Smart Money Questions

Weekly investing and financial planning wisdom seeking to provide answers to your financial questions with your host, Matt Hausman.

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Episodes

Thursday Jan 12, 2023

As we begin a new year, let’s talk about the SECURE Act 2.0, which was signed into law in December. We’ll share some of the highlights, including new requirements for companies with new 401(k) and 403(b) plans.
Did you know that companies can automatically enroll their employees into these plans? We’ll explain this along with some other key changes to RMDs, retirement accounys, and other planning items.  
 
On today’s show, here’s some of what you’ll learn:
How the minimum distribution age changed. (5:58)
What happens if you miss your minimum distribution? (7:35)
Why there’s a drastic increase to catch-up contributions. (9:53)
 
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Wednesday Dec 21, 2022

Today we’re joined by Robert Khoury, the founder and CEO of Agile Rainmakers, a high-impact business development consulting and advisory firm based in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 
 
Robert’s 20+ year career in the financial industry has seen him in many roles: an equity derivatives trader, portfolio manager, corporate strategist, chief operating officer, recruiter, hedge fund executive, and private equity investor. Today he’s sharing his expertise about internships and how they can help people discover the right career.
 
On today’s show, here’s some of what you’ll learn:
How you can use internships to further your progress. (4:19)
What kinds of internships do people typically choose? (8:46)
When should you look for internships? (16:02)
       
If you are interested in any of the topics we discussed, please reach out and we would be happy to help you navigate your financial situation.
https://www.agilerainmakers.com/
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Thursday Dec 08, 2022

We love to talk on our show about different scenarios and questions we hear from clients in our office, and the topic of annuities and life insurance has come up quite a bit in recent weeks. You won’t find a lack of opinion on either of these two products and they both can get a little complicated.
 
On today’s show, here’s some of what you’ll learn:
What should you do with an older annuity? (4:36)
How should you handle an enhanced death benefit option? (8:56)
How should you handle life insurance when your spouse is much older or younger? (12:13)
       
If you are interested in any of the topics we discussed, please reach out and we would be happy to help you navigate your financial situation.
 
Want to contact us?
Website - https://smartmoneyquestions.com/
Email - info@smartmoneyquestions.com
 
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Thursday Nov 17, 2022

There has finally been some clarification from the IRS about the SECURE Act rule regarding inherited IRAs from 2020 and beyond. We’ve had some questions from clients about this, so it’s great to finally have some answers.
It’s important for you as an owner of an IRA, 401k, etc. to know how this works and understand it. It’s also important for your heirs to understand this important topic and know what tax bracket they might be in.
 
On today’s show, here’s some of what you’ll learn:
What happened with the SECURE Act’s stretch IRA? (4:16)
How did the government create confusion? (7:03)
What happened to the minimum distribution age? (11:27)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/irs-delays-new-guidelines-for-inherited-iras-11665182415
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Thursday Oct 27, 2022

If you’re wondering what taxes will look like in 2023, as far as standard deductions and increase in tax brackets, today’s show is for you. The IRS just released this information recently and we want to take you through the key changes.
Whether you’re filing single or married filing jointly, we’ll explain what will will be different for you next year. Check out today’s full show to learn more about how the IRS changes could affect you as you make an tax planning moves before the year closes out.  
On today’s show, here’s some of what you’ll learn:
What adjustments should you make to prepare for tax changes in 2023? (2:06)
Why you should be an aggressive investor. (4:20)
Should you take a Roth option at work? (8:08)
 
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Email - info@smartmoneyquestions.com
 
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Thursday Oct 13, 2022

We get questions all the time about Medicare. It can be confusing when there are Medicare parts A, B, C and D and supplements. Today we are welcoming a guest who has been in the Medicare industry for more than 30 years.
 
On today’s show, here’s some of what you’ll learn:
What Medicare is and how it works. (2:58)
How you can access Medicare. (3:42)
The different aspects of Medicare and how they work. (4:13)
 
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Social Security COLA and Timing

Thursday Sep 22, 2022

Thursday Sep 22, 2022

Choosing when to claim Social Security can have a huge impact on your retirement plan. A lot of people are unsure about whether they should delay Social Security or take advantage of another significant COLA increase. Today we are going to look at some of the different options you may have and narrow down the reasons they may or may not be for you.
 
What we discuss in this episode: 
Do you time the market or do you time Social Security? (2:21)
Do you qualify for spousal benefits? (5:28)
Social Security has a guaranteed interest rate for delaying. (7:31)
If you are going to delay Social Security and not work, what other assets are you going to depend on? (10:29)
 
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Money Marketing Headlines

Thursday Sep 01, 2022

Thursday Sep 01, 2022

We’re bombarded with headlines about money all the time. With technology and social media at our fingertips, it’s more important than ever to control how you react to that. We’ll explain why it’s critical to your long-term financial success.
 
What we discuss on this episode: 
2:10 – Financial headlines are everywhere
5:10 – Invest like the 1%
6:08 – Become a master of the market
8:37 – Protect nest egg
9:31 – Playing on fear
 
For more, visit us online: https://smartmoneyquestions.com/ 

Thursday Aug 18, 2022

Recently, we’ve been getting some unique questions about investing in company-sponsored plans, like a 401k, for example. The client wanted to know where else to invest once they max out the 401k. We’ll dive into this question and more on today’s show.
 
What we discuss in this episode: 
2:23 – Max out 401k
4:53 – Be consistent
5:44 - Match
8:04 – Vested
9:49 – Saving more
11:38 – Health insurance
14:34 – Traditional brokerage
 
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Thursday Aug 04, 2022

If you decide to scale back your work or keep working during retirement, what kind of employee should you be? We’ll explain the differences between W2 and 1099 workers and how that could affect your finances.
 
Key Topics on This Episode: 
4:50 – Scaling back workload
6:24 – W2 vs. 1099 worker
9:39 – Contributions
11:38 – Payroll taxes
13:48 – Buying real estate
16:18 – Property management
17:22 – Where to buy
18:50 – Long-term investment
 
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