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2023’s New Years Resolution: Protect My Retirement (Ep. 29)



Have you made your 2023 New Year’s resolutions yet? If you’re approaching retirement or are already retired, one of your resolutions should be to protect your assets.

In this episode, John Mints emphasizes the importance of taking the time to protect your finances, investments, and ultimately, your lifestyle in retirement. He compares the current market to previous years and provides some insights on why you want to focus on protecting right now.

John discusses:

  • Why investors, pre-retirees, and retirees need to protect right now
  • Why some people wait so long to protect their finances
  • Examples of how you can protect your investments and finances
  • How to decide if you should be protecting your assets right now
  • And more!

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Tax Planning in Retirement Made Easy (Ep. 28)



Taxes are on everyone’s mind these days. One of Biltmore Financial’s three core pillars is tax planning and management, and we have a secret to share about it.

In this episode, John shares the details about the one-of-a-kind tax planning and tax management software Biltmore Financial uses to serve their clients. He explains how this technology is helping their clients potentially save money in tax dollars.

John discusses:

  • What this tax planning software is, what it does, and how it’s used to benefit clients
  • How the tax planning tool has helped build trust with clients
  • The type of technology this software uses to ensure the accuracy of data 
  • What safety measures are in place to protect clients’ confidential information
  • And more!

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The Secret to Avoid Overpaying Your Property Taxes With Francis Kafor (Ep. 27)



Did you know you can appeal the property tax assessment from the county appraisal district? Many property owners don’t.

As a result, they end up overpaying in property taxes.

In this episode, John Mints speaks with Francis Kafor, property tax consultant at Texas Tax Protest, about the process of filing a protest for your property taxes.

Francis discusses:

  • Why there is nothing to lose even if you protest your property tax every year
  • The benefits of seeking professional help instead of protesting taxes on your own
  • What sets Texas Tax Protest apart from other tax consulting firms
  • How business personal property (BPP) owners can avoid paying a 10% penalty
  • And more!

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About our guest:

Francis Kafor, a former Texas Registered Professional Appraiser (RPA) is one of our lead commercial specialists. He is a real property valuation expert with several years of diverse experience in ad valorem mass appraisal, property tax consulting, tax research, and valuation. His specialized knowledge and multi-state experience cover a wide range of industries and property types.


A Review of The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (Ep. 26)



The new Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 comes as a promise to reduce the high inflation that the country is currently experiencing.

However, do we know if this bill could achieve its intended objectives?

In this episode, John Mints outlines the new Inflation Reduction Act and why it could significantly raise taxes and potentially have no effect on controlling inflation. In addition, he stresses the importance of being prepared for tax increases, especially during retirement.

John discusses:

  • A summary of the Inflation Reduction Act bill and how much it could affect inflation
  • Why consumer spending is not slowing down despite high inflation
  • Why everyone might have to be prepared for a tax raise
  • What baby boomers could do to avoid excess taxation and running out of money in retirement  
  • And more!

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Top 10 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Advisor Right Now, Part 3 (Ep. 25)



Have you heard that inflation can ruin your retirement plans?

Curious as to how that can happen?

In this final installment of Top 10 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Advisor Right Now, John Mints adds two bonus questions that can help you learn a lot more about your financial advisor. 

Inflation is still increasing so those who are retiring or looking to create a guaranteed income to hedge against inflation should look into finding the right financial advisor for them.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to protect yourself from inflation so that your retirement plan is not at jeopardy. 

John discusses:

  • The new 40 year record high for inflation
  • The common denominator for the previous three recessions
  • How inflation ruins your retirement plans
  • Protecting yourself against inflation
  • And more!

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Top 10 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Advisor Right Now, Part 2 (Ep. 24)



Inflation is affecting almost everything in our lives, especially for those retiring soon.

For those facing retirement, inflation can cause a huge impact on your retirement savings with every percentage increase. In this episode, John Mints continues his discussion on the top 10 questions you should ask your advisor. Bringing these questions to your advisor’s attention can hopefully find alternative strategies to help save more during this recession.

John discusses:

  • An update on the current markets
  • The dramatic effect inflation can have on the potential erosion of your retirement
  • Strategies to help you win even when the markets are down or sideways
  • Is inflation finally slowing down?
  • And more!

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Top 10 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Advisor Right Now, Part One (Ep. 23)



During times of a market downturn, people tend to reach out to financial advisors more often because of the added financial stress from the economy. 

In this episode, John Mints answers questions that you may have right now.

John discusses:

  • The definition of a fiduciary
  • Using the stress test to prepare yourself for anything that could happen
  • Is your retirement income protected?
  • Reducing retirement taxes efficiently
  • And more!

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The Impact of Rising Interest Rates (Ep. 19)



Whether you’re looking to obtain a mortgage on a home or looking to finance a vehicle, the rumored rise in interest rates could cause you to think long and hard before making such a commitment with your money.

In this episode, John Mints discusses the challenges that people from all walks of life could face with rising interest rates, and discusses ways people can be proactive in protecting themselves from the impact of a potential interest rate increase.

John discusses:

  • The comparison between today and the 1980s
  • What the housing market could look like in the near future
  • How people who are at or near retirement are affected the most by interest rate increases
  • The difficulties in borrowing money from the bank
  • And more!

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401(k) vs Roth IRA (Ep. 15)



What is a Roth IRA, and why may it be the best option for you? When it comes to saving for your future, and with the current state of taxes, it’s important to look for solutions that could be the right fit for you.

In this episode, John Mints fills you in on some myths about 401(k)s and warns not to get trapped into paying unexpected taxes. He explains the importance of understanding which account is right for you and describes Roth IRAs. 

John discusses:

  • The best place to put your money given the current tax situation
  • Potential penalties when incorrectly withdrawing funds from your Roth IRA
  • The truth about 401(k)s 
  • And more!

Resources

  1. What Secrets? Part One
  2. What Secrets? Part Two
  3. Your Inheritance May Be In Danger

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Your Inheritance May Be In Danger (Ep. 14)



There are a few bills being discussed on Capitol Hill that involve trillions in spending. 

If you think this sounds too good to be true, you may be right. 

In this episode, John Mints shares his thoughts about these proposed bills. With this potential, increased government spending, this generation and future generations could be subject to increased taxes on inheritances and retirement plans.

John discusses:

  • The bills being discussed on Capitol Hill and how they may affect you
  • How these proposed changes could negatively impact us all
  • And more!

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