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Today's version of moneywise one store phone lines are not you thinking about a career change. So your timing is perfect. There may never be a better climate for trying something new Rob West. It's all part of something called the great resignation happening for months in America talk about that in the opportunities it presents to have some great calls lined up but please don't call him today because we report this does moneywise live biblical wisdom for your financial decision. Why does it presented a chance to change careers like never before.
While a great deal has to do with the 10 billion+ open jobs in the country right now employers are having a hard time filling those positions. Economist named this trend the great resignation after a record number of workers quit their jobs in the month of April alone. July saw another record and so did August, when the all time high of 4.3 million workers resigned while the quits. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls them well. Several factors related to the pandemic extended unemployment benefits. Relief checks the rent moratorium and even student loan forgiveness analyst say that much of the quitting is by lower income individuals who want to try for better paying jobs and the job market supports that idea.
Employers are hiring at record levels, and they're willing to look at candidates who don't fit their typical mold and train them if they have at least some compatible skills so the time is never been better for career hoppers. Now what your first step. Well, if you want to take that great leap, you have to determine if you actually need a career change. Maybe you like what you're doing. Just not where you're doing it, so changing jobs, not careers might be a better move, but if you really want to try something different.
Start by making a detailed assessment of your skills and interests. Take a career test. Many of them are offered online. Your answers will generate a list of occupations where you're more likely to achieve success and satisfaction, of course, job satisfaction is important, but as you consider different career fields. You also have to keep earning potential in mind if your new career will pay less than you're earning now. You'll have to adjust your budget accordingly. Okay, so now that you have your long list of potential new careers generated by the assessment you have some whittling to do. Consider each possibility and cross off those that don't appeal to you. You may not want to be tied to a desk, maybe you'd rather meet with customers in a sales job. So after crossing off the undesirables.
You have a shorter list maybe five possibilities. 10. At the most that these are the occupations you want to start researching start rounding up job descriptions for each of your remaining career possibilities.
You also want to look at education requirements.
Some of these are no doubt being relaxed in the current worker market for employment but if not, will you have to go back to school.
If so for how long and how much will that cost. What are the advancement opportunities and earning potential. Also consider job outlook will there be jobs in that field down the road.
After gathering all that information, you'll probably eliminate a few more occupations that maybe you have only a few left, prioritize them, then take the one that best meet your needs and put an action plan in place to prepare for it. Talk to employers and others in that field to find out what's needed. But remember that employers are more willing to give you on the job training these days than ever before and again some of your skills may apply in your new field. For example, if you know your way around the spreadsheet so now you're ready to start applying for jobs in your new field and we wish you success. But there's 1 More Career Change Ave. to explore that doesn't involve applying for jobs at all. Did you ever want to be your own boss pipe starting a business, along with the dramatic increase in unfilled positions and probably contributing to it is a surge in new business startups 4.3 million new businesses spring up in 2020.
Our record since the government began tracking them.
Many businesses had to close their doors due to the covert pandemic and there's a lot of pent-up customer demand by folks who been cooped up with social distancing. This may be one of the best times to start a new business. If you been thinking about it. Just make sure you have adequate financial reserves to cover your needs during your startup directive to Luke 1428 for which of you, desiring to build a tower is not first sit down and count the cost letter has enough to complete those reserves are key. Don't put your financial situation is.
This is moneywise live with Rob West to hear a phone number mentioned today. Please ignore that number and don't call it because today's program is be recorded so keep that in mind when you hear phone, but we think the upcoming information will help you and make you a wise steward of what God's given so please take back to moneywise live with us today is taking some time off work away from the studio doing time family so don't call him lined up some questions that I know you said right back to the phones, Anniston, Alabama hi Stanley, how can you show retarded and back to work part-time regular job. We have a lot of policies for ourselves and our kids would Think I something happened to him would have money to be able to bear human and maybe some extra money to get to the family will blast at one of our children with cyber get their own life insurance so we we can servicing all of them have cash value to and it will catch me and would get that money will when I case to the end. I told Dave that that I could have it taxing it hadn't been pre-taxed and little compares about that. I feel like it was a pretext. But then again, maybe it wasn't just one question. Because what we want to do it since she's retired and were debt-free. Now we want to cash our policies and and take that money that were really saved and invested somewhere and the premiums that we would've been paying to invest them is why don't we just don't know where to invest him for the bank you and so can you help me with those two questions yeah so this is cash value life insurance whole life is a right okay yes of the way that works is you know what's taxable is that portion beyond you know what you your cost basis what you paid into it so because they don't withdraw the taxes as it's growing over time as you take it out you you have a pack a taxable portion beyond the what's called the policy basis, and so they should be able to give you that amount and then you would pay the out income taxes on that amount over and above the basis but I agree with you.
I like the idea of you getting whatever death benefit you need as pure term insurance, low cost, and then doing your savings separate and aside from an insurance policy so you know, if you're not looking for guarantees and you know you're not completely risk-averse you're going to get more upside potential with less fees and more flexibility.
If you do your investing and saving outside of that, then based on your agent goals and objectives I'd be looking to use a stock and bond portfolio to do that, you know where you'd either use high-quality mutual funds are an advisor or Robo advisor depending on whether you looking for a passive or active approach, and the amount of money you have to invest, but give me any follow-up questions you have just on what I shared would be better own back on the life insurance policy for us to pull it all out and fight back to that in the year are they all for where they'll taxes for us out of that. Yeah I talked to your CPA about that you just to see what would be the best option you have the benefit of them doing it is you know that monies withheld. You don't have to worry about whether or not you you got it available in the tax time comes, and if there's no estimated payments that need to be made. No, they'll go and send that right in immediately and so you won't have any penalties or interest if you hold down and wait and pay it all at the time you file the the return but if you'd rather come to be in control over that money then I would just check with your tax preparer to say based on whatever taxes do you need to pay it in an advance on a quarterly basis is a quarterly estimated payment and if so, you know, how much do they recommend that you send then so I don't have a preference either way but if you're going to take that on yourself. I get some professional advice on stocks and bonds. Right now I would be very okay.
What is your age 58 okay and what you looking to invest a much do you have right now and would you be adding to it. While we want to invest this money when we cash in hand and man would be adding probably looking at about $10,000 cash that would like them better and then probably on a monthly basis that lock up another thousand dollars a month okay and this is money you don't plan to touch for at least 10 years. I would say more like five okay yeah I'd probably connect to our firstname.lastname@example.org. I think they can help you with the strategy. You could also use a Robo advisor like the Schwab intelligent portfolios are the Vanguard advisor or betterments. Anyone of those three and they'll ask you a series of questions and then using a computer computer algorithm based on the answers you provided about your age or risk tolerance your goals and objectives still build an ETF portfolio of ETF's that are basically indexes indexed to both stock indexes as well as bond indexes, so you'll capture the broad moves of the market in a portfolio that's tailored to your agent objectives, but it will be very low cost you less than half a percent a year, and as you invest that thousand dollars a month, it will automatically be reinvested and there aren't any transaction cost you just have that one fixed cost of probably 12:45 percent. So I check out betterment the Schwab intelligent portfolios are Vanguard advisor you can read some reviews on them and nerd wallet.com but that would be a great place for you to to be investing moving forward. And then I just check with your CPA with regard to the taxes on the life insurance and I Stanley appreciate you listening and calling Sir all the best in the days ahead.
Northport Florida is where Maria's hi Marie. How can we help you, and I called him five years old. I bought a home in 2019, 142 and I have a balance of 90,000 little bit less than 90,000 from the inception I got 400 out. I'm sorry 100 amount no imprint on the principal. I put a 20% down so I don't have the P and PMI you know on the house just get, I have an emergency fund of 10,000, and my question is to have a $60,000 in savings and I'd like to know if it's advisable to place that 60,000 on the balance of disallowing, you know, just knock it down, because as I send my agent retirement. I have no retirement investment except 96,000 till I see it's a living Marie on Social Security 09 still working full time. How long do you plan to keep working.
Well that's kind of where my meaning. I'm not in good health and I was looking at 70 and that what you know that 65 is five years.
You know I like the idea of you being debt-free, but I hate you don't have much to fall back on, except that emergency fund of 10,000. I hate for you to put all 60,000 against the house. If you're not to be able to pay it off because you still got the mortgage payment unless you amortize the loan so I probably hang on to what you have until you get to a place where you can pull things off it once and then I do it because the free up that mortgage payment Ewing of the Bible talk a bit more up here. Thanks again. Just remind your team is away today taking some time off were not in the studio's appeal: stay with us. We have a lot more to, but it was this is biblical your financial decision is to host our team is taking some time off to know: we have some great question lined up in advance will have you write back to the phone rings and Indiana hi Tricia, how can we help you.
Thank you for your time. I bought a house and I did not follow anybody's advice and did not have a down payment and using USDA now that housing. The housing market is different in my house is worth about 20,000 more than what I paid for it. I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to refinance and then get away from the PMI so it's an FHA loan is a right I USDA loans, I would have to follow the rules there and I'm not sure what those are until there are okay yeah I would look into that. You know if it's a unit with an FHA loan, you're not able to get rid of that PMI you have to switch to a conventional loan which would involve a refinance and you would have to have at least 20% equity in my hearing that you do believe you have 20% equity in the home now. I paid it down in the last check I made at least now I would have to have nitrate assessor can it appear to be about hundred hundred and 20,400 hundred 20,000 okay and what is your current interest rate is 5.25 okay and what is your credit score.
Technical: but it is probably seven and that nature okay yeah good, documented income okay very good yeah I would look at the refi of the conventional loan because if you can establish 20% equity, which it sounds like you should be able to do that and you've got a interest rate right now 5 1/4 you should be able to get that down in a well over one percentage point or point, half which would be my minimum threshold to justify it as long as you plan to stay in this home for seven years plus, you can knock appointment half off the interest rate and get rid of the PMI at the same time, you'd be money ahead, so to speak. The key would just be you Tricia that I'd love for you to try to avoid extending the term so if you have 25 years left. Let's either get a 25 year mortgage, or at least base your payment on a 25 year amortization so you're not lowering the rate but extending the term, but if you can do that. I think you would be accomplishing all of the factors that would make this worthwhile.
I would get at least three lenders to give you an offer on this and I get two of them at least from an online bank and you can find out who has the best loan programs. Right now the bank rate.com so I'd be looking to refinance and accomplish several things at once, including eliminating that private mortgage insurance right thank you very good.
You're welcome. Thank you for going today. Let's stay in Indiana Indianapolis is where Christina is Christina how to help go by an R&D that we are get though we are 40.
Our goal has always been you are mortgage or we retire so the last get it might be better right now. I have read our mortgage borrowing because the idea ;-) rather than using our Hand. See you on paper and borrowed that while many sheet that interest rates are low, and then you are available cash to that dark stock market today fitting top market long longer term we get more motor return off that let's run through some of the numbers I get the gist of what he's recommending what you plan to spend on these renovations and improvements somewhere around 20,000 okay and what you have saved up to you considering investing on. It would be probably okay that we went all the house within about three years that we went get our money back quickly. Okay see you get 10 to 15,000 saved up is that in addition to what I would call your emergency fund. Okay, so you'd have to pull if you're an astute 20,000 renovations and you wanted to pay cash without touching the mortgage. It would require that you pull at least 5 to 10,000 from your emergency fund to be able to fund the whole thing correct okay and you said you're looking to sell in three years so I wouldn't be refinancing your first mortgage for sure. I think the question is do you take out the home equity loan and and invest the difference home equity loan being able to be used to pay for the renovations, or you pay a cash. I think you know just given where you're out in the amount of money were talking about here, I'd probably opt for you all just paying for this cash as opposed to trying to put an extra 10 to 15,000 in the market right now given the short time horizon that were talking about here, you know, I don't think that you were going to see anywhere significant returns in the next year or two. I think the mortgage can be pretty choppy, especially given the run that we've seen as of late, so you will taking on debt unnecessarily to be able to fund this renovation project got the money saved up and I assume you're contributing separately toward retirement accounts. I just think is unnecessary. So for me I just pay for this out of your savings that's been earmarked for this and out of current cash flow and then go office again all that money back when you sell.
You can decide plow that next to some extent okay.
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That's it right back to the phones. Beth is in Ohio and Beth. What can I do for you hi Ron, thank you for your program. I went and I started listening to this years ago appreciate still looking at retiring from full-time work within the next 3 to 4 years.
I currently my housing, are currently about 25% of my income and but if I retire with that same mortgage.
It would be about 33% of my retirement income so I'm I was hoping to knock that back open next 3 to 4 years and I have the ability to have my mortgage recap so you know to get it more under you know back to that 25%. So I was wondering what you thought of doing that versus putting that money aside for retirement. Your mortgage interest rate. Interest rate is about 3 1/4%.
Okay, you wouldn't be able to have it paid off. What you're saying is the reductions you would give. By prioritizing paying down the mortgage in the next three years or so would allow you to have it recast such that it would revert back to 25% of your now lower income is that right and you feel like that, you know, if you cut out your account. Basically, you're not contributing to your retirement accounts anymore. You just get whatever growth occurs from the investments that are there.
Plus whatever other income sources you have. You feel like that will allow you to balance your budget with this recast mortgage that's a little bit lower yeah yeah okay without it until I get current compound about 125 pounds and no I would not need to catch that except for margin okay yeah I like that plan. That's because you know were expecting a choppy market here me nobody knows it could go straight up from here but we also could hit a recession. We got some some headwinds and I think most people that I trust are looking for tempered returns in the next few years, perhaps not as much as we've seen you on the last couple years for sure and even the decade before that. So I think if you have kind of this guaranteed reduction in your mortgage which is you said is your absolute biggest expense every month.
That brings it in line with the income sources you know you'll have that something you can count on, as opposed to you investing in this your 401(k) retirement account three years outside of retirement, which would mean in order to fully maximize that it have to be invested in stocks and we could see some declines that could even be significant. On the next few years. Now ideally wouldn't touch it and it would come back and so forth. And that money would be there for the future, but I just like kind of the certainty of you entering retirement with a budget that balances in something that you can really count on and having that that one major expense right sized by you focusing on paying it off between now and then just gives me a lot of peace of mind. So that's also the way you're feeling that I would support the direction right right yeah I think I could see that much growth in three years. So I think I am feeling more comfortable with, you know, paying the mortgage down and getting a payment level are so great okay thank you yes ma'am. Thank you for checking in with us.
God bless you. Listen to Greensburg, Indiana W GNR hi Norman looking to do for user Michael. A little bit about flexible spending accounts. I was considering enrolling one.
Not sure at what point would be of benefit or would yes this is offered through your work.
As I write my employer. So basically it's a pretax benefit that you allows you to pay for eligible dependent care services so this would be in a preschool summer day camp of school before afterschool programs, but also could be no dependent child or adult day care. Even so, it's a simple way to save money for the purpose of taking care of family members while you continue to work and the benefits are you reducing your overall tax burden because the funds are taken out of your paycheck before taxes are deducted which saves you an average of you based on our date of about 30% on these dependent care services so I like it for that purpose.
If you know you're going to have a need for that we are and here on. Take care and related related expense. Okay so I think for that reason, you know, this could make a lot of sense for you to consider as you look at options to reduce the overall expensing the big win here is just from a tax standpoint, so I would just estimate, what you feel like you're going to need on a 12 month basis and then you orient your contributions into the FSA know around what that true need is so that you have only going and what you will use on 12 month basis. But if you know those expenses are coming and these can this account can be used for that purpose. I think it makes a lot of sense, so we appreciate your call. Thanks for checking in with us and all the best to use or let's take an email or two. We don't get a lot of time to do these when you send your emails to questions of moneywise.org we do our best to get them on the Aaron of this one comes from Gloria. She says I'm a regular tither.
I've put my house up for sale am wondering how do I tithe on the sale that I title the asking price. The price that I bring home after realtors, taxes, clothing, title, closing title, etc., or what.
It's a great question Gloria.you know, if we apply the principle of the ties to anything. It's based on the increase. So when you sell a home. The question is, what is your increase and it's not the selling price. It is the selling price minus the transaction costs. You mentioned several of those but also minus of this is a big one. Your original purchase price, so you sell a house for 400,000 you bought it for 200,000. But you know you had 25,000 expenses and what say you added 50,000 to it in improvements that stayed with the property and increase the value so your profit would be the net of all of that original is the selling price minus original purchase price minus the transaction costs of selling it, minus any improvements that you made along the way and then you would take that and apply attempt to it and that would tell you very quickly what it is that your time would be, so that's a great question.
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That's it right back to the phone with Ricky's in Georgia.
Ricky we have a about $230,000 when my wife got laid off last year she lost her job and took our Charles Schwab account just sitting there not doing sorry for year and I was just curious. You know what we might make sure Ricky, I'm sorry to hear about your wife getting laid off, it still in the IRA at Schwab correct. You didn't take it out and move it to a taxable account now so we just moved it from her company and straight into that hole in my got it okay. What are your ages 67 and see 65 okay are you all is she she found another job. No, I don't want to work anymore. Got it okay and are you still working are you retired yeah I'm part-time tired of I work part-time okay very good. Tell me about your income sources other than that part-time income are you collecting Social Security yes what about Social Security.
I have a random well we got about 60,000 in savings, but now no other income just so you're living off of Social Security plus your part-time income. Well, really just like banking my part. Sincerely, okay, great. Yes, I can see you're in pretty good shape in the sense that you know you don't you don't have any expenses that are uncovered your living modestly, which means you sell securities, govern whatever you need and then you're continuing to work as you're able to. Perhaps you enjoy that and that's just giving you money to put into savings you got plenty of liquid savings. It sounds like, and then you've got this Charles Schwab IRA so I think the key is Ricky is to get this invested in a way that's consistent with you all your ages and goals and objectives. There's not a need to take unnecessary risk with this account because your living modestly in your expenses are covered but at the same time given inflation, which means that the purchasing power is declining every month at this sits in cash or money market wherever it is you and be a good thing to have a portion of this may be a small portion in some high-quality stocks and the rest of it, perhaps in some fixed income type instruments like bonds and if you are comfortable with that, with the goal of not eight or 10% a year, but a goal of 45% a year to grow it and even if we got into recession in the market was down.
Keep in mind you wouldn't sell anything because you don't need to.
You don't need the money so you could wait it out and after it recovered, it would move to higher ground, at least historically speaking, so I think that's probably the best move for you guys so that this money is working for you, and given that it's a sizable sum of money I'd encourage you to hire an investment professional to make these decisions for you. Again, based on your goals and objectives, not their own, of course.
Are you open to have an advisor invest this for you sure were willing to help someone. Yeah, I think that would be a great thing and obviously at the end of the day you and your wife are the stewards so you need to make the decision, but at least you would know that there's a plan here and this money is growing and it's not losing your purchasing power every month. I'd encourage you Ricky to head to our website moneywise live.org and then click the button that says find a CK that stands for certified kingdom advisor. I interviewed two or three of your choosing.
Find the one that's the best fit. And if you felt comfortable moving that direction and have them you deploy these funds on a very conservative investment basis and I think at the end of the day you'd be in really good shape because you got your expenses covered you got a nest egg here that would be growing if you had unexpected expenses down the road long term care other needs like that you have something that you could access to be able to pay for that and if not, then this would be a great no nest egg to ultimately give away to ministry, charity or errors, so I thought. I think that will get you going in the right direction to get our website is moneywise live.org.
We appreciate your call. Ricky Letson, next to Lakeland, Florida hi Maria, how can help you think you may call I and impolite for over 20 years. I'm 60 why I can company the last 30 years. I am no longer working with them late September I started working independently for a contractor for a company and my question and said I just started that and Clinton about about about a month now.
Take me traveling to different counties in Florida teaching and just wanted to know if I should what I take to become incorporated one LLC in order to be able to just write off more in taxes.
The yeah yeah very good well into the gray which you want to do is create what's called an S Corp. which is for a sole proprietor and essentially all of the taxes flow down to you personally see you choose a business name you'd create and file your articles of incorporation with the state and then you if you wanted to look at an LLC that would essentially limit your personal liability, which just means that business debts owned by the business and other claims on the business like liens and lawsuits are limited to the assets of the business itself and you can either do all of this yourself or you can hire an attorney to help you which is what I would recommend that you do, you point that registered agent, you pay the fees to publish the notice of intent to create the LLC and then the attorney would draft what's called the LLC operating agreement, but the key pieces that you establish the Corporation so that you can separate your personal affairs and finances from the business.
Even though it's taxed at the personal level and so I would talk to CPA about setting all this up to make sure that it's done properly and then I'd probably get that an attorney to help you file to form the business register it in the state. The other business articles of incorporation and all the annual filings that you need to do to stay in complaint you want somebody to help you, set all of that yellow so you don't miss anything along the way and go. This would be a great tool for you as you operate your business just to make sure that to again your personal things are treated separately and to your point about being able to deduct business expenses that's going to help with the IRS because you build a clearly delineate what was for the business versus what was for you personally without the Corporation it's very difficult to do that, and the IRS can challenge some of those decisions as being your personal expenses. Just because there's not a clear line that divides the two so I would take that next step. Perhaps get an attorney. Talk to a CPA get all of this set up, and I think you once everything is in place you can handle it yourself or you have someone do the annual filings for you that will be up to you but all the best to you in this business endeavor Maria. We appreciate your call today. Next up, Alan Minnesota, Al, thanks for your call. How can help you think a particular call you earlier this week. Have a question came in about titling of accounts and my wife and I have all of our accounts in joint that would included houses are 3 acres of land. Our bank accounts and investment, auto insurance, homeowners insurance, utility bills, credit cards are question is, are there any accounts that we should not have been joint and why is your liability factor yeah I would I would talk to an attorney about that now, just to get a legal opinion on that I would be comfortable necessarily lending a legal opinion but what I would just say is you know as a married couple. If you're in a community property state, a spouse's assets are subject to the other spouse's debts.
So it really doesn't matter whether it's titled or not that way.
It's just going to generally be seen as a spousal asset and the benefit of having a title jointly is that one person still remains or keeps access to the assets upon the other person's death without having to wait for probate, and so forth. So there is some real functional benefits to having your assets titled jointly and you know you're probably each get to be liable for the other along the way. Anyway, you know, in most states, but if you have specific questions about your whether things should be titled differently whether it makes sense to you have a living trust or use a transfer on death as opposed to joint tenants with right of survivorship or some other limit to your liability. You could certainly talk to an attorney about that of the other thing I would consider while were talking about likability. Al is having an umbrella policy of somewhere between two and $5 million depending upon you know what you have going on in any potential risks that would make that you increase that that would just cover your beyond the normal limits of your insurance policies like auto insurance or homeowners insurance. If there was an accident or an event that pushed beyond that. But in terms of the titling. I think at the end of the day. If you have specific concerns. I would just sit down with an attorney and talk through that but generally speaking I don't see a reason why you wouldn't want to have everything title jointly.
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