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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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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...


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...


How to Manage 8 Risks That Can Derail Your Retirement - 184

Plenty of risks threaten retirement, and today we focus on managing risks from longevity, inflation, sequence of returns, taxes, interest rates, and lost opportunity. Plus, Professor Jamie Hopkins from The American College and the New York Life Center for Retirement Income talks about how our risky investor behavior needs Rewirement (which happens to be the title of his most recent book), how a reverse mortgage can help, and why "set it and forget it" may also be a risk to retirement....


Your 2018 Taxes: 10 Ways to Prepare and Save - 183

2018 taxes will be very different than previous years. We've got 10 ways to make sure you're properly prepared, and perhaps even reduce your 2018 tax burden. We’ll talk about the "cumbersome and confusing" tax changes for small business owners. What exactly are QBI, 199A, and QCDs? Plus, we talk about the benefits of Roth IRAs quite a bit - but when might a Roth IRA be WRONG for you? And is it nuts to go with CDs in a traditional IRA? Transcript and show notes at


How to Cure the Investing Disease of Fear and Greed - 182

Morgan Housel (Collaborative Fund, former Wall Street Journal and Motley Fool) offers practical ways to determine your actual risk tolerance and perhaps help avoid the investing disease of fear and greed. And, listen to find out where you fall on Morgan’s spectrum of financial dependence to financial independence. Plus, should you invest in a hybrid fixed indexed annuity? Is an indexed universal life insurance policy right for you? Transcript and show notes at


Are More Trump Tax Cuts and Big 401(k) & IRA Changes On the Way? - 181

More possible tax cuts from the Trump administration, and big changes coming to our 401(k)s and IRAs? Plus, If you had to buy and hold one stock for the rest of your life, or if you had to choose one investing style and stick with it for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Meb Faber from the Meb Faber Show podcast answers those questions and talks about his upcoming book, The Best Investment Writing, Volume 2. And we’ll check in with Pure Financial Advisors’ Director of Research,...


Why Do You Need To Understand Financial Markets? - 180

Marc Levinson, author of The Economist Guide to Financial Markets: Why They Exist and How They Work explains how understanding financial markets can help you make fewer investing mistakes and improve everything from your home to your job to your portfolio. Plus, what does Tax Reform 2.0 have in store for us? What to do with a few extra bucks before they burn a hole in your bank account? Can you avoid taxes on an inherited annuity? Do SEP IRA's have ERISA protection from creditors, “like...


Can Risk Revolutionize How You Work? - 179

Joel Comm (best selling author, entrepreneur and co-host of the Bad Crypto Podcast) talks about his new book, The Fun Formula: How Curiosity, Risk-Taking, and Serendipity Can Revolutionize How You Work. Plus, should you quit a high paying job to be a DJ? Should you save for retirement or pay off student loan debt? Do you have to prove to the IRS that 529 plan money went to education expenses? And for show and tell, what little Joe and little Al did for cash before they became the self-made...


The Best Investors and Their Worst Investing Mistakes - 178

Even the best investors make terrible investing mistakes. Michael Batnick talks about his new book, Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments. Plus, should you sign up for Medicare, and which parts? And, Big Al’s got 5 smart ways to collect more Social Security benefits, and the fellas answer the question, can you still take a lump sum from those benefits to buy a red Ferrari? Transcript and show notes at


50 Or Older? Don't Skip These 5 Key Retirement Questions - 177

7 Steps to Retire in 10 Years, 5 Key Retirement Questions You Need To Answer When You’re 50 Or Older, 10 Frequently Asked IRA questions, and some questions answered, like, "The estate is in probate and the accounts are frozen, now what?" and, "Where should you invest any extra money you have left over each month?" (Oh, and Joe and Big Al bicker like they've been married for years!) Transcript and show notes at


Use This Quick Calculation to See If You're on Track for Retirement - 176

Are you on track for retirement? Big Al Clopine, CPA created a quick retirement calculation to help you find out. If you’re a little behind in your savings, Big Al also has 3 ways to get caught up. Wondering if Joe contributed anything to this episode?? That would be a yes! We’ve got questions and Joe’s got answers on the differences between the 403(b), 457(b) and 401(a), he clears up the whole Roth IRA 5-year clock thing, and producer Andi gets an answer to her question on doing a Roth...


How to Rock Retirement With The Retirement Answer Man - 175

The Retirement Answer Man, Roger Whitney, CFP® talks about his book, Rock Retirement: A Simple Guide to Help You Take Control and be More Optimistic About the Future (listen to find out how to get a free copy!) Also, in some states, you may be able to pay your state taxes as a charitable donation and get a tax deduction, but Joe and Al explain why you might want to be careful with that. Plus, 5 hidden taxes that could bite you in retirement, the fellas help a listener make the most of her...


Will Cryptocurrencies Disrupt Real Estate Investing? - 174

Cryptocurrencies have taken investing into risky, adventurous new territory over the past few years, and now a new blockchain-based real estate investing platform wants a place in your portfolio. Learn more about it and about Sam Ball, the young investor and Twitter influencer promoting it. Plus, how not to screw up your Roth conversion and legal ways to get tax-free retirement income. Transcript and show notes at


Life Insurance, Long Term Care, Annuities, and Ranting About Reddit - 173

A Reddit thread about getting sold life insurance when going to a life insurance company for financial planning gets Joe Anderson, CFP® ranting! To make sure Joe’s insurance rant doesn’t apply to you, and to help you avoid buying insurance you don't need, Paul Lim CFP® talks about term life insurance, permanent life insurance, long-term care, and annuities: what they are, when you need them, and how they fit into your overall financial plan. Transcript and show notes at


How Much Can You Really Spend in Retirement? - 172

Wade Pfau on the 4% rule for retirement withdrawals. How a risk-filled burrito can earn up to 11%. Joe & Big Al take on Dave Ramsey’s advice to pay debt before saving for retirement and they debate real estate vs. bonds. IRA planning for the rest of 2018 to save on taxes - tell the grandparents to use RMDs for QCDs. Work remotely? Consider a move to Vermont. Lifestyles of the middle class in a new segment, "Where Does Big Al’s Wife Anne’s Family Live?" Transcript & show notes:...