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Now displaying: January, 2020
Jan 28, 2020

How is wealth created? According to George Gilder, there are three things that create wealth. (Listen to find out)

People who put money in a 401(k) limit their access to their own money which makes it hard to create wealth… and 401(k)s aren’t treating people all that well, to begin with.

The average 401(k) balance is pretty low especially considering many employees are betting on their 401(k) to make retirement a reality. That’s probably the reason most retired Americans depend on Social Security for at least 50% of their retirement income.

People who believe in the future use their money to create wealth. Can you do that too?

Discover the three things that create wealth. Listen Now.

Jan 22, 2020

Governments and central banks are taking the low road. They are attempting to artificially stimulate the economy by implementing negative interest rates.  John says it will work probably work short-term Tom says it could cause people to hoard tangible assets like gold, silver, antique automobiles and art.

What is it that really stimulates an economy long-term and causes wealth to be created?

Why do you think most business regulations are put in place?

A. To protect small business from getting overrun by big business

B. To make it hard for small business to compete with big business

Now picture yourself approaching retirement… what would you do if interest rates went negative on all of your retirement savings, and instead of earning interest on your money, you had to start paying just to keep the money you’d saved?

All this and more on episode 246 of Wealth Talks. Listen Now.

Jan 14, 2020

Most people think saving money is about cutting lifestyle and luxuries. This is certainly one way to save, but it is not the only way because where you save your money can make a big difference in how much you get to keep. 💵

Benjamin Franklin says, “There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.”  But increasing your means is not always as easy as increasing your income because expenses tend to rise to equal (or exceed) income (Parkinson’s law). 😟

When you have a good plan for your finances you can save more money without working any harder; you can have peace of mind and be ready for good investment opportunities when they come to you.

Whether you’re trying to save more money for retirement, to make an investment, or just saving money for a rainy day it’s always a good thing to minimize fees and taxes. And you want a big word called LIQUIDITY. Find out why this is so important.

Resources:

10-20-70 Cashflow Worksheet Tool

Tips for Saving More Money in 2020 - Video

Wealth and Poverty book by George Gilder

The Black Swan book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Jan 7, 2020

he SECURE Act was signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. Here are some key changes you should know as you plan for retirement:

Generally, the SECURE Act:

  • Removed Maximum Age limit for IRA Contributions
  • Increased the age for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from age 70.5 to 72
  • Enforces a 10yr distribution window for most inherited retirement accounts - no more stretch IRAs

 

The SECURE Act is likely to increase age tax-qualified account balances because people will be encouraged to save more in these accounts. It will also increase government tax revenues because of the 10yr distribution rule on inherited accounts.

Also under the Secure Act, employers get a tax credit by automatically enrolling employees in the company sponsored retirement plan (Small-Employer Automatic Enrollment Credit). If you don’t want to be automatically enrolled into contributions to your company retirement plan you may need to take action to opt-out.

Now is a good time to consider how much of your money you wish to invest in tax-qualified accounts compared to paying the tax and building wealth in other types of accounts where you have more control, lower fees and less market risk.

For example: Target-date mutual funds are a default option for most retirement plans with an automatic enrollment. Target-date funds are sold as a “set it and forget it management strategy” and they are also notorious for high fees. Fees are a killer whenever you try to grow your money.

Compare target-date funds with the guaranteed values that build in participating whole life insurance policy over a similar time period. It could make sense to keep the control of your money and lock in guaranteed growth through life insurance + leave any legacy to your heirs income tax-free, instead of putting them into a higher tax-bracket with required distributions on an inherited tax-qualified account.

Wealth Workshop in Las Vegas Jan 18th - Register now

Most people are losing money with typical financial planning. Learn to use Life Insurance as a Financial tool while you’re living so you can keep more of the money you make and have financial peace of mind.

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