The LEARNING library

Tune in to valuable financial insight on WTCM AM 580 at 10:10 a.m. every Thursday to listen and learn while Retirement Planning Expert, Dennis Prout, CFP, Heidi Cartwright, RICP®, Master Elite Advisor℠, FINANCIAL ADVISOR and MANAGING DIRECTOR discuss and answer your questions on the latest financial news, tips, and strategies.

If you miss the Thursday show, you can hear it rebroadcast every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. on AM 580.


Questions or comments?

Call (231) 947-7675 during the show to talk with Dennis and Heidi on the air.


Play The Inflation Tax Act radio show
The Inflation Tax Act August 11, 2022

The “Inflation Reduction Act” just passed in the Senate, which was approved on a tiebreaker by Vice President Harris. At the end of this week, it will come up for vote by the House of Representatives, which is expected to (you guessed it) PASS! We will discuss in detail what’s in this new bill, and what this sweeping new legislation will mean for you personally, financially and from a tax perspective.
You may have decided to overcome inflation by purchasing a lottery ticket for the $1 billion+ prize that an Illinois resident recently won. What would the tax be, and how could you plan for such a windfall? We will discuss in detail practical options you may decide to take, as well as how to deal with your own lump sum presented within your retirement accounts or employer.

Play Lots of Changes radio show
Lots of Changes July 21, 2022

Welp, Heidi is back from a great trip to Nashville for the Ed Slott conference with updates galore! Today, Dennis and she will refresh your memory regarding: IRA beneficiary form mistakes to avoid; estate as retirement plan beneficiary; choosing a charity as a beneficiary; and spouse and non-spouse beneficiaries. Next up, they will discuss health care taxes and the impact on IRAs, the 10-Point IRA Trust Checklist, and the new DOL rule your advisor should be following.
It’s going to be an action-packed show with more information than time to cover it.
Tune in and take control!

Play Six Distribution Options radio show
Six Distribution Options July 14, 2022

The pandemic changed many things. We witnessed “The Great Resignation.” According to Pew Research, the nation’s “quit rate” reached a 20-year high last November.
Were you one of those who left?
If so, do you know all the options you have available to you for your company retirement plan distribution? Whether it’s a 401(k), 403(b), 457 or another type of company plan, there are several ways you can move or take the money. From an IRA rollover to a Roth conversion to a lump-sum distribution, it’s important to understand your options before making any decisions to avoid costly tax mistakes. There may also be significant tax-saving strategies to consider that are only available at the time of your distribution, so it is critical to proceed with caution.

Play Taxes and Transitions radio show
Taxes and Transitions July 7, 2022

In this two-part show, Heidi and Shea will discuss two key elements of retirement planning: Taxes and Transitions. Heidi will delve deep into the implications of how accounts are taxed, so that you can make a strategic plan to withdraw accordingly. Not all accounts are the same and, as the rules change, you must change your plans too.
Shea, a Certified Life Coach, will talk about the importance of understanding how to manage your transition into retirement. Even if you’re looking forward to it, having a plan to manage the change in relationships, time and resources will require a new set of tools.

Play The Variety Show radio show
The Variety Show June 30, 2022

Some shows can’t be summed up in one theme … especially when we have way too much to discuss! This week, we will revisit the SECURE Act regulations and what you need to know. The IRS is constantly working to clarify this law and has created more questions than answers. We will do our best to help “cut through the clutter” and get the answers you need!
Second, what does it take to plan for disabled and chronically ill IRA beneficiaries considering the SECURE Act rules? Don’t miss out because there’s a lot to discuss!
And finally, Heidi will help answer the question, “How much mortgage can I afford with the current interest rates?” This certainly is timely for those looking to make a change in their housing or purchase a second home.
Stay tuned and get ready to take some notes! This show will be full of great information. Also, don’t forget that you can text us LIVE at 231-237-7855 or call at 231-947-0023.
Tune in and take control!