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First Year of Retirement – Part 1 of 2

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Balancing Retirement: Finding Harmony in Newfound Freedom

As we age, the concept of balance takes on new significance, especially as we transition into retirement. Recollecting childhood memories, the narrator nostalgically remembers balancing on logs and wonders how he's maintaining equilibrium in retirement.

Understanding Work-Life Balance

The term “work-life balance” has long been a topic of discussion. Historically, the idea of evenly dividing one's day between work, recreation, and sleep was proposed by Welsh labor activist Robert Owen in the 1800s. However, the evolution of work and the demands of the corporate world have skewed this balance over time. The shift from the term “work-life balance” to “work-life integration” in recent years exemplifies this change. It's essential to realize that while work is a significant part of one's identity, there should be a clear delineation between professional obligations and personal time.

The Ever-Changing Nature of Retirement

In retirement, the challenges shift. One might assume that the absence of work grants endless free time. However, with the myriad of distractions present today, especially through platforms like social media, one can quickly fall into a trap of inactivity. Some retirees use a “2PM rule,” where they remain standing until the afternoon to encourage activity. But, as with everything, balance is key. While having some structure can be beneficial, too much can lead to burnout and an overbooked schedule.

Structuring Your Retirement Days

Striking a balance between structure and flexibility is the golden mean for many retirees. Simple tasks like making your bed can instill a sense of accomplishment and set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Establishing small daily routines can help bring order, while also ensuring there's enough room for spontaneity and exploration. Staying connected is also crucial, whether that's through group lunches or casual meet-ups, helping to keep loneliness at bay and maintaining social ties.

How Does a Gold IRA Work?

For those considering financial stability in retirement, it's essential to understand various investment options. One such avenue is the gold IRA. But how does a gold IRA work? A gold IRA is an individual retirement account that allows for the inclusion of physical gold, among other precious metals. It can be a secure way to diversify your investment and protect against the volatile stock market. As with all financial decisions, it's crucial to do thorough research and understand the intricacies involved.

In conclusion, retirement is a time of change, exploration, and, most importantly, balance. By staying active, maintaining social connections, and considering various financial opportunities, retirees can make the most of this new chapter in their lives.


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Biggest Dangers In Retirement – The Forgotten Details

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In an engaging discussion, Tina and Norm delve deep into pressing concerns associated with retirement, highlighting the risks of dying without a will and the consequent repercussions on surviving loved ones.

The Implications of Dying without a Will

Tina and Norm bring to light the grave oversight many adults make in their lifetime – neglecting to draft a will. This omission can lead to dire complications for the surviving kin. Shocking statistics reveal that approximately 50% of Canadian adults, 57% in the UK, and a staggering 68% in the U.S. haven’t prepared a will. Without a documented will, in cases where no living relatives exist, government authorities may lay claim to one’s assets. Instead of this outcome, assets could be directed towards personal interests, hobbies, or charities of one’s choice. The cost of creating a will is minimal, especially when compared to one’s accumulated estate, typically ranging from 200 to 300 dollars or pounds, depending on one's geographical location.

Moreover, while seeking professional legal aid is advised, individuals can also draft their wills. The crux lies in ensuring that the witnesses to the will are not beneficiaries. Tina shares a poignant personal experience of her brother’s untimely demise without a will, emphasizing the importance of pre-emptive action. Norm further echoes the sentiment by pointing out how Tina's father, back in the '80s, successfully wrote his own will.

Passwords: An Overlooked Asset

An increasing reliance on digital platforms necessitates effective management of passwords, an essential aspect often overlooked in retirement discussions. Having passwords at hand is crucial for executors to access and manage online assets, especially in an era where even baby boomers are embracing technology comprehensively. These passwords give access to a myriad of online platforms – from bank accounts and trading platforms to social media accounts. The discussion delves into the urgency of having either a written record or employing digital password wallets, software programs that store multiple passwords securely, needing only one master password for access. Their importance can't be stressed enough as they are vital not only for executors but also as memory aids for the older generation.

How to Set Up a Precious Metals IRA

Expanding one's financial security during retirement is vital, and one way to achieve this is by learning how to set up a precious metals IRA. This individual retirement account holds physical precious metals like gold, offering an alternative asset that's typically more resilient during economic downturns.

If you're curious about how to set up a precious metals IRA, numerous resources guide you through the process, ensuring that your retirement nest egg is not only diversified but also secure.

In conclusion, while financial stability during retirement is essential, it's equally critical to prepare for the unexpected by creating a will and ensuring access to digital assets. The legacy one leaves behind should be in line with their wishes, and the necessary measures should be taken to guarantee it.

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How to Retire by 40

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On a snowy Wednesday, the host of the “Investing in Real Estate” show greeted his viewers from various locations and set the stage for a discussion on the ambitious goal of retiring by age 40. The atmosphere was relaxed and interactive, with viewers sharing their locations and the host addressing some customer service issues on the fly. However, the primary focus was dissecting a mainstream media article that outlined tips for achieving early retirement.

The Mainstream Approach to Retirement

According to the discussed article, the three “proven” strategies to retire by 40 included:

  1. Save more: By cutting back on non-essential expenses, such as dining out or buying lattes.
  2. Earn more: This strategy encourages individuals to get advanced degrees or certifications to earn a higher salary.
  3. Invest more: Emphasizing the importance of contributing to a 401(k), especially up to the employer's match.

The host challenged these strategies, particularly the idea of simply saving more and investing primarily in a 401(k). He emphasized that these mainstream approaches may not be sufficient to sustain a comfortable retirement. The traditional advice of relying on savings and avoiding lattes isn't sufficient for those who aim to retire young and comfortably.

The Silver IRA Rollover: A Smart Investment Strategy

In the evolving financial landscape, diversification is paramount. One investment avenue gaining traction is the silver IRA rollover. Historically, precious metals, including silver, have offered a hedge against inflation and economic downturns. A silver IRA rollover allows individuals to diversify their retirement portfolios by including silver, providing both growth potential and financial security.

Moreover, investing in a silver IRA rollover doesn't just offer diversification benefits; it's also a proactive approach to wealth preservation. With global economies in constant flux, relying solely on traditional retirement accounts might be risky. Adding silver to one's retirement account can offer stability and peace of mind, ensuring a more comprehensive approach to financial planning.

Real Estate: The True Path to Early Retirement

In stark contrast to the mainstream narrative, the host championed real estate as the genuine path to financial freedom and early retirement. He urged listeners to focus on purchasing assets that generate passive income, such as rental properties, rather than accumulating liabilities like expensive cars. The host's contention is that true financial independence is achieved not just by saving, but by investing smartly in assets that generate ongoing income. He critiqued the mainstream advice that prioritizes paycheck jobs and 401(k) investments over tangible assets that provide regular cash flow.

In conclusion, while the mainstream media might advocate for a certain approach to early retirement, the “Investing in Real Estate” show underscores the importance of thinking differently. Passive income through real estate and diversification through investments like the silver IRA rollover might be more effective strategies for those looking to retire by 40.


The speaker expresses frustration with mainstream media articles that suggest the route to early retirement is through saving more, earning more, getting advanced degrees, and using retirement accounts like the 401(k). He finds such advice unrealistic and unrealistic, especially if one aims for a comfortable retirement. Instead, he champions real estate investment as the primary means of building wealth.

After his initial talk, he opens a Q&A session where he responds to various audience queries. Among the topics discussed:

  1. A brief mention of issues with scheduling calls and feedback about his team.
  2. The merits of joint ventures in real estate.
  3. Details about an upcoming program.
  4. Mechanisms for repeatedly purchasing properties.
  5. A note on using Fund&Grow for financing.
  6. Recommendation to buy properties within an LLC rather than personally.
  7. Difference between A, B, and C-class properties and neighborhoods.
  8. How he doesn't like investing in properties with homeowners' associations (HOA).
  9. He briefly touches on other topics like refinancing, HELOCs, banks, and property management.

Overall, the discussion emphasizes real estate investment as a viable path to financial security and wealth-building.

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Retire in the 0% Tax Bracket with David McKnight


Casey Weade: I'm very excited to offer you
today's guest, David McKnight. I've been following David for quite a few
years as he has been a champion for the American people when it comes to ringing the warning
bell of higher taxes in the future, and what to do today so you can be in the 0% tax bracket
in retirement. That's what I said, 0% tax bracket. It may sound impossible, but David's going
to walk you through exactly how to accomplish it in our discussion today. This is a guy that has made frequent appearances
on television. You’ve probably seen him before actually. He's been in Forbes, USA Today, the New York
Times, CNBC, and numerous other national publications. His bestselling book, The Power of Zero, has
sold over 140,000 copies. And his revised version launched in September
of 2018, becoming the number two most sold business book in the world, which has now
been turned into a full-length documentary film also entitled The Power of Zero, which
we're going to spend some time on today.


David will cover why tax rates are destined
to not only increase, but potentially double during your retirement years and what you
should be doing about it. One of my favorite topics covered is something
David likes to call legislative diversification, how to protect your retirement assets from
potential legislative changes in the future and one of the most heavily discussed topics
in the tax world today, Roth conversions, why, when and how to do it. Without further ado, I give you, David McKnight. [INTERVIEW] Casey Weade: Dave, welcome to the podcast. David McKnight: Thanks for having me. Casey Weade: Hey, I'm really excited to have
you here. Our whole office was really jazzed up to have
you here because we've all watched your movie. Many of us have read your book.


I've followed you for many years and have
found your research, the information you provide to the public and to advisors out there incredibly
valuable. And I know you've been doing this for a really
long time. Now you've made this transition from being
an author to somewhat of a movie producer. And now you have this new movie about the
tax train coming. Why this passion for just, I mean, you do
a lot of traveling in order to get the word out about the future of tax rates. Why this passion? David McKnight: Well, it's really interesting. Back in 1997, Bill Clinton stood before the
country during the State of the Union. He said, “Hey, I got great news. The national deficit is now zero and here
we are 20 years later.


Not only is the national deficit not zero,
it's about a trillion dollars per year and growing, but also our national debt is $22
trillion and it's growing by leaps and bounds. And during a period of relative prosperity,
while all the other nations in the world are getting their financial houses in order, we
just keep plowing things onto the National Credit card, and the debt just keeps getting
bigger and bigger and more and more unsustainable. So, it seems strange to me that as our fiscal
condition of our country sort of spins out of control, and the likelihood of higher taxes
down the road to be able to liquidate all this debt becomes more and more reality, it
seems strange to me that we have 75 million, 78 million baby boomers who continue to grow
the lion's share of their assets in tax-deferred vehicles, like 401(k)s and IRAs, meaning they
haven't paid taxes on those assets yet.


So, we're sort of marching into this future
where all of the financial experts basically agree that tax rates are going to have to
rise dramatically in the next 10 years, yet most Americans aren't really doing anything
about it. So, I've sort of over the last five years,
in particular, I really sort of taken upon myself to barnstorm across the country, try
to raise the warning cry to whoever will listen. I do that a lot of different ways through
the movie, through my books, through public appearances, but really just trying to get
the word out and educate people on the reality of what's going on in our country and how
they can best prepare themselves as they move into their retirement years. Casey Weade: What do you hope the end result
is of all this work that you're doing and trying to get this word out? What do you hope actually comes out of the
work that you're doing? David McKnight: Well, I think first and foremost,
I would love to raise awareness among the largest voting bloc in the country, which
is the baby boomers.


They have the ability to elect really every
single elected official every two or four years. And they have a lot of clout, and they leave
a really large footprint and if they can make it known to their elected officials, that
the type of fiscal irresponsibility is being shown in Washington, it's just not going to
cut it. It's not good for us. It's not good for our children, certainly
not good for our grandchildren. That's really the primary hope. But I'm not very optimistic on that account. And so, absence any real fiscal restraint
on the part of the federal government, the secondary goal really is to help people prepare
for the inevitability that the government is not going to get their act in order. They're probably not going to cut spending. They're probably going to have to raise taxes
dramatically over the course of the next 10 years. Therefore, what can the 75 million to 78 million
baby boomers do to protect their hard-earned savings from a dramatic increase in taxes
that’s bearing down on us like a freight train? Casey Weade: Now, let's dive into that a little
bit further, because I think most retirees have been told that their taxes are going
to be lower in retirement and I'm still hearing that today.


People come in, and they're saying, “Well,
why would I pay taxes today? Why would I do a Roth conversion today? I'm going to be at a lower tax rate environment
in retirement. My CPA told me I needed to get tax deductions
today because I'm going to be – I’m going to have less income in retirement,” but
you're saying even if we have less income in retirement, it doesn't mean we're going
to pay less taxes. David McKnight: Yeah. I’ll give you an example. I was listening to a radio show a couple of
years ago.


It was one of those financial radio shows. I can't remember if it was Dave Ramsey or
who it was, but it was a financial radio show. And the lady calls in and she says, “I don't
understand. I am making less money in retirement, but
I'm paying more in taxes. How is that even possible?” She was totally flabbergasted. And the radio show host says, “Well, tell
me about your deductions,” and she says, “Deductions? I ran out of those a long time ago.” He goes, “Oh, I think I understand your
problem.” So, even if tax rates were to stay level for
the rest of our lives, this much we know, all of the deductions that you experienced
during your working years literally vanished into thin air. What are we talking about? We're talking about your house. Your house is typically paid off, by the time
you reach your retirement. Your kids, that's a huge source of tax savings,
because kids are tax credits, right, though your kids have moved out by the time you reach


You're no longer contributing to your 401(k)
or IRA and instead of donating money during retirement, people typically donate time. So, all of these major sources of deductions
vanished into thin air right when you need them the very most, which is retirement. So, even if tax rates weren’t going to go
up, which I think is a mathematical impossibility at this point, all of the deductions that
we enjoyed during our working years are gone and the only thing we're left with is a standard
deduction, which if you retired today, as a married couple, is 24,400.


So, we've got the combination of disappearing
deductions plus the likelihood the tax rates are going to go up, which make it nearly impossible
for you to be in a lower tax bracket than you are right now in retirement. Having said that, everybody's situation is
different and the real catalyst that should help you understand what you should do in
terms of whether you should shift money out of tax-deferred to tax-free comes down to
what you believe in your heart of hearts about the future of tax rates, and that is the single
overriding variable when it comes to making these decisions. I happen to think having examined all of the
data and having interviewed most of the major experts on these types of things all across
the country, particularly for the movie, I happen to be very, very frightened about the
future of tax rates and that's why I'm so motivated to do the types of things that I'm


Casey Weade: In the movie, you cover all kinds
of different reasons why we're going to see higher taxes in the future and I think we're
just kind of overwhelmed as a society by trillion this, trillion that, social security taxes,
Medicare is going to have issues, disability, OSDI. I mean, we've just got all these things that
are going to jam down our throats that are kind of confusing and overwhelming. And I think you simplify it too in the movie. You kind of say, “Well, I think we all believe
that history tends to repeat itself.” Let's look back throughout history and see
what's happened in the past because what's happened in the past tends to happen again
in the future. I think that would be a good thing for us
to provide people.


It’s just kind of a little history around
the tax system and historical tax rates. David McKnight: Yeah. Our reality attempts to be driven by the things
that have happened in our lifetime. And most people don't realize that there is
a period in the history of our country where tax rates were dramatically higher than they
are today. Granted, there were different deductions back
in the day. You can deduct credit card interest. You can deduct interest on a car loan, those
types of things that have more deductions, but that does not offset the reality that
in the prime of Ronald Reagan's career, he talked about how he never made more than two
movies in a year. Reason being he made about $100,000 per movie,
and any dollar he made above and beyond $200,000, he only kept $0.06 on the dollar and truth
be told, he didn't even get to keep the $0.06.


That $0.06 went to the state of California. So, it didn't make sense for Ronald Reagan
to even work past the month of June, because he wouldn't keep any of the money. So, he writes in his biography that he never
made more than two movies in a year. He would go to his ranch, he'd ride horses. He pretty much just hang out until the next
year, so he can start making his two movies again. So, that was a long time ago and even as recently
as the decade of the 70s, the highest marginal tax bracket was 70%. You fast forward to today, the highest marginal
tax bracket is only 37%. These are historically low. You may make the case that under George W.
Bush, tax rates were a tiny bit lower at 35% but the income parameters that govern tax
brackets today are so much more favorable to the American taxpayer than they were even
under George W.


Bush. We are experiencing the tax sale of a lifetime. We don't recognize how good it is because
we don't often think about how high tax rates were during the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s. It wasn't until Reagan actually got into office
that tax rates started to lower dramatically. But we're in an environment where politicians
are talking about raising the marginal tax rate at 70%. I heard Elizabeth Warren talking about raising
it to 90% on the wealthiest among us. And then you got to remember is when that
highest marginal tax rate goes up, historically, it's a bellwether for all of the other tax
rates. As that highest marginal tax rate goes up,
all of the lower ones tend to rise right along with it and that's why we keep our eye on
that highest marginal tax bracket. So, we have to, I think we've sort of been
lulled into this false sense of security that tax rates are low, and they'll always be low.


Well, history tells a different story. Casey Weade: Let’s get into some of the
finer details, reasons why you expect taxes will be higher in the future. Outside of just history tending to repeat
itself, what do you think the top reasons are that we're going to see higher taxes in
the future and somewhat dramatically higher taxes? David McKnight: Well, we interviewed Larry
Kotlikoff, who is a Ph.D. out of Boston University, and we interviewed him for the movie. He has about a seven-minute segment of the
movie, which to me is one of the most compelling sections of the movie, and he talks about
something called fiscal gap accounting. Now the national debt, according to the federal
government, that what we call the publicly stated national debt is $22 trillion. That's two, two followed by 12 zeros. Doesn't seem like a big deal, because our
debt-to-GDP ratio is 106%. What makes us fifth in the world doesn't seem
like a big deal, because we were actually worse in the wake of World War II. We had I think the debt-to-GDP ratio that
was around 110%, 115%. Now, we're only at 106%.


So, the casual observer says, “Hey, look,
it's not that bad. In fact, it's been worse, and we were able
to recover from it.” Well, according to Larry Kotlikoff, Dr. Kotlikoff
says, “There's something called fiscal gap accounting. Fiscal gap accounting is the difference when
you calculate the difference between what we actually owe, what we've actually promised
to pay to baby boomers in the form of Medicare, Medicaid, social security, interest on the
national debt versus what we can actually deliver on based on current tax rates.” And he says, last year he said that that fiscal
gap was $199 trillion. This year, he says, pardon me. It’s not 199. He says $222 trillion. This year, he says it’s $239 trillion, so
it's gone up just in one year. So, according to Dr. Kotlikoff, our debt-to-GDP
ratio is actually closer to 1,000%. We're not required by law to include in that
national debt number what we call off-the-books obligations, off-the-books obligations or
promises that we made for social security Medicare that we're not technically required
to include in the national debt. Well, guess what, every other country in the
world uses fiscal gap accounting.


So, according to all of the rankings, Japan
has the worst debt-to-GDP ratio at 250%. If we were to conduct our accounting and tabulate
are national debt like Japan does, our debt-to-GDP ratio would actually be 1,000%, which is breathtaking. It's really, really out of control. And so, the only reason it doesn't seem worse
is a simple accountability. It's a simple accounting trick that the federal
government uses to not have to disclose all of their debts. So, really, things are much worse than they
seem, and it's driven by primarily promises made for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. Casey Weade: Well, you use that word, trillion,
a few times. We're probably going to continue to use that
T-word. And I think we've almost become numb to that
word and it's a really big word.


And maybe you can share with us a way that
you help people really wrap their minds around what a trillion really is. David McKnight: You know, there's a lot of
different analogies that people use. I know Tom Hegna has got a great analogy,
where he says, “If you spend a million dollars per second, every second for 33,000 years,
you wouldn't be able to pay off the national debt.” It's a massive, massive number.


I don't have any of those awesome analogies
to explain how big the debt is. But it's to the point right now, that if we
don't dramatically raise taxes, I'll give you an example Larry Kotlikoff use. He says, “Basically if all we did was not
spend any money as a government for the next 10 years and just use every little bit of
money that we bring in from tax revenue to pay down the national debt, it wouldn't even
put a dent in it.” So, it's just amazing, breathtaking amounts
of money.


There's videos on YouTube that will show you
what it looks like if you stack $100 bills up. It's basically unfathomable. There's all sorts of analogies that you can
use to show how big, but the average American can't even fathom how much money that is. Casey Weade: And a lot of politicians see
here, this discussion about outgrowing the debt. And I'm not sure that we really have a good
understanding as a general public what it means to outgrow that debt and the reason
why that's ludicrous. David McKnight: Right. The debt is growing so fast. Ben Bernanke, he talks about this in the movie. He says, “Look, it was irresponsible to do
the tax cuts.” Now, keep in mind, I love low taxes just like
anybody else but there's got to be this commensurate reduction in spending, which we did not do.


In fact, to finance the debt cuts, we actually
borrowed $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years to be able to pull it off. Casey Weade: Can you talk about that as well? Just talk about the difference, because I
think a lot of people say, well, this is Reaganomics all over again. Yeah, well, we haven't done it the same way. This is different than it's been in the past
when we've dramatically lowered taxes.


We've also coupled that with something else. David McKnight: Yeah. Reagan always said that if you're going to
lower taxes, you got to lower spending commensurately to be able to pay for those tax cuts. So, David Walker, former Comptroller General
of the federal government, I paid a lot of attention to Dave Walker, because he was basically
the CPA of the USA for 10 years under Bush and Clinton. He's a centrist. He tells it like it is. He's in the CPA Hall of Fame. He really knows his stuff. He basically said, “Look, when we did these
tax cuts, we had the dessert before the spinach. We ate our dessert before the spinach.” What do we do? We dramatically lower taxes and we increase
expenses to be able to pull it off.


We did exactly the opposite of what most economists
are telling us we need to do, which is either raise more revenue, double revenue, reduce
spending by half or some combination of the two. We did just the opposite. We increased spending. We reduced revenue. And people will confront me, and they'll say,
“Dave, you've been preaching the tax rates got to go up for the last 10 years,” and
I’ll say, “Yeah, I have.” They say, “Well, what happened? Tax rates went down. You were predicting they were going to go
up. They actually went down.” And I said, “Guess what, all Congress really
did is kick the can further down the road,” which means that the fix on the back end is
going to be all the more severe, all the more draconian, all the more aggressive.


So, we just made problems much worse. All this really means is that 10 years from
now, tax rates will have to go even higher to fix the mess that we've gotten ourselves
in. Casey Weade: Which furthers that point, we
can't outgrow this, because we have to reduce spending, we have to increase taxes. If we do either one or both of those things,
we hurt the growth of the economy and we can't outgrow it. It just seems like we're in a bit of a pickle.


David McKnight: Yes. If you were to look at a graph, and if you
were to consider a 5% growth in the economy, which is incredibly robust, there's very few
periods in the history of our country where we've sustained 5% growth for more than just
a couple years. But if we were the guy from Vanguard, the
chief economist from Vanguard in the movie, he says, “If we were to have some massive
sort of economic boom, due to artificial intelligence, or what have you, and sustain 5% growth, 5%
growth looks like this. It's sort of this sort of flat curve. When you look at the growth of what we owe
for all these programs, it's going like this.” So, even a robust 5% growth is not going to
help us pay for all of the things that we promised. There's a massive delta between what, you
know, the tax revenue the way it would be coming in as a result of 5% growth, and the
actual curve, that is our spending.


And there's a really scary graph that we show
in the movie, which literally shows the geometrical curve of the of the debt, and it goes up like
that. And there's no way that we're ever going to
raise enough revenue to be able to liquidate all that debt unless we can dramatically reduce
spending. And by the way, every year that we fail to
cut Social Security, Medicare by one-third means the fix on the back end is going to
be all the more dramatic. I mean, we have to do massive, massive cuts
starting yesterday. And Donald Trump has made the promise that
he's not going to touch Social Security, Medicare during his administration. That's potentially eight years of letting
this thing snowball out of control. Casey Weade: And we can talk about all these
problems without growing the debt, but I think the biggest problem and I talked about this
all the time, when it comes to the economy, when it comes to social security or Medicare,
it's a demographic issue that we have.


Can you just speak to the change in demographics? Because when I have that discussion, many
times people say, “Yeah, but all these baby boomers are going to be traveling. They’re going to have all this free time. They’re going to be spending money. They're going to be taking money out of their
IRAs. They're going to be spending all this money
on health care.” But I don't think that quite cuts it. David McKnight: It doesn't cut it because
they are not putting money into social security Medicare anymore. They're starting to take the money out. People don't realize it when Social Security
first started out in 1935, you had 42 workers putting money into the program for every one
person that took money out. So, you have all of these people putting money
in, hardly anybody taking money out. When they took it out for two years starting
at 65 and they typically died a couple years later. So, this program was set up to last forever.


And by the way, when they started out, they
guaranteed that taxes would never be more than 1%. So, payroll tax, FICA tax, whatever you want
to call it, they guaranteed in writing. I've seen the actual code, the IRS tax code
back then. It said it will never be more than 1%. And as we move forward in time, these numbers
were working great and then all of a sudden, soldiers came home from World War II, and
they started to do something that array to which they’ve never done before. What they started doing they started to have
children. So, you may be thinking, “Great. More children equals more taxpayers equals
more money going into Social Security, and eventually into Medicare, which came around
as part of the Great Society in the mid-60s.” Well, that's not what happened because the
baby boomers, remember, they didn't have nearly as many children as their parents did.


They had 30 million fewer children. So, now we have this Generation X. I'm a Generation
X. We didn't have nearly as many children as
our, sorry, we had quite a few children, but we don't have very many peers. So, we're now in the situation where you have
30 million fewer Generation Xers. They're trying to support 75 million to 78
million baby boomers by way of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and it's just not possible. We just can't pull it off. 60 Minutes calls it a demographic glitch. Generation X is a demographic glitch. There's not enough of us to be able to pay
for all of these baby boomers. And by the way, it's not just the US. It's happening in Japan. Japan sells more adult diapers than they do
baby diapers. Recently in Finland, they tried to reform
their universal health care, because they're collapsing under the weight of the programs
and they shut it down. Nobody wanted to reform it. So, they're now spiraling into bankruptcy. So, this is going to, this is all portending
what's going to happen to the United States 10 years from now.


Tom McClintock talked about in the movie how
eight years from now we're going to be Venezuela. Ten years from now I'm predicting a massive,
massive increase in tax rates, if not sooner. So, the long and the short of it is you people
ten years from now will look back on 2019 and say, “Why did we not take advantage of
historically low tax rates?” Those were good deals of historic proportions. Nobody likes paying tax. I give them permission to not enjoy it but
when compared to what it's likely to be even 10 years from now, we just don't even have
any clue what's about to hit us. Casey Weade: Well, I got to say I got done
watching the movie and I have followed this for so long and have felt very negative about
the future of tax rates for a long time.


However, I've still been guilty of throwing
money in that tax-deferred retirement account, taking that tax deduction and I always diversified. I would throw half of it in Roth and half
of it in 401(k) because I don't really know the future. I just have this idea of what it's going to
be. I get done watching that movie. I emailed their HR director and said, “Hey,
move everything to Roth. I'm going to pay all the taxes today because
they are guaranteed going to be significantly higher taxes in the future.” We could beat this drum all day, but I think
most people recognize and believe that to be the case. Taxes will be higher in the future than they
are today. But I've asked thousands of people.


I've had rooms of 100 people at a time where
I've said, “Who in here things taxes will be lower in the future?” I've never once had a single person raise
their hand to that question. So, I think we can pretty much admit that
everybody has this pretty good understanding. Taxes will be higher in the future. I think then we go, “Well, what do we do about
it? Just we know that taxes will be higher in
the future but what do we do about it?” I've seen statistics from Vanguard that 74%
of individuals are concerned about rising taxes. However, only about 20% are actually doing
anything about it. So, what can we do? David McKnight: Well, you make a good point.


If you look at the cumulative 401(k)s and
IRAs in our country, if you were to add all of them up, they add up to about $21 trillion,
$22 trillion which is interesting, because that's basically what the national debt is. All you'd have to do is raise taxes to 100%
on all those retirement programs and you can liquidate the debt tomorrow. But if you look at how much money is in the
cumulative Roth IRAs, Roth 401(k)s, Roth conversions in our country, it's only about 800 billion
so it's like a 22, 23:1 ratio. So, if you think of the train analogy, if
you have money in an IRA or 401(k), you have your money sitting on the train tracks, and
a huge freight train is bearing down and you know it’s come in in the form of higher
taxes. We know roughly when it's going to good here,
we know what it's going to feel like, but we also know what we need to do to get our
money shifted off the tracks and that's really, there's a couple of different ways to do it.


It's how we're funding our retirement accounts. Are we putting money into after-tax types
of accounts like Roth 401(k)s, Roth IRAs? Are we doing Roth conversions where we're
preemptively and proactively paying the tax on these accounts, really trying to stretch
that tax liability out over as many years as possible? I tell people to try to get it done before


Because it used to be that people say, “Dave,
when are tax rates going to go up?” I say, “Well, in some distant, unknowable
future, perhaps 10 years from now, tax rates are likely to go up.” Well, guess what, we now know the year and
the day when tax rates will go up, January 1, 2026. We're going to go automatically go back to
the pre-2018 tax rates. We know it's going to happen unless something,
you know, unless democrats, for example, gets control of the House, the Senate, and the
presidency before then, we know that we've got seven years to be able to systematically
shift that money to tax-free. So, stretch that tax liability out over seven
years. Don't rise into a tax bracket that gives you
heartburn as you make those shifts from tax-deferred to tax-free, but at the same time recognize
that you do have to get all the heavy lifting done before 2026.


So, in my mind, there is an ideal amount of
money to shift every year. It's the amount that keeps you in the tax
bracket that doesn't give you heartburn, but that allows you to get all the shifting done
before tax rates fall for good. Casey Weade: From my experience, and we know
from the statistics, I mean, most people aren't doing tax planning. They have this concern about rising taxes. They're just not even doing anything about
it. What are some of the top reasons you think
that individuals aren't doing their tax planning that needs to be done? David McKnight: The number one reason why
people are loath to do tax planning to preemptively and proactively do Roth converting is nobody
wants to pay a tax before the IRS requires it of them.


Nobody wants to pay a tax today and think
that the tax rate down the road could be lower than what they're paying today. Nobody wants to pay a higher tax rate today
and get out of potentially being able to pay a lower tax somewhere down the road. So, it all comes down to uncertainty, uncertainty
over the future of tax rates. People don't want to pay a higher tax today
and miss out on a lower tax rate down the road because that's the line that we've been
fed our whole lives.


What's the reality? The reality is that tax rates are probably
going to be higher than they are today. We've never had more certainty around that
subject than we do today. We've never had more certainty around the
tax code. The current tax code sunsets in 2026. So, like I say, in Chapter 6 of my book, The
Power of Zero, we have this window of opportunity during which to take advantage of historically
low tax rates. We finally have some certainty dispelling
the doubt around the future of tax rate, so why not take advantage of it? Casey Weade: Well, I totally agree, and I
still think that there's this feeling that people have that, well, my CPA didn't tell
me to do that.


My financial advisor hasn't had this discussion
with me yet. I mean, just the other day, I had a client
who said my CPA wants me to set up a simple IRA for the business and the 22% tax bracket
today, he's only going to make more money in the future than he has currently. He’s in his mid-40s.


And why would we put anything in tax-deferred
retirement accounts at this point? Why do I see that most CPAs are not recommending
Roth or not recommending tax-free strategies? And financial advisors alike aren’t having
those types of discussions really encouraging people to do things like Roth conversions? David McKnight: Yeah. CPAs are sort of a peculiar breed. There's a couple of very proactive ones, but
by and large ones, I have CPAs that are some of my best friends. I've got a brother-in-law that's a CPA. Some of them get it. A lot of them, however, recognize that the
key to keeping their job is to give their clients as many tax savings today. CPAs don't get brownie points for saving you
money 20 years from now, when they're dead, right? CPAs get brownie points for saving you money


If you get a big tax refund at the end of
the year, then their clients are absolutely doing backflips. If you end up owing more money than you did
last year, then all of a sudden, they're looking for a new CPA. This is sort of the harsh reality of it. You can pay tax now or you can pay tax later. CPAs love giving you tax savings today because
it makes them look like the hero. However, if the tax that they save you today
is lower than the tax that you could potentially pay later on, if you postpone the paying of
those taxes so some point much further down the road, they're not the hero. They’re the goat. So, like I said, there's a lot of proactive
CPAs that get it. They understand that there are strategies
that can be brought to bear in a client's portfolio today that can really maximize retirement
income and retirement by minimizing taxes. But the vast majority of them don't buy it. They have not adopted that strategy.


They're like the medic at the end of the battle
who walks across the battlefield and say, “This is how many are dead, and this is how
many are injured,” right? They're very reactive. They're very historical. What CPAs need to learn how to do is to be
more proactive and more futuristic by saying what is your tax bracket today? What is your tax bracket likely to be 10 to
20 years from now, when you take this money out? And let's opt for the bucket that will maximize
your retirement income. If tax rates are going to be lower in the
future, let's put as much money into tax-deferred as we can today. If tax rates are going to be higher in the
future, then let's put as much money into tax-free as we possibly can. Casey Weade: Well, and financial advisors
I think when I've sat down with families, I was discussing this with our team of advisors
the other day, we have these discussions about doing Roth conversions. So, you need to fill up that 22% tax bracket
or you need to fill up that 24% tax bracket.


Let's do these conversions. We get this sense that sometimes they feel
like we're doing it for our own benefit. And it's just the opposite but I think it's
because they haven't heard this from another financial advisor or their own advisor. David McKnight: Yeah. And let me just take two seconds, Casey, to
talk about the 24% tax bracket. My favorite and I asked rooms full of financial
advisors, what do they think is my second favorite tax bracket? They all know my favorite tax bracket is zero
because if tax rates double two times zero is still zero, but they hardly ever guessed
that my second favorite tax bracket is 24. And let me tell you why. Let's say that I'm talking to my client, and
they're in the 12% tax bracket.


Currently, if I were to persuade them to bump
up into the 22% tax bracket, in an attempt to get them to tax-free in retirement, they're
not going to be all that invested in that recommendation. Why? Because I essentially doubled their tax rate
in an attempt to get them to the 0% tax bracket. I sort of got them to pay a lot more in taxes
and then attempt to save them taxes. That doesn't make a lot of sense. However, if they're currently in a 22% tax
bracket, and they're probably always going to be in the 22% tax bracket, why not bump
up into the 24% tax bracket? That's only 2% more. It allows you to converge an extra $150,000
to tax-free for only 2% more. We're not talking doubling your tax rate. We're talking increasing it ever so slightly
on the margin from 22 to 24 and you can protect an extra $150,000. Why let a single year ago by where you're
not maxing out the 24% tax bracket? So, there's so much opportunity in this existing
tax code.


Most people don't realize that if you go to
the top of the 24% tax bracket today, it's in the area of 326,000. I think that's the top of the 24% tax bracket. If you wanted to convert up to $326,000 after
2026, that would put you in the 33% tax bracket. What an incredible savings. What an incredible tax sale that we're right
in the midst of and most people don't even realize it. Casey Weade: I love that. And that is why I talked about it all of our
events. This is a big deal going from 15% to 12% is
exciting but you go, “Well, it's only 3%.” It's 20% less taxes. I mean, that's the reality. It's a big deal. But taking away that 25%, not leaving the
24% until you get over to $315,000, $325,000 and you have a doubled standard deduction,
that is just huge because now we can make more sense at Roth conversions than ever before.


And I think this is an important point you
made in your book when it comes from financial advisors and I think this is important for
people to understand. Financial Advisors don't benefit when you
do a Roth conversion. It doesn't matter if they are commissionable
advisors or fee-only advisors if they're doing a Roth conversion as a commercial advisor,
but they're going to be potentially having 25% less earning a commission on. If they are doing Roth conversions and they're
a fee-only advisor, they're going to have 25% less in fees.


They're going to be able to collect over the
life of that account. So, it's important to have these conversations
with your advisor and recognize that they're doing this solely for your benefit. David McKnight: Yeah. And that's something I talk about in all of
my workshops as well. Why do most major financial institutions not
want to talk about this? It's because how do they get paid? They charge you a fee. If they're managing a million of your dollars,
and you're charging 1%? They're making $10,000 per year off it.


If you were to shift that million dollars
to tax-free because you think that tax rates are going to go up, you might pay 25% tax
along the way. So, now you've got 750,000 sitting into your
tax-free bucket. If they're still charging you 1%, now they're
only making $7,500 per year off you. They just experienced a pay cut for persuading
you. The tax rates in the future going to be higher
than they are today. And for that reason alone, the major money
management institutions, the Merrill Lynchs, the UBSs of the world, they don't even want
to touch this conversation with a 10-foot pole.


Casey, you and I, we don't care how much money
we're managing. What matters to us is how much people get
to spend after tax. That's the only number that matters. And if we can pay a tax today at a lower rate
than what it would otherwise be 10 years down the road, then that's good for everybody. Casey Weade: Well, it's funny.


I hired an advisor, hired a couple of advisors
from one of the largest national brokerage firms in the world, and when he came to work
for me, he said, “We weren't allowed to talk about taxes.” Why would a financial advisor not be able
to talk about tax planning? But I think you hit the nail on the head. It's because that wouldn't benefit their shareholders.


It wouldn't benefit the board of directors. It wouldn't benefit the company they were
working for, even though it would benefit their clients. There was something you said in the book. I just want to make sure we get it out. I think you said it in the movie as well and
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retirement accounts. Can you speak to what the purpose of those
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taxes. Our CPA says, “Hey, do a SEP IRA, so you
can save money in taxes.” Well, guess what? The true purpose of a retirement account is
not to save you money in taxes. It's to increase.


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life you can least afford to pay the taxes. I think that just drives all the sense in
the world and it really hit me strongly. I think one of the things as we get into what
we can do specifically, in order to get these tax-deferred dollars and to tax-free dollars,
let's just give the audience a quick overview of the tax buckets and the three tax buckets
that you talked about.


David McKnight: Yeah. We've been told that there's millions of different
types of investments out there. There are millions of different types of investments
but I'm here to tell you that all of those investments basically fit into only three
types of accounts. I refer to these accounts as buckets of money. The first bucket is what we call a taxable
bucket. These are going to be investments where you
pay a tax every year, rain or shine.


You're going to pay tax on the growth of that
money. These are CDs, money markets, brokerage accounts,
mutual funds, stocks, bonds, anything that produces a 1099 is going to cause a taxable
event every year. It doesn't seem like a big deal. But every year you're paying tax, that's eroding
the growth of your money over time. You amortize that. That inefficiency, that taxation, you amortize
it out over 30 years, it could cost you a million dollars. How can you tell where the government wants
you to put money? Well, what account Do they have no limit on
how much you can put in? Like a brokerage account. Yeah. If you won the Powerball lottery, you can
put every last dime of those savings, every last dime of those winnings into a mutual
fund and the government would just love it.


They would just take it to the bank because
they're making taxes each and every year. So, the taxable bucket, we want to be careful
because it's the least efficient of all the buckets. We pay taxes every year that erodes the growth
over time. So, really, most financial experts can agree
upon this, that you want to have no more than six months where the basic living expenses
in that bucket. You want to have not too much money so that
it's growing tax efficiently, but you want to have not so little that you're not prepared
for an emergency.


So, that's a taxable bucket. Pretty straightforward. A tax-deferred bucket is the one that most
people are familiar with because they've been saving it most of their lives, 401(k)s, IRAs,
403(b)s, 457s, annuities, pensions, those types of things. They have two things in common. First thing they have in common is, generally
speaking, when you put money in, you get a tax deduction. So, for example, if you're making 100,000
per year, you put 10,000 in your 401(k), your new taxable income is 90. But the second thing they have in common is
how they're taxed upon distribution. And the IRS has a special word that they use
to characterize that income when it comes out. They call it ordinary income. What does that mean? That means when you put money in, all you
really did was defer the receipt of that income until some point much further down the road
when you take the money out, what rate are your tax? Well, whatever tax rates happen to be in the
year you take that out and based on the fiscal landscape of our country that promises to
be probably substantially higher than it is today.


So, we have to be very, very thoughtful about
how much money we can have in our tax-deferred bucket. It's okay to have some money in our tax-deferred
bucket because some of those required minimum distributions at 70.5 are going to be offset
by our standard deduction. But we don't want to have so much money that
it overwhelms the standard deduction and any distributions coming out of the tax-deferred
bucket also count as what we call provisional income, which causes your social security
to be taxed, which causes you to spend down all your other assets to be able to compensate. So, really, we want to have only so much money
in that tax-deferred bucket enough to be able to be offset by the standard deduction, but
also keep our provisional income low enough that our Social Security is not taxed.


And then the third bucket is… Casey Weade: Before you get to the tax-free
bucket, there's an important point you made on the tax-deferred bucket, which is that's
like a loan, right? You basically loaned money, and the IRS is
eventually going to want that money back. You get a loan, a personal loan from a banking
institution or an individual. You have a set interest rate. You know what it's going to be, but with the
government, they can change that interest rate only at some point in the future. David McKnight: Yeah. The analogy that I use is almost as good as
the analogy that Don Blanton uses in the movie. I'll do both analogies and you'll see that
Don Blanton's is much better. The analogy I typically use is when you put
money into an IRA or 401(k) it’s like going into a business partnership with the IRS. Every year, the IRS gets a vote on what percentage
of your profits they get to keep.


It doesn't sound like a very good business
partnership. The way Don Blanton describes it, and I haven't
mastered his ability to tell the story but it's an amazing and compelling comparison. He basically says, “What if the federal
government came up to you and said, ‘Hey, look, I'm going to loan you some money. I'm not going to tell you what the interest
rate is. I'm going to let you spend that money. And then at some point much further down the
road, I'm going to come back and ask that you repay that money. I'm not going to tell you what the loan interest
is until the year in which I need you to repay it.


And by the way, currently, I have $22 trillion
of debt. By the time I want you to repay it, I may
have posted a $40 trillion of debt. Would you take that check from the federal
government?’ And the answer is not in a million years,
you wouldn't.” Don Blanton explains that incredibly well. It sends chills down my spine just thinking
about this but how apt an analogy is that? Casey Weade: Well, if we don't want that kind
of partnership, which we don't, let's get to the tax-free bucket.


David McKnight: That's right. So, the tax-free bucket basically says we
proactively and we preemptively pay taxes on these accounts, because we think that tax
rates there are going to be lower than they will in the future. Once that money gets into tax-free, no matter
how much it grows from that point forward, no matter how high tax rates go from that
point forward, it doesn't matter. We've insulated and protected ourselves from
the impact of higher taxes. I tell people, “Hey, let's try to get to the
0% tax bracket. Why? Because of tax rates double two times zero
is still zero.” So, the only way to truly insulate yourself
from the threat of rising tax rates is to get to a tax-free scenario in retirement. Casey Weade: Well, what falls into that bucket? One, I mean, we know Roths. We pay the taxes today, grows tax-free in
the future. We can pull the money on tax-free. There aren't required minimum distributions. But then there's another, I mean, there's
hardly anything in that bucket and municipal bonds don't even fall into that bucket.


Municipal bonds don’t fall into that bucket
because they affect your provisional income and affect the taxes you pay on Social Security. There's only two things. There's Roth and then there's this thing you
call LIRP. Well, what is LIRP? David McKnight: Yes. So, LIRP is what I call, and people can call
whatever they want. In Chapter 5 of my book, I call it a life
insurance retirement plan. Basically, it's a bucket of money that gets
treated differently for tax purposes than any of the other buckets that we're customarily
familiar with. What happens with this bucket is you put money
in, you make contributions.


As your money grows, your bucket begins to
fill. Only the IRS is going to treat the growth
on the money in that bucket under a different section of the IRS tax code than any of the
other plans that we're familiar with. What does that section of the IRS tax code
say? It says, you can touch the money pre-59.5
without penalty. You can’t do that in your IRAs or 401(k)s. As your money grows, you receive no 1099 so
no tax as it grows. When you take the money out, does not show
up as reportable income on your tax return. What does that mean? That means it's tax-free and does not count
as provisional income, which means it does not cause your Social Security to be taxed. They're also going to tell you that there
are no contribution limits. They got clients to do $50 a month.


I got clients that do 200,000 per year and
everywhere in between. They're going to tell you that there are no
contribution, sorry, no income limitations. And the question I like to ask people is can
Bill Gates to a Roth IRA? And the answer is no, Bill Gates cannot do
a Roth IRA. He makes too much money. You start making north of about $203,000 of
modified adjusted gross income, you can no longer do a Roth IRA. Those income limitations do not apply to this
bucket. You can make a million dollars a year and
still put money into this bucket. They're also going to tell you that if history
serves as a model, there is no legislative risk. What does that mean? That means that they've changed the rules
on this bucket three different times ‘82, ‘84, and ‘88.


And every single time they change the rule,
they simply said, “Whoever has the bucket before the rule changes gets to keep it and
continue to put money into it under the old rule for the rest of their lives.” We call that a grandfather clause. So, we have this bucket that has a lot of
very attractive attributes. And usually, at this point, people say, “Well,
Dave, that sounds like the perfect bucket. Let's put all my money into there.” Well, I tell people all the time, it's never
a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket. And not only that, but the IRS says that,
in order to do this bucket, there's a cost of admission. They're going to require that there'll be
a spigot attached to the side of that bucket through which flows on a monthly basis some


What do those expenses go towards? They go towards the cost of term life insurance. So, long and the short of it is you got to
be willing to pay for some term life insurance or some other administrative expenses in there,
but you got to have a need for life insurance. Now, a lot of people that are approaching
retirement, say, “Hey, look, my house is paid off. My kids have moved out. I'm rapidly approaching retirement. I don't really need life insurance,” and
a lot of the companies that sponsor these programs, they recognize that so they've done
something to sweeten the pot. They simply say that in the event that somewhere
down the road, you should need long term care or have what we call a chronic illness, they
will give you your death benefit while you're alive, for the purpose of paying for long
term care.


So, that can be a very, very attractive way
to pay for long term care insurance. People don't like traditional long-term care
insurance, because it’s a use it or lose it proposition. In this scenario, if you die peaceful in your
sleep 30 years from now, never having used the long-term care portion of it, someone's
still getting a death benefit. So, there is the sensation of having paid
for something you hope you never have to use.


So, some people say, “Well, this sounds
like a silver bullet.” It's a panacea. Let's put all our money into there. It's not a perfect investment. But it does something that none of the other
tax-free investments is able to do. So, what I say is let's take a complementary
approach where we couple the LIRP with our Roth IRAs and our Roth 401(k)s and our Roth
conversions, and taking money out of our IRAs up to standard deductions. And then if we do it all in the right way,
our Social Security is tax-free. Let's have multiple streams of income. But the LIRP can be a very attractive complement
to all of those other streams of tax-free income. Casey Weade: We're talking about an overfunded
life insurance policy meaning we put more in it than we needed in order to support that
death benefit.


So, we end up getting this side account that's
growing tax-free. And this is something that I've used for the
last 10 years. It's something that my dad uses, my mom uses,
the majority of my family's life savings or annual income savings goes to these vehicles. Dan Sullivan, who I'm a big fan of, he talks
about how this is one of the best things that he has in his investment portfolio and so
I'm a big fan. And I think one of the reasons is I am still
putting money in Roth. I'm still maxing out my Roth. I think there's this natural sequence of where
we go with those dollars, whether it goes from HSA, then we go to our Roth 401(k), then
we go to other options, we have to go to life insurance, because we run out of options,
especially as our income goes up. And there's a reason for this diversification
from these two different tax-free options. We don't just go straight to the life insurance
policy. We're going to have some Roth.


We're going to have some cash value life. We're going to have our HSA. Can you speak to the difference in legislative
risk between a Roth IRA and a LIRP? David McKnight: Sure. What we would likely see with a Roth IRA is
if they were to ever change the rules somewhere down the road, and say, “Okay. Roth IRAs are
off-limits. You can no longer contribute to a tax-free
account.” I don't know why they would ever do that,
because Roth IRA is almost certainly ensured that they're going to get more tax revenue
today than they do in the future, because we're using after-tax dollars, but if they
were to ever to make those accounts go away, they would likely say, you get to keep whatever's
in your Roth IRA.


You just don't get to contribute anything
more to it. The thing that makes these life insurance
policies unique is that to make them function properly, you have to have the ability, the
option to continue to put money into them over time. So, every single time they change the rules
on these things, they simply said, “Whoever has the bucket gets to keep it and continues
to support and continue to put money into it under the old rule for the rest of their
lives.” I talked to people occasionally who say I've
got a life insurance policy from 1978. And they start to describe these crazy rules,
like I can put $100,000 in it per year, no problem. And that was what the rule was back in 1978. Casey Weade: And they still do it.


David McKnight: Yeah. It doesn't exist anymore, but they can still
do it because they got grandfathered under the old rule. And so, that's typically how these things
are treated. So, that's a pretty major difference between
the traditional life insurance grandfathering and what would likely happen to a Roth IRA. Casey Weade: So, we start feeling like this
is a great idea. We need to set up this other legislative diversification
for our investments, not just investments between stocks and bonds, but we want to have
some tax diversification as well to protect us against legislative risk. We want to add this LIRP to our toolbox. And so, we hop online, we hop on Google, and
we start googling life insurance as tax-free income. We look at be-your-own banker concepts or
family banking concepts. And I think about half of those articles that
you read out there talk about the agent receives this big commission that comes directly out
of your pocket.


You're going to pay exorbitant expenses and
fees. It's a horrible investment vehicle. What do you say? And what do you say to those individuals? What do you say to those articles that are
out there talking about excessive fees and expenses? David McKnight: Well, I think that the Dave
Ramsey's of the world and some of those online financial gurus, they love to beat up on these
approaches, because the fees for these programs tend to be somewhat front-loaded. This is how I described the fees in life insurance
retirement plan. Say look, they're a little bit higher in the
early years, but they're much lower in the later years but when you average out the expenses
over the life of the program, it ends up being about 1% to 1.5% of your bucket per year,
which if you think about it is about what most Americans are paying in their 401(k). The thing with the 401(k) is that the fees
on 401(k)s are more backloaded.


What do I mean by that? Well, if you're paying 1.5% on a 401(k), you
put in $10,000, you're paying $150 that first year. But guess what, if your 401(k) grows to a
million dollars, you're still paying 1.5% 30 years later. Now, you're paying $15,000 per year. So, the fees really are sort of inverse what
they are with the life insurance. With life insurance, the longer you keep it,
the better it gets. The lower the internal expenses, the higher
the internal rate of return. So, it's not really fair to judge life insurance
policies or life insurance retirement plans based on what the fees are in the first year,
because there's a lot of expenses to get the program up and running.


You've got to pay for the medical exam. You've got to pay for the underwriting. You've got to pay for the advisor that's helping
you to get the plan implemented. There's a lot of expenses that happened in
the early years but as time wears on, those expenses dropped dramatically. And it's like a pie, you got to let it bake,
you got to let it marinate, you got to let it build up a head of steam. And if you do, what you'll find is that the
expenses, on average per year over the life of the program are incredibly low. I would even make the claim that they're lower
than most 401(k)s. You just have to have some patience, and let
the thing marinate over time. Casey Weade: Well, I also want to say I think
there's some truth to some of those articles out there because it has to do with how the
policy is structured.


We have to keep the death benefit as low as
possible, and how do advisors make more money? The bigger the death benefit, the higher the
cost, the more they make. And so, can you just speak to how to properly
structure a policy in order to keep those costs as low as possible and get to that 1%,
1.5% average cost? David McKnight: Most people when it comes
to life insurance, they get as much death benefit as they can for as little money as
possible. Here, we're trying to do just the opposite. We're getting as little death benefit as the
Irish requires of us.


And we're stuffing as much money into it as
the IRS allows in an attempt to mimic all of the tax-free benefits of the Roth IRA,
without any of the limitations thrown a death benefit that doubles as long-term care. And we've got a pretty compelling financial
tool that serves as a very, very attractive complement to our other tax-free streams of
income. Casey Weade: Well, I think that's an important
point. I mean, you say, “Well, I've got this $50,000
annual premium.


I'm only getting a $2 million death benefit.” And you say, “Well, that's a pretty bad deal
because traditionally I would be paying, say $10,000 or $5,000 for that $2 million death
benefit, and now I'm paying way more than that. But that's okay because we're not trying to
dump that $5,000 or $10,000 in there and never see it again. We want to get some return on this. We're going to overfund it and keep those
costs down over time. Then the next decision is what kind of policy
do we use? And historically, and I think still today,
one of the top tools out there, people are using whole life insurance as a strategy.


But then you've also got the strategy. It's been around for say, 20 to 25 years or
so indexed universal life, then there's variable universal life that's been around a little
bit longer than indexed. And that's where it starts to get a little
confusing. What's the difference between whole life,
indexed, and variable? Which one's the right tool for me? David McKnight: Yeah. And you talk to a different advisor, you'll
get a different answer. I personally have written a whole book on
why I believe that index universal life is the appropriate life insurance type to be
able to use in this type of scenario. And the reason is that when you put money
into an index universal life policy, the money in that growth account is the core, at least
the growth of the money in that growth account is linked to the upward movement of a stock
market index.


You get to keep whatever that stock market
index does, say the S&P 500, up to a certain cap. That cap might be 12%. If the stock market ever goes down in any
given year, they simply credit you as zero, so you're always going to be between 0 and
12, or whatever the cap happens to be. So, if you look at historical rates of return,
we're talking 7%, 7.5%. You subtract that 1% to 1.5% fee off of there,
and then we're talking a net rate of return of say 6% over time. Guess what? If you can get 6% in your LIRP without taking
any more risk than what you're accustomed to take into your savings account, that's
a pretty safe and productive way to grow at least a portion of your portfolio.


And that's why I'm a big fan of IUL. Some of these life insurance policies out
there, I think whole life, there's a place, there's a time and a place for whole life. It's not my favorite approach with this type
of worldview. It could still work. It's just tougher. The thing that you don't want to have happen
is have the rate of return in your life insurance retirement plan to be so low, that when you
take money out of an account that maybe was earning 6% or 7%, and you stick it in a life
insurance policy that's only grown at 3%, then that reduction in rate of return can
neutralize a lot of the tax benefits, which were the justification for doing the policy
to begin with. So, if we can keep the rate of return within
the life insurance retirement plan similar to the rate of return that you were growing
in that investment that you liquidated in order to fund the life insurance policy, that's
an ideal scenario.


Casey Weade: Well, I think that also has to
do with how you get the money out tax-free in the first place, which gets into wash loans
and participating loans. Can you just kind of talk through how we get
money out of these in a tax-free manner, and maybe even share with us the difference between
whole life and index universal life when it comes to those participating loans, or loan
caps and zero wash loans? David McKnight: So, there's a way that you
have to distribute the money from these policies.


I always tell people, if you take the money
out of it, take it out the right way, it's tax-free. It does not show up on your tax return. And the way you do that is you take a loan
from the life insurance company, and you use the cash value inside your policy as collateral
for that loan. So, I'll give you an example. Let's say I got a million dollars in my IUL. I wake up one day, I want to take a loan of
$100,000. I call it my life insurance company, I say,
“Hey, send me $100,000.” They say, “Okay.” They then cut me a check from their own coffers
for $100,000. That's the check I get in the mail three to
five business days later. They have to attach a real rate of interest
to that loan, let's call it 3%.


It's got to be an arm's length transaction. They're telling the IRS it's a loan. They've got to have an arm's length transaction,
a real rate of interest that they're attaching to that loan. It’s called 3%. Well, in the very same breath, the life insurance
company will take $100,000 out of your growth account inside your life insurance policy
and they'll put it in what we call a loan collateral account which is also if it's the
right company also growing at a guaranteed 3%. So, even though your loan interest is accumulating
on the one hand, your loan collateral account is mirroring it step-for-step. So, if your loan account grew to a billion
dollars, then you would be guaranteed to have a loan collateral account that matches it,
which will pay off that loan at death. All you know is that you asked for $100,000,
your growth account went down by $100,000, you didn't have to pay tax on it, and you
know, it's all good. And if you die with at least $1 in your bucket,
then it's all tax-free to you.


So, it's very, very interesting. It's very, very compelling. All you know is that you didn't have to pay
tax. It felt like a distribution from Roth IRA
over time. It's not a Roth IRA, but the tax-free nature
of it made it feel like a Roth IRA. Casey Weade: And I think one of the risks
is and I think you kind of alluded to this, interest rates go up, right? So, interest rates skyrocket. That may not improve the profitability of
a whole life carrier and actually pay you a higher dividend to match that higher loan
rate but when you look at IULs, they act differently and can be more beneficial in a rising interest
rate environment. David McKnight: Right. So, cap rates are typically associated with
rising interest rates. So, rising interest rates simply mean that
insurance companies, they have more money to be able to pay for these options that I
don't want to get too complicated here, these options that they're using to make the whole
IUL work. So, as interest rates go up, the cap rates
go up, which means you are allowed to capture more of the upward movement of the stock market


You talk about participating loans. Basically, what a participating loan says
is instead of charging you a 3% interest in your loan collateral account, maybe they'll
charge you a little bit of a higher rate of 5%. But then they'll say in your growth account,
they're not going to take the money out and put it in a loan collateral account. They're just going to leave it in, in the
index, and whatever the index does, then that offsets whatever the cost of the loan is in
your loan account with the life insurance.


To give a quick example, if they're charging
you 5% for the loan, but your index grows at 10%, guess what? They just paid you 5% for taking that loan. And granted, you're not going to get 5% every
year but if you could just net 1% on average per year over the life of your retirement,
that 1% what we call arbitrage and literally double the amount of money that you can take
out of these programs which, boy, I've seen the numbers, and when you look at the numbers,
and you compare them to every other investment out there, it looks very, very attractive. Casey Weade: Yeah. And I think one of the things that's unique
about IULs that is one of the big benefits as long as you get with the right carriers,
a lot of these carriers will guarantee they're going to credit you the same amount of interest
as your loan rate is ever going to be. So, you never have to worry about policy collapsing
due to that particular factor. But I think maybe we're getting too far down
the rabbit hole here. I think one of the things as people are listening
to this they go, “I've never heard of IUL.


I've never heard of LIRP. I've never heard some of these terms. Why isn't my financial advisor having this
conversation with me? I think that we're seeing more advisors have
these conversations. We're seeing more than mainstream brokerage
houses start to utilize these types of vehicles, these types of products, for the clients they’re
working with but why do you think it's taken so long for this to catch hold? And why are most financial advisors not talking
about these tools? David McKnight: I think that, historically,
these life insurance retirement plans have been loaded down with expenses. They've been very expensive. They've been not very efficient. They sort of just trundle along getting people
3% to 4% growth.


Well, guess what. Life insurance companies recognize that there's
a section of the tax code that allows for – Ed Slott, he's done six PBS specials. Ed Slott, USA Today calls him America’s
CPA. Ed Slott says the single greatest benefit
in the IRS tax code is life insurance. Why would a guy of Ed Slott’s repute say
on PBS, no less, over and over and over again that life insurance is the single greatest
benefit in the IRS tax code? Well, guess what? Companies have engineered these programs. They've evolved these programs over time such
that the expenses are so low that like I said, when we average that over life, the program
that they're less expensive than the average 401(k). So, they've been able to re-engineer these
policies so that they're very, very low expense, they're very efficient, they accumulate money
very, very quickly and safely and productively. And some of these evolutions and these reengineering
of these programs that happened only in the last 10 years, I have been studying these
types of programs for the last 20 years of my life. I've seen these things evolve over time.


I've seen all of the reduction and expenses
and the addition of variable participating loans versus just the standard wash loan. There's all these different things that have
made these programs so much better, the addition of the long-term care or chronic illness rider
that allows you to get the death benefit before you die from perhaps long-term care. These programs are so good and so compelling,
that I think that some advisors are just behind the curve whereas guys like you and me, Casey,
who have been studying this for so many years, we understand it. I've written books on how to understand these
things better.


They're not something that you can pick up
overnight. So, I think that more and more financial advisors
are going to start to embrace these as they start to recognize how an unlimited bucket
of tax-free dollars can really be a boon to the average American in a rising tax rate
environment. Casey Weade: Well, we've covered so many topics
from the future of tax rates, tax planning, talked about Roth conversion, and then we
got the LIRPs. I've just got a handful of miscellaneous questions
that I'd like to get out there that I think can be really beneficial to individuals, even
advisors for that matter. I think, typically, as a financial advisor,
we're coached to help people through our clients’ emotional roller coasters. They might go on, “Don't panic when the
market tanks.” But I think there's also an element of emotional
coaching that we can do, behavioral coaching we can do around taxes at the same time. What do you have to say about tax-based emotional
decisions? David McKnight: In terms of do we sort of
have a hair-trigger response to… Casey Weade: Well, let me say this.


I've got a couple that I worked with recently
where a couple of years out from retirement, and I've gone, “You know, let's just fill
up this 24% tax bracket. You'll be tax-free for the rest of your life.” I show them the analysis that proves that
it's going to be better to pay the taxes today. They can see it with their own eyes, but they
just won't pull the trigger. And you need to do this, but they just don't
want to pay the taxes. They don't want to pay the taxes, and it's
all emotional because they have the facts. What should I do in that situation? David McKnight: That's a good question.


We see that a lot. And I tell people all the time, “I give
you permission to not enjoy paying the taxes, but you have to consider the alternative.” You know, the number one question I get when
I do my workshops is am I too old to get to the zero percent tax bracket? And I simply tell people that we barnstorm
across the country filming The Tax Train Is Coming, interviewing George Shultz. We interviewed David Walker. We interviewed Ed Slott, Tom Hegna, Don Blanton. We interviewed the Governor of Utah. We interviewed every major professor in academia
from the most prestigious schools across the country, and they're all saying in ten years,
tax rates are going to be dramatically higher than they are today. Some of them even said tax rates are going
to have to double. Tom McClintock said, “We're going to be a
Venezuela in eight years.” So, if people don't want to pull the trigger,
it's because we haven't convinced them I guess, of the urgency of the situation.


If they knew what was coming around the bend,
they would get that money, shipped it out of there, and they'd say 24% is a good deal
of historic proportions. I'm going to not let a year go by where I'm
not maxed out on my 24% tax bracket. So, we're not saying don't pay taxes. We're saying, “Look, when given the choice
between paying taxes at today's historically low tax rates or postponing the payment of
those taxes to some point further down the road, you'll probably be better off paying
them today.” So, it's just, yeah, you don't have to enjoy
it but consider the alternative.


That's really what it comes down to. Casey Weade: Well, that brings us to that
24%. Again, I just love that 24% tax bracket. I say fill it up. Once you factor in social security taxes,
potential Medicare premium penalties, and the future of tax rates, you can pretty well
be assured you're probably going to pay higher than 24% in the future. In my mind, our advisors have attended Ed
Slott’s event.


They attended right after we saw TCJA go through,
the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, also known as the Trump Tax Plan. That went through, we went and updated our
IRA knowledge. Ed Slott is like the premier IRA expert in
the country. And at that event, he said, “I would convert
all the way to the highest tax brackets that we currently have. There is no perfect tax bracket.” And I wonder, first of all, that seems pretty
darn aggressive. But I wonder what you think. How high should we be going? Should we go just to the 22, 24? How do we find the right balance for ourselves? David McKnight: Yet going from 24 to 33 is
a pretty big leap. So, I don't know if I'm quite as aggressive
as Ed, although I love Ed, and he's a friend of mine, I would probably say, “Hey, look,
if you're currently in the 22, that means you're the line 10 on your tax return, which
is your taxable income, that means that you probably have $100,000 of taxable income.


That means that you can I think the top of
the 30, top of the 24 is like 326,000 in change, something like that, that means that you have,
what is that, $226,000 per year that you could convert without bumping out of the 24% tax
bracket. That is a lot of money. And if you can do $224,000 per year over the
next seven years, that's $1.5 million that you could get shifted. Now, if you have more than $1.5 million that
you need to shift, then you could certainly entertain bumping up into the 30 to 35 or
the 37. But I would say at the very least make sure
that if you're okay with the 22, then you're almost certainly going to be okay with the


And why not max that thing out as well? Casey Weade: You seem pretty confident that
we're going to see these tax rates last until the end of 2025 resetting in 2020. I have interviewed other people that have
said they're definitely not going to last that long. Why this confidence that you've got this set
period? David McKnight: Well, because people got to
remember that in order for this to change that you need control of the House, you need
control of the Congress, and you need the presidency. You need all three of those things. Now. I happen to think that these things go and
go in cycles, the pendulum swings one way, then it swings the other. I think that in this period of relative economic
prosperity, Trump's going to be very, very hard to beat. Remember Clinton said, “It’s the economy,
stupid.” Most of the prognosticators say that if this
economy continues to do really well through the election, that Trump will be almost impossible
to unseat.


And then you say, “Okay. Can the Democrats win back? They've already won back the House, but can
they win back the Senate as well?” That might be a trick as well. So, those stars really have to align for the
democrats for us to see a change to this before 2026. Casey Weade: Okay. Yeah, that's good insight. And now I just have one more maybe tactical
question for you before we move on to those higher-level philosophical questions. And that is some people, I think we've all
been told put your money in your 401(k). If you’re getting the match, put as much
in there as you can get that match and then put that money somewhere else. Maybe get your match and then put it into
a Roth IRA or a LIRP, look for another tax-free alternative. If all we have is a tax-deferred 401(k) and
a tax-deferred match, are there reasons in your mind that we shouldn't even put money
in there for the match? David McKnight: I'm a big fan of the match.


I like the match. Not everybody agrees with me. But I think that if you can say get $1 for
$1 match up to 6% of your income, you're doubling the return on your investment that first year. And remember, you need to have some money
in your tax-deferred bucket. What better way to get money into your tax-deferred
bucket than by putting up to the match in your 401(k)? Because remember, when you retire, you're
going to have a standard deduction and that standard deductions got to offset something.


And if you have all your money in tax-free,
then your standard deduction is going to sit there languishing, and it's not offsetting
anything. So, you've got to have some money in your
tax-deferred bucket. Why not put money up to your match, to be
able to get money accumulating and growing in that account so that by the time you retire,
you have the standard deduction, which if you're married today is 24,400 that you can
use to offset distributions from that bucket.


So, I think it's okay to have money into a
match. I sort of draw the line that putting money
above and beyond the match. Casey Weade: Now, if you have a pension along
with that 401(k) that you expect to receive in the future, does that change your mind
on that fact? Because now maybe we don't want anything in
that tax-deferred bucket, because we already have a lot in that tax-deferred bucket in
the form of a pension. David McKnight: I still like the free money. I still think that once you get it in there,
you're still going to be able to shift the money out of there to tax-free and be able
to do it in historically low rates at 22 or 24. Remember, this type of planning is especially
compelling for people that have pensions. Why? Because your pension counts as provisional
income. It's going to cause your Social Security to
be taxed. In retirement, the social security and taxable
portion of your social security and your pension will fill up the 10% and 12% tax bracket or
the equivalent, the future equivalent of those tax brackets.


And any money you take out of your IRAs and
401(k)s is going to land right on top of that and be taxed at the 22% tax bracket or the
future equivalent of the 22% tax bracket. So, guess what? If you're currently in a 22% tax bracket,
and your retirement tax bracket is going to be at least 22%, why let a single year go
by where you're not maxing out the 22% tax bracket? And by the way, 24% is only 2% worse so let's
max that out as well. So, I happen to think that people that have
pensions, the Power of Zero worldview, the Power of Zero roadmap to retirement is even
more compelling. Casey Weade: Now, do you get a lot of and
you’ve talked to, I mean, you wrote the book Power of Zero, get this book, Power of
Zero, get the movie, Power of Zero. Do you have many people that are maybe a little
skeptical and say, “Zero? Come on? I'm always going to pay taxes. There's no way I ever get to 0%.” David McKnight: Yeah. I've had people, especially really conservative,
most libertarian people on Facebook, that will send me messages.


They'll just see. They don't know what my book is about, but
they'll see the title, the Power of Zero and they'll say, “Everybody should be paying taxes. You're getting stuff from the government. You should be paying taxes and you're a freeloader
if you think you're going to not pay tax.” Listen, we're not suggesting people not pay


We're just suggested that when given the choice
between paying taxes at historically low tax rates or postponing the payment of those taxes
until some point much further down the road, mathematically, you're better off paying them
today. So, that's really all we're saying. We have other people that say, “Dave, there's
no such thing as a 0% tax bracket.” And I say, “True. There technically is no such thing as a 0%
tax bracket. But if you're living on a lifestyle of say,
200,000 per year in retirement, and you're not paying a single dime to the IRS, what
better way to call it than 0% tax bracket?” Tax-free, 0% tax bracket. I mean, I just really love the way that falls
off my lips, 0% tax bracket. There's power in the zero because of tax rates
doubled two times a year is still zero. So, I call it the zero even though there's
no such thing. You know, if you look at the IRS tax table,
it's 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35, 37. There's no such thing as a zero.


But if you’re tax-free, you and I, Casey,
we can call it zero. Casey Weade: Yeah. We're not talking about violating the law
here. We're doing tax planning. We're still paying our taxes. We're just not paying more than then we're
legally required to pay. There's no benefit to your morality or ethics
by paying more than you're legally required to. And I think that's an important point. Now, I've got one last question as we wrap
up here today. And this has to do with your thoughts on retirement. What does retirement mean to you? David McKnight: Retirement and I think my
thoughts on retirement near a lot of the rising Generation X and even some of the back end
of the baby boomer generation. I don't know that I love what I do so much
that I don't know what I would do, frankly, Casey, if I did retire.


Retirement to me means doing what you really
love doing. And for me, that means being in the in a position
where I have the option of not working one day because I want to go on a vacation or
I want to spend time with my grandkids or what have you, but just be in a position where
I have the option of not working. If work is what brings people pleasure, and
it gives them purpose and it gives them aim in life, I think that that's what they should
be doing. And what we're seeing more and more, Casey,
is that people aren't retiring outright.


They're saying, “Let's put ourselves in a
position where we don't have to work if we don't want to, but we love the drive and the
purpose behind having something that really engages us day in and day out.” And people are going to live longer lives
when they have that purpose-driven retirement versus simply retiring and waking up, playing
golf for two weeks, and then trying to figure out what you're going to do after that, right? [CLOSING] Casey Weade: Well, that's why I named the
book Job Optional, because I see more and more people that I'm working with that love
their careers. They want to keep working. They just want to do it on their own terms,
on their own schedule. And it seemed like that's what you're doing. You're living in Puerto Rico and kind of working
when you went to work. You're doing the dream job of your own and
that's pretty neat.


And I think you're sounding the horn, you're
warning people about raising taxes about something they need to be aware of, and sometimes that
can be a little depressing. However, you're also following that up with
hope and putting together strategies and helping people put together plans to make sure that
the retirement doesn't get destroyed by higher taxes in the future.


And for that I thank you. You're doing the world a wonderful service. So, thanks for joining us here today. David McKnight: It's been my pleasure. Thanks for having me, Casey. [END].

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Understanding the Oak Harvest Financial Group Approach

Oak Harvest Financial Group emphasizes the importance of subscribing to their network, facilitating easy access to their diverse content. The group is passionate about addressing viewers' specific financial questions and circumstances, providing guidance to those considering becoming clients. As a case study, the video introduces us to James, a soon-to-be retiree who seeks Oak Harvest's financial expertise.

James' Financial Picture

James aspires to retire at the earliest opportunity, even considering claiming Social Security at age 62, which would provide him a monthly income of slightly over $2,000. His financial assets include a $900,000 investment split between a 401K ($700,000) and a taxable, non-qualified account ($200,000). James owns a fully paid-off house valued at $600,000, although he doesn't want to utilize it to fund his retirement. The varied tax implications of James' investments, given their different tax attributes, demand strategic planning for optimal results.

Risk Tolerance and Current Allocation

By 2022, James has aggressively invested in stocks, making up 93% of his portfolio. While this bold approach could yield significant returns, it could also expose James to substantial market downturns, especially during retirement when he starts drawing income from his investments. The video introduces the concept of “guardrails” – essentially statistical calculations that predict potential investment returns in both good and bad years. Ensuring these guardrails aren't too far apart helps in mitigating the risk of depleting funds prematurely.

Retirement Success Probability

With the current strategy, James' likelihood of achieving his retirement goals stands at 61%. However, through a “what if” analysis, Oak Harvest illustrates how small changes can substantially increase this probability. By delaying retirement or reducing spending, the success rate could improve. For James, delaying his Social Security claim and considering part-time work during the early years of retirement are potential solutions. These tweaks push his success probability to 94%.

Introducing the IRA Custodian for Gold

For those wary of market volatility, diversifying assets further can be beneficial. Transitioning some funds to an “ira custodian for gold” can provide added security. Precious metals, like gold, have historically acted as hedges against market downturns. Learn more about selecting the right IRA custodian for gold here.

The Benefits of Diversification

Considering an IRA custodian for gold not only introduces a tangible asset to one's portfolio but also offers a respite from the fickle nature of stock markets. This addition can provide James, and investors like him, with a cushion, ensuring that their retirement funds aren't overly exposed to market volatility.


Oak Harvest Financial Group's holistic approach, encompassing adjustments to Social Security claims, considering deferred income annuities, potential part-time work, and tweaking investment portfolios, offers a comprehensive solution to retirees. By considering these variables and possibly integrating tangible assets through an “ira custodian for gold,” retirees can significantly improve their chances of a comfortable and successful retirement.


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Planning for a Stress-free Retirement

Hello everyone, this is Thomas from “Better Mindset | Better Life!” Today, we'll delve into a topic many people find daunting – retirement. After years of hard work and diligent saving, it's natural to question if you've saved enough for a comfortable retirement. Today, I'm here to equip you with the necessary tools to ensure a relaxed retirement. Let's explore!

Challenges Faced by Canadians

Understanding the root causes of retirement stress is essential. Most Canadians are anxious about retirement for three primary reasons:

  1. Lack of Retirement Planning: With busy lives, many don't prioritize retirement planning. They often hope for some retirement ‘magic' to happen, reminiscent of the days of the Defined Benefit Pension, where employers and the government were primarily responsible for retirement funds. The reality is starkly different today. In the early '80s, 60% of Canadians had such pension plans, which dropped to just 18% by 2011.
  2. Absence of a Clear Financial Strategy: The decline of Defined Benefit Retirement Plans leaves many uncertain about their retirement income. Unfortunately, many still adopt a ‘wing it' attitude, neglecting the unpredictability of future income and expenses. Studies reveal that two-thirds of Canadians are unsure about their retirement needs and duration, which poses challenges in managing the ever-increasing living costs.
  3. Misplaced Focus on Assets: While working, people prioritize asset accumulation. However, post-retirement, the need shifts to guaranteed lifetime income. The emphasis in most financial advertisements is more on savings and less on how to utilize them after retirement. An example is the RRSP, which provides tax benefits while saving but can lead to tax implications during withdrawal, a detail often overlooked.

Achieving a Happy Retirement

The book, “Don't Worry, Retire Happy” by Tom Hegna, offers valuable insights for a fulfilling retirement. One key takeaway is defining retirement personally. For some, it's relaxation, while for others, it's traveling. Remember, there are different stages of retirement – the active “go-go” years, the moderate “slow-go” years, and the restful “no-go” years. Not all retire with a hefty bank balance. For those facing income challenges, a ‘hybrid retirement,' or semi-retirement, is beneficial. With medical advancements, many live beyond 90, so working part-time can keep both the mind and bank account active.

Addressing Inflation and Financial Challenges

A significant challenge for retirees is inflation. With global economic shifts, including the ongoing pandemic, the purchasing power of money diminishes over time. If one retires early and lives long, inflation can drastically reduce one's savings. Coupled with the rising medical costs, it's crucial to have a robust financial plan that outpaces inflation.

Another challenge is the multiple bank accounts many retirees manage. Consolidation is the key. Ideally, one should have four primary accounts: one for fixed expenses, another providing guaranteed income, a third focusing on growth and beating inflation, and the last one serving as an emergency fund.

Lastly, it's crucial to work with professionals for retirement planning. They can spot potential gaps in your plans and provide solutions before it's too late. A financial advisor can be an invaluable asset.

Introducing the 401k Gold IRA Rollover

An innovative approach gaining traction is the 401k gold ira rollover. It offers a secure method to diversify your portfolio, providing a safety net against economic downturns. By considering a 401k gold ira rollover, you can ensure a stable retirement income, especially when traditional plans seem uncertain.

Closing Thoughts

Your retirement deserves as much planning as any vacation. It's essential to allocate time to ensure your life's longest and most crucial ‘vacation' is a fulfilling one. Stay informed, keep learning, and don't hesitate to seek professional guidance. Remember, planning today ensures a peaceful tomorrow. Catch you all next week, and until then, continue exploring ways to make your money work for you!



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Shock Of Living In Retirement – Friends Can Help 2021

Here'' s another one retirement motion picture.
– Yeah it'' s that time of the week Standard – Long-term treatment choices has actually been something.
people have actually been asking us concerning and also once more it'' s one of those points that won ' t
. take place for at some point so we'' re just going to do our one-of-a-kind spin on some suggestions for lasting.
care – We are Tina as well as Standard we talk all things retired life we would certainly like you to subscribe and.
offer us that thumbs up it actually assists our network it goes to a larger target market – some people.
will have to go right into a long-term care home either for health problem to be taken care of towards end.
of life or there'' s an expanding variety of people that truly intend to maybe they'' ve shed a partner or.
they'' re on their own and they'' re looking for a social life and some of the long-lasting.
treatment houses are opening up to over 55'' s where you can obtain your dishes and all the.
washing every little thing done for you plus you get a social life so we'' re going to. take an appearance at that in this video – So it'' s type of amusing due to the fact that lots of.
various people have a concept of what they assume it'' s going to be like put on ' t they. know as they age they do but we ' re really developing some entirely.
different suggestions – The standard photo of an old people'' s residence is where. people go being in a chair all the time drool don'' t truly have much lifestyle that'' s. altered and also it'' s mosting likely to continue to change as baby boomers retire massive substantial quantities.
of populace some infant boomers will certainly aim to go right into a type of long-term treatment house simply so they.
don'' t need to do the cooking as well as all the ordinary tasks – Because I think all that gets supplied.
for you doesn'' t it Norm -It does -Yet we additionally there is various other options also we have actually been talking.
with our team of close friends there is 4 pairs and also we have been chatting and also discussing.
regarding what would certainly take place for long-lasting treatment as we age we'' ve been going over the.
different choices haven'' t we -We have and keeping in mind it can be extremely pricey you''
re. considering fees of around $5,000 a month so as I state a few of our enterprising buddies got.
the calculator out as well as created this circumstance – So we would certainly rent an extra house for.
the registered nurse which would be around $2,000 a month we would certainly split that expense between the.
four pairs so we would all pay $500 each (right) so then of training course we have to offer.
the individual a salary so we believed maybe – $40,000 a year – Yeah $40,000 again we separate.
that between the 4 couples so we'' d pay 10 thousand bucks each for the salary as well as we.
would after that pay $6,000 each for the apartment (yeah) so for the two of us per couple it would.
only cost us around $16,000 a year and also we were in fact truly quite excited and aboard with.
this weren'' t'we Standard- That ' s appropriate and also it leaves lots of cash in a budget that if we got to the.
stage where we wear'' t wish to do the food preparation meal solution simply have it have it sent in.
pizza distribution all those dishes in the box concepts they enter play at that factor.
– So great deals of choices isn'' t there- It'is yet it ' s a fraction of the price. of a long-lasting treatment home or an elderly ' s care home as well as we still obtain to all be good friends as well as. mingle and'what ' s the most essential hour of the day Tina – It'' s got to more than happy hour.
– We constantly obtain together for delighted hr anyhow one or two times a week so it plays right into that – Yeah.
we assumed it was a fantastic solution didn'' t we -So if you don ' t like that how about this one.
this originated from one of our viewers in the U.S. he got on his own yet coming to grips with whole.
long-lasting treatment method also costly he didn'' t have the sources he'' s obviously among those individuals.
that can think outside package which is definitely amazing as well as – He mosted likely to rent a resort space what.
would certainly claim like a mini apartment or condo so a hotel room with a little kitchen space and he went to rent out.
this at the Vacation Inn – As well as obtained a month-to-month price – Not only that he claimed he got all the perks he.
broke out breakfast he got his beds made – Yeah his space was cleaned each day – And he assumed.
that was great due to the fact that if anything occurred to him somebody would actually notice didn'' t he so. he felt confident with that said and did as well as discovered out that the hotels were near to supermarket.
you can obtain pizzas and also various other convenience food supplied as well as he worked out that it would be a portion.
of the price now this is in the U.S.Because we are discovering that a whole lot of the houses. are around 7 to 8 thousand dollars a month so this he stated was a significant cost savings. We liked all the totally free perks that he came up with didn ' t he -And the other. contrast is the truth that in Canada we ' re looking at long-lasting treatment with dishes. given a little space with a little kitchenette as been around$
4,000 to$ 4,500 for one that ' s. quite wonderful possibly$ 3,500 for one a bit much more basic yet it simply reveals you'the distinction.- As well as naturally Norm that would simply be for one person if there was 2 of you that number could.
– Or sort of looking a little bit outside the box since we assumed the suggestion we came up was.
dazzling didn ' t we- As well as obviously if you do have family members there ' s always the choice of the gran. level in the cellar a spare bed room where you aid your youngsters buy a home by adding. rent- That ' s very true so there are whole lots of various options out there to take into consideration aren ' t.
– There are so this was one of our handles long-lasting care homes as well as lasting care alternatives.
due to the fact that it may well take place to us one day so may as well be prepared and have some. ideas on what you would certainly such as so many thanks for watching- We really hope everyone is staying safe.- Maintaining well- Till the following time goodbye.

– So lots of options isn'' t there- It'is but it ' s a fraction of the cost. We enjoyed all the totally free rewards that he came up with didn ' t he -And the various other.- Or type of looking a little bit outside the box because we believed the concept we came up was.

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13 Tips To Retire Wealthy | Retirement Planing | Make Money 2022

hey there and welcome to financial fluence today i'' m. going to show you 13 points you need to do prior to retiring you'' re not alone in anticipating.
retired life every worker desires retire and live a life of independence as well as flexibility your.
monetary account may disagree with you also if you'' re ready to retire some individuals retire with. much less than a hundred thousand dollars in financial savings so you ' ll demand to prepare in advance to ensure a. comfy as well as carefree retirement so prior to you retire ensure you look at this checklist to.
get you begun on the roadway to a good retired life leading preparation when you understand when you desire.
to retire you can establish a company structure that will certainly aid you accomplish your retirement goals a strategy.
helps you make a clever list without hurrying it doesn'' t have to be a serious listing it might be. your ticket to the lengthiest getaway of your life so have fun number 2 figure out the resource.
of your retirement revenue when you retire it'' s vital to recognize which accounts to use and when to.
check fixed revenue resources like social security pensions as well as annuities consider income getting.
financial investments such as individual retirement accounts 401ks taxed investment accounts and interest-bearing accounts consider exactly how.
declaring social protection will influence your income and tax obligations number three stay clear of way of life inflation.
many people'' s salaries increase as they approach retirement the lure to purchase unnecessary things.
comes with a monetary adjustment maintain your budget plan as well as investing as if you'' re an university pupil.
on a base pay if you intend to retire early well not completely like that yet you understand.
having a little spending plan before you retire provides you much more flexibility with your cash and also allows you enjoy.
even more of your retired life income being reasonable ways being economically liable which might not please.
risk takers number four discover just how medicare works when you get a job you obtain wellness insurance coverage yet.
what takes place when you are no more employed by the organization to which you have dedicated.
your time medicare will certainly most absolutely be utilized by people over the age of 65.

We come to be much more and also.
much more vulnerable to the requirement for medical therapy as we age learn about just how medicare jobs.
how much your costs will certainly be as well as any protection spaces you might run into as well as whether your.
existing doctors approve medicare beginning finding out about your brand-new insurance coverage before you require.
it to ensure that you get the very best coverage at the best price despite medicare wellness treatment.
rates are climbing the good information is that the more you inform on your own on elderly health care expenses.
the much better equipped you'' ll be to handle and maintain them to a minimum along these lines it pays to.
check into lasting treatment insurance coverage which can assist defray several of the astronomical prices elders encounter.
when they require taking care of homes or helped living care you'' ll additionally be less likely to deal with undesirable.
shocks number 5 analyze your personal cost savings if you'' re lucky you conserved in an ira or 401k throughout.
your working years if you wish to retire you may require to check out your funds as well as just how much cash.
you get daily five hundred thousand dollars is a substantial chunk of money and you might presume.
that it is well secured the yearly withdrawal price of 4 relates to about 20 000 in revenue each.
year with some inflation changes yet given that retirement is uncertain this doesn'' t appear like.
a lot of course this is simply your interest-bearing account it doesn'' t take into consideration various other resources of.
earnings such as rental revenue or earnings from part-time work and also it doesn'' t account for social. protection the objective is to look past the numbers on your retired life strategy statements as well as find out.
just how much cash you'' ll really get in technique with a bigger financial savings account you'' ll have more. time to determine how to invest your money in a long-lasting manner number 6 carry out the.
lowered genuine estate tax program lots of states offer tax relief to senior citizens so appearance right into all.
of your alternatives to reduce your regular monthly cash money flow according to worrying data several senior.
individuals lose their houses due to the fact that they are incapable to pay their genuine building taxes which in some.
conditions are less than a thousand bucks number 7 draw up a retirement spending plan.
complying with a spending plan and monitoring investing is an excellent behavior to have your expenses may alter.
as soon as you quit dealing with the downside you might invest even more cash on leisure as you'' ll have extra. extra time before giving up produce a brand-new spending plan information about retirement expenditures having a budget plan.
will certainly aid you determine if your cost savings will be sufficient for retired life or if you need to conserve.
more number 8 pay off high rate of interest financial obligation must i be financial debt free when i retire this is.
an often asked concern concerning retirement high passion financial obligation threatens retirement spending plans.
also if it'' s on a well-funded bank card the debt to income ratio might come close to 20 percent.
Paying off high interest debt is seen as one of the most important concerns student loan.
financial debt is one type of financial obligation that lots of people forget pupil finance financial debt is something that you will certainly have.
to handle up until the end of your life joking aside the reality that the federal government can select to.
withhold your social safety benefits if you have exceptional college finances isn'' t so funny number.
9 create a plan for claiming social protection social protection will contribute a major.
amount of most elders retired life income of course there is an incorrect way as well as a right method to.
case social safety and security according to a recent study 96 percent of americans declare social safety and security also.
early leaving 3 billion 400 million bucks on the table one hundred as well as eleven thousand dollars.
per family in shed retirement earnings from very early cases your benefits are dependent on exactly how.
a lot you have earned over your occupation but your age at very first declaring can alter that number instead.
of asserting advantages blindly embrace a method at complete retired life age you'' ll get the complete
monthly. advantage based upon your employment history if you wait past full retired life age your advantages will.
rise however if you file early you'' ll obtain your cash faster no filing is best or wrong yet.
you must recognize your total old age as well as the ramifications of claiming benefits early.
when will you start getting social security do you require retired life money soon or wait learn exactly how.
additional kinds of retired life earnings can impact the taxability of your social safety benefits.
number 10 number out what you'' ll do with your time having limitless spare time might seem attractive.
once you'' re there fact might strike hard it'' s difficult to move from a permanent job timetable.
to no structure which is why lots of lately retired individuals create depression plan precisely how.
you'' ll spend your days to stay clear of depression created by being alone and not having a sense of purpose.
consider what you'' ll discover satisfying in retirement plan according to your revenue you can golf.
twice a week and also traveling as soon as a month you'' ll require an alternative strategy if your funds can'' t support.
that way of living sign up with meetups to network enjoy fun activities as well as volunteer with relevant charities.
while understanding and refining leisure activities and even starting a company retired life has stages strategy.
just how you'' ll invest the very first two years after leaving job as well as what you may do later on number eleven intend.
your timing with your companion unprepared spouses will certainly find retired life difficult retirement can make a.
person feel lonesome and also based on their companion this can cause marital tension it'' s enjoyable to think of.
retiring together and also taking a trip or doing laps shocking retirement maintains even more of your cash.
invested you additionally have employer provided benefits clinical coverage alone could be essential number.
12 settle financial accounts it'' s far easier to keep an eye on your investment incomes if you.
have as few accounts as feasible to make document keeping and also capital tracking much easier monetary.
consultants recommend combining economic accounts however as you prepare for retirement they.
recommend you to assume concerning the tax obligation effects before making any decisions such as marketing supplies.
or shared funds number 13 decrease your profile'' s run the risk of profile the worst minute to take a loss in.
your profile is quickly prior to retired life as it will have a direct effect on just how much cash you.
can reside on in retired life if you put on'' t manage your danger account and also modify your profile correctly.
you can find yourself working an extra two to four years after retiring and that'' s all say thanks to.
you for viewing i all the best wish you enjoyed it as well as got something out of it and also if you delight in.
comparable material check out my various other videos and if you like them strike such button subscribe to the.
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How To Retire Early Through Property Investing | A Retirement Planning Pension Strategy

– Impossible is probably the
response most people will have when they see the
thumbnail for this video, but let me show you how, by taking action, you really can retire in
two years by investing in a certain type of property. (upbeat music) Hi, my name's Tony Law from
Your First Four Houses, and I teach people how to build
a small property portfolio that generates a great income
for them so they can give up their day job if they
wish because they're now financially free.  So for 21 years, I ran a kitchen
business where I exchanged my time for money, but
in less than two years, I managed to replace that
kitchen income with a passive, or relatively passive, rental
income, and I want to show you how you can do exactly the same. So for this exercise, I'm not
gonna assume that you need 10,000 pounds a month to
retire and live comfortably. In fact, depending on
where you live in the U.K., the average household
incomes seems to be somewhere between 28 to 35,000 pounds
a year, although personally, I might struggle to live on
that if I'm being really honest, so let's just round that
up to 42,000 pounds a year which quite conveniently
helps me with the maths because it means that's 3,500
pounds a month that you need as a passive rental income. Now, for some that may seem
a little on the low side, but I think most people
could probably retire and live quite well on that
if they're being really honest if you had no other bills to pay. So we now have a clear goal. We need to earn 3,500
pounds a month passively moving forward, so let's
just break this down. How many rental units does
that actually equate to? Well, it obviously depends
on the type of deals that you're doing and the
strategy that you're following. In fact, to be honest, I've
got a property that by itself, one single property, after
all bills have been taken off, would cover that amount of
money, although for transparency, I've also got other properties
that only cashflow a couple of hundred pounds a month give or take, and it always surprises me,
there are people out there that have got properties
that simply don't cashflow at all, I just don't understand
that, but let's just say, for the sake of this
exercise, that on average, my property portfolio cashflows
about 500 pounds a month after all bills, so if you
wanted to hit 3,500 pounds a month, how many properties do you need? Well it's seven, isn't
it, nice and simple. It's seven at 500 pounds a
month, but can you acquire seven properties in two years? Yes, I know you can. Maybe in year number one
you might do two or three which will leave you maybe
four or five in year number two as your experience and
confidence grows, but I know that you can do it. Is it gonna be easy? No, you're gonna have to
put in some massive effort to hit this target. You're gonna have to
take a tonne of action, but I know that you can do
it, and if you want a list of 15 tasks that you can
do in the next seven days, check out this video because
I'll run you through exactly what you need to do in
order to hit that target. You see, the thing about
property investing that is quite magical, quite amazing
actually, is that you need to work really, really
hard for a couple of years, and if you do, you can replace
your income in its entirety after just maybe a
couple of years of work, and if I can in some way
help you in your journey, well that would make me very happy. I recently updated my 50 point
checklist that will run you through all the tasks you need to take before buying that next
investment property. If you'd like a copy, simply
click on the link here or in the description box
below and I'll send it straight out to you.

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How To Retire Early? (Young And Rich: Is It Possible?)

Hey, what's up? John Sonmez here from Tired of pushy recruiters sending you LinkedIn requests for jobs you have no interest in? Tired of blasting out resumes into the dark? If so, you should check out flips job searching on its head by having top employers like Facebook come to you after you fill out one simple application. You also get your own job coach to help you on your next job search. If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend you at least fill out the application. Just go to When you get hired with Hired, you'll get double the normal sign-on bonus for using that link. Today we're going to be talking about real estate.

Yes. I have done some videos on real estate. Some of you are like, “What the heck? Why is this guy talking about real estate?” Well, I've done fairly well in the real estate realm. If you're interested, you can always check out my playlist on real estate investment and investment in general. I'm not going to go into all the details here, but occasionally I like to answer a few real estate questions on this channel. I got one here from Jonathan and he says, “I'm 21 and set a goal that I want to retire by 40 to 45.” Cool. “With 20K of passive rental property income.” Man, that's awesome. I like that. I love that goal. That's a good goal. “Currently saving money to buy my first property and hopefully, when I get a web development job I can speed up the process. My question is how do I plan for this goal?” This is good.

So, 21, Jonathan is 21 and he's thinking this way and he's got this plan by 40 to 45 to make 20K of passive income from rental properties. I love this. This is great. “Thanks for everything you do and have a beautiful day.” I am having a beautiful day. Thank you, Jonathan. “P.S. I was thinking of buying a duplex and live in one and I rent out the other one so basically the tenant pays my mortgage.” So, okay, there's a lot of ways to approach this. I think Jonathan has got his head screwed on right. Well, I'll start with the last, the P.S. of renting out a duplex and living in one side. I think that's a great idea. This is a fantastic thing. More people should do this. A lot of you young people out there that are thinking about renting or buying a house, consider buying a duplex and renting out one side and if you find the right deal which—it's out there, you could actually have the renters pay your rent.

You see what I'm saying? You could actually live for totally free by having a duplex and renting out one side. I'm not going to say it's going to be super easy. I'm not going to say that those deals are everywhere. It depends on where you're at. You're not going to find that deal in California or New York, San Francisco, not going to happen, but if you're in the Midwest you might be able to find that deal. I've seen it before. I think that's a great idea, but let's talk about the plan. 21, you want to retire by 40 to 45. You want to get 20K of passive real estate income. It's not going to be easy, but it's certainly doable. What you need to do is you need to calculate backwards where you need to be and have a real solid plan for this.

I can give you a general outline, but I haven't run the numbers so I can't tell you exactly. There are going to be some factors in here, but you actually need to take a spreadsheet and actually need to calculate this and figure this out. It's going to be fairly complex, but you don't have to be super detailed. You can kind of ballpark this, but you do need a spreadsheet. You can get some rough answers here, but calculate this out, 20K of passive income from real estate. Let's say 45. What does your gross need to be? You're going to have expenses, you're going to have rents, I mean you're going to have property management, you're going to have a bunch of things here. That can give you an idea of what kind of wrench you need to be pulling in. It's not going to be a 20K wrench, you're not just getting 20K. It might be like 30 or 40K a month of rents. In order to get 40K a month of rent how many properties do you need and how much will those properties cost? How can you divide that over time and put inflation into the equation a little bit here over that period of time? Work backwards and make a spreadsheet and run some scenarios.

This is going to take time and some planning. Like I said, you can rough ballpark it. If I were just going to give you what I think would probably work for you, it also depends on how big your budget is. How much money are you investing every year? How much money do you have to invest every year. If you can put 10K down onto a rental property every year that's different than, “Hey, I've got 50K to invest in real estate every year.” That's different. Or 100K. Those are all different scenarios. What you're planning based on your current scenario might—there may not be—there might be this gap and you might be like, “Well, how do I get there?” It might not be apparent.

You might have to do some other things. You might need to make more money in your job or start a side business in order to fuel that. I had to do that to reach some of my real estate goals. Think about that and calculate that out. I'll give you kind of a rough timeline, a rough plan that I would have if I were you which would be something like—and this was the plan I initially developed when I was doing this which would be to buy one property every year, regardless. The nice thing I like about this plan is that it's scalable.

The size of the property depends—is dependent upon how much money that you have in that year. When I first started in real estate investment when I was close to your age, I think I bought my first house at 19, but I really started doing investments around 21 and started this plan of buying one house per year. I think the first house that I bought I was able to put $10,000 down. It was like a $100,000 house or $120,000 house. The next year it was probably about the same and then probably like the third or fourth year I had more money. I was able to put $20,000 or $30,000 down. I got to the point where I was buying properties and I was putting about $20, $30, $40,000 down every year on a property when I buy it. Some of that was because of the real estate that I was already making me money. Some of it was because I was making more money in my job and I had businesses and side things going on which helped me to do that. That's the kind of plan that I would—it's not going to happen magically. I think that's the key thing. You actually have to have a solid plan for this and you can run these numbers and calculate this out.

There's actually a really good book that I recommend called The Millionaire Real Estate Investor. I think that's by Garry Keller, the founder of Keller Williams if I recall correctly. I don't recommend very many real estate books, simply because a lot of them are crap. The reason why I'm really going to recommend that book to you is because it has these charts that show you—it gives you a realistic expectation over 20 years what the value of a property is likely to be, how much money you're likely to make from it, cashflow and all that. Again, it's as complex equation. You're not going to be able to nail this down perfectly, but at least if you run the numbers and you do the best job that you can, you can have a ballpark idea and you can always adjust the plan. You've got to have—you've got to know where you are and where you need to go in order to reach these goals. I'll also recommend for you—I have a course that I created called Simple Real Estate Investing for Software Developers.

You can check that out here. If you buy that course, obviously it has a money back guarantee on it, but that's going to help you to give you the basics of everything I know about investing. Just to give you a background, I have about 26 rental properties. They are all paid off. I started investing when I was 19. I kind of know what I'm talking about here. I don't give a lot of bull shit advice about this. I give you exactly—practical advice on how to get started and how to do this.

The reason why I created the course, even though it might not seem like it goes along with a lot of my other content, it was just simply because I was tired of so many people giving BS real estate advice and doing all these kind of scamming, no money down, speculative moves that just doesn't make sense. You need some kind of practical advice so that's what I put together there. Go check that out. This is good. I think you've got a good plan here. You just need to develop the plan further and it's going to be very dependent on your individual factors and—I think you have information though to say, “Okay, can you do this in 45—by the time you're 45?” absolutely! I believe that you can. It's not going to be easy, it's going to be hard to do. 20K is a pretty big number but it's certainly possible, but you're going to have to start moving now, which it seems like you're going to do, and you have to have a plan and it's going to take a lot of work and a lot of effort and you got to find good deals in order to be able to do this in that time frame.

All right, I hope that is helpful to you. If you have a question for me, you can email me at [email protected]. Don't forget to click the subscribe button if you haven't already. Click that Subscribe. Click the bell to make sure you don't miss any videos especially if you like the real estate stuff because, hey, those videos might not show up and then you'd miss it and then you wouldn't find out the secret to life and how to make millions of dollars. All right, I'll talk to you next time. Take care .

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