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Welcome to The Mind Money Spectrum Podcast where your hosts Aaron Agte and Trishul Patel go beyond traditional finance questions to help you explore how to use your money to achieve the freedom you want in life. Aaron is a Financial Planner from the Bay Area, and Trishul is a Wealth Manager on the East Coast. For more information about Aaron, check out GraystoneAdvisor.com. And for more information on Trishul check out InvestingForever.com. We thank you all for listening, and stay tuned for ...
 
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How much money should you put in Robinhood and crypto? In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss how much money you should invest in crypto. Similar to investing in single stocks, there are some rules of thumb to consider. Do you already save enough for retirement? Is your emergency fund adequate? Does your lifestyle depend on this money? If you'r…
 
Biden tax plan is getting updated, but will it even pass? In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss updates to the Biden tax plan as it makes its way through Congress. Most of the changes target the top 1% of income earners. For example, there's talk of increases to income taxes, capital gains taxes, corporate taxes, and even estate taxes. But wil…
 
What's the trade-off between security and privacy? And does Google know more about you than you do yourself? In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss the trade-offs between security and privacy. Are you okay with "free" services like Google tracking everything you do online? Nobody out there has time to read all the end-user license agreements th…
 
Hacking, phishing, and password managers, oh my. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss modern lifestyle security risks. Between hacking, phishing, and scamming, cyber fraud has become increasingly sophisticated. These days, it's almost impossible to distinguish between a legitimate email and an attempt to steal access. They share a few of thei…
 
When things aren't going well, when do you persevere and when do you throw in the towel? In this episode, Aaron and Trishul try to address the following question, "If things aren't going well, when do you make a change?" How do you overcome the emotional gravity of past actions to make good decisions moving forward? They discuss how impactful the s…
 
What do you track? What do financial advisors track? What should you track? In this episode, Trishul and Aaron try to address the question, "How do I know if I'm doing well?" From an investments perspective, this has historically meant comparing the performance of an investment strategy to a benchmark. But for meeting life goals, tracking net worth…
 
Why start your own business? In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss the recent trend of educated workers quitting their jobs to prioritize their life. They examine the question "What is the role of employment in your life?" both as it pertains to their personal choices and as it applies to conversations with clients. While it may feel like choo…
 
Fee-only advisors and all the other fees you may pay. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss what it means to be fee-only and why they chose to make this commitment. AUM, hourly, and flat fees are just a few methods that all fall under fee-only. They discuss the evolution of financial services and why reputable advisors may still choose to sell…
 
Why Aaron and Trishul chose to go independent. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul highlight their career paths. They then discuss what led them to create independent advisory firms after joining the XY Planning Network. Trishul started by writing a financial blog before realizing he wanted to provide more individualized help. Aaron failed out of sa…
 
The CFP® is the gold standard in financial planning for individual households. Trishul recently passed the CFP® exam. And so, in this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss why the CFP® is so important. They discuss the Certified Financial Planner™ exam, continuing education requirements, the Code of Ethics, and the fiduciary standard. While the CFP® i…
 
What to think about before applying to college. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss planning that parents and students go through before applying for college. Aaron shares his experience as a high school student and how he funded all four years with scholarships. Trishul explains how he started saving two years before his daughter was born. …
 
ProPublica brings awareness to how the wealthy are not impacted by income taxes. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss the ProPublica article that explored the True Tax Rate of the wealthiest Americans. The article examined income taxes as a percent of growth in wealth. The findings were nothing short of remarkable. Our hosts explore the fairn…
 
Investing in real estate isn't bad, but that doesn't make it good. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron explore real estate as an asset class. They discuss individual investment properties, non-traded REITs, and publicly traded REITs. Real estate investments include equity and fixed income components, and they can have a low correlation to stocks and…
 
Even if the Yale Model works for endowments, you probably shouldn't follow it. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss the Yale Model. With indefinite investment horizons, endowments typically gravitate towards illiquid investments, such as hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital. Trend following aims to take advantage of human irration…
 
Commodities probably don't help your portfolio the way you think they do. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss how commodities may fit into an asset allocation. In theory, gold, oil, and even corn can be a store of value and provide opportunities for speculation. And with futures and the magic of margin leverage, it's possible to amplify retu…
 
It's easy to be pessimistic about bonds, but they are actually necessary for your portfolio. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul go in-depth on why you need bonds. Despite low rates of interest and their limited ability to outpace inflation, bonds are essential in all but the most aggressive of portfolios. By understanding the mechanics of coupons, …
 
Molly breaks the the do's and don't's of student loans. In this episode, Molly Laughter joins Trishul and Aaron for an all-encompassing look at student loans. With Covid forbearance ending soon, what are some of the options you have in front of you? She explains Direct vs FFEL loans, income-driven repayment plans, and consolidation vs refinancing. …
 
Why being neutral on growth vs value may actually be speculating. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul do a deep dive on asset allocation. The percent of stocks vs the percent of bonds in an investment portfolio. They explain how an all-stock portfolio is less risky than you think, while an all-bond portfolio is even riskier than you may believe. Los…
 
Step-by-step instructions for implementing your own tax-loss harvesting strategy. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron try to design an algorithm for a do-it-yourself tax-loss harvesting program. They illustrate the benefits of harvesting with specific equity ETFs. They then debate how often to check for losses and how to maintain asset allocations a…
 
With modern administration measures, pension plans can be an executive's dream come true. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss the other type of retirement plans, defined benefit plans AKA pensions. They start with the history of pensions and the emergence of ERISA. By calculating the benefit based on age and income, employers can fund signif…
 
Retirement plans are really complex...maybe more complex than they should be? In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss a variety of the most common retirement plans. In exchange for substantial tax benefits, investors need to navigate a myriad of rules and restrictions. Aaron and Trishul discuss small business plans, including SEPs, SIMPLEs, and …
 
All the different flavors of financial advice. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss the value of financial planning beyond just investments, such as taxes saved, utilizing retirement plans, and insurance analysis. They go over the pros and cons of working with an advisor who also sells the recommended insurance and investment products. This b…
 
Methodology on studies on the tangible and intangible benefits of working with a financial advisor. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul examine research that tries to quantify the value of financial advice. High client retention rates imply that clients are happy. But how do you measure the value of advice? Past studies may have overstated the behav…
 
These differences between Financial Independence and Retiring Early always get missed. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron explore the benefits of Financial Independence unrelated to Retiring Early. Some people no longer work for money, some maintain their status quo, and others enjoy increased security and control. Even so, all these perks do not n…
 
Direct Indexing is the ideal combination of tax-loss harvesting and low fees. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul focus on the things you can control when it comes to investing. Asset allocation, low fees, and managing taxes. Tax-loss harvesting when an investment is down can help you grow your net worth more effectively over market cycles. But it w…
 
Some do outperform the market, but how many, and how do you find these people? In this episode, Trishul asks Aaron "How many people actually beat the market?" By focusing on the process and methodology of how they would even try to answer this question, they go through a variety of hypotheticals. Investment horizon matters. There are also investmen…
 
It is easy for mortgages to be confusing. Learn how to compare the many choices available. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss mortgages and refinancing. With closing costs, points, interest rates, terms, Loan-To-Value, owner-occupied vs non-owner-occupied, recourse vs non-recourse, and fixed vs. ARMs, it is difficult to make a true apples-t…
 
The median household pays more taxes in Texas than in California. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron explore different state and local tax rates across the country. In addition to state income taxes, they look at property taxes, sales taxes, and excise taxes on goods such as on gas, alcohol, and tobacco. While income taxes are consistently progress…
 
This ain't your ordinary cost basis. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul continue discussing cost basis. Aaron explains the math behind RSU and NQSO basis and why an ISO can have two different cost basis values. Trishul examines optimal gifting strategies. They also investigate how depreciation and upgrades can affect your home's cost basis, and how…
 
Tax-loss harvesting first requires a good understanding of cost basis. In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss cost basis, which is typically the purchase price from which a taxable capital gain is calculated. But it's not that simple given all the extra adjustments you might need to make on your tax return. Commissions, fees, capital gain distr…
 
In this episode, Aaron and Trishul go through President Biden's tax plan, which could be enacted with a Democrat-controlled Congress. Increasing income, corporate, and long-term capital gains taxes; eliminating the step-up in basis; and reducing estate tax exemptions may seem monumental, but likely, these changes will only affect about 1% of us. Ev…
 
In this episode, Trishul and Aaron are joined by Brittany Mollica, a financial advisor from North Carolina, to discuss credit scores. She explains how your credit score is calculated from all the information in your credit report. By understanding these components, you can identify which actions will help build your credit score when you're just ge…
 
The simplest financial advice for someone in their 20's is to Save More. In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss the simplest financial advice they can give someone in their 20's. It is to Save More. They go deep on all the reasons why this simple advice is so fundamental to every other financial objective. They discuss the implicit benefits of …
 
In this episode, Trishul and Aaron start by comparing value versus momentum investing. They then go down the rabbit hole of why momentum strategies work (in theory). The behavior of humans wanting more and more has been around longer than the stock market. The Fear Of Missing Out and Keeping Up With The Joneses come from how we feel when making emo…
 
In this episode, Trishul and Aaron look back at what happened with GameStop and use this crazy, quixotic story to examine different aspects of trading equities. They explain shorting stocks, margin calls, and the impact of large trading volumes. They then highlight how hedge funds, Reddit's WallStreetBets, and Robinhood created a whirlwind of chaos…
 
You've read about the importance of opening a Roth IRA and buying ETFs, but how do you do it in practice? In this episode, Aaron and Trishul go through the introductory building blocks of saving and investing. Often the fear of making mistakes prevents you from taking that critical first step. From choosing a custodian and the correct type of accou…
 
In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss investing and emotions when markets are at all-time highs. Should you capture some of your gains or wait for a dip to buy? By focusing on the process and separating your lifestyle concerns from your investment statements, you can mitigate your stress and anxiety. And for most people, the fact that markets …
 
In this episode, Aaron and Trishul try to parse out blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and Bitcoin. One is a revolutionary technology, one can potentially change the world of banking, and one has dominated recent headlines. They first dig into the distinctions among these concepts. They then discuss whether Bitcoin is a store of value like gold or a spe…
 
In this episode, Trishul and Aaron go deep into options. Not employee stock options, but calls and puts. The ones you can buy or sell on your own. Well, at least Trishul goes deep. He recalls previous strategies he executed in a past life as an options dealer and trader. Casinos and insurance companies get paid for taking on risk. But they also div…
 
In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss behavioral finance and behavioral economics in the context of last year's coronavirus rollercoaster. Humans are optimistic and pessimistic beings. And some of us are both at the same time, which seems like a contradiction. By acknowledging these sometimes conflicting feelings and focusing on the decision-m…
 
In this episode, Trishul and Aaron explore a few areas that you will be better off addressing at the beginning of the year. You can make all of your Traditional and Roth IRA contributions in January to benefit from compound growth sooner. You might even increase your 401k contributions around this time to maximize your annual benefit. Further, Janu…
 
In this episode, Aaron and Trishul have fun with math. Granted, this is likely the last thing you think about when it comes to having fun. But at least they end up entertaining themselves. The two discuss compound growth, Manhattan, and Benjamin Franklin. They also relate how the easiest way to benefit from compounding is to start early. Even so, i…
 
In this episode, Aaron and Trishul reflect on past New Year's Eve celebrations, from staying up until midnight as a child to partying as an adult. But now that they have young kids, New Year's Eve is much tamer. Living on the West Coast, Aaron appreciates celebrating at midnight Eastern Time so he can get to bed at a reasonable hour. Given COVID-19…
 
In this episode, Trishul and Aaron think about the various Christmas gift-giving traditions they have enjoyed over the years. From childhood arts and crafts, to cash in their teenage years, to coordinated gift exchanges as adults, giving and receiving presents evolves as we age. They discuss Secret Santas and White Elephants. They also highlight th…
 
In this episode, Trishul and Aaron provide a quick primer on common and useful statistical methods. Mean, median, mode, standard deviation, bell curves, and so on. With a normal distribution, the mean should equal the median, and the law of large numbers allows you to make inferences between a sufficiently large sample and the overall population. U…
 
Given that Trishul and Aaron release an episode each week, episode #52 means they have been at this for one full year. In this episode, they recount their top-five favorite conversations. They also look back and highlight some overarching themes. They discuss the importance of saving more and asset allocation and why the concept of a spectrum keeps…
 
In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss New Year's resolutions. Well, not exactly. They relate how self-improvement doesn't need to coincide with an arbitrary date. They then go over different strategies to help nudge you towards sustainable habits, such as focusing on small incremental improvements and compounding, tracking your progress, and g…
 
2020 has created a unique situation for engaged couples. Given social distancing concerns, many have decided to postpone their weddings. But if your relationship is ready, would you be better off getting married this year anyway? In this episode, Trishul and Aaron explore the intersection of tax planning and getting married. They discuss the impact…
 
In this episode, Aaron and Trishul apply previous conversations about happiness and well-being to the upcoming holidays. Being conscious and aware of the things that provide happiness OR the things that create stress can help you focus on ways to increase the former and decrease the latter. They reminisce over holiday nostalgia. They discuss the im…
 
In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss end-of-year tax planning, principally as it relates to your investments. During this period, you already know most your entire financial situation for the year. But also you still have time to take meaningful action before December 31st. Valuable strategies around this time involve tax-loss harvesting, RMD…
 
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