Wise Money Show Season 6
New Income Rules for Health Insurance Through the Affordable Care Act
Season 6/Episode 52
In order to qualify for cheaper health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (healthcare.gov), your income must be below a certain threshold. For 2020 and for 2021, the income rules are different in order to qualify for those premium tax credits. We have health insurance experts from Korhorn Financial Group Ted Foster and Craig A. Wiker, on the show to help us understand these changes and answer more health insurance-related questions.
The 10 Best Financial Decisions of Your Life
Season 6/Episode 51
What are the 10 best financial decisions you’ve made in your life? At what age did you make those decisions? It may surprise you that the most important financial decisions people make in their lives tend to happen early in life. We're pondering those decisions and answering questions from fans of the show all coming up on this episode of Wise Money.
The 3 Choices You Have With Your Pension
Season 6/Episode 50
Although pensions are rarer than they used to be, if you have one, choosing how you draw it is one of the most important financial decisions of your life. Mike, Josh, and Kevin will explain your options and help you make a wise choice in this episode of Wise Money!
When to Get Long Term Care Insurance
Season 6/Episode 49
To financially protect against the future cost of needing assisted living or nursing home care, at what age should you consider getting Long Term Care insurance in place? Additionally, in what circumstances would someone need this coverage, or not need this coverage? Should you just explore long term care insurance, or are there other options you should consider? That and more coming up on this hour of Wise Money!
The Rules for SIMPLE IRAs
Season 6/Episode 48
The SIMPLE IRA is a wonderful retirement plan if you work at or own a small business, and for all its benefits, it does have a couple not so simple rules that you’re going to want to know about to use this retirement plan effectively...that and more this hour on Wise Money.
2020 Midyear Stock Market Update
Season 6/Episode 47
The US stock market has had one of its most consistent performances through the first six months in history, yet there have been challenges bubbling beneath the surface. We break down the investment results of the first six months and share our perspective for the rest of 2021 in this episode of the Wise Money Show!
Ways to Use a 529 Plan
Season 6/Episode 46
Traditionally the 529 Plan has had a singular purpose: paying for college. Now the rules have changed and you have more options. What are the new ways you can use a 529 plan, and should you consider them as well? We’ll explain that and more in this hour of Wise Money!
Repaying a Coronavirus Related Distribution
Season 6/Episode 45
The Coronavirus Related Distribution from a qualified retirement plan has a very unique feature in that you can pay it back within 3 years as if you never took the money out in the first place. If you took a coronavirus-related distribution last year, you have some special tax planning options with it over the next few years. We’ll explain and help you make a great decision on this episode of Wise Money!
The Bitcoin Episode
Season 6/Episode 44
What role, if any, should Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies play in your financial life and financial plan? Is the attention worth it and you should get in early on this investment while you can...or is this pure speculation and you’re better off ignoring all of the hype? We’re sharing our perspective and more this hour on Wise Money.
Should Your Umbrella Policy Cover Underinsured Risks?
Season 6/Episode 43
What is Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist coverage and is it important to have on your Umbrella policy? We're going to explain what all of that means and then help you determine if it's necessary for your situation on this episode of Wise Money!
Can I Use My 401(K) To Buy a House?
Season 6/Episode 42
Can you buy a house using your 401(k)? What about your IRA? As the housing market is surging, more people are wondering what the rules are for using their retirement money for a down payment. We're covering those rules and reviewing your options in this episode of Wise Money!
5 Unique Rules of the Roth IRA
Season 6/Episode 41
The Roth IRA is one of the most versatile financial instruments available. While it gets a lot of attention, it also has some very strange rules that come along with it. We're sharing our top 5 obscure rules about the Roth IRA that you need to know and answering listener questions on this episode of Wise Money!
How to Avoid 10% Early Withdrawal Penalty in Retirement
Season 6/Episode 40
This week we’re discussing the creative financial planning strategies for those of you looking to retire before age 59 ½. Where can you get access to cash and avoid the 10% early withdrawal penalty? We share our ideas in this episode of Wise Money!
Financial Paths After Graduation
Season 6/Episode 39
Long-term financial success is much more attainable if you start on the right track. Therefore, once graduating high school, how do you financially navigate your three choices of what to do next? Each of these choices has different financial ramifications, so we want to help you, or your son or daughter, succeed financially by getting started on the right path. That and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Why Is the FED Lying About Inflation?
Season 6/Episode 38
Despite the Federal Reserve downplaying inflation, prices appear to be rising rapidly. What’s the truth about inflation, is it going to be a huge concern, and what should you be doing with your money? We are covering that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
The Biggest Financial Planning Gaps
Season 6/Episode 37
Where are the biggest financial gaps that a comprehensive approach to your finances fills in? How can you fill in those gaps and avoid unforced financial mistakes? We're covering that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Protect Your Finances From Identity Theft
Season 6/Episode 36
What’s the best way to protect yourself and your finances from Identity theft? Is it best to purchase identity theft insurance, or is it not actually necessary? If you find yourself a victim of identity theft, what should you do? We’re hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Investment Strategies as You Enter Retirement
Season 6/Episode 35
We all understand the concept of saving up for retirement, but what about investing in retirement? Should your investment approach and risk level change as you near and enter retirement? We're hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Planning Strategies for the SECURE Act 10-Year Rule
Season 6/Episode 34
The SECURE Act introduced the 10-Year Rule for withdrawing inherited retirement accounts and it is going to represent a significant tax increase for your beneficiaries on your hard-earned savings. What are some creative financial planning strategies to manage the 10-Year Rule? We are covering that and more in this episode of the Wise Money Show!
Time to Prepare for Higher Taxes
Season 6/Episode 33
The Biden Administration has been floating ideas about how they plan to increase taxes to help cover more spending in the future. What are the ways you can prepare for higher tax rates in the future? We’re hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
How to Talk to Your Kids About Money
Season 6/Episode 32
What’s the right age to begin talking to your kids about money? Do you wait until they get a job, or when they are in high school or college? How do you do so effectively so that they avoid the common financial mistakes that young adults make? We’re hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Discussing Finances with Your Family - The 70/40 Rule
Season 6/Episode 31
At what point should you begin discussing finances with your family? You don't want to wait until it's too late, but some family members may not be ready. Follow the 70/40 Rule as a benchmark for when to start discussing this sensitive topic. We’re hitting that and more in this episode of the Wise Money Show!
How the New Stimulus Plan Affects Your 2020 Taxes
Season 6/Episode 30
The latest stimulus plan brought on significant tax changes, some of which even impact your return for 2020. Changes include the extension of the tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021, taxation on unemployment benefits, additional stimulus payments, and changes to the child tax credits. We’re sharing details with you in this episode of Wise Money.
Early Withdrawals From Retirement Accounts Through CARES Act
Season 6/Episode 29
The CARES Act gave people unprecedented access to their retirement accounts during the pandemic. A Kiplingers poll showed an alarming statistic, that nearly 25% of Americans withdrew or borrowed from their retirement to cover basic living expenses during the pandemic. Is there an unintended consequence to withdrawing funds early? We’re hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Is My Home Office Tax Deductible? Biggest Tax Questions Part 2
Season 6/Episode 28
Part 2 of the biggest tax questions from the pandemic, joined once again by CPA Ryan Fair. During the pandemic, many employees shifted to working from home - can you get a write-off on your taxes for it? What about all those home DIY projects you completed? Those questions and more on this episode of Wise Money!
The Most Important Variable When Retiring
Season 6/Episode 27
There are 5 factors, or 5 major variables, that influence your ability to retire with confidence. They are all interrelated, but is there one area of the five that is most important? We’re hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Making Sense of the Most Important Short Squeeze Ever
Season 6/Episode 26
The WallStreetBets and GameStop (GME) short squeeze will go down in stock market history, but it is as confusing as it was entertaining. We’ll explain what led up to it, what happened, and the possible long-term implications it will make on the stock market in this episode of Wise Money!
The Biggest Tax Questions from 2020
Season 6/Episode 25
Another tax season is upon us and it comes with several big changes. The biggest tax questions from the 2020 pandemic: When can you file? Will you have to pay tax on your unemployment? What can I deduct for home office expenses? We’re hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money with special guest Ryan Fair, CPA!
Should You Have Multiple Investment Strategies?
Season 6/Episode 24
Should you have a different investment strategy for your Roth IRA as you do for your 401(k)? Do certain investment strategies make sense in some accounts but not others? This episode we're discussing whether it makes sense to use a different investment strategy for your different types of investment accounts.
How Much House Can You Afford?
Season 6/Episode 23
How much house can you afford? Is this just a number the bank tells you or is it a financial planning decision? As housing prices surge, it’s more important than ever to ensure you have the right clarity on how much house you can afford. We're covering that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Health Insurance Options in Early Retirement
Season 6/Episode 22
Health insurance remains one of the most important factors in someone's ability and timing of retirement. If you are retiring before age 65, what are your options for health insurance and how would you rank or prioritize those options? We are hitting that and more in this episode of the Wise Money Show!
The Current Retirement Boom
Season 6/Episode 21
We are in a Retirement Boom...more people are retiring now than ever before. Due to the risks and challenges in a coronavirus world, and inflated stock prices, people are retiring earlier than they planned. Wherever that hits you, how do you know if you’re ready? We're covering that and more in today's episode of Wise Money!
Stock Market Outlook for 2021
Season 6/Episode 20
2020 will go down as one of the most unusual years in stock market history. What investment opportunities should you watch out for in 2021 and what moves should you make in your portfolio? We are covering that and more in this episode!
How To Make 20201 Your Best Financial Year Ever
Season 6/Episode 19
If you were to look back on the year, how would you grade 2020 in your financial life? We are giving you financial tips that you can begin doing right now to make sure 2021 gets a better grade. We’re hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Last Minute Tax Planning for 2020
Season 6/Episode 18
With 2020 almost over, some critical tax planning opportunities are about to expire as well. What are the tax planning steps you need to consider taking right now before they’re gone? We’re hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Financial Challenges to Retiring Early
Season 6/Episode 17
Many people hope to retire early, a trend only increased thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Few, however, can actually pull it off successfully. What are the main financial challenges you must overcome in order to retire early? We’re hitting that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
The Financial Do's and Don'ts of Gift Giving
Season 6/Episode 16
How much money can I gift to a child or family member? It’s the season of giving and that’s actually one of the most common questions we get. We’re going to answer that question and provide clarity to the entire gift-giving process today on this episode of Wise Money!
It's the Most Financially-Stressful Time of the Year
Season 6/Episode 15
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many people, it is the most stressful time of the year when it comes to your finances. We’re going to solve this today by helping you put in place some habits to permanently relieve the holiday financial stress and put the joy back in this season.
5 Financial Professionals You Need in Your Life
Season 6/Episode 14
The average person needs to be collaborating with 5 different financial professionals in their life in order to be on the right track. There’s a fundamental flaw in this model though. Who are these five individuals and why is this problematic? We're going to tell you this episode of Wise Money.
Roth IRA for Teens
Season 6/Episode 13
We often talk about the benefits of starting early for retirement, but how young is too young? The Roth IRA can be a very advantageous financial instrument for those that start investing for the future at a young age. We're hitting the rules for Roth IRA's for teens in today's episode!
The Financial Confidence Account
Season 6/Episode 12
Do you have confidence in your financial life? If not, we’ll help you build that confidence today through a Financial Confidence Account, also known as an Emergency Fund. Having money in this account allows you confidence and peace of mind to pursue your other financial goals and that you’re prepared for a financial crisis. We'll tell you exactly what it is and how to fund it in this episode of the Wise Money Show.
The 2020 Election and the Stock Market
Season 6/Episode 11
With the most contentious election day in modern history behind us, the American people are still left wondering who will be in the White House next year. Unsure of who it will be, we’re discussing how you should plan for what could be ahead with the markets and your money.
Should You Practice Socially Responsible Investing?
Season 6/Episode 10
No surprise considering all that’s happening in the world, but Socially Responsible Investing has become a big trend on Wall Street and with investors the past couple of years. However, the term can mean different things to different people. What does Socially Responsible Investing mean and is it wise? That and listener questions on Wise Money.
How to Pay Less Tax in 2020
Season 6/Episode 9
Are you up to speed on all of the unique tax law changes that apply in 2020? Tax planning should be a focus of your comprehensive financial plan, and this year there are more tax planning ideas than in most years thanks to the CARES Act and other stimulus plans. We’re talking through different tax strategies, breaking them down, and helping you pay fewer taxes coming up on this episode.
The Different Parts of Medicare
Season 6/Episode 8
Medicare is the most important health insurance decision you’ll make in your life, yet it's terribly confusing. Joined by Medicare experts, Ted Foster and Craig A. Wiker, we’ll break this complex plan down to its simple parts in today’s episode of Wise Money.
Is Our National Debt a Problem
Season 6/Episode 7
The ballooning federal debt has now pushed America's debt level over our nation's annual GDP, with it projected to stay above that level for the foreseeable future. Should investors be worried about this and what are the implications in your own personal life? We are covering that and more in this episode of Wise Money!
Should Married Couples File Taxes Separately or Jointly?
Season 6/Episode 6
Most people can agree they hate losing money. So when it comes to filing taxes, married couples often wonder whether they are better off filing jointly or married filing separately. Joined by CPA Ryan Fair, we’re going to put the debate to rest today and discuss a handful of other tax planning considerations in this episode of Wise Money!
Stock Splits Explained
Season 6/Episode 5
Both Apple and Telsa split their stock this summer and made major waves in the investment world. Why would a company do a stock split and how did investors fare in each case? We’re talking about the mathematics and psychographics of stock splits on today's episode of the Wise Money Show.
Student Loan Forgiveness and Forbearance Explained
Season 6/Episode 4
What is the difference between Student Loan Forgiveness and Student Loan Forbearance? Do either of these actually help address the student debt crisis we have in this country,? We are explaining student loan forgiveness and forbearance and how you can ensure that you don’t slip into crisis yourself!
60/40 Portfolio Is No Longer Enough for Investors
Season 6/Episode 3
With interest rates at record lows, it’s never been more difficult for retirees to generate income from their portfolio than it is right now. Is the 60/40 mix dead, and what alternatives should you consider? It's time to rethink the traditional approach to managing risk and obtaining income from your investments in retirement. That and more coming up on this episode of Wise Money!
The First Thing You Need to Know About Money
Season 6/Episode 2
The Rule of 72 is a quick, understandable formula to help investors understand the power of compounding interest. It helps tell approximately how long it will take an investment to double using a given interest rate. We’re explaining more about the rule and how to leverage it in this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Wise Money Movement - Why Comprehensive Financial Planning
Season 6/Episode 1
Comprehensive Financial Planning is more than just investments. It is applying wisdom to your financial decisions with all 6 areas of your financial life in mind. The Wise Money Movement covers Retirement planning, Tax Planning, Investments, Protection Planning (Insurance), Present Financial Position (Cashflow/Budgeting), and Estate Planning. In this episode, you will learn how each of these areas works together to help you achieve your financial goals.