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Listen to Johnson Brunetti's Money Wisdom with Joel Johnson CFP®, host of Better Money Television program and Forbes Contributor. Gain true financial wisdom and advice aimed at educating you about all of your financial options when it comes to retirement so you can make the best decisions for you and your family. Get information and education that can bring you peace of mind with your savings and retirement. Whether it’s your 401k account, IRA, or an underperforming asset, Joel Johnson can answer your questions and make you more aware of issues that may affect you.

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Apr 27, 2018

Learn tips for retirement savings using a 401(k) savings plan and how to avoid disasters, pain, and consequences of not planning properly to navigate through difficult financial times.

Main Questions Asked:

  • What can I do to get the most out of my retirement savings?
  • What can I do to successfully navigate through difficult financial times?

Key Lessons Learned:

Tips on Your 401(k)s

  • Should I use free or low-cost advice from my company’s 401(k) advisor? The danger lies in who is giving the advice. I would recommend getting advice from someone who knows you, your financial situation, and who understands your family dynamic.
  • Are 401(k) loans a good idea or a bad idea? It’s a bad idea. Just don’t do it. If you do the math, it doesn’t make sense to take out a loan on your 401(k) because you end up losing money and experience other opportunity costs.
  • When does a 401(k) rollover makes sense? Rolling a 401(k) over to an IRA gives you more flexibility and more control. You can also get higher-quality advice from your own personal financial advisor.
  • When rolling over a 401(k) doesn’t make sense. If you retire at age 56 and most of your savings is in a 401(k) and you roll that money over into an IRA, you will have to wait until age 59 ½ to withdraw it.

Ways You May Be Flirting with Disaster in Your Financial Life

  • You have legal documents that are out of date. The new tax laws have changed some requirements. If you don’t have your documents in order, you could be paying unnecessary taxes.
  • Not knowing you have a tax time-bomb that needs to be defused. An overwhelming majority of your investments could be in tax-deferred accounts. Be mindful! Taking money out could potentially place you into a higher tax bracket.
  • Having the classic 60/40 portfolio. The 60/40 portfolio is completely outdated. You need a plan that considers all your individual life circumstances. Make sure that you are bulletproof against a large drop in your portfolio.

Links to Resources Mentioned

Money Map Retirement Review


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