Roth IRA Conversions Made Simple, With Michael Johnston

For some investors, converting from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA can create significant tax efficiencies. But the calculation depends on a number of factors, and the answer isn’t the same for everyone.

Michael Johnston takes a deep dive into this topic, explaining the “levers” that determine whether an investors is better off doing a conversion or staying with their Traditional IRA.

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Episode Highlights

  • How to think of your IRA options at a high level.
  • Review of the numerous factors that impact the expected wealth creation or destruction from completing a Roth IRA conversion today.
  • Explanation of the interplay between tax rates today and in the future on the Roth conversion decision.
  • Illustration of changing assumptions on the expected future value of a Traditional and Roth IRA.
  • Discussion of qualitative characteristics, including flexibility and uncertainty, that may also impact the decision.

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About The Tax Efficient Investor Podcast

On the Tax Efficient Investor podcast, we show you how to protect, grow, and transfer your wealth by implementing tax-advantaged investment strategies. Host Michael Johnston demystifies tax strategies that are favored by the most successful and sophisticated investors, including 1031 exchanges, IRA & 401k plans, HSA accounts, trusts, real estate, and more.

Michael Johnston, CFA
Michael Johnston, CFA

Michael Johnston, CFA is the co-founder and President at WealthChannel, and host of WealthChannel Academy.

Michael previously founded ETF Database, the leading independent authority on exchange-traded fund investing.

Michael's professional experience includes positions in corporate finance and investment banking, as well as entrepreneurial experience as a co-founder and early employee in multiple high growth, venture-backed companies.

Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Finance. He lives in Oregon with his wife and son.