Course: Fundamentals of Financial PlanningLesson 6: Educational Savings Techniques Student Question: Hi, I am referencing the “Key Information – Coordination with Tax Credits” section. When it says “custodial accounts do not provide income tax deferral,” is this to say that a donor will earn and pay income tax on money received that is then gifted to the beneficiary?Assuming the gift is less than $15,000 annually, there…

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Course: Investment PlanningLesson 5: Fundamental Equity Analysis Student Question: Hello Bruce,   The first Review Exercise page in Lesson 5 – is Intrinsic Value the same as Risk Premium? Is that why we’re solving for P0 and not V (which is given)? The formula provided in the explanation confuses me. (question and answer from Review Exercise below) Review Exercise Question: Given the following information, what…

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Course: Fundamentals of Financial PlanningLesson 7: Educational Aid and Funding Calculation Student Question: So, is there ever any benefit to choosing a Coverdell ESA over a 529 Plan? It seems the big difference in the two is that the Coverdell has an AGI limit, so why would you just not always steer clients towards 529 Plans since they can be used across state borders? Stephanie Instructor Response: Hi…

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Course: Income Tax PlanningLesson 9: Tax Implications of Business Structures Student Question: I’m having a hard time understanding the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction for Specific Service Trade or Business (SSTB). A nonqualified business is an SSTB, right? But SSTB businesses can qualify if they are under AGI income phase-out? Does that mean if I am financial advisor and file Schedule C with net income onto…

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Course: Investment PlanningLesson 11: Fixed Income Investment Strategies Student Question: Good morning! This page in the lesson lists the Laddered Approach and the Barbell Approach as popular passive bond strategies. However, in the reading, on Page 312 (Money Education, 2nd edition), the Laddered Approach and the Barbell Approach are listed as active strategies. Can you help me clarify which is correct? Thanks! Kaitlyn Instructor Response:…

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Course: Retirement PlanningLesson 2: Qualified Plan Advantages and Disadvantages for Employees and Business Owners Student Question: I understand below is an example, but it is possible to contribute $20k to a retirement fund like a Roth IRA? I thought the limit was $6k. Example:Acme, Inc. contributed $20,000 to Tarzan Smith’s qualified plan in Year 1. Tarzan will never pay Social Security tax or Medicare tax on the $20,000 employer contribution;…

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Course: Insurance PlanningLesson 10: Social Security Student Question: This question (below) doesn’t quite make sense to me. Could you clarify why the correct answer is D? Robin Elizabeth qualifies for a retirement benefit of $250 and a spouse’s benefit of $400. At her full retirement age, she will receive which of the following? Both $250 and $400. The higher of…

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Course: Insurance PlanningLesson 6: Commercial Property and Liability Insurance Student Question: Hi Dan – On this review page, the correct answer for Question 2 (below) indicates that insurance will pay only over 97% of replacement cost. However, it says in the chapter that as long as the property is insured for more than 80% of replacement cost, the policy will pay the full cost…

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Course: Insurance PlanningLesson 14: Purchasing and Pricing Life Insurance Student Question: The surrender cost index is so confusing in terms of what I need to know. And could you provide a definition for the annuity due factor? Matt Instructor Response: HI Matt,  This can be confusing.  Let’s take a full step back for perspective.  The purpose of the Surrender Cost Index is…

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Course: Retirement PlanningLesson 1: Using IRAs to Build and Distribute More Retirement Income Student Question: I am confused about this calculation (question below). If I use 20 years instead of 15 years,  my need is now $90,305 from my own savings. The math makes sense but  the answer does not. If I have an additional 5 years to save, shouldn’t the required out-of-pocket cash be less…

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