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Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: A Revolution in Financial Services with Matt Hougan, Part 2 (Ep. 47)



Once you understand cryptocurrency and its different applications, the next big question is: How can you start investing in it?

In part two of this two-part miniseries, Kyle Malmstrom is back with Matt Hougan, Chief Investment Officer at Bitwise Asset Management, the world’s largest crypto index fund manager. They walk you through the different platforms to invest in crypto, and ways to identify the right cryptocurrencies for your portfolio.

Matt discusses:

  • Why crypto makes sense as an asset class and a portfolio diversifier
  • The reason behind multiple cryptocurrencies existing in the market
  • Key investment risks that you should know before investing in crypto
  • How NFTs work – and their future scope in the digital property rights space
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Matt Hougan is one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, ETFs, and financial technology. He is the Chief Investment Officer for Bitwise Asset Management, the world’s largest provider of cryptocurrency index funds. He was previously CEO of ETF.com and Inside ETFs, where he helped build the world’s first ETF data and analytics system, the leading ETF media site, and the world’s largest ETF conference. Matt is co-author of two publications for the CFA Institute Research Foundation: “A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds” and “Crypto assets: The Guide to Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Professional Investors.” He is a crypto columnist for Forbes, a three-time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable, a member of ETFdb’s ETF Hall of Fame, and the eighth person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from ETF.com for contributions to the ETF industry.

 


Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: A Revolution in Financial Services with Matt Hougan, Part 1 (Ep. 46)



The cryptocurrency industry has grown tremendously in recent years, gaining interest from investors all over the world.

Yet, if you have no idea what cryptocurrency is and how blockchain technology works, you’re not alone!

In part one of this two-part miniseries, Kyle Malmstrom speaks with Matt Hougan, Chief Investment Officer at Bitwise Asset Management, the world’s largest crypto index fund manager. Matt dives into the basics of cryptocurrencies and blockchain, their applications, and how they can continue to disrupt the financial industry.

Matt discusses:

  • How cryptocurrency enables much faster transactions compared to traditional banks
  • Why a blockchain is deemed as the world’s most secure database
  • The concepts of decentralized databases and cryptography — and their benefits for crypto investors
  • What the future for financial services could look like with cryptocurrency
  • And more

Resources:

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About Our Guest:

Matt Hougan is one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, ETFs, and financial technology. He is the Chief Investment Officer for Bitwise Asset Management, the world’s largest provider of cryptocurrency index funds. He was previously CEO of ETF.com and Inside ETFs, where he helped build the world’s first ETF data and analytics system, the leading ETF media site, and the world’s largest ETF conference. Matt is co-author of two publications for the CFA Institute Research Foundation: “A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds” and “Crypto assets: The Guide to Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Professional Investors.” He is a crypto columnist for Forbes, a three-time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable, a member of ETFdb’s ETF Hall of Fame, and the eighth person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from ETF.com for contributions to the ETF industry.


44. How To Optimize Retirement Plan Distributions (In Light of Proposed Tax Changes) — Part Two



The Build Back Better Act has recently been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

While it is yet to become a law, there are steps you can take today to minimize the legislative proposal’s impact on your wealth transfer, in case it is passed.

In this episode, Derek Myron and Kyle Malmstrom dive into the potential tax implications of the proposal for retirement plan owners. They also share how they are helping clients at Centura Wealth Advisory to prepare for these expected tax changes.

Derek and Kyle discuss:

  • Why they believe the new proposal to be an “assault on the U.S. retirement plans”
  • People who might be severely affected by this potential tax law change
  • How existing wealth transfer strategies might become obsolete under the new proposal
  • Best practices to minimize your estate taxes
  • And more

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42. How To Optimize Retirement Plan Distributions (In Light of Proposed Tax Changes)



Over the years, you may have accumulated a large sum of wealth in your retirement accounts.

But withdrawing that money tax-efficiently can feel like a challenge, especially under proposed tax changes currently being discussed.

In this episode, Derek Myron and Kyle Malmstrom discuss how the expected estate tax changes may potentially affect your retirement plan distributions, and share effective strategies to help you transfer your accumulated wealth to your desired beneficiaries in a tax-efficient manner.

Derek and Kyle discusses:

  • A brief overview of the proposed Build Back Better Act
  • Different ways to take your money out of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)
  • “Live-on” assets versus “leave-on” assets — what is better for you
  • Reasons to start planning your wealth transfer as early as possible
  • And more

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40. How To Minimize Estate Taxes Using ILITs With Kristina Hess



Estate tax exemptions are expected to decrease in the near future.

However, ILITs (irrevocable life insurance trusts) can help you reduce your estate taxes so that you can maximize your wealth transfer to future generations.

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom speaks with Kristina Hess, estate planning attorney at KR Hess Law, PC. Join Kyle and Kristina as they explain what ILITs are, how to set them up, the tax benefits, and why they are becoming increasingly relevant among high-net-worth individuals.

Kristina discusses:

  • How ILITs reduce your net taxable estate
  • How to move both existing and new life insurance policies into an ILIT
  • The potential elimination of grantor trusts and its impact on estate planning, if it’s passed
  • The ideal candidate for setting up an ILIT
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Kristina Hess is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by The State Bar of California. At her core, Kristina is a strategic, yet creative thinker who comprehends the legal issues facing you as they relate to your individual life situation. Combine that with her analytical skills, and Kristina will efficiently equip you with the legal instruments to protect your hard earned wealth and, were something ever to happen, ensure that all you have earned throughout your life, stays within your family structure. Prior to establishing her own firm in 2009, Kristina has a proven track record with over 20 years of legal experience, highlighted with San Francisco’s prestigious law firms such as Shearman & Sterling and Pillsbury Winthrop.

 


38. AB-150: What Is It and How Does It Impact Your Taxes? With Ken Van Damme



On July 16th, 2021, California governor Gavin Newsom passed Assembly Bill 150. One of the key components of this bill is the Small Business Relief Act, which has the potential to reduce your taxable income.

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom speaks with Ken Van Damme, tax partner at Ernst and Young, about what the AB-150 entails. They discuss creative strategies to leverage this new law to optimize your individual taxes, while highlighting the various risks involved.

Ken discusses:

  • The eligibility criteria to qualify for AB-150’s tax provisions
  • How you can start preparing for the new tax law until the federal guidelines are released
  • Tips to avoid overpaying in non-refundable taxes
  • The impact of AB-150 on multi-state entities
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Kenneth Van Damme is a California CPA with more than 28 years of tax advisory experience. He is a partner in the San Diego office of Ernst and Young as part of the firm’s Private Client Services group. Prior to rejoining EY in 2018, Ken had co-founded and built a very successful CPA firm in San Diego for 17 years known as RPR Partners. Ken has extensive tax consulting experience with structuring real estate and company transactions as well as income tax and estate tax planning for individuals. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and Masters degree from San Diego State University.


37. The Financial Planning Guide for High-Net-Worth Families



Most high-net-worth families work with various professionals, such as CPAs, estate planning attorneys, and valuation experts.

How can you bring them all together and create a holistic financial plan?

Derek Myron and Kyle Malmstrom answer the question in this episode. Join them as they explain strategies to create a forward-looking financial plan, minimize income and estate taxes, and optimize your wealth transfer for future generations. They also walk you through Centura Wealth Advisory’s comprehensive wealth management process that liberates you from financial burdens.

Derek and Kyle discuss:

  • Ways to know if a particular financial services professional is ideal for you
  • How to avoid a silo approach to your finances and focus on long-term planning
  • Tips for building a customized financial strategy based on your unique goals
  • Best practices to help you prepare for the potential tax changes
  • And more

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35. Structured Notes Simplified With Robert Sowinski



The interest rates for fixed income investments have reached historic lows. However, structured notes, which are somewhat unknown to many investors, can help you maintain returns through this environment.

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom speaks with Robert Sowinski, managing director, structured products at Advisors Asset Management. Robert simplifies the complexities of structured notes and discusses how you can use them to boost your returns –– while accounting for the various investment risks involved.

Robert discusses:

  • An easy-to-follow explanation of how structured products operate
  • How you can cap your downside risk while maintaining a decent upside potential
  • The different timeframes and liquidity options available in structured notes
  • Why structured notes are becoming increasingly popular among retail investors
  • And more

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33. Creative Gifting Strategies To Optimize Your Estate Plan With Charles Levun



A lot of people are minimizing their estate taxes through current estate tax exemptions. But what if you aren’t ready to transfer your wealth, and want to retain access to your assets?

There are multiple gifting strategies to help you do that.

Join Kyle Malmstrom and Charles Levun, partner at Levun, Goodman & Cohen LLP, as they dive into these tax saving strategies. They explore ways to help you transfer maximum wealth to your beneficiaries in light of the expected tax changes under the Biden Administration.

Charles discusses:

  • The potential impact of future tax changes on your estate plan
  • How to use trust funds to transfer wealth while ensuring creditor protection
  • Ways to enhance your tax exclusions by using various discounting techniques
  • What to do if your estate is too small to give away
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Charles Levun is a partner and one of the founders of Levun, Goodman & Cohen. In addition to his role as a full-time practicing tax and business attorney, Mr. Levun is an author and educator who has developed a national reputation in the field of taxation. Mr. Levun has been practicing law since 1970, focusing on a business and tax practice, with a concentration in the representation of closely held businesses and wealthy individuals, business structuring and estate planning.


Episode 29 – The Potential Impact of New Tax Proposals on Capital Gains Tax and Estate Planning



With the For The 99.5% Act proposal, estate tax and capital gains tax are expected to rise drastically starting in January 2022. Several tax benefits might also be eliminated.

What can you do now to minimize the impact of this act on your estate planning?

Derek Myron and Kyle Malmstrom answer this question in this episode. They discuss what the new tax proposal entails, the implications if it is passed, and things you can do before the 2021 year-end to minimize your estate taxes and ensure maximum wealth transfer to your beneficiaries.

You will learn:

  • Tax saving opportunities posed by the current, all-time high benefits
  • Why you should contact a professional and begin estate planning as early as possible
  • The benefits of IR-2019-189 regulations for your estate and gift taxes
  • Strategies to build a blueprint for efficient estate planning
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how you can prepare yourself to deal with the expected tax changes!

Resources: Centura Wealth Advisory: (858) 771-9500 | Derek Myron on LinkedIn | Kyle Malmstrom on LinkedIn