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4 conversations that must take place with your financial advisor

4 conversations that must take place with your financial advisor! In retirement income is the key. Without it the ability to maintain your life-style as well as fund the basic necessities is next to impossible. Unfortunately, though, the rules have changed and not all income is the same in retirement. When it comes to health […]

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CNBC Feature – Medical costs take big bite out of Social Security benefits

Social Security planning is a major focus for financial advisors and their clients — and with good cause. If you look at the data and statistics from Social Security, the reason is clear: Among elderly Social Security beneficiaries, 53 percent of married couples and 74 percent of unmarried people receive half or more of their […]

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CNBC “Are health-care costs really ‘just’ $245K in retirement?”

When it comes to planning for health care in retirement, I want to discuss a recent report from a financial services corporation that estimates a couple age 65 today should expect to incur $245,000 in total health-care expenses in retirement. For those who have experienced our nation’s health-care system at work — and the total […]

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Planning for healthcare in retirement – some pros & cons of investment products

As you may already know by now, you will have a mandatory expense in retirement known as health coverage, and surprise! – it will be determined by the amount of income you will have in retirement. In 1993 there were changes to Social Security’s Program Operations Manual System (POMS). A person receiving Social Security Retirement […]

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Another Debt Crisis could mean more to the U.S. Postal Service and Retirees

While the Debt Ceiling debate is once again starting to make some headlines, not enough attention has been focused on rules put into place giving the federal government ways to still keep spending, no matter what. In 2012, the Treasury Department created a list of “Extraordinary Measures” that would allow the federal government to continue […]

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Medicare Means Testing (IRMAA)

What is it? As defined by Medicare: “If you have higher income, the law requires an adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums (Part D). Higher-income beneficiaries pay higher premiums for Part B and prescription drug coverage. Layman’s terms: If you make too much income in retirement […]

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And the Regulations will be Televised

Rejoice, Americans – Congress has done it again! Another year and another opportunity to punt the Medicare/Health Spending can down the road… Back in 1997, our government began its quest to tackle the unsustainable increase in healthcare spending by enacting legislation which created a formula, aptly titled “the Medicare Sustainable Growth formula”, through the Balanced […]

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The Debt Crists: what it really means

With Congress and the President doing the two-step Lindy when it comes to the future of our economy, there is one under-reported fact. Even if the debt level was actually breached, there are safety valves that the Federal Government can implement in order to save itself. So in reality the past government shutdowns, as well […]

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Money for nothing and your healthcare for free…I want my subsidies

“Money for nothing and your health care for free…” Not exactly the line from the 1985 Dire Straits hit, but lately it seems to fit the mantra of many in the country, especially after the Affordable Care Act passed and everyone learned about “subsidies”. “I want my, I want my, I want my subsidies…” According […]

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Women, Retirement and Long Term Care

Have you ever wondered why nursing home residents are primarily women, and why they never seem to have visitors? Data confirms this, as according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the roughly 1.4 million Nursing Home residents in 2013, about 67.7 percent or roughly 960,000 were women. The question that should […]

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