Allworth Financial’s Money Matters

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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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Mortgaging the future

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss how listeners can plan for Social Security’s funding crisis, the impact of low-interest rates on public pensions, and what rising government debt could do to our future economy. 

 

Scott and Pat advise a mother of triplets about how her children should invest gifts of $13,000 from their grandmother. A 33-year-old law enforcement officer asks how Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision could affect his future benefit. A caller asks if he should invest in passive or actively managed funds. Finally, Scott and Pat speak with a 24-year-old Coloradan who racked up $42,000 in debt and wants to know how he should handle the loans.

 

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Lack of opportunity and disposable income

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss one of their favorite tax-savvy investment strategies and the key factors driving this bull market.

Scott and Pat advise an investor who wants to track his tax obligations on Roth conversions. A Seattle man asks how he can encourage his 61-year-old sister to start saving for retirement. A mother wants to know if her daughter, a student in medical school who overestimated how much she would need for tuition, should return approximately $17,000 that she overborrowed. Scott and Pat speak with a public employee in Illinois who asks how he should consolidate a 457-plan worth $180,000, and an IRA worth $30,000.

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Free money and no-interest mortgages

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss how low-interest rates are driving the market and why a Danish bank is offering 20-year mortgages at 0%.  

Scott and Pat advise a marine who wants to save money for his six grandchildren. A Sacramento caller making $110,000 a year asks if he should continue to rent or if he should buy a home. A mother in California asks how Prop 19 will affect her plan to pass her house on to her children. Finally, Scott and Pat speak with a New York caller who wants to help her nephew refinance his $85,000 mortgage.

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You cannot time the market

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the stock market’s perplexing surge, how bubbles have historically formed, and how disciplined investors can respond in the meantime.

Scott and Pat advise a law enforcement officer, with a yearly family income of $138,000, about when he can retire. A public school counselor is starting an e-commerce business and asks how she should form her company. Finally, a caller who was recently diagnosed with cancer asks how she can plan for her financial future.

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Big financial resolutions versus incremental changes

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss things you can do to improve your finances right from the beginning of the year, and then look back at some of the best calls from 2020.

Scott and Pat advise a mother who wants to help her son save in an IRA. A caller asks if she should continue re-allocating her savings after having purchased $3,000 worth of bonds back in March. A man concerned about the national debt asks if he should invest in precious metals. Scott and Pat speak with a caller who cashed out his 401(k) before the market dropped and asks how he should re-invest. A caller who was recently laid off asks how he should handle his $1.7 million in savings. Finally, a California man asks if a $300,000 home equity loan advertised as “no-cost, no-fee” is too good to be true.

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The heartwarming calls from 2020

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat look back at calls from listeners looking to give back, start new businesses, and help their families.

Scott and Pat advise a single mother about saving money for her three children. A military veteran asks how he can gift a Required Minimum Distribution to his younger wife. A recent college graduate asks how he should invest $45,000. Scott and Pat speak with a charitably inclined caller who wants to know how the CARES Act affects his donations and tax deductions. A Rockland caller asks how he can help his aging parents living on $3,300 a month. Finally, a caller leaving his federal government career to start a new business asks if he should contribute to a Roth IRA. 

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