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7 Frequently Asked Client Questions

RL137 - 7 Frequently Asked Client Questions

on the Retirement Lifestyle Show, Roshan Loungani, Erik Olson, and Adrian Nicholson answer the seven most frequently asked client questions. They break down topics such as Structured notes in 2022, the best times to do a Roth conversion, and long-term care insurance planning.

[01:40] Understanding I Bonds and How They Work

[04:19] The Dos and Don'ts of Investing in I Bonds

[06:30] Tax Brackets and Retirement Planning

[10:47] Automatic Savings and Consumer Debt

[14:13] Structured Notes in 2022

[19:35] How to Invest in Bonds and Options

[21:35] Minimum Investment Amount in Structured Notes

[22:27] Why You Need to Constantly Monitor Your Financial Plan

[24:35] Difference Between Exchange Traded Funds and Mutual Funds

[27:00] Active Versus Passive Exchange Traded Funds

[29:41] Potential Tax Benefits From ETFs

[31:20] Interesting Design Features in ETFs

[33:40] When's The Best Time To Do a Roth Conversion?

[38:35] Favorable Tax Rates For a Roth Conversion

[39:50] What You Need to Know About Long-Term Care Insurance

[46:01] Parting Thoughts

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Roshan Loungani can be reached at or at 202-536-4468.

Erik Olson can be reached at or 815-940-4652.

Adrian Nicholson can be reached at or at 703-915-8905.

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Full Show Notes:

Understanding I Bonds and How They Work

We are all feeling the effects of inflation. The rising costs of living and the Fed’s plan to raise taxes mean most investors are a little wary about investing in the current market landscape. However, one investment vehicle seems to be immune to inflation. Enter I bonds, a safe investment issued by the U.S. Treasury to cushion your money against rising inflation. What makes I bonds so attractive is that interest rates are adjusted regularly to keep pace with inflation. Furthermore, I bonds are an even lower investment risk since the law exempts them from state and local income taxes.

Investors interested in these bonds can buy up to $10,000 worth of I bonds. You can also add another $5,000 with your tax refund. The even better news is that I bonds mature and can continually earn interest after 30 years. However, cashing in early, say one year after your initial purchase, means you forfeit the last three months of interest earned.

Structured Notes in 2022

A structured note is a hybrid investment option that combines the key features of multiple financial products into one. For example, a structured note could combine bonds and additional investment options into one offering. But the thing to note here is that structured notes derivatives and not direct investments. This means that they offer investors options that are otherwise unavailable. What makes them attractive is also the reason to be wary of them. First, structured notes contain a bond element that most people would consider safe. However, the inclusion of stocks and derivatives makes them a little more volatile.

With the markets down and inflation at an all-time high, are structured notes valuable investment options in 2022? Most financial experts would argue they are. Structured notes can help you test new markets. But the complexity of these transactions can make them extremely risky. This is why we recommend talking to a professional before committing to anything.

All opinions expressed by podcast hosts and guests are solely their own. While based on information that they believe is reliable, neither Arete Wealth nor its affiliates warrant its completeness or accuracy, nor do their opinions reflect the opinion of Arete Wealth. This podcast is for general informational purposes only, and should not be regarded as specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Before making any decisions, consult a professional.

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