Medicare

The Hold Harmless Act

Through the “Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988” Congress created a provision, the Hold Harmless Act, that protects those receiving Social Security benefits while enrolled into Medicare from ever experiencing a reduction in Social Security benefits from “too high” of Medicare Part B premium increases in a given year. The goal of this Act was […]

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That Traditional 401(k) is bad for your health

The alarm has been sounded, we have been told that Social Security retirement may go bust and this has prompted a renewed call for employees to utilize Traditional 401(k) plans in order to save more for their retirement. The question though; What if that Traditional 401(k) plan winds up being bad for your health? Yes, Traditional […]

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Impact of Medicare’s IRMAA. Not all income is created equal

Since 2007, with the passing of the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003 and the Affordable Care Act in 2010 by Congress, Medicare has placed a surcharge, known as the Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), on top of the current Medicare Part B and Part D premiums for those retirees who earn too much income. […]

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You need an Annuity: the reason federal regulations

There is plenty of financial advice screaming that you should stay away from Annuities, but the truth, when you apply federal regulations, is the simple fact that, yes, if you are relying on Social Security in any way you need an Annuity. The reason is quite simple: due to federal regulations your Social Security benefit […]

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You may be better off smoking than investing into a Traditional IRA or 401(k)

It’s not up for debate, smoking is bad for you. It leads to cancer, harms every single organ in the body and has become somewhat expensive as well, but when planning for retirement you may be better off smoking than investing into a Traditional IRA or 401(k). Sounds ridiculous, we know, but with the understanding […]

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Ken Fisher is wrong about Annuities – federal regulations are the reason

Most regular viewers of financial news on cable TV will recognize the name Ken Fisher of Fisher Investments and his lack of love for annuities. In fact he hates them and is telling everyone who will listen to him as much. You can see his commercial here, where he even says he would die and […]

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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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