Allworth Financial’s Money Matters

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Put your power of attorney and advance healthcare directives in place.

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the importance of having difficult financial conversations. They also talk about your options with a Thrift Savings Plan in a podcast exclusive segment.

Scott and Pat advise a caller in Northern California, with $1.6 million saved who wants to know where to place her RMD. A man planning for Social Security asks if his calculation is accurate. A 26-year-old caller in South Dakota wants to establish credit but doesn’t know how. Finally, a Sacramento man facing a civil lawsuit asks how he can protect his assets.

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If you are a high earner, take Social Security ASAP.

On this week’s Money Matters, Pat and Allworth advisor David Schauer discuss why high earners should take Social Security sooner rather than later. In a podcast exclusive segment, they discuss how your risk tolerance can change your investment strategy.

Pat and David advise a janitor who saved $460,000 and wants to gift all of his assets to charity. A Nevada man asks if he should take a higher distribution from his investments. A caller with $2 million asks if his investments can generate more income. Pat and David advise a Denver man looking for a safe, short-term investment. Finally, a woman expecting $150,000 asks how she should invest.

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Where do bonds fit in your savings?

On this week’s Allworth’s Money Matters, Pat and Allworth advisor David Schauer discuss how you can use bonds in a low interest rate environment.

Pat and David advise a California woman who gained $1 million from a home sale. A government worker, who owes $316,000 on a mortgage and student loans, asks if he should prioritize his debt or retirement savings. A man with $200,000 in family income asks if he should fund a new IRA. Pat and David advise a property owner trying to defer his capital gains taxes. Finally, a caller asks if he should buy more bonds. 

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The broken promises of indexed annuities.

On this week’s Allworth’s Money Matters, Pat and Allworth advisor David Schauer discuss the mechanics of indexed annuities, and why the broken promises of one insurance company led to a significant lawsuit.

Pat and David advise a California woman looking to leave her IRA savings to her loved ones. A man who owes $212,000 on his house asks if he should prioritize his mortgage or retirement saving. Pat and David speak with a San Antonio caller who is concerned about China’s impact on his investments. Finally, a man making $160,000 a year asks how he should maximize his savings.

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Prepare your retirement savings for the next downturn.

On this week’s Allworth’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss how you can create a disciplined investment strategy.

Scott and Pat advise a Denver man trying to save more and pay down a $450,000 mortgage. A caller is taking a $540,000 inherited IRA through probate. A man who has improved his credit score wants to know if he should refinance his mortgage. A California woman is expecting $1 million from a home sale and, having been burned by a financial advisor before, wonders how and where she should invest. A caller nearing retirement asks if there is a way around the Windfall Elimination Provision. Finally, a woman within six months of retirement asks how she should prepare.

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Who gets caught in modern Ponzi schemes?

On this week’s Allworth’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss how a $1.3 billion Ponzi scheme ensnared many retail investors.

Scott and Pat advise a Georgia woman trying to lower taxes on her $900,000 IRA. A concerned man asks if his bank can seize his savings. A pensioner is deciding between a $1.4 million lump sum or $8,000 monthly payout. Scott and Pat advise a New Jersey caller who wants to leave a $100,000 perpetuity for his favorite charity. Finally, a Denver man asks if a traditional or hybrid long-term care insurance policy is better for him. 

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The We Company’s flopped IPO

On this week’s Allworth’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss The We Company’s IPO failure, and why huge investments aren’t always intelligent ones.

Scott and Pat advise a California man who purchased a $300,000 annuity and is considering purchasing another. A caller who saved $2.8 million asks if he’s following the correct Social Security claiming strategy. A woman who quit her corporate job to become a farmer is deciding how to take a $125,000 pension. Finally, a caller with half of her money in cash and half in Johnson & Johnson stock asks if she should allocate differently.

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Can you really afford your car?

On this week’s Allworth’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the rising length of auto loans, and what it means for you.

Scott and Pat speak with a caller concerned about meeting her Required Minimum Distributions from different retirement accounts. A saver with $500,000 asks if an annuity is right for him. Scott and Pat advise a pastor looking to lower his taxes. A retired dog walker, who saved $2.2 million, asks if a Roth conversion is right for him. Finally, a man closing in on retirement wants to know if he will be able to live comfortably.

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Want a lower mortgage rate? Just ask.

On this week’s Allworth’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss how you can potentially save on your current mortgage, and General Electric’s pension woes.  

Scott and Pat advise a caller with a $1.5 million home who’s considering using its equity. A Colorado man asks if he should consolidate his credit card debt with his mortgage. A caller going through a job change asks how he should roll over his investments. Finally, Scott and Pat speak with a man expecting a $600,000 inheritance who is looking to grow and protect the money.

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Is Facebook a monopoly?

On this week’s Allworth’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the potential break-up of big technology companies, including Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

Scott and Pat speak with a caller looking to protect an injury settlement from her $66,000 tax debt. A real estate investor asks if he should sell a $350,000 rental property. A man in his 80’s, with $200,000 in student loans, asks if he should pay off the balance. Finally, Scott and Pat advise a widow who wants to collect Social Security and go back to work.

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