Allworth Financial’s Money Matters

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Buy, borrow, die

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss how company founders borrow against their stock to live tax-free, why some ordinary investors attempt something similar, and the reason these strategies often go awry.

Scott and Pat advise a caller selling a property worth $550,000 and looking to save on taxes. A caller asks if she should sell a rental worth $400,000 because the real estate market is hot. A grandmother asks if a 529 Plan is the best way to save for her grandchildren’s education. Scott and Pat speak with a 49-year-old man if he wants to retire at age 55. Finally, a caller nearing retirement asks if cashing in his paid time off will trigger significant tax consequences. 

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The 2% plummet

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the stock market’s recent turbulence and how the media can sensationalize minor price swings.

Scott and Pat advise a man on how to handle 401(k)s worth $125,000 that were awarded to him from a divorce settlement. A caller is the executor of her brother’s estate and asks how she can access his Thrift Savings Plan with little documentation. A caller leaving California asks how he can avoid capital gains taxes on the sale of a home worth $550,000. A man asks how he can recover a 401(k), worth $40,000, that he lost track of decades ago. Finally, Scott and Pat advise a caller with $2.5 million in cash on what questions he should ask a financial advisor.

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Deciding when to sell an asset.

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the one question to ask yourself if you’re struggling to decide whether to hold or sell an asset.

Scott and Pat advise a retired caller in Florida, with $4.1 million in savings, about how he can determine a safe withdrawal rate. A California man asks if he should pay down his $148,000 mortgage balance with his 401(k) money. A caller asks how he should invest $1.1 million for his daughters. Finally, Scott and Pat speak with a woman in Texas who asks if she can collect Social Security based on her ex-husband’s record.

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Learning from your investment history

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss how your experience investing during the pandemic can help guide future financial decisions.

Scott and Pat advise a pilot with $1.6 million in savings about whether he can retire comfortably at age 65. A father in his late 50s asks how he should save for his son’s private high school education. A young man in Argentina asks if he owes taxes after taking early Roth IRA distributions. Finally, Scott and Pat speak with a caller looking to lower his mortgage rate.

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The myth of “unleashing” home equity

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat answer why using your home’s equity for other investments can come back to bite you.

Scott and Pat advise a 64-year-old caller with $3.3 million in savings who wants to know if he should do a Roth conversion to save on his future tax bill. A re-married man who is selling his house asks how he should invest the $100,000 expected from the sale. A retired man wants to know if he should use dividend stocks to make payments on a $330,000 mortgage. Finally, a woman who recently moved to San Diego wonders how she should pay for a home worth $800,000. 

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