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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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Aug 4, 2017

Joel talks about using 401(k)’s, the strategies you should be thinking about when it comes to your retirement accounts and the seven point checklist.

Main Questions Asked:

What is the seven point 401(k) checklist?

Key Lessons Learned:

The Seven Point 401(k) Checklist

  • Ignoring your 401(k) or IRA can cost you a small fortune.
  • You should know what you own, go deeper than just the name of the mutual fund. Most people pick their funds based off the last 3-5 years of performance and choose their funds incorrectly.
  • The market works in cycles, the funds that have done well may be about to go down and the ones that have performed poorly are often the ones about to go up.
  • The average mutual fund investor lagged the fund’s performance that they own by 4-5% because they are constantly moving in and out of the fund.
  • You should understand the fees involved in running your 401(k). Most people don’t know that certain fees can actually reduce your overall return by up to 4% which can really add up in the long term.
  • You need to understand your risk tolerance and the risks you are taking, even when the market is on the way up.
  • Most people are taking more risk than they think they are, most people think they can tolerate more risk than they can. You should assume you are taking more risk than you should. Many people are complacent and a market correction is coming.
  • Saving for retirement alone isn’t enough, you have to have a plan and review it regularly.
  • Have a withdrawal strategy that helps you avoid the retirement tax trap. Many people should spend their retirement money first depending on their situation, have a retirement professional work with you to create a withdrawal strategy that is right for you.
  • A ROTH conversion may be right for you but it will depend on the tax implications and your family’s tax implications.
  • It may make sense to consolidate your 401(k) accounts but it will depend on the accounts themselves. Simplifying and consolidating your accounts can give you a clearer picture as what you have available to you for retirement.
  • You have to understand your options when it comes to passing on your accounts to the ones you love. You may be creating a tax time bomb for your heirs if you don’t plan specifically to pass it on as efficiently as possible.
  • Retirement today is tricky business and you will face challenges that other generations didn’t have to deal with. Saving alone is not enough, you need to have a plan.

Links To Resources Mentioned

Money Map Retirement Review


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