Wise Money Show Season 7
10 Social Security Facts You Need to Know
Season 7/Episode 52
Social Security plays an important role in your retirement, yet still, most people are unfamiliar with how Social Security works. Therefore, most people are unprepared to make a great decision on when and how to draw their Social Security. We are covering the top 10 facts you need to know about Social Security in this episode of Wise Money.
Should You Invest in I Bonds?
Season 7/Episode 51
Government savings bonds with an interest rate connected to inflation, I Bonds, are currently paying an interest rate greater than 9%. What are the primary features of these investment options and do they deserve a piece of your overall investment portfolio? We are covering that during this episode of The Wise Money Show!
The Most Common Surprises When Signing Up For Medicare
Season 7/Episode 50
The transition onto Medicare is the biggest health insurance transition you'll face in your life, coupled with the biggest health insurance decision of your life, as part of the biggest financial decision in your life - retirement. With so much at stake, how do you ensure it's a smooth transition? Health insurance experts Craig Wiker and Ben Bulgrien join us in the studio to cover the most common surprises you'll face when signing up for Medicare on this episode of the Wise Money Show.
How to Avoid Nasty Tax Surprises
Season 7/Episode 49
Many people experienced unpleasant tax surprises when they filed their taxes in 2022, even more than in the past. We have CPA Ryan Fair on the show to help explain why there was an increase in tax surprises, how you can avoid them, and what to do if you face the nastiest of tax surprises - a tax notice? That and more on this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Should You Make Changes to Your Investments Now?
Season 7/Episode 48
With the stock market declines and volatility we've seen this year, just about everyone is asking the same questions - Should I make changes to my investments? The answer depends on whether you've got the right investment strategies structured to take the right level of risk that is consistent with your long-term financial plan. More insight on that during this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Financial Clarity to Achieve Your Most Important Goals
Season 7/Episode 47
More than likely your financial life is scattered among various bank accounts, retirement plans, and other financial instruments, but you need to align those resources to achieve a variety of different financial goals. How can you get the clarity needed to see your entire financial life in one place and determine what's needed to get on track for your most important financial goals? With the help of special guest Greg Furer, CFP®, CRPC®, CPFA, we're helping you with that on today's episode of the Wise Money Show.
Financial Planning In Your 20s
Season 7/Episode 46
The financial decisions you make in your 20s can affect your finances for years to come. Between student loans, starting saving for retirement, and expensive housing markets, the pressure to make the correct financial decision can seem daunting. We're helping you make wise financial decisions as we wrap up our series on the best financial advice by decade in this episode of The Wise Money Show.
Financial Planning In Your 30s
Season 7/Episode 45
In your 30s you'll face many new and interesting financial challenges. You are likely making more money now than ever before and facing significant financial decisions — like having kids, purchasing a bigger house, changing careers, and more. Whether you are entering your 30s or halfway through, we are helping you face the biggest financial planning decisions in your 30s on this episode of The Wise Money Show.
Financial Planning In Your 40s
Season 7/Episode 44
Your 40s may be the busiest decade of your life, filled with many financial decisions that can affect you and your family for years to come. While time is still on your side before retirement, but not for long, your financial life needs to be a priority. What are the major financial decisions you will make in your 40s? We're helping you navigate those in this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Financial Planning In Your 50s
Season 7/Episode 43
Financial planning in your 50s may be the most important decade. In your 50s you have significant competing financial priorities like helping kids with college, maybe a big home decision or wedding to help pay for, and that is on top of making a final push for retirement. How do you plan appropriately for all of these items? We're helping you with the biggest financial decisions you'll face in this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Financial Planning In Your 60s
Season 7/Episode 42
The decade of your 60s may be the one where you will make the most crucial financial decisions than any other decade. We're helping today with the most important decisions you will face in your 60s during this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Financial Planning In Your 70s
Season 7/Episode 41
Depending on your age, certain areas of your financial life require more attention. In this new series, we're going to highlight one decade at a time to discuss what important financial decisions need to be made during that stage of life. We kick off the series by starting in your 70s; on this episode of Wise Money.
Do You Need to Take RMD From a Roth 401(k)?
Season 7/Episode 40
The Roth IRA does not have a required minimum distribution (RMD) like the IRA does once you turn 72. But, do you have to take an RMD from a Roth 401(k)? We're covering that topic and answering other listener questions during this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Changes to Investments During This Volatile Market
Season 7/Episode 39
Although a market pullback has been anticipated, the timing and magnitude of it is always unknown. What is causing the recent pullback, when might markets bottom, and what adjustments should you make with your investments during the volatile market? We are answering those questions and more during this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Roth Conversion Steps to Follow
Season 7/Episode 38
There are times when you should consider a Roth Conversion, and times in your financial life when it doesn't make sense. For the times when you should consider doing one, what steps should you follow to do the Roth Conversion? Following these steps will help you avoid unnecessary and costly mistakes. That and more during this episode of the Wise Money Show.
How To Avoid 10% Early Withdrawal Penalty
Season 7/Episode 37
If you need to access your IRA after turning age 59.5, you are able to do so and pay the taxes on your withdrawal without penalty. However, what if you need to access your funds before that age? What are the exceptions to the 10% early withdrawal penalty when taking IRA withdrawals prior to age 59.5? We'll share them and some changes to this list during this episode of the Wise Money show.
Worst Ways to Draw Money From Retirement Accounts
Season 7/Episode 36
When you need to start drawing money from your retirement accounts, there are good ways to do it and there are not so good ways to do it. We are telling you the worst ways to withdraw money from retirement accounts so you can avoid it on this episode of Wise Money.
Biggest Financial Surprises in Retirement
Season 7/Episode 35
When you envision retirement, the last thing you are thinking about is the surprises you may come across. What are those surprises, obstacles, and decisions you'll face when you get into retirement? We've helped thousands of people retire and from that experience, we want to share what the biggest surprises are in retirement and how to prepare for them during this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Is Now the Time to Lease a Car?
Season 7/Episode 34
Car prices have absolutely skyrocketed over the past year -- car lots are empty and used cars are going up in value, not down. Is now the time to consider leasing a vehicle? We'll help you decide in this episode of the Wise Money Show!
How a Password Manager Can Help Your Estate Plan
Season 7/Episode 33
A password manager is a helpful tool that not only keeps your passwords safe but can also be a huge benefit for your estate plan. We'll explain what a password manager is and how they work in this episode of the Wise Money Show.
How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Near Retirement
Season 7/Episode 32
With house prices going up, it is likely to become more common to have a mortgage in retirement. Should you avoid having a mortgage in retirement? What strategies should you consider to pay off your mortgage near or in early retirement? We are covering that and more in this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Areas of Your Finances You Don't Realize Are Connected
Season 7/Episode 31
Your financial life is more interconnected than you realize, which is why it is essential that you take a comprehensive financial planning approach to your financial life and decisions. What are the most common areas of your financial life that you didn't realize were actually connected and why? We'll explain in this episode of the Wise Money Show.
3 Ways Assets Transfer at Death
Season 7/Episode 30
When you pass away, who gets your assets and how they get them is critically important. The decisions -- hopefully the proactive, planful decisions -- that you make can influence the amount of stress and cost there is during this emotional time. In this episode, we share the three ways that assets transfer when you die, which one is preferred, and how to proactively structure your assets for a prudent estate plan.
Tax Changes You Need to Be Aware of BEFORE You File
Season 7/Episode 29
Did you trade cryptocurrency in 2021? What about repaying a Coronavirus Related Distribution? Those are just a couple of the unique issues you may face when filing your taxes this year. Guest Ryan Fair, CPA, CFP® joins us to bring clarity to these tax changes and others on this week's episode of Wise Money!
3 Ways to Optimize How You Contribute to an HSA
Season 7/Episode 28
As HSA (Health Savings Account) eligible High Deductible Health Plans become more popular, and as tax laws adapt such that the HSA is an even more versatile tool for your finances, how can you optimize the way you contribute and use your HSA? We're sharing three unique ways that you should consider implementing in your finances on this episode of Wise Money.
How Stocks Perform With Rising Interest Rates
Season 7/Episode 27
To combat inflation, the Fed is set to increase interest rates multiple times this year. What happens to stocks when the Fed is raising rates, and what other financial implications do you need to be aware of in this rising rate environment? That and more on this hour of the Wise Money Show!
Tax Strategies To Implement For This Tax Season
Season 7/Episode 26
It's tax season again, and this one comes with a host of new rules just like the last several. What tax planning strategies should you be on the lookout for this tax season and ready to implement before you file your taxes? That and more on this hour of Wise Money.
Important Ages in Your Financial Life
Season 7/Episode 25
Your age can influence what financial options are available to you and therefore can influence your financial plan and decision making. What are those important inflection ages so that you can properly plan ahead? We're going to run through your entire financial life pointing out the inflection ages so that you can plan ahead. That and more in today's episode of Wise Money!
The Best Place to Get Your Down Payment for a House
Season 7/Episode 24
When you are moving, it’s imperative that you act fast in today’s housing market. Often times that means you start the buying process before you start the selling process of your existing home. This reversal has many people wondering where their down payment should come from for the home they are purchasing. We’ll share the top ideas on this episode of The Wise Money Show.
How To Manage Today's Stock Market Volatility
Season 7/Episode 23
The stock market when from unusually calm to extremely turbulent in just a matter of days. What is causing the recent volatility and what's the best way to manage it? That and more on this episode of the Wise Money Show.
Holes in Your Retirement Savings and How to Fill Them
Season 7/Episode 22
Are there gaps in your retirement savings? Inevitably there will be times in your life when you’re unable to save what you hoped, or a retirement plan is unavailable to you through your employer. What are your options then and what action should you take? We're helping you with that on today's episode of Wise Money!
2021 Market Review & 2022 Investment Outlook
Season 7/Episode 21
2021 was one of the best years in Stock Market history with index performance more than double the long-term average and volatility well below normal. What should we expect for 2022 and how should you position your investments for the new year? We're hitting all of that and more this hour on Wise Money!
What to Do With Your 401k at Your Old Job - The Great Resignation
Season 7/Episode 20
Lots of people are leaving the workforce or changing jobs, a phenomenon called the Great Resignation. With the Great Resignation there is the great decision - what do you do with your 401(k) at your old job? What are your options and what is the wise decision to make with these dollars? We'll help you answer that on this episode of Wise Money.
The Financial Goal Planning Process
Season 7/Episode 19
Start the new year out right by learning and putting to use the Wise Money Financial Goal Planning Process. Whether you have a New Years' resolution you're hoping to achieve in 2022 or simply need to set or update your financial goals. We're sharing the Wise Money Financial Goal Planning Process in this hour of the Wise Money Show.
How To Eliminate The Financial Stress of Christmas
Season 7/Episode 18
How can you eliminate the financial stress that tends to be ever-present this time of year? The holidays don’t have to be that way with the right financial structure. We’ll address the 3 most common areas of financial stress over the holidays to help you eliminate them for good in this episode of the Wise Money Show
Tax Shelter Limits and Strategies for 2022
Season 7/Episode 17
What are the contribution limits to IRA’s, 401(k)’s, and HSA’s for 2022 and how should that influence your tax shelter strategy? We’ve got those answers coming up, but more important than that, what is your overarching tax shelter strategy? That and more coming up in this episode of the Wise Money Show!
Ways To Maximize The New Family Tax Credits
Season 7/Episode 16
Two tax credits got a facelift for 2022 and are now significantly more beneficial to families, only if you’re eligible. In this episode of The Wise Money Show, we’re going to explain the important changes to these tax credits, the Child Tax Credit and the Child and Dependent Care Credit, and share options on how you can maximize their benefit to you.
Top 5 Financial Action Items Before Year's End
Season 7/Episode 15
Another year is coming to a close and so are many financial strategies that have a December 31st deadline. What action steps do you need to take in your finances before the year is up? We’ve got our top 5 and more coming up this hour of the Wise Money Show.
Best Investment Solutions For The Short Term
Season 7/Episode 14
What is the best investment approach when you have money you can invest but will need it in the next couple of years? With the market near all-time highs, is it a good idea to invest this money in stocks, or is there a better solution? The current investment world has created a big decision between safety of principle and the ability to earn a return. We're sharing our perspective and answering questions from fans of the show on this hour of the Wise Money Show!
Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Financial Planner
Season 7/Episode 13
Choosing the right financial planner can be the difference between you achieving your definition of financial peace or not. What are the most common mistakes that are made when choosing this important professional relationship? We are sharing those and our advice on how to find the right fit in this episode of The Wise Money Show.
Which Financial Rules of Thumb to Break
Season 7/Episode 12
Rules of thumb can be helpful guides, but also bad advice. Which financial rules of thumb are worth following and which ones should you break? We're covering the most popular "rules of thumb" and helping you know whether you should put it in practice or ignore it altogether in this episode of Wise Money!
How to Adapt Your Financial Plan For Inflation
Season 7/Episode 11
Should the recent surge in inflation impact your financial plan? Inflation has picked up in a measured way as the economy has emerged from the Covid recession. How can you insolate your finances if inflation continues trending higher? We're covering that and more on this episode of The Wise Money Show!
The Biggest Financial Fears and How to Face Them
Season 7/Episode 10
What keeps you up at night financially? What do you worry about or what are you afraid of? The opposite of financial worry is financial peace, so let’s clean out the closet and confront and solve those financial fears. That and more coming up this hour of the Wise Money Show.
Should You Diversify With International Stocks?
Season 7/Episode 9
U.S. stocks have outperformed international stocks handily over the past 12 years. Is it wise to continue to diversify your investments with international markets, or is that an outdated approach to investing? We'll discuss that and more in this episode of Wise Money.
Top Tax Moves to Make Near Retirement
Season 7/Episode 8
Lots of tax law changes have been proposed, and while that uncertainty looms, making wise tax decisions now is even more important. However, there is no time in life where critical tax planning is more vital than when nearing retirement. What are the top tax moves to make as you near retirement? Our answers and more in this episode of The Wise Money Show.
Misunderstood Tax Laws With Selling a House
Season 7/Episode 7
An often misunderstood tax rule is also one that is extremely important and relevant to the average person: the tax exemption for selling your house. Is the entire sale price taxable? What if you sell a house you inherited? What does a primary or principal residence actually mean? CPA Ryan Fair joins us back on the Wise Money Show to discuss these often misunderstood rules.
Can I Claim My Child on My Taxes if They Made More Money Than I Did?
Season 7/Episode 6
Taxes can become confusing when your dependent children get jobs and begin earning income. Do they need to file a tax return? Can I still claim them as a dependent? CPA Ryan Fair join us on this episode of Wise Money to sort out these confusing tax rules and more.
3 Financial Tips if You Have Kids in College
Season 7/Episode 5
Having kids in college creates unique complexities in your finances, whether it be the best way to pay for college, managing tax credits, to understanding the new risks. We are covering our top 3 financial tips you must know if you have kids in college in this episode of the Wise Money Show.
10 Ways to Pay Less for Car Insurance
Season 7/Episode 4
When it comes to car insurance, what’s most important is that you have the most appropriate coverage for your financial situation. But, so is making sure you’re not paying too much. How can you pay less for your car insurance? We're sharing our top 10 ways to save on this episode of the Wise Money Show!
What Happens When You Inherit an HSA?
Season 7/Episode 3
As High Deductible Health Plans have grown in popularity over the past decade, more and more people are contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for a versatile financial tool in their financial plan. But how does an HSA work when it’s inherited by someone after the owner passes away? Does it work like an IRA or Roth, or is it different? The answers might surprise you and may influence how you use and fund your HSA. That and more coming up on this episode of the Wise Money Show!
The Balance Between Wealth and Health
Season 7/Episode 2
It’s common to neglect your health to build up wealth, and then use your wealth to (try) regain your health. How can you avoid that cycle and instead obtain a good balance between building wealth and staying healthy? What are ways that you can manage this tension? We have those answers for you and more in this episode of the Wise Money Show!
At What Age Do Most People Retire?
Season 7/Episode 1
What’s the most popular retirement age? What’s the best age for you to retire and how do you determine it? What do the trends say and are you on track? We’re helping with that and more on this week's episode of the Wise Money Show.