GMB Ep #123: Tax Efficient Crypto Gifting With Pat Duffy

 

The world of cryptocurrency is innovative and ever-expanding. In today’s episode of Grow Money Business, we are joined by Pat Duffy, a cofounder of The Giving Block. The Giving Block is a platform that enables non-profit organizations to receive cryptocurrency donations. Throughout the episode, Pat and Grant dive deep into the tax benefits related to crypto donations, and discuss how The Giving Block is changing the future of charitable giving.

 

 

Show Notes

[03:14] The Giving Block – We start the conversation with a brief look at what The Giving Block does and how it helps donors and non-profit organizations.

[07:10] The Process – Pat walks us through the process of what happens when someone interested in crypto gifting signs up with The Giving Block.

[10:00] Donor Advised Funds – Pat explains the process of donating via a Donor Advised Fund.

[16:33] Why Crypto? – Pat shares his take on some of the reasons why non-profit organizations may want to take crypto donations.

[19:05] Barriers – Pat discusses some of the challenges non-profit organizations face when starting to accept crypto donations.

[27:30] Getting Traction – Pat shares with us what it was like at the beginning of his service and what it took to get enough traction for the service.

[31:30] Business Model – Pat shares with us how the business model of the Giving Block works and some of the areas the platform will be expanding into in the near future.

[36:52] Managing Growth – Pat dives into their strategy of managing their growth.

[42:54] Shift4 – The Giving Block was recently acquired by the payment processing solutions company, Shift4. Pat shares what opportunities and possibilities this acquisition will open up.

[49:10] Tips for Donating – Pat shares some advice for those who own crypto assets and want to make a crypto donation.

 

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More Money More Problems? Complex Compensation Requires a Different Kind of Advisor

The benefit of becoming a high earner is apparent: more money. You can go beyond creating financial security for yourself and your family and start making choices that may have been out of reach. Not having to worry about covering the basics can also provide you with a measure of peace of mind. It can help you operate from a mindset of abundance, and not scarcity, which can free you to actualize your financial and personal goals.

But before you get to that state of satori, you need to get all the money you’ve earned into your financial plan in a reasonably efficient way, while minimizing the taxes you’ll pay across your lifetime, and creating a diversified financial plan.

And if that’s not complicated enough, being a high earner very often means your compensation is unpredictable, lumpy, or you’re no longer a W2 wage earner. Whether you have deferred compensation, restricted stock, stock options, an annual bonus, or you own your own business, high income levels can equate to situations in which you have very complex compensation.

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The Federal Reserve vs. Inflation: Round One

Wednesday’s long-anticipated announcement by the Federal Reserve that the key Fed funds rate would increase by 25 basis points and the accompanying statement by Chairman Powell had the immediate impact of reassuring the markets. St. Patrick’s Day may not have brought pots of gold, but after thirteen no-good, very bad weeks for the S&P 500, we’ll take a push back into positive territory.

Will it last? Given the invasion of Ukraine, the impact of sanctions, the downstream effect on supply chains and food supply, and the geopolitical uncertainty unleashed by Russia’s aggression, the Fed’s job in fighting domestic inflation is much harder now.

We walk through the Fed’s move and Powell’s language, the impact of the rate increase, and what investors can do to prepare their portfolios and budgets.

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Small Business Retirement Plans — SIMPLE, SEP-IRA and SOLO 401(k)

Small companies shouldn’t forgo retirement savings just because a 401(k) plan can be expensive to set up and maintain. There are options specifically for smaller businesses: a Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) plan, a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan, and a SOLO 401 (k).

If your company has more employees than just you and your spouse, you may want to consider either a SIMPLE IRA or a SEP-IRA. The plans have similarities and a few differences that must be considered when deciding between the two. Knowing the details of each type can help you decide which is the best choice for you, or which to offer your employees if you own a small business.

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GMB Ep #121: How & Why Your Index Funds No Longer Hold Russian Stocks

 

Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine and the economic sanctions that were imposed sent shockwaves through the global financial markets. As a result, the Russian Ruble plummeted to a record low, Russian stock markets were shattered, and Russian equities were removed from emerging markets indices. This week on Grow Money Business, Grant discusses how this situation affects the investment accounts and portfolios of U.S. investors and the ramifications of these phenomena.

 

 

Show Notes

[04:04] Index Funds – Grant dives deep into index funds, explaining market capitalization, the roles of index providers and fund managers, and depository receipts.

[12:54] Russia’s Present Condition – Russia has been obliterated from the list of index providers. As a result, Russian equities are no longer on the list. Grant provides his perspective on the background of what’s going on regarding index funds and Russian exposure.

[16:00] Inflationary Problems – Grant highlights Russia’s inflationary difficulties, emphasizing the importance of currency.

[23:36] Remedies – Grant outlines two alternatives available to a country if the value of its currency falls through the floor .

[28:15] Greece – While noting that Russia is a growing market, Grant discusses the events Greece experienced a few years ago.

 

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Retirement is About Income … and Taxes

You’ve figured out your budget, your retirement nest egg is substantial, and you’re ready to make the transition to living on income from savings instead of income from work. But have you thought through the tax implications? It’s very common for tax planning to be overlooked, under the assumption that you’ll be in a lower tax bracket and Social Security payments aren’t fully taxed. In fact, a recent study found that 57% of Americans rarely consider the taxes they will pay/are paying in retirement.1 This can be an expensive mistake, and it has implications for other retirement benefits.

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GMB EP #119: Lessons on Fraud Prevention From the Former Iowa Lottery CEO

 

Ever wonder what it takes to scam the state lottery? Terry Rich joins us on the podcast this week to discuss fraud and how to prevent it in small businesses & other organizations. Terry is the former CEO of the Iowa lottery, and helped uncover a multi-million-dollar fraud before it was paid out. 

 

 

Show Notes

[02:35] Terry’s Story – Terry begins the conversation by sharing his backstory.

[09:46] Underlying Reason –Terry dives deep into three key reasons why people commit fraud.

[13:19] Remedies – Terry shares his thoughts on how to identify fraudulent activities and deal with scammers, and ultimately avoid becoming victims.

[17:02] Iowa Lottery Fraud – Terry tells the fascinating story of resolving the largest lottery fraud in the United States.

[38:48] Adjustments – Terry discusses the improvements made after the fraud was discovered and addressed.

[48:25] Entrepreneurial Spirit and Creativity – Terry explains how he preserves entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.

 

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Connect with Terry:

Website: terryspeaks.com/

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/terich/

 

Mentioned in the Episode:

Ep #117 – A Top Economist’s Take on Personal Finance With Dr. Laurence Kotlikoff:

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM:

Iowa Lottery Fraud:

February Market Commentary: Action and Reaction

February Recap and March Outlook

February opened with a strong January employment number as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an increase of 467,000 jobs. Instead of reassuring markets after a rough ride in January, it only served to fuel speculation that a strong labor market would lead the Federal Reserve to be more aggressive with rate increases than previously indicated, in its attempts to control inflation. The release of the January average annual inflation number of 7.5% in mid-February proved to be a shock to system.

Overnight, futures markets began pricing in a 50-basis point increase in March, and the two-year U.S. Treasury yield gained 24 basis points. This flattened the yield curve as the ten-year U.S Treasury struggled to get to 2%. The next step after flattening is to invert – which is usually interpreted as a sign of an impending recession. Investors’ worry was that more aggressive Fed rate increases would overshoot and stifle growth.

This was the backdrop as Russia’s saber-rattling in Ukraine, and the West’s telegraphed response of the threat of sanctions, unsettled markets further. And then Russia invaded.

Ukraine Defies Putin, and Defines Heroism

Stiff Resistance Provided a Window for Coordinated Western Action

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s reaction to the U.S. offer of help in evacuating his country was the now-famous “I need ammunition, not a ride.” Ukrainian soldiers rejected surrender with “Russian Warship: Go F*** Yourself.” And ordinary Ukrainians stood in front of tanks, or just simply kept going to work, despite the bombs and alarms.

The U.S. and the E.U. responded with incredibly harsh sanctions. The sanctions playbook has been fine-tuned since last fall, and officials in many countries have had time to build the trust needed to impose sanctions that can counteract Putin’s long-honed measures to insulate the Russian economy from the impacts of Russian aggression.

  • Western leaders have frozen the assets of Russia’s central bank, limiting its ability to access $630bn of its dollar reserves.
  • The US, the EU and UK have also banned people and businesses from dealings with the Russian central bank, its finance ministry and its wealth fund.
  • Selected Russian banks will also be removed from the Swift messaging system, which enables the smooth transfer of money across borders. The ban will delay the payments Russia gets for exports of oil and gas.
  • Sanctions are targeting Putin personally, and his oligarchs.

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A Note on the Invasion of Ukraine

The news about the invasion of Ukraine is distressing on a humanitarian level and unsettling when thinking about the impact of increased volatility on investment portfolios.

Added to already high inflation and the market’s uncertainty around the Federal Reserve’s future interest rate increases, markets are now reeling from the added pressure of what will likely be more aggressive sanctions.

Let’s break it down and look at some of the threads we’re tracking.

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GMB Ep #118: DeFi State of Affairs With Matteo Binfarè

 

Decentralized finance (DeFi) is an emerging system of financial products and services built on blockchain technology. It utilizes secure distributed ledgers similar to those used by cryptocurrencies. In today’s episode of Grow Money Business, we have an insightful conversation with Matteo Binfarè, a professor at the University of Missouri. He teaches his students about investments, pensions, endowments, and decentralized finance. Throughout the conversation, Matteo imparts his insight and years of experience in decentralized finance and cryptocurrency.

 

 

Show Notes

[02:33] Decentralized Finance – To kick off the conversation, Matteo defines decentralized finance and discusses its current state.

[07:13] Cryptocurrency – Matteo shares his thoughts on the impact of cryptocurrency.

[10:34] Asset Class – Matteo shares his thoughts on whether cryptocurrency deserves its own asset class.

[13:28] Web 3.0 – Web 3.0, the next avatar of the internet’s world, is a technology capable of understanding and interpreting the concept of data on its own. Matteo explains Web 3.0 is and how it works.

[19:11] Governments and Bitcoin – Matteo discusses a variety of government viewpoints and regulations surrounding bitcoins.

[23:49] Smart Contracts – Matteo defines a smart contract and outlines its potential applications and benefits.

[26:25] Matteo’s Story – Matteo shares his background and journey thus far.

[32:03] Asset Allocation – Matteo expresses his thoughts on whether or not cryptocurrency deserves a place in most people’s portfolios, as well as how much an individual should consider allocating to it.

[43:47] Institutions – Matteo explores how institutions are approaching cryptocurrency and allocating resources.

[47:43] Research and Studies – Matteo discusses his research studies and plans to study cryptocurrencies and DeFi formally.

[24:59] Hazards – Matteo points out some key risks to consider while investing in cryptocurrencies.

 

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