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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 5: Balancing Health and Wealth: A Deep Dive into Holistic Well-being with Sachin Patel



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

This podcast episode features Sachin Patel as a guest, discussing holistic health management with the hosts. Sachin is described as a versatile expert with a background in chiropractic care and functional medicine. The hosts express excitement about Sachin’s upcoming talk to financial advisor entrepreneurs and delve into the interconnectedness of health and wealth.

The conversation touches on the importance of balance and inclusivity in health for all ages and genders. They explore the concept of holistic health management and its relevance in maintaining overall well-being.

The hosts also highlight Sachin’s unique journey and expertise in various health-related fields, setting the stage for a comprehensive discussion on topics such as breathwork and holistic health practices.


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