With the emergence of the new SECURE (Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement) Act 2.0, there are upwards of 100 different changes made that will affect the onset and process of your retirement. The one in the hot seat today is the RMD (Required Minimum Distribution) age change.
In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP®, discusses one of the most important changes for those nearing RMD age and explains how this change might impact your investment strategy moving forward, as well as ways to implement tax savings strategies.
How your investment strategy might change with the requirement age of RMDs being pushed back
How you can juggle different accounts in this process with a longer time horizon
The increased time you have to pull out your RMDs and how this may impact your portfolio and retirement
Most people don’t prepare for a divorce before they get married. In most divorces, property that was acquired during the marriage is subject to division between the spouses depending on a number of factors.
Dividing assets and understanding how they are calculated post-separation is a crucial step in the divorce process. A QDRO can be used to divide retirement assets between the two spouses as a part of the property settlement.
In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP®, is joined by Derrick A. Rubin, partner at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates to discuss how you can navigate a divorce when it comes to using a QDRO to split assets.
Derrick focuses on:
What a QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relations Order) is, and how it works
How various retirement plans differ in divorce settlements
Derrick A. Rubin, Esq. is a Partner at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. and has been with the firm since 1997. He has been recognized by Newsday as an expert in matrimonial law and has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer for 7 consecutive years. In addition to matrimonial law, he has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate, estate planning, civil litigation and criminal and business law.
When today’s guest witnessed her 5-year-old daughter squeal with delight by inserting a quarter into a vending machine, she knew she had to instill proper financial habits, and fast.
Did you know that by the age of seven, most children have built their foundation for how they view, and spend money? To help ward off life-long implications from poor spending decisions, Karen Tenenbaum, Esq, CPA, co-founder of Commerce Plaza Inc., and Walter the Vault, made it her mission to bring financial literacy to the schools of New York.
Join Larry Heller, CFP® as he chats with Karen about her efforts in providing financial literacy education to children through working with school districts, obtaining grants, and giving life to a character that uses rhyme to teach money skills.
Listen as Karen discusses:
Why learning about money at a young age is essential to building life-long skills
How she’s helped 75,000 children take part in a 6-week financial literacy curriculum
Why Walter the Vault was created and how he makes learning fun and interactive
Karen Tenenbaum, Esq, LL.M., CPA, has been an attorney for over 35 years and founded her firm, Tenenbaum Law, P.C. which helps individuals and businesses facing IRS and New York State tax problems. Karen is a frequent speaker on IRS and NYS Tax issues for numerous professional groups and serves as a committee member and chairwoman of several local organizations. Karen is the co-creator of Walter the Vault and co-founder of Commerce Plaza, Inc. both of which promote financial literacy.
Calling all women!! Are you currently in a position where your partner manages your finances and you have no idea what they are? Then it’s time for you to get more involved in these conversations.
Being aware of your assets and investments while truly understanding all of your finances is more important than ever. It allows you to take the burden off your future self in case you are faced with a big life change that may impact the way in which you manage your finances.
In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP®, is joined by Belinda Tsui, CFP® a Wealth Manager at Heller Wealth Management to discuss what women need to know when it comes to managing their finances, with, or without a partner.
Belinda and Larry discuss:
Experiences they have had with women clients that were not involved in their financial situation and the impact it had when faced with a life change.
The importance of both spouses being part of the financial meetings and discussions regarding familial financial decisions
How women can get more involved in the financial planning process
As a wealth manager with over 20 years experience, Belinda Tsui, CFP® has been with Heller Wealth Management since 2019. She focuses on advising, counseling, and creating financial resilience for high-net-worth individuals, divorcees/widows and business owners with a concentration of working with women.
A Cash Balance Plan allows you to put away larger amounts than a traditional defined contribution retirement plan. In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP®, is joined by David Yackel from Pension Review Services to talk about all things cash balance planning.
How a cash balance plans differ from your traditional defined contribution retirement accounts
Why a cash balance plan is beneficial if you are looking to save large amounts pre-tax
Who is a good candidate for a Cash Balance Plan
How you can take advantage of a retroactive cash balance plan for 2022
David Yackel heads up the consulting practice for Pension Review Services. He is responsible for defined benefit plan actuarial valuations and is involved in many aspects of the firm’s Pension and Profit Sharing and Non-qualified Retirement Plan activities. Dave reviews plans for legal and technical actuarial compliance and, when necessary, designs new plans to meet clients’ needs, while providing insight into how their plans are performing and what variables will determine performance long-term. Dave’s expert analysis and recommendations allow clients to make intelligent, informed decisions that move them closer to their financial goals.
Prior to joining Pension Review Services, Dave worked at Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC, where he served as the Chief Consulting Actuary for over 30 years. David also worked at Kwasha Lipton and William M. Mercer, where he provided actuarial and consulting services to a varied group of corporate employers.
Dave is active in the pension community and has presented before various Society of Actuaries groups and meetings.
Dave commented, “At Pension Review Services, I’m able to surround myself with a team of top notch professionals who keep me inspired and energized—attributes that ultimately benefit my clients as well.”
When life feels like it is running faster than you can handle, don’t you wish that you had some sort of manual to keep your life in check? Organizing your finances can help you avoid late fees and missed payments, and help you reduce stress and free up your time to do things you enjoy.
In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP® welcomes the founder and CEO of Judith Heft & Associates, Financial and Lifestyle Concierge. Judy Heft, CMC® joins Larry to talk about money management throughout all stages of life, how important it is to get your finances organized, and how knowing how and where you spend your money can help you feel financially confident.
How a hobby of bookkeeping turned into a business
Client success stories that put Judy’s organizational tactics to use
Why it’s important to take stock of your automatic, online payments
Judy Heft, CMC® is the CEO of Judith Heft and Associates Financial and Lifestyle Concierge. Judy Heft and Associates has built its reputation on simplifying the chaos of their clients’ lives to give them more time to do what they want to do. A few of Judy’s many attributes include author, financial organizer and bookkeeper. Judy has a passion for helping people get organized, save money and have more time to enjoy life. Her clients come from all walks of life, including time challenged executives, divorcees and individuals with special needs.
To avoid worrying about day-to-day stock market volatility, it might be a good idea to start investing with the reservoir strategy. Turn off the media, stop listening to those so-called experts that make short term predictions in the stock market. Have a plan in place especially when you are withdrawing money to create an investment portfolio that provides three reservoirs so you can stop worrying about current market volatility.
In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP® discusses the importance of prepping clients before they start making investing decisions. He explains how he has been able to educate, and talk to clients prior to implementing investment strategies, and how Heller Wealth Management creates an Reservoir Investment Strategy that works both when markets are doing well, AND when they are struggling.
How he works with his clients to prepare a well-rounded strategy in anticipation of market volatility
Why knowing your financial “time-horizon” is so important
How your retirement plans affect how you make your investing decisions
The significance of identifying, or revisiting your risk tolerance level
Do you have trouble seeing clearly? Low vision refers to anything less than 20/20, accompanied by some sort of blur, or loss of vision. To help correct it, there are a number of helpful solutions available, such as different types of lenses, adjusting your diet, reviewing your overall health and bloodwork with your family doctor and mineral supplements.
In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP®, is joined by Dr. Steven Schoenbart, OD, the founder of Schoenbart Vision Care in Garden City, New York. He has been practicing in the optical industry since 1978, and is currently New York State certified in low vision rehabilitative optometry.
Join Larry and Dr. Steven as they discuss:
Why low vision cannot be corrected with standard eyeglasses
How you can improve the onset of macular degeneration
What contributes to vision loss, and eye disease.
How magnifiers and telescopes can improve low vision
Dr. Steve Schoenbart, OD, prescribes spectacle mounted, miniature telescopic glasses to help restore the ability to read, drive, see faces & use the computer again. Low Vision devices For Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, non operative cataracts, Ocular Albinism & other eye diseases causing Vision Loss.
Due to high inflation rates, the ever-changing state of the markets, and many driving factors that have altered the economy, we want to help you save on taxes so that your money can stay safe in YOUR pockets.
In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP®, is joined by Matthew Taus, CPA, CFP®, to talk about strategies businesses, and individuals qualify for, and can use to help them save money on their income tax.
Listen as Matt and Larry discuss:
How businesses can benefit from a qualified business income deduction
Not to forget to incorporate recent tax law changes to lower what you owe
Steps you must take before year end to lower your personal income taxes
Retirement Plans you can contribute to in order to reduce your taxable income
After starting his career with KPMG performing audits of large multinational companies Matthew Taus transitioned to financial and tax planning for a diversified group of mid-size business and individuals focusing on advising high wealth clients in the areas of trust, estate and gift tax planning matters.
Matthew is an executive board member of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners and the Estate Planning Council member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Financial Planning Association and New York State Society of CPAs.
He regularly speaks and writes on tax manners for organizations and publications and now he is here to offer his insight on our podcast.