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Episode 19: Managing Wealth Wisely: Insights from Tax & Estate Planning Whiz, Chris Woehrle



In this episode of the Holistic Wealth and Health Podcast, host Jason L Smith is joined by esteemed tax planning professional and professor, Christopher P. Woehrle, JD, LL.M (Tax).  

With a background in tax and estate planning and as a professor at Villanova Law School and former chair of the tax and estate planning department at the College of Financial Planning, Chris shares his expertise on holistic wealth management and the critical role of tax planning. 

Key Topics Discussed: 

  • Holistic Wealth Management: Understanding the comprehensive approach to financial planning that integrates all aspects of your financial life. 
  • Importance of Tax Planning: Exploring the critical role of tax strategies in holistic wealth management. 
  • Effective Tax Strategies: Discussion of specific tax planning techniques, including the 83(b) election, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), and the benefits of gifting appreciated securities to charity. 
  • Navigating Retirement Planning: Strategies for ensuring a secure and comfortable retirement, including the importance of having a diversified income stream. 
  • Balancing Short-Term and Long-Term Goals: How to save for immediate needs while planning for future financial stability. 
  • Risk Management: Understanding and mitigating risks such as mortality, longevity, and disability. 
  • Behavioral Finance: The importance of behavior modification in investment decisions and financial planning. 
  • The Role of Financial Advisors: How professional guidance can help you stay on track and make informed financial decisions. 

Tune in to learn how to manage your wealth holistically, make informed tax decisions, and plan effectively for your future. Whether you are preparing for retirement or looking to optimize your current financial strategy, this episode offers valuable insights to help you achieve your goals. 


Episode 18: Safeguarding Your Wealth & Wellbeing: Carrie Kerskie’s Identity Theft, Fraud, & Cybersecurity Protection Tips



In this episode, host Jason L Smith interviews Carrie Kerskie, a certified identity fraud investigator, speaker, author, and consultant on identity theft, privacy, and cybersecurity. 

Carrie shares her expertise on protecting against identity theft, fraud, and cyber threats in the digital age. Jason also discusses the stress and financial impacts these crimes can have on victims. 

Key Topics Discussed: 

  • Common Mistakes Leading to Identity Theft: Not securing online accounts, failing to ask for help with technology, and believing one is safe from threats by avoiding the internet. 
  • Best Practices for Prevention: Getting credit freezes, using privacy-focused browsers/search engines, enabling two-factor authentication, and validating information from supposed official sources. 
  • Evolving Threat Landscape: How identity theft, fraud, and cyber threats have converged, with criminals using sophisticated tactics like remote access malware. 
  • Recognizing Scams: Red flags like unsolicited requests for sensitive data, urgency to transfer money, and implausible scenarios crafted with convincing details. 
  • Securing Mobile Devices: Using longer passwords/passcodes, being cautious about app installations, and adjusting privacy settings on smartphones. 
  • Approach to AI Tools: Maintaining prudence by fact-checking outputs, as AI models can perpetuate misinformation based on their training data. 

Learn how understanding your body and incorporating proactive holistic health habits can lead to a richer, more productive life.


Episode 16: Planning Your Financial Future, Step 1 – Discover Part 2



Join us for part two of our in-depth discussion on holistic planning with hosts Jason L Smith and Bryan Bibbo along with special guest Dave Alison, CFP®, EA, BPC, President and Founding Partner of C2P and Alison Wealth Management.

This episode continues the group’s discussion of step one of The Bucket Plan® planning process, known as the “Discovery” phase. You’ll learn how during this initial meeting we have with all our clients; we focus on identifying your concerns, priorities, and goals to determine what matters most to you before we can begin developing your personalized plan.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • Understanding Holistic Wealth Management: Discover the five pillars of holistic wealth management and how they work together to create a secure financial future for you and your family.
  • Client-Centric Approach: Learn what it means for your advisor to adopt a fiduciary role and the importance of focusing on client needs rather than representing the firm’s interests.
  • The Bucket Plan® Explained: Learn more about our unique Bucket Plan® strategy, which simplifies your financial landscape into manageable segments, ensuring immediate stability and long-term growth.
  • Enhancing Your Financial Strategy: Gain insights into how a holistic plan that includes advanced asset management, tax planning, and legacy planning can tailor your portfolio to meet your specific needs and goals.
  • Real-Life Benefits: Hear real-life examples of how integrated planning strategies have helped others secure their financial futures.
  • Your Path to Financial Confidence: Understand the importance of continuous education and expert guidance in maintaining and adapting your financial plan over time.

Whether you’re planning for retirement, managing assets, or setting long-term goals, tune in to see how holistic financial planning can help you navigate your financial journey with confidence.

Learn how understanding your body and incorporating proactive holistic health habits can lead to a richer, more productive life.


Episode 15: Grasping Your Financial Needs, Step 1 – Discover Part 1



Hosts Jason L Smith and Bryan Bibbo along with special guest Dave Alison, CFP®, EA, BPC, President and Founding Partner of C2P and Alison Wealth Management, explore the intricacies of the holistic wealth management process through the widely acclaimed financial process, The Bucket Plan®.

Their discussion offers a comprehensive look into the first, crucial step of financial planning called the discovery phase. This episode is a must for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of what to expect during the discovery phase of holistic wealth management and the value of holistic, personalized financial planning.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • Introduction to the Discovery Process: Smith opens with the purpose of the discovery step in understanding clients’ financial goals and preparing a personalized plan.
  • Role of Prosperity Capital Advisors: How the Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm JL Smith and Alison Wealth Management use, Prosperity Capital Advisors, offers support to advisors’ compliance, trading, reporting, and portfolio management to focus on client service.
  • Importance of Tailoring Financial Plans: Alison emphasizes how personal finance is more personal than finance and should focus on the client’s specific needs, goals, and personal circumstances for effective planning.
  • Navigating the Discovery Meeting: Alison discusses how he sets the agenda for discovery meetings, ensuring alignment of goals, and establishing a comfortable environment for open communication about financial aspirations and concerns.
  • Pre-Discovery Consultation: Alison and Smith discuss the precursor to the discovery meeting, where advisors evaluate how they can serve potential clients and determine the appropriateness of proceeding to the discovery phase.

Stay tuned for future episodes describing each step of the holistic wealth planning process!

Learn how understanding your body and incorporating proactive holistic health habits can lead to a richer, more productive life.


Episode 12: Healing from Within: The Power of Pursuing Holistic Health



Join host, Jason L Smith and special guest, Kasia Hrecka, a functional medicine practitioner, as they discuss the transformative power of understanding and nurturing our bodies through functional medicine practices. Smith shares his health challenges and how incorporating functional medicine principles into his daily life under Kasia’s guidance helped him heal his gut, strengthen his immune system, and improve his day-to-day functioning and overall well-being. Tune in to learn how to incorporate these principles into your life, with a focus on nutrition, stress management, toxin reduction, and maintaining a healthy microbiome.

Key topics discussed:

1. Importance of Gut Health: Insights into the critical role of the microbiome in overall immunity and well-being, emphasizing dietary impact on gut health and its systemic effects on the body.

2. Jason’s Health Transformation: Jason shares his personal experience of overcoming health challenges through dietary changes and gut health optimization, showcasing the significant impact of functional medicine practices.

3. Holistic Health Defined: Exploration of holistic health as a state of vibrant physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, underscored by the necessity of a purposeful life for true health.

4. Incorporating Functional Medicine: Practical advice on how to integrate functional medicine principles into everyday life, focusing on good nutrition, stress reduction, minimizing toxin exposure, and supporting detoxification and mitochondrial health for overall vitality.

Learn how understanding your body and incorporating proactive holistic health habits can lead to a richer, more productive life.

Resources:


Episode 9: Ed Slott’s Guide to Maximizing Retirement Savings



In this episode, host Jason L Smith, CEP®, BPC, sits down with “America’s IRA Expert:” Ed Slott, CPA. He is the founder and CEO at Ed Slott and Company and a professional speaker and author. Together they discuss various tax and retirement planning strategies and stress the importance of finding the right advisor to help make the most of your savings and minimize tax burdens. Tune in for valuable advice to make informed financial decisions, optimize your retirement nest egg, and safeguard your wealth for future generations.

Resources:

Fund Your Future: A Tax-Smart Savings Plan book

The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb: How to Take Financial Control, Avoid Unnecessary Taxes, and Combat the Latest Threats to Your Retirement Savings book

The Great Retirement Debate podcast with Ed Slott and Jeffrey Levine

Key Topics Discussed:

1. Having the right advisor: anyone who wants to make tax-smart decisions regarding their financial future benefits from an advisor with the right knowledge and skillset.

  • If you are a high-net-worth individual who has more complex financial needs, an advisor with expertise in tax management can make a big difference in your experience.
  • This podcast shares why understanding tax implications on wealth is important.

2. Proactive tax planning: taking strategic actions now can lead to long-term financial benefits.

  • Some decisions may temporarily increase your tax liability but can be more beneficial in the long run.
  • Planning is crucial to helping you keep more money for yourself and your beneficiaries.
  • It is wise to focus on what will help you have a steady future, rather than what may provide short-term financial gains.

3. Tax-efficient strategies: this episode describes ways to help maximize savings and minimize what you owe. Some examples include:

  • Roth conversions — These can help you manage their income-related monthly adjustment amounts (IRMAA) when they turn 65. By converting some of their traditional IRA funds into a Roth IRA, you can potentially reduce future Medicare charges for Medicare Parts B and D.
  • Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) — If you’re 70-and-a-half or older with an IRA and plan to make charitable donations, consider using a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. This allows you to exclude the distribution from income, providing a better tax benefit than a tax deduction.
  • Ongoing education: Stay Informed About Tax Law Changes: Tax laws are constantly changing. Stay informed about new tax laws and regulations, especially those related to retirement accounts like IRAs and 401(k)s.
  • This knowledge can help you make informed decisions and potentially reduce your tax burden.
  • A holistic advisor can help you stay in-the-know.

If you’re unsure about your financial and tax situation, consider seeking advice from a financial advisor who specializes in retirement planning and tax-efficient strategies. The professionals at JL Smith can help you create a personalized plan to minimize your tax liability — schedule a free consultation today.

 

Disclaimer:

The information provided in this “Holistic Wealth and Health Podcast” episode, “Getting a Leg up on Tax Season – Tips and Strategies for Proactive Tax Management with Ed Slott, CPA” is for general informational purposes only. While hosts Jason L Smith, CEP, BPC, and guest Ed Slott, CPA, share valuable insights, listeners are urged to consult with financial, tax, and legal professionals for personalized advice. The hosts and guests do not endorse specific financial products, and any actions taken based on this content are at the listener’s discretion. The hosts, guests, and producers are not liable for errors or consequences resulting from individual decisions. Always seek professional guidance tailored to your unique financial circumstances.


Episode 7: Crafting a Strong Family Culture for Longevity and Prosperity



Episode Overview:

In this episode, host Jason L Smith is joined by Chris Smith, the founder of Family Brand. They delve into the transformative journey of creating a strong, unified family culture. The discussion touches on how family unity and shared values contribute to overall well-being, drawing inspiration from concepts like ‘Blue Zones’ and the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai.

Key Highlights:

1. Introducing Family Brand: Chris Smith shares the inspiration behind founding Family Brand, rooted in his personal experiences and family challenges.

2. The Impact of Family on Longevity: A discussion on ‘Blue Zones’ and how family dynamics significantly contribute to longevity, inspired by the Netflix documentary “Live to 100:            Secrets of the Blue Zones.”

3. Building a Family Brand: The conversation covers the process and benefits of establishing a family brand, including mission, vision, culture, and values, as experienced by host              Jason with his family

4. Family History and Identity: The importance of knowing and sharing family heritage and stories to bolster family identity and resilience.

5. The Pillars of Family Values: Chris outlines eight crucial categories for developing robust family values, based on extensive research.

6. Family Brand Culture Quiz:  Introduction to the quiz designed to help families understand and enhance their family culture.

7. Engagement Options with Family Brand: Overview of different programs offered by Family Brand, including digital, group, and private coaching options.

Listeners are encouraged to reflect on their family values and explore the resources offered by Family Brand to strengthen family bonds and create a lasting legacy.

Resources:

For the Guest:

– Family Brand Website: http://familybrand.com

– Family Brand Culture Quiz: familybrand.com/quiz

– Family Brand  Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyBrandOfficial/

– Promo Code for Digital Program: PARTNER (for a 50% discount)

For the Host:

– About the Host: Jason L Smith

– JL Smith Group Website: https://www.jlsmithgroup.com/

– Holistic Wealth & Health Podcast: https://www.jlsmithgroup.com/holistic-health-and-wealth-podcast

– Holistic Wealth & Health Blogs: https://www.jlsmithgroup.com/blog

– Episode 7 Link: https://www.jlsmithgroup.com/episode-7-crafting-a-strong-family-culture-for-longevity-and-prosperity

– JL Smith Group Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JLSmithGroup/

– JL Smith Group YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@jlsmithholisticwealth

– JL Smith Group LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jl-smith

– JL Smith Group X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/jlsmithgroup

– Holistic Wealth & Health Episode 7: https://www.jlsmithgroup.com/episode-7-crafting-a-strong-family-culture-for-longevity-and-prosperity

 

Disclaimer:
Investment advisory services are provided through Prosperity Capital Advisors LLC (“PCA”) an investment advisor registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). For a detailed discussion of PCA and its investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV and Form CRS on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov. The views expressed herein represent the opinions of PCA and are not intended to predict or depict performance of any particular investment.


Episode 6: Year-End Tax Strategies and Investment Insights



Host: Jason L Smith, CEP, BPC, and guest Jeff Warnkin, CFP, CPA, NSSA

 

Episode Overview:

In this episode, Jason L Smith and Jeff Warnkin, Lead Advisor at JL Smith,  discuss a range of topics centered around year-end tax planning strategies, investment insights, and the importance of tax management in personal finance. The conversation covers a variety of subjects including the benefits of different types of retirement accounts, strategies for tax -loss harvesting, and the advantages of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

 

Key Topics Discussed:

1. Introduction to Tax Management 
– Overview of the importance of sound tax management in personal financial planning.

2. Tax Planning vs. Tax Management vs. Tax Preparation
– Explanation of the differences between tax planning, tax management, and tax preparation.
– Insights into how these components work together to optimize financial outcomes.

3. Retirement Account Strategies (401(k), Roth IRA, etc.)
– Detailed discussion on the advantages of various retirement accounts.
– Insights into choosing between traditional and Roth options based on individual tax situations and future expectations.

4. Year-End Tax Strategies
– Strategies for maximizing deductions and contributions by the year-end deadline.
– The concept of tax loss and gain harvesting to optimize tax efficiency.

5. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
– Exploring the triple tax benefits of HSAs and the use-it-or-lose-it nature of FSAs.
– Guidelines on how to maximize these accounts for healthcare expenses.

6. Investment Insights: Capital Gains and Loss Harvesting
– Strategies for managing capital gains and losses in investment portfolios.
– Discussion on the timing and implications of these strategies on taxes.

7. Donor-Advised Funds and Charitable Giving
– How to use donor-advised funds and charitable giving as part of tax management.
– Benefits of gifting appreciated stock and other assets to minimize tax liability.

8. Estate Planning and Gift Tax Exclusions
– Overview of current estate tax landscape and strategies for reducing potential future liabilities.
– Explaining annual gift limits and the advantages of gifting appreciated assets.

Closing Remarks:
– Jason and Jeff summarize the importance of proactive tax planning and management.
– Encouragement for listeners to reach out for personalized advice and further information.

 

Disclaimer:
Investment advisory services are provided through Prosperity Capital Advisors LLC (“PCA”) an investment advisor registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). For a detailed discussion of PCA and its investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV and Form CRS on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov. The views expressed herein represent the opinions of PCA and are not intended to predict or depict performance of any particular investment.


Episode 3: Be a Blessing: How to Increase your Potential & Live a Healthier Life



Welcome to the Holistic Wealth and Health Podcast, your gateway to a prosperous, balanced, and purpose-driven existence!

Are you eager to unlock your potential but not sure where to start? Join one of our hosts and partners at JL Smith, Bryan Bibbo, AIF, NSSA, BPC, for an enlightening episode featuring Dr. Kevin Elko — motivational speaker and best-selling author.

Dr. Elko explains the transformative power of ownership, responsibility, passion, and motivation in achieving success, as well as the role faith — especially in oneself — can play in achieving goals. Tune in now to learn simple ways you can drive your personal growth and health!

Episode resources:

Ten Steps to an “I Believe” Mindset e-book by Dr. Kevin Elko 

Dr. Elko’s books and CDs

For more information about the Grant Study of Adult Development conducted by Harvard, visit: https://www.adultdevelopmentstudy.org/

For more information on Cathy Hughes:

(correction, she bought her radio station for $995,000, not $980,000) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_One#:~:text=Urban%20One%20was%20founded%20as,from%20an%20African%20American%20perspective.

For more information on Thomas Edison’s story: https://www.businessinsider.com/thomas-edison-in-the-obstacle-is-the-way-2014-5 (based on varying inflation calculations, his comeback revenue mentioned is between $240 – around $300 million in today’s dollars)

For more information on the factors Dr. Elko describes as being drivers of health outcomes:

Stress

Anxiety

Diet’s impact on genetics and health outcomes