Financial Detox® Show
Welcome to the Financial Detox® Show—a show that’s dedicated to helping you retire with confidence. Your host, Jason Labrum is a Certified Financial Planner and Founder of Intelligence Driven Advisers. For over 20 years, he’s shown people how to steer clear of toxic advice, achieve financial peace of mind, and manage their wealth for maximum impact—and now, he wants to empower YOU to do the same! Join Jason and his co-host Alex Klingensmith every other week, as they simplify the complex, share industry secrets, and provide proven strategies that will take YOU from financial insecurity to financial independence. Topics will cover retirement planning, financial planning, estate planning, tax saving strategies, investment management, 401K, alternative investments, stocks, bonds, portfolio allocation, business strategies, business advice, and much more.
May 24, 2021
Cryptocurrency, Inflation and Impending Tax Increases
Welcome to Financial Detox, where host Jason Labrum and co-host Alex Klingensmith simplify the complex, share industry secrets and provide proven strategies designed to take you from financial insecurity to financial independence. Today’s episode begins with an introduction to Jason and Alex and how they began this podcast. The world of financial advisory can feel convoluted and overwhelming, but this show aims to educate listeners and clarify fundamental concepts that will help you achieve financial success and peace of mind. Our hosts dive right into some fascinating topics, beginning with Cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology, and how it will change the way we think of and use money over the next ten years. They discuss the role of government regulation in currency, China’s refusal to accept Bitcoin due to their inability to manipulate it as a medium of exchange, and why socialism always fails as an experiment. You’ll also hear about the importance of allowing free market capitalism to play out, having a diversified portfolio, and investing in Cryptocurrency only if you are comfortable with a higher degree of volatility.Jason and Alex then move on to the very real topic of inflation. Warren Buffett recently stated that we are seeing substantial inflation and higher prices, but Jason and Alex explain that there are ways to adjust your portfolio to prepare for this. Certain assets perform better in inflationary environments, such as inflation protected bonds, real estate, stocks, and commodities. They also break down the four main components of a proposed tax increase under the current administration: Doubling capital gains tax rate; increasing corporate tax rate; increasing state tax rate and decreasing the exemption amount; and changing or eliminating step-up in basis. They explain why increasing corporate tax rates will be prohibitive for business owners, forcing them to spend less on innovation, computers, and hiring employees. Changes in state tax will also involve an estate tax, meaning people will have to pay even more tax on their hard earned income after they pass away, leaving less than 30% for their heirs. Eliminating the step-up in basis also means that those heirs will have to pay significantly more tax on the dividends of their inheritance as time goes on. And doubling capital gains tax simply punishes people for investing, and prevents them from using those gains to invest in local businesses, create jobs, and feed more families. There are certain strategies you can use to mitigate the effects of these possible tax increases, however, so be sure to ask your advisor about incorporating these tactics into your financial plan moving forward.For more podcasts and information, visit In this show you will learn about:-Cryptocurrency and government regulation of currency-Impending inflation-Proposed tax increases under the current administrationLinks:Financial Detox <a href='
April 13, 2021
What is Debt?
Show Description: Jason and Alex start off the show addressing a question that has been asked by more than one private client over the past couple of weeks. Given the US National Debt equal to 28.2 Trillion and the Federal Deficit at $4.5 Trillion and tack on all the recent stimulus money and Federal spending, what will be the effects on the market in the next 12 to 18 months? The topic for today’s show is based on the Federal debt, government spending and the effects it will have on the markets. Alex shares his perspective on stimulus money and the concept that stimulus money will make its way back into the market through the purchasing of goods and services. Jason interjects with adding that the real question is when does this artificial stimulus approach end? When will the country get back to making the economy work for itself? Alex reminds Jason that pre pandemic the economy was healthy, maybe the best economy we have ever experienced. Jason adds that the unemployment rates were the lowest across all ethnicities pre pandemic. After the first commercial break Jason and Alex respond to the question with optimism and more detail, stating that the public typically does not care about the current US National Debt, more interested in how much are they able to buy and spend. So, stimulus money will be positive in the short term. However, at some point taxes will have to increase. Jason and Alex spend some time discussing taxes and who pays for what currently and the effects it is having on further dividing our country. Will the current tax structure work to reduce the deficit? Jason brings up the question where is the government getting money? Besides printing money and with interest rates at all-time lows will servicing the existing debt become an issue. Alex adds that if the government becomes crippled by debt service it will hurt us in other ways. Things that we rely on the government to maintain like infrastructures, national defense, and education. If the government can borrow money at an incredibly low rate of 1.7% for 10 years, should they borrow a bunch of money and invest it ways to grow a higher rate of return. Alex responds that yes; with the first part of stimulus money, it is a bet on the people. A bet that the people will spend, and companies will invest, increasing the GDP growth. Jason brings to the conversation that free money tends to create laziness amongst many, further debilitating strong work ethic within the U.S.Jason and Alex close the question and show with a strong Intelligence Driven Advisers belief that trying to predict or time the market does not work. Creating a globally diversified investment portfolio that is designed to weather changes within the economy and other unknown events is the best solution to continued success with capital market investing. In this show you will learn about:- Government Spending- Interest Rates- Investment Diversification
April 1, 2021
Impacts of Inflation and How to Prepare
Show Description: Jason and Alex started the show by taking a step back and reminding listeners and themselves why IDA’s team does not pick individual stocks and try to time the market. There are always unpredictable events that will happen with individual companies, such as Cox communication’s internet going down for multiple days unexpectedly. One of the biggest questions that clients and prospective clients have been asking is “What are you going to do to fight back against inflation?” Jason explained one of the main reasons that people are getting nervous about inflation is because the 10-year Treasury yield rose from approximately 0.5% up to around 1.7% in just a few months. Jason and Alex discussed the amount of debt in the U.S. that has grown to over $28 Trillion after the latest stimulus package. They explained how inflation is a general increase in prices and a fall in the purchasing value of money. A few examples of items that would be negatively affected would be food, gas, travel, real estate, etc. Jason talked about the crippling effect of shifting back to a country that is dependent upon other countries for oil and gas production, and this will really hurt the trucking industry and other workers that rely upon affordable gas prices to provide for their families at a sustainable level. Alex asked a good question to find out what investments perform well during periods of higher inflation. This is a crucial aspect of the financial planning process to ensure IDA’s clients are able to keep pace with the purchasing power through the strategic allocation of their investment strategy. Jason explained how gold and broad commodities, natural resources, hard (tangible) assets such as real estate, and certain types of inflation protected bonds historically have performed much better during inflationary periods. Jason even touched on Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies in general being a good potential inflationary hedge in the coming years. This is still a speculative asset class to an extent, but it could become a more important piece of the overall portfolio in the near future. Jason also explained that now more than ever it is crucial to be careful with the types of bonds to own because we have been in a great 40-year period of bond performance while interest rates have been coming down and have remained low historically. Alex and Jason talked about the importance of not only being well diversified on the stock side of the portfolio, but also being well diversified on the fixed income or bond side of the portfolio.They stressed the importance of meeting with a Fiduciary adviser regularly, like the ones on the IDA team, especially at a time like this, to make sure that one’s financial plan is fully on track. Alex explained how now is not the time to have a large amount of cash in a client’s portfolio if a client’s main worry or risk is inflation. In this show you will learn about:- What should investors do to prepare for inflation?- Impacts of inflation- Types of investments that thrive in an inflationary period- Stress testing an investment portfolio to prepare for inflation
April 1, 2021
Alternative Investments, the Why and When
Alternative Investments become a viable option for investing when the public markets start to look too high, and questions arise as to how long this market run up can continue.
March 17, 2021
Human Behavior and Patterns in Investing
Jason talked about how one of the most repeated questions that he gets from clients is “what should we do now?”. He discussed how the answer to that question never changes no matter what is going on in the world around us.
March 9, 2021
Options Explained and What Happened with GameStop
In this show you will learn about:- GameStop Short Squeeze- Options Investing- Robinhood vs Discount Brokerages vs Wirehouses- The Nasdaq likened to a Porsche
February 25, 2021
Tax Planning and Reducing your Maximum Exposure
Today’s show starts off with Jason and Alex sharing stories about trucks and the potential benefits of depreciating company vehicles warming into the topic for discussion. Tax Planning.
February 17, 2021
Rating Systems and Target Rate of Returns
Jason and Alex started off the show by welcoming Jim Pupillo, a Senior Wealth Adviser at IDA, who has a ton of industry experience, and specializes in providing his clients with regular Fiduciary advice pertaining to the company retirement and private wealth areas of the business.
February 5, 2021
Financial Detox® Listener Questions
Show Description:In this episode, Jason and Alex open the show up to listener questions. Every couple months Jason and Alex collect questions from listeners, clients and firm advisers that are getting asked the most to share on the air.Question #1 -...
January 28, 2021
Inauguration and Beyond
Show Description:Jason and Alex reminisced on Joe Biden being inaugurated as the next President of the United States, and then signed 17 executive actions. Jason talked about there being a real problem in this country where we are being fed information...
January 24, 2021
Jason and Alex recap some of the predictions made by strategists in 2020. If there was ever a year that we were reminded of the difficulty of making stock market predictions, it was 2020. To exemplify the difficulty of making market forecasts, we can look in the rear-view mirror at several examples of 2020 market forecasts and see how they turned out.
January 9, 2021
Today’s show kicks off with Jason and Alex introducing guest Rick Labrum, founding adviser to Intelligence Driven Advisers also Jason’s Dad and mentor. Today’s show discusses Smart Goals for 2021. Jason shares a story of how he and his boys applied a S.M.A.R.T. goal to make the game of golf more enjoyable for young players.
January 7, 2021
Charitable Giving and the Impact on a Financial Plan
Jason and Alex kick off the show sharing stories of family and staying safe around the holidays attempting to hold on to the traditions that we all have, while recognizing the current COVID protocols. With this intro, the show segues into the “Season of Giving” a discussion around charitable giving and the benefits associated to reduce your taxable liabilities.
January 5, 2021
Future Ready 401(k) Style
jason and Alex talked about our proprietary 401(k) solution called Future Ready 401(k), which is for an any person participating in a 401(k) plan. This 401(k) retirement solution would bring benefits to the participants/employees, human resources department managers, corporate owners, controllers, directors of finance, etc.
December 5, 2020
Questions Asked and Lessons Learned from 2020
Jason and Alex started by talking about how this year has brought their family’s closer together with one another. There have been a lot of ups and downs this year and it has been filled with tremendous hardship for a lot of people, and much prosperity for others. Jason talked about how negativity and people having negative attitudes is at an all time high, and how it is almost trendy to talk about the doom and gloom.
December 5, 2020
Thanksgiving and Rebalancing
This week’s show starts off with Jason and Alex sharing what they are thankful for and what IDA will be doing as a give back to the community. “Wreaths Across America” a benefit that honors past veterans, by placing holiday wreaths onto their grave sites. The employees of Intelligence Driven Advisers and their families will be placing wreaths on over 400 veteran grave sites at the Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery in Fallbrook Ca.
November 28, 2020
Investing 101 – Tax Harvesting & Value Propositions
To help individuals steer clear of toxic advice, prevent them from making great behavioral mistakes, and helping individuals create disciplines and philosophies to think about building wealth. Jason talked about how most advisors do not do tax planning, such as tax loss harvesting in a client’s portfolio, until the end of the year, which may be too late.
November 19, 2020
Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (“QOZs”)
If you’ve recently sold a business, have a stock position with a lot of long-term capital gains, or thinking about selling a piece of real estate with a lot of appreciation, you need to listen to this show and pay tons of attention.
November 11, 2020
Bearing the Fruits of Proper Wealth Management Through Travel
Show Description: Jason started the show by introducing a special guest Estee Gubbay, who is a luxury travel expert with Luxurist Travel. Thomas Ohanesian, a wealth adviser on the Financial Detox team at IDA, also joined Estee and Jason in the studio....
November 7, 2020
Medicare Insurance with Special Guest: Brian McArthur
Jason starts this week’s show off with an introduction to special guest speaker Brian McArthur from Bridlewood Insurance Services, a Medicare Insurance Agent.