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Personal finance show bringing listeners actionable advice to retire successfully. Hosts Joe Anderson, CFP® and "Big Al" Clopine, CPA break down key strategies on designing your investment portfolio, maximizing Social Security, generating a retirement income distribution plan, avoiding paying unnecessary taxes and so much more. Show notes and transcripts at

Personal finance show bringing listeners actionable advice to retire successfully. Hosts Joe Anderson, CFP® and "Big Al" Clopine, CPA break down key strategies on designing your investment portfolio, maximizing Social Security, generating a retirement income distribution plan, avoiding paying unnecessary taxes and so much more. Show notes and transcripts at
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Personal finance show bringing listeners actionable advice to retire successfully. Hosts Joe Anderson, CFP® and "Big Al" Clopine, CPA break down key strategies on designing your investment portfolio, maximizing Social Security, generating a retirement income distribution plan, avoiding paying unnecessary taxes and so much more. Show notes and transcripts at






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Liz Ann Sonders: Recession Inevitable, the Question is When? - 204

Liz Ann Sonders (Chief Investment Strategist, Charles Schwab & Co.) provides insight on what happened in the market in 2018 and her outlook for 2019. Liz Ann discusses the causes of recent market volatility, the Fed funds rate, the possibility of a recession in 2019 and what investors should do now. Plus, Joe and Big Al answer your email questions: If you're saving 55% of your income, should you keep saving or have more fun? Should you save for kids' college or your own retirement? Isn't...


Sex and Immigration: How Do They Affect Social Security? - 203

Devin Carroll (Big Picture Retirement podcast, Social Security Intelligence blog) explains how sex could save Social Security and the surprising effect that immigration has on your benefits. Joe and Big Al answer your money questions: How should I diversify from a single highly appreciated asset? They discuss charitable remainder trusts, life insurance trusts, and the collar strategy. Plus, one of the most common questions: will I outlive my money in retirement? Transcript and show notes:...


4 Simple Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions - 202

Marcus Garrett from Paychecks and Balances and author of Debt Free or Die Trying: How I Buried Myself in Over $30,000 in Debt and Dug My Way Out by Age 30 tells us the four simple actions he takes to make his New Years resolutions stick. Plus, Joe and Big Al answer your money questions: Do I owe taxes on a property gifted to me? Why would I use a financial advisor? And what are the small business owner limits on Roth and 401(k) contributions? Happy New Year from Your Money, Your Wealth®!...


7 Benefits of the Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hikes - 201

What do the increases in the Federal Reserve interest rates mean for the economy and our portfolios - and how can we benefit from the rate hikes? Lindsey Stanberry dishes about Refinery29 Money Diaries. Joe and Big Al answer your money questions on state vs. federal tax deductions, saving for retirement vs. paying debt, and RMDs on an inherited non-spouse Roth IRA. Plus, why did Joe say indexed annuities are some of the worst investments on the planet? Transcript & show notes:...


How to Avoid the Top 8 Holiday Scams of 2018 - 200

Julia Wang from tells us which holiday scams are all the rage this season - and how to be smarter than the scammers. Joe and Al answer questions about Roth conversions, Medicare premiums, RMDs, and taxes, doing a 1031 exchange for rental real estate when you don't really want the property, and what your financial bucket list should include before you retire. Transcript and show notes:


How to Use Leverage to Reduce Risk and Increase Returns - 199

Todd Tresidder of shares the surprising ways to reduce risk and increase returns as outlined in his new book, The Leverage Equation: How to Work Less, Make More, and Cut 30 Years off Your Retirement Plan. Joe and Big Al answer your money questions on San Diego real estate investing, buying a house with your 401(k) money, and required minimum distributions - and they talk beer, tariffs, the inverted yield curve, and Friends. Transcript and show notes:


7 Tips and Financial Benefits for Military Families - 198

Ellie Kay and Bethany Bayless (Heroes at Home, The Money Millhouse podcast) share some of the financial challenges America's military families face that civilians may not think about - along with some tips and benefits to help them make the most of their money. Plus, Joe and Al answer your money questions: when should you claim Social Security to avoid any changes for the worst that the government might make to the system? Is a Roth 401(k) or a traditional 401(k) better for dealing with...


Mobile Home Parks: Is This Undiscovered Real Estate Investment Right For You? - 197

Jefferson Lilly from Park Avenue Partners and the Mobile Home Park Investors podcast and LinkedIn group tells us why he thinks mobile home parks are the best real estate investment available. Plus, Joe Anderson, CFP® and Big Al Clopine, CPA answer your money questions on investing in natural resources, asset location when investing $50,000 cash, how to plan for retirement in the event your pension disappears, TSP allocation when retiring in 20 years, and transferring your 401(k) into your...


Living Beyond Your Means Now? You’ll Live Beneath Your Means In the Future - 196

JP Morgan Chief Global Strategist Dr. David Kelly discusses the mid-term elections, market volatility, interest rates, tariffs and trade wars, Brexit, his 2019 economic predictions and what all of that means for you and me. How should you be invested now? Dr. Kelly also gives his opinions on value versus growth stocks, international stocks versus US stocks, emerging markets like China, and other asset classes like bonds and commodities. Plus, Joe and Big Al have money-saving year-end tax...


Do These 9 Simple Things to Improve Your Retirement - 195

Dr. Stephen Wendel, Head of Behavioral Science at Morningstar, talks about the challenges that keep us from making good investing decisions, and 9 simple actions we can take to create a better retirement for ourselves. Plus, a quick look at how companies helped get out the vote for the midterm elections and some market movers and shakers. And of course, answers to your money questions: Can you contribute the max to both a Roth and a traditional IRA, then do a conversion in the same year? If...


Apple, Spotify and RMDs Feeling Volatile Markets - 194

How the most volatile month of the year affected Spotify and Apple, and how to avoid volatile markets and sequence of returns risk affecting your required minimum distributions. Plus, should a self-employed small business owner contribute to a solo Roth 401(k)? If you max your Roth IRA contributions and receive a company match, is that over-contributing, and how is that match taxed? And what should you do about that variable annuity you’re locked into? Transcript and show notes:...


Why Market Corrections Are a Good Thing - 193

The market has been in correction territory more than once over the past week, and Joe and Big Al explain why that's a good thing. Plus, is the three bucket investing and withdrawal strategy good for large portfolios? What’s the real value of your net worth? You’ll think the fellas have lost their sanity when you hear them talking about ways to protect your sanity and your money as you age. And, on the heels of the Red Sox winning the World Series, Big Al’s got some baseball and money stats....


Jean Chatzky on the Big Shift to Women in Financial Power - 192

Jean Chatzky (NBC's Today Show) talks about, her new project giving women the confidence to lead the charge into the financial future. Plus, what women get wrong about money, how automation can help our health and our wealth, and why the gig economy isn’t helping. Joe and Big Al discuss the Uber IPO, taking RMDs from your IRAs, paying all cash for real estate investments, 1099 versus W2 employment, and why one woman’s “personal tax shelter” was rejected in tax court. Transcript...


Tempted to Panic and Sell? Do These 3 Things Instead - 191

Brian Perry and Larry Swedroe on market volatility, whether, as President Donald Trump said, the Fed is crazy, and what 3 things you should do next to be like the greatest investor of all time, Warren Buffett. Plus, answers to your questions: can you roll a 401(k) into a home purchase? What's a good allocation of stocks vs. bonds? And find out why Joe says to contribute to your 401(k) plan regardless of the investment options and fees, and why he thinks Suze Orman is crazy and out of her...


4 Roth Conversion Options for Tax-Free Portfolio Growth - 190

Trump tax cuts are slated to sunset in 2025, but the House has passed the GOP bill to make them permanent. Life insurance settlements, or “Death Bonds,” are being offered as a “solution” to senior bankruptcies. Four different Roth conversion options to avoid a tax bracket jump, with a caveat. And answers to your questions: Will the IRS take FICA taxes out of those conversions? What’s the deal with required minimum distributions, qualified charitable distributions, and Roth IRA rollovers? ...


IRA Basics: What You Need to Know About Individual Retirement Accounts - 189

How much do you know about the individual retirement account, also known as an IRA? In today's podcast, the basics: contributing to an IRA, SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs for small business owners, self-directed IRAs, and IRA mistakes to avoid. Plus, Joe and Big Al answer your questions - like what's the return on an IRA? Why is owning real estate in an IRA a terrible idea? Transcript & show notes:


Risks and Rewards of Vacation Rentals and Real Estate Investing - 188

Cubert from shares his plans for using real estate, including AirBnB and VRBO vacation rentals, on his path to financial independence at the age of 46. Is it worth the risk? Plus, the fellas answer your questions about real estate investing: will it help you minimize taxes in a high tax state? And how can you avoid capital gains when selling rental property? Transcript & show notes:


Trump Retirement Security Executive Order: Small Business Opportunities and Concerns - 187

Jeffrey Levine (Forbes/ Wealth Alliance) on President Donald Trump’s executive order on Multiple Employer Retirement Plans and required minimum distributions. Jeff also tells us how the IRS is throwing salt in the state and local tax deduction limit wound. Plus, will contributing to your retirement account lower your taxes and let you keep more take-home pay, and when should you file for Social Security or spousal benefits? Transcript and show notes at...


Stop Spending Money the Wrong Way: 77 Days to Financial Happiness - 186

More's Jonathan Clements (former Wall Street Journal) helps us stop spending money the wrong way and shows us how to enrich our financial lives in just 77 days with his new book, From Here to Financial Happiness. Big Al has 3 things you need to do now if you want to retire in 5 years, and Joe and Al answer your questions: why are there required minimum distributions on employer-sponsored Roth accounts, and can Elizabeth’s husband contribute to his defined benefit pension plan AND...


What You Need to Know About Social Security and Making Money - 185

Answering your questions on how collecting a paycheck or investing during retirement might affect your Social Security benefits. Plus, "the Goddess of Social Security," InvestmentNews contributing editor and nationally recognized Social Security expert Mary Beth Franklin goes over the basics of Social Security, claiming benefits as a single person, a married couple, a public employee - and are you eligible for retroactive Social Security benefits? Transcript and show notes at...