Former financial advisor Joe Saul-Sehy joins me to answer audience questions about investing strategies, early retirement, and tax planning.
I’m 31, and my husband and I save half of our combined income. We’ve maxed out our H.S.A. accounts and we’re getting an employer match in our 401k. We have $80,000 stashed as cash in a checking or low-yield savings account.
We’re paying nearly $2,000 per month for insurance policies, most of which is a whole life insurance policy. We have a rental property that cash flows $210 per month; we pocket $150 and use the other $60 as an extra principal payment.
What should we do differently? How can we learn about investing? What funds should we focus on? Should we sell our rental property and invest the proceeds, or hold onto this? If we hold, should we focus on repaying the mortgage as quickly as possible?
My question is about the 4 percent withdrawal rule in early retirement. When you’re calculating your savings goal, do you need to account for the tax implications of this withdrawal? Any tips on how to optimize this?
I loved your explanation about how to use a Roth Conversion Ladder to avoid paying stiff early-withdrawal penalties in retirement.
Here’s my follow-up question: How long should my money sit inside of a Traditional IRA before I convert it to a Roth IRA?
We tackle these three questions on today’s episode. Enjoy!
- Investing Made Simple by Mike Piper
- Can I Retire? by Mike Piper
- The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins
- The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John Bogle
- The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton
- The Truth About Money by Ric Edelman
- Oblivious Investor by Mike Piper
- FINRA Broker Check
- Afford Anything article: I Don’t Know How to Start Investing and I’m Afraid of Expensive Mistakes
Two articles critiquing the 4 percent withdrawal rule:
- Episode 94 – The Early Retirement Episode
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