Ready For Retirement

Ready For Retirement

Ready For Retirement is the podcast dedicated to helping you learn the tips and strategies that will help you achieve your retirement goals. When it comes to retirement planning, it can quickly become overwhelming and easy to not take action. I designed this podcast because I want you to have the knowledge and confidence to create your secure retirement. My ultimate goal for all of my clients (and listeners) is to create peace of mind and that starts with having a strategy. I want you to spend more time thinking about what matters most to you in retirement. I post weekly episodes to keep you up-to-date on all the best tips and strategies to create a retirement that excites you. Everything from investing tips, tax planning, withdrawal strategies, insurance planning, Social Security, and that's just the start! Let's help you maximize your return on life. We use your money and the strategies I share in this podcast to do just that!


December 5, 2023 19 mins

James explores the nuanced aspects of Roth IRAs, shedding light on intricacies that can confound even experienced investors. 

Through a listener question from Manfred, a retiree contemplating a $50,000 conversion from a 401k to a Roth account, James dissects the crucial five-year holding period and the order in which contributions, conversions, and earnings are treated during withdrawals. 

James also provides clar...

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When we think of retirement, it often evokes dreams of leisure, relaxation, and the freedom to pursue one's passions. Yet, the decision to retire is not merely about leaving a career; it's about embarking on a new chapter filled with purpose and fulfillment. Joe Kuhn, a seasoned retiree and creator of the "Joe Kuhn Loves Retirement" YouTube channel, shares valuable insights gained from his personal journey.

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 Tax loss harvesting is a strategy that investors use to reduce their tax bill. However, there are many misconceptions about tax loss harvesting, including when it's valuable and how to do it effectively.

James debunks some of the most common myths about tax loss harvesting and explains how to use this strategy to your advantage.

Questions Answered:
How can investors benefit from tax loss harvesting by of...

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James walks through a framework of how you ensure that your legacy goals include more than just leaving a chunk of money to your kids when you're gone.

He explains the key concepts that can help your child develop strong money management skills. From starting early to diversifying your investments, learn how you can help set your child up for financial success

Questions Answered:
Why is it important to st...

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What are the benefits of Roth conversions in retirement planning? James addresses questions about when Roth conversions become worthwhile.

This episode explores key factors:
Changes in tax bracket
Spousal scenarios
Impact of portfolio size on tax savings

Potential tax savings tend to increase with a higher portfolio balance but be careful not to take unnecessary Roth conversions. James explains different strateg...

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Have you ever wondered if purchasing an annuity makes sense for you?

There are two conflicting opinions from financial advisors: some advocate for annuities while others advise against them. James explores the concept of being a fiduciary and the challenges of understanding the financial advisory industry. He covers when annuities may be a suitable option, such as providing guarantees, protecting against longevity, guarant...

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If you're in a high tax bracket now and expect to remain in a high tax bracket after retirement, should you prioritize pre-tax retirement accounts or Roth retirement accounts for individuals? 

James answers this and discusses various factors to consider in making this decision, including current and future tax brackets, required minimum distributions (RMDs), charitable giving, life expectancy, and the impact on heirs....

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James debunks common misconceptions about retirement portfolio allocation and explains how to factor in your pension, social security, and other fixed-income sources into your plan. 

He discusses the importance of dividends in assessing investment performance, risk capacity and tolerance, and how mastering them can help determine your optimal retirement portfolio allocation.

Questions answered:
How should you ...

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In this  episode, James emphasizes the importance of having a well-thought-out financial plan for retirement, rather than relying solely on the size of your investment portfolio. Financial security doesn't come from a specific portfolio number but from having a comprehensive plan.

Using a listener's question, James walks through a step-by-step approach to assessing retirement readiness. He discusses aspects like income pla...

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In this episode James explores signs that may indicate it's time to move on from a current financial advisor and discusses the professional and respectful ways to handle this transition. There are three core aspects to consider when contemplating the change:

Deciding to Leave:
The first step involves recognizing signs that it may be time to move on. 

Telling Your Advisor:
James provides two scripts fo...

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One of the most ironic things about retirement spending is that the people who have saved the most money are often the same ones that have the most difficult time spending that money. 

We often think that if we save up enough money or build up enough of a portfolio that in retirement it will open up unlimited fun and enjoyment.

The reality is, for those who have saved well, one of the hardest things you'll fi...

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The majority of people who participate in some level of charitable giving in retirement aren't getting a tax deduction for any of it. While external reasons should drive charitable giving, you should absolutely look to maximize the tax effectiveness of any giving you're already doing.

In this episode, James covers how to optimize your tax benefits, detailing donor-advised funds, an often-overlooked tool for maxim...

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By the time you get to retirement, it is not uncommon to have many different accounts at multiple different institutions. You may be wondering, "How do I begin the process of consolidating everything without paying a bunch in taxes or penalties?"

In this episode, James covers three types of taxes you're likely to encounter when consolidating: ordinary income, capital gain, and early withdrawal penalties. He ...

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It’s common knowledge to have a different portfolio allocation before retirement than you actually have in retirement. But how and when do we actually go about making that change?

This episode is based on a listener question: Alan, has a portfolio mix weighted too heavily in stocks. As he shifts into retirement, he is looking to have a new allocation strategy. 

James discusses how to shift into a different allocat...

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Are short-term savings using an adjustable rate mortgage worth the risk of rate hikes? In this podcast, we cover how adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) work, how they differ from fixed-rate mortgages, and the reality of their adjustment periods. 

James uses a real-life scenario to dive into the comparison of adjustable and fixed-rate mortgages. Learn how to plan for the worst-case scenarios and evaluate the benefits and draw...

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How can rising interest rates impact your pension value?

In this week's episode, we analyze a real-life scenario from our listener, Mark, who is weighing the pros and cons of an early retirement, a higher lump sum, or a commit to an annuity. 

Learn how to calculate the imputed returns of an income annuity and how to determine if taking the lump sum and investing it would be the better option. 


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If you’re retired, you can’t wait around for the next bonus or stock to vest when you have a large expense. When you’re on a fixed income it’s more important than ever to find the best way to pull funds for large expenses. 

In today’s episode, James explains how to find the best way to pay for large expenses in retirement while answering a listener’s question.

Questions Answered: 

Should you use IRAs (or other assets), cash,...

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How much of your portfolio is safe to hold in one individual stock? 

While 5% or 10% is typically recommended, rules of thumb like these are often irrelevant and harmful. The right answer depends upon your specific situation.

James explains the right way to determine how much individual stock you should hold based on your situation.

Questions Answered:
How much is okay to have in an individual stock?<...

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What do you think is the key to a successful retirement?

By asking yourself the right questions and being intentional about using money to enrich life, you can live more presently in the moment and enjoy a meaningful and successful retirement.

James explains the most important question to ask yourself so that you can transform your retirement.

Questions Answered:

How do you get the most out of life with your money by living intent...

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For many people, Social Security will be their primary income source in retirement, but some individuals have sufficient assets or income from other sources, making them less dependent on Social Security benefits.

James explains the factors that can affect when you should collect Social Security and how to create a dynamic strategy.

Questions Answered: 
What if you have sufficient assets/ income that you ...

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