Allworth Financial’s Money Matters

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Ballooning national debt and the risk to retirees

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the reasons why America’s rapidly growing debt could hurt retirees.

Scott and Pat advise a caller with $3 million in savings about keeping a long-term care insurance policy. A retired public employee asks how the Windfall Elimination Provision will affect his Social Security benefit. A caller with $4 million in retirement savings asks if he needs an annuity. Scott and Pat speak with a duplex owner, making $130,000 a year, about potentially selling his property. Finally, a caller asks if he should invest in cryptocurrency.

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The allure of a risk-free retirement

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the unsavory ways some financial advisors are promising to help investors “retire without risk.”

Scott and Pat advise a caller with $3 million in his 401(k) who asks if he needs to make his investments more conservative. A mother asks how her son should handle Restricted Stock Units. A caller asks if he’s on the hook for capital gains taxes after selling a condo that previously belonged to his 103-year-old mom. Finally, Scott and Pat speak with an Air Force veteran who wants to know if he should buy another rental property with the $500,000 he has in the bank. 

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Could Tesla become a Blockbuster?

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the long-term problems with “momentum investing,” and why Blockbuster is a good illustration of the potential downfall of today’s hot stocks.

Scott and Pat advise a caller, who owes $550,000 on his mortgages, about whether he should convert his primary residence into a rental. A caller with $760,000 in his 401(k) asks if he can create a $100,000 fund for home renovations and vacations. Scott and Pat speak with a hospital employee, with a family income of $240,000, who wants to save on future tax bills. A man asks if his wife should take Social Security at age 62. Finally, a Minnesota caller asks if a gold-backed debit card could help protect his savings.

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The swings and fascinations of this year’s financial markets.

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss new investment schemes and shiny object scams that are good for TV ratings but will likely end poorly for most investors.  

Scott and Pat advise a caller about how to invest the equity proceeds from a company sale. A man asks if selling his mutual funds to buy exchange-traded funds (ETFs) makes sense from a tax perspective. A long-time listener wonders whether she should pay off the remaining portion of her home loan or refinance. A 73-year-old woman wants to know if she should migrate her two mutual funds to broaden her portfolio. A 55 year-old-man man just sold a townhouse in Silicon Valley and wants to invest $1.2 million in proceeds.

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The so-called relief bill

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the potential long-term consequences of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package.

Scott and Pat advise a caller on how to invest the proceeds from a maturing CD. A 32-year-old woman, who makes $90,000 a year, wants to retire early, and asks if she should prioritize investing in a 401(k) or a brokerage account. A man wants to know if he can use $100,000 from his 401(k) to buy a condo in Thailand. A new grandmother asks how she can invest for her grandkids.

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Silicon Valley wages in rust belt towns.

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss why more cities are paying remote workers to relocate.

 

Scott and Pat advise a Colorado man with $620,000 in savings who wants to know if he should use a reverse mortgage to buy a home. A caller netted $500,000 from a property sale and asks if he should use the money to pay down his mortgage. A San Diego caller in her 20s who makes $94,000 a year wants to know if she should save to buy a home. Scott and Pat then speak with a man who wonders if he needs a fee-based financial advisor. Finally, a caller asks when the next market crash will occur.

 

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There is no silver bullet investment.

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss an alleged $1.8 billion Ponzi-like scheme and how unsuspecting investors lost their retirement savings.

 

Scott and Pat advise a South Carolina caller who asks if he should make a 20% down payment on a house when interest rates are low. A caller asks if he should pay for a bathroom remodel by selling stocks or using a HELOC.  Scott and Pat speak with a caller concerned about the future of bonds. Finally, A former trader, who initially had $800,000 invested in Apple, asks if long-dated call options will help protect his investment.

 

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The SPAC Boom

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat explain the surge of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies and how it could transfer even more wealth from the middle class to Wall Street.

Scott and Pat advise a Colorado woman with 75% of her retirement savings in equities, who asks if her investments are too aggressive. A military veteran asks if she should purchase four years of service credit for $45,000. Scott and Pat speak with a caller who asks if he should pay down his mortgage balance of $50,000 early. Finally, a caller asks about the tax implications of owning qualified small business stock and restricted stock units.

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The costs of free stock trading

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the free stock trading boom and who will ultimately get hurt.

Scott and Pat speak with a father who wants to help his son by renting a house that his child purchases. A caller asks how he and his fiancé can lower capital gains taxes on two home sales. Finally, a man with a vacation home worth $550,000 asks if he should pay down the mortgage with cash from his IRA.

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The right and wrong ways to refinance

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the scenarios where refinancing a mortgage could hurt your retirement.

Scott and Pat advise a California public employee about when he should take his $735,000 pension. A caller asks if she should cancel her $650 annual premium term life insurance policy. A man asks if the government will eventually tax Roth distributions. A daughter asks how her 86-year-old mother should handle a $647,000 inheritance. Finally, Scott and Pat speak with a husband who wants to know when his wife should take Social Security.

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