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Politics, your investments, and what really matters

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat interview Andy Stout, CFA, the Chief Investment Officer of Allworth Financial. They have a wide-ranging conversation about the presidential election, following a disciplined investment strategy, and the economic forces more important than the politician sitting in the Oval Office.

Scott and Pat advise a Cincinnati caller trying to help his 92-year-old mother cash out annuities worth $320,000. A Colorado man asks if he can save $19,500 a year in his 401(k) so he can collect a full Social Security benefit while working. Finally, Scott and Pat speak with a Sacramento woman who asks if she can afford to take a few years off work to care for her grandchild.

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Ambient emotions and your financial decisions

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the ways that temporary pandemic stress can affect your long-term financial decisions.

 

Scott and Pat advise a caller with $10 million in savings about how he can gift his assets and lower his tax bill. A Cincinnati caller making $150,000 a year consulting asks if he should expect means testing on his Social Security benefit. A California man with $875,000 in retirement savings asks if a Roth conversion is a smart move for his situation. Scott and Pat speak with a soldier in Hawaii looking for ways to save outside of his TSP. Finally, a California woman asks if she should sell her rental worth $400,000.

 

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A Fool’s Game

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the challenges of making financial decisions with aging parents and speak with several callers concerned about the presidential election impacting their investments.

 

Scott and Pat advise a California man with $1.5 million saved about a potential Roth conversion. A caller asks if he should convert some of the money in his 401(k) to cash before the presidential election. A retired caller asks if his wife should claim her Social Security benefit at age 62. A caller invested in target-date funds asks if a financial advisor is worth their fees. Finally, an 83-year-old tap dancer asks if she should buy an annuity for $300,000.

 

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The early retirement “choice.”

On this week's Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the pandemic's uneven economic effects and the reason why the cost of refinancing a mortgage will rise soon.

Scott and Pat advise a Colorado investor who, just before the market crash back in March, put half of his portfolio into energy stocks. (He wants to know if he should pull out of the market now.) A 62-year old caller with a $90,000 annual income wants to know when she should file for Social Security. Finally, a retired logistics manager with $4.6 million saved wants to know how he can lower his taxable investment income.   

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Is COVID-19 changing the way you think about money?

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott discusses his experience contracting COVID-19. Scott and Pat also take several calls from investors who are considering changing their financial strategies based on the headlines.  

Scott and Pat advise a Denver man who has 50% of his savings in Real Estate Investment Trusts and is considering selling his REITs. A caller put 95% of her retirement savings into government bonds in March and asks how she should reenter the stock market. Scott and Pat speak with a Charlotte woman who owes $360,000 on her mortgage and asks if she should try a velocity banking technique. Finally, a proud market timer asks if he should exit the market before the election.  

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Calls about the pandemic and possible new retirement goals

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat look back at a few memorable calls from the height of the pandemic, before discussing some of the key reasons why more Americans want to work after retiring.

 

Scott and Pat speak with a caller concerned about putting the proceeds from a land sale into the market. A 73-year-old caller sold off the majority of his stocks and bonds and asks if he should repurchase his investments now that they are performing better. Scott and Pat advise a caller who left his job and asks how he should handle his old 401(k). A single mother wants to pull $70,000 of equity from her home to help her children pay for college. Finally, a Colorado caller inherited 25 ounces of gold and wants to know what he should do with the bullion.

 

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Day traders, options, and a soaring stock market

 

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss how options and online traders are boosting stock prices, and how that trend may end.

 

Scott and Pat advise a mother looking for more ways to save for her children’s future, while one son makes $30,000 a year selling Goldendoodle puppies. A caller asks if his mother should take her spousal benefit from Social Security while she is still working. A man holding international bonds yielding 5% per year asks if he should sell his investment. A caller who saved $1 million in a 403(b) asks if he should buy a rental property. Scott and Pat speak with a caller in Northern California looking for investments that provide safe retirement income. A caller asks if he should sell a universal life insurance policy he purchased in 1987. Finally, a caller asks if an annuity will help create the $7,000 he needs in monthly retirement income.

 

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Are we in another dot-com bubble?

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss the Snowflake IPO, high valuations, and how to protect your retirement through the market’s ups-and-downs.

 

Scott and Pat advise a Santa Cruz caller looking to refinance his $1 million mortgage with some of the $2.7 million in his family’s savings. A conservative investor is inheriting $350,000 and asks how she should save. Finally, a 33-year-old mother with three properties asks if she should sell one of her rentals.

 

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Rising home prices and negotiable rents

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat discuss real estate market trends and some concerning long-term economic risks.

Scott and Pat advise a man in Northern California, making $70,000 a year, about a potential Roth conversion. A caller who owes $150,000 on his mortgage asks if he should pay off the balance with money from his 401(k). A California woman asks if she should buy additional rental properties. Scott and Pat speak with a caller in Loveland, Colorado, earning $200,000 a year, and seeking to lower her taxable income. Finally, a golfer asks if a fixed annuity will help diversify his investments.

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Clarity returns to the stock market

On this week’s Money Matters, Scott and Pat explain how the recent stock market dip could benefit long-term investors. They also break down the essential differences between a financial advisor and a financial planner.

Scott and Pat advise a caller considering the potential pitfalls of a no-cost, no-fee $300,000 loan. A recently widowed caller asks how she should handle a $200,000 windfall from selling a house. Finally, a military veteran, who saved $2.8 million, asks if he should pay off his mortgage early.

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