Allworth Financial’s Money Matters

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Social Security and Pension Planning

On this week’s Hanson McClain’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat take several calls about Social Security, before discussing how to plan for retirement when you have a pension.

Scott and Pat take a call from a man who wants to know how the talks of trade tariffs will affect his retirement. A 74-year-old man with a government pension wants to know if he is being short-changed on his Social Security benefits after working and paying into the fund for over 30 years. A caller, whose mother co-signed a student loan for her grandson just before she died, wants to know if the estate is still responsible for the loan. A 62-year old caller with an $80,000 a year pension is concerned that Social Security might not be around much longer. He wants to know if he should apply now or wait until later.

Interest Rates and Real Estate Investing

On this week’s Hanson McClain’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat take several calls, then discuss the potential for continued interest rate increases and the pros and cons of investing in real estate.

Scott and Pat take a call from a 70-year old woman who needs to take a required minimum distribution and wants to know which of her retirement accounts she should draw down first. Next, a caller wants to know what Scott and Pat think about the financial writer Harry Dent Jr. Later, a caller whose husband in poor health must make some difficult pension decisions regarding future benefits. Lastly, a caller wants to know if his retirement account beneficiaries are legally protected and, if so, whether he still needs a living trust.