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Using a Cash Balance Plan to Save Large Pre-Tax Dollars with David Yackel (Ep.121)



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.

David discusses: 

  • 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
  • And more

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About David Yackel:

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.”

 


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Sage Advice for Simplifying your Life with Financial & Lifestyle Concierge, Judith Heft CMC® (Ep. 120 )



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.

Judy discusses: 

  • 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
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

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.  

 


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Investing with the Reservoir Strategy (Ep.119)



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. 

Larry discusses: 

  • 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
  • And more

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Shedding Light on Low Vision with Dr. Steven Schoenbart (Ep. 118)



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
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

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. 


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Time to Have Those Tough Conversations with Your Parents (Ep.117)



Calling all members of the sandwich generation! 

As your parents age, you start to ask yourself a number of questions. What will happen when they are no longer able to live independently? When is a good time to step in, and offer help? 

Is it a good idea to get a third party to help pay bills on their behalf?

In this episode of the Life Unlimited podcast, Larry Heller, CFP, discusses the benefits of having an open, and honest discussion with your parents about their future.

Tune in as Larry discusses: 

  • How a third party can help mediate a conversation about bills and payments, and how they can take control of finances to ensure essentials are paid on time
  • The importance of knowing exactly where all of your parents’ assets are
  • How mobility and potential illness issues can affect your parents living situation
  • And more

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Tax-Saving Strategies Before Year-End with Matthew Taus, CPA, CFP® (Ep. 116)



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
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

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. 


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Tending Your Investment Strategy with Tax Loss Harvesting (Ep.115)



The Stock Market is having a down year, and we want to help save you some money on your taxes!

Enter, Tax Loss Harvesting. What is it? It’s an investment strategy that starts with the unrealized losses, and ends with money in your pocket. 

In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP®, breaks down why and how you can make unrealized losses into realized losses to save money on income taxes.

Larry discusses: 

  • The Tax Loss Harvesting Process
  • Offsetting Taxable Gains with Losses
  • What is a wash sale and why you must avoid
  • Carry Forward Losses
  • And more

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Everything You Need To Know About Prenuptial Agreements With Sandra Radna, Esq (Ep.114)



Despite common belief, prenuptial agreements are not just for the ultra rich. They can benefit anyone from any financial background.

In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP invites matrimonial attorney Sandra Radna, Esq to discuss prenuptial agreements and what benefits they serve to both individuals in a marriage.

Sandra also discusses how prenuptial agreements do not come as one-size-fits-all, and highlights how you can create an agreement that matches your wants and needs.

Sandra discusses: 

  • How prenuptial agreements can protect you and your spouse during a marriage
  • Why prenuptial agreements are not just for multi-millionaires (despite common belief)
  • How much time prior to the wedding you should establish a prenuptial agreement
  • What is a postnuptial agreement?
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Sandra M. Radna Esquire is an award-winning New York attorney and the owner of Sandra M. Radna P.C. Sandra has been published and quoted in a number of periodicals concerning the intersection of finances and matrimonial law, including CNBC.com, Yahoo Finance Observer, Business Insider, and more. She’s also the author of the book “You’re Getting Divorced…Now What?”.




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Navigating The Myriad of Tasks After The Loss of a Loved One with Ronnie Genser (Ep.113)



One of the last things you want to worry about when you lose a loved one are the numerous non-financial tasks after the loss of a loved one.

Unfortunately, this is the reality for a lot of people.

In this episode, Larry Heller invites Ronnie Genser, President at Bereavement Navigators, to discuss all you need to know when it comes to navigating the myriad of taxes after the loss of a loved one, especially a spouse.

Ronnie discusses: 

  • How the loss of a loved one impacted her career and finances
  • How to prepare for the loss of a spouse from a non-financial standpoint
  • What inspired her to found Bereavement Navigators, a company that helps widows and widowers navigate the myriad of non-legal and non-legal and non-financial aspects of losing a loved one
  • How to navigate Social Security for the deceased without the headache
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Ronnie Gensers’ professional background includes over 20 years in international and domestic sales, marketing, training and consulting.

Unfortunately, Ronnie’s successful career path took an unexpected turn after the sudden death of her husband. The things Ronnie learned about what she needed to do after her husband’s death include how to organize the numerous and unexpected tasks and the resources she found and the tips she learned. She now shares her work as a Bereavement Navigator with widows, widowers, adult children, and other relatives who have lost loved ones.


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What You Need To Know About Retiring in a Recession (Ep.112)



If you’re thinking about retiring, but the recession has you worried, have no fear, with proper planning, you can make decisions that are right for you.

What types of things should you be reviewing with your financial advisor when the economy looks like it is headed into a recession?

In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP® discusses how you can make an educated decision when deciding whether your retirement plan is fit for the costs of a recession.

Larry discusses: 

  • The importance of knowing your retirement expenses prior to retiring
  • How to know if your retirement plan is compatible with a recession
  • The analysis you can do on your retirement plan to strengthen it against inflation
  • What you can do if you are forced to retire
  • And more

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