the realities of leaving behind a career you've spent a considerable amount of time in - and the truth is probably brighter than you think. What should you do with you investments when you have large upcoming purchases? We'll finish our show today with a MagnifyMoney question from caller Debi, who tells us that she's looking to buy a home or condo in the next few years. She would like to acquire a few more properties after that and start to rent them out for passive income. Plus, she has a $10,000 savings bond that will mature in August 2021, along with another $10k each in savings and Robinhood. Our contributors give Debi some much-earned congratulations and advice on how to best position her money in the mean time. As always, we'll save some time for Doug's trivia. Enjoy!
1 hr 23 min
The Power Of Zero Show
The Power Of Zero Show
David McKnight
"From Forever Taxed to Never Taxed": My Interview with Ed Slott (Part 1)
Ed Slott has a new book coming out called The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb. It’s the updated version of the original book written 20 years ago where the time bomb was the tax building up in your IRA account. If you didn’t know how to plan, you could be hit twice and lose up to 80% and 90%. Some of the Estate taxes have gone away since then, but there are other new threats to your retirement savings than ever before. Congress always needs money, and they will always go for the lowest hanging fruit, which is your retirement savings. It’s like a deal with the devil, getting those deductions on the front end with the hope that you will be in a lower tax bracket. This assumption is where the danger lies. The Secure Act has ironically made your retirement savings less secure. The biggest threat is the elimination of the stretch IRA and the estate implications. Every plan needs to be reviewed and revised, maybe scrapped altogether for different thinking entirely. Congress needs money, which means tax rates are going to go up and that people will have less money in retirement. What is driving the need for these huge infusions of cash? Deficits and debts are the issue. The government has been recklessly spending for decades, and now it’s only increased with the effects of Covid-19. When most people think of compound interest, they think of how Albert Einstein is the 8th wonder of the world. It’s great when it’s working for you, but awful when compounding is working against you. Compounding debt is the real issue. The math doesn’t discriminate. The math bears it out that we will never see tax rates as low as they are today. We need a more stable and secure plan for the future. The history of tax rates shows that we could return to where rates were as high as 90% for the top tax brackets. You may only have one more year to take advantage of these historically low tax rates. People have to realize that they are in control of their tax rates. Taking advantage of the current low tax rates is the best tax planning you can do. Always pay taxes when the rates are the lowest. That may mean paying some taxes now, but you have to remember that taxes are a bill that won’t go away. The concern about losing out on compounding interest when converting to a Roth IRA is a myth. If you are truly comparing apples to apples, there is no loss when using the same rates of return and taxes, but if rates go up, then everything changes. When rates go up, everything tax-free becomes more valuable. When you have money in your IRA, it is accruing to the benefit of the IRS. When you convert now, you are claiming your portion of the money, as well as the future interest. Taxes have to be paid for. It’s not if, it’s when. Why not pay them while they are on sale? Even in the worst case scenario, by converting now you lock in a zero percent tax rate for the rest of your life, which is not a bad consolation prize. After the Secure Act, using a trust to protect your money after death is no longer viable. Regardless of what happens with tax rates, this is going to become a huge burden for a number of people, and this makes a permanent life insurance policy even more attractive. People don’t care about the vehicle. They want the results. They want low taxes, larger inheritance, and post death control, and a permanent life insurance plan that fits the bill. Mentioned in this Episode: The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb by Ed Slott can be pre-ordered on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TSZSSY5/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
28 min
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