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Being elderly in America has more than its share of issues—affording proper healthcare, being forced to work much longer because of the need for health insurance or not having saved enough for retirement. Now, throw one more financial demon into the mix. More and more elders are being forced into bankruptcy.
Since the Roth IRA was created by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, it’ been an appealing addition to retirement planning. While contributions to a Roth are not tax-deductible, the trade-off is tax-free and penalty-free withdrawals after you cross the age of 59 ½. The withdrawal benefit...
Maybe it’s your dream—accumulate enough money to retire early and live happily ever after. You never have to work again and can do whatever you want whenever you want. That’s the basis of the FIRE Movement—Financial Independence, Retire Early. There’s lots of chatter all over social media about FIRE....
It may be one of the biggest misconceptions people have about Medicare—thinking that when they’re eligible they can enroll and then they’re set for life—set it and forget it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Never changing your Medicare plan can be a costly mistake.
You’ve worked hard to get your estate plan in place. The appropriate documents have been created and signed. You’ve named the person who’ll carry out your final wishes. But have you completed the final piece of the estate planning puzzle? If this last piece is in place,...
I owe, I owe, so off to work I go! Everyone wants to be debt-free, but only a small percentage of us ever achieve that coveted status. According to the Experian credit reporting agency, Americans owe $13.3 trillion. Of that, $4.1 trillion is credit card debt. Discover...
Hunting season is open again and you’re the target. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there is a new IRS impersonation email scam trying to con you out of your personal information with the end game of stealing your identity. There are variations of...
For years now, there’s been lots of talk about what happens if you claim Social Security benefits before full retirement age (FRA) or even waiting until the maximum age of 70. Claiming early means you’ll receive less money, permanently, than if you waited. In spite of the...
For most folks heading into retirement, there’s always that time of reflection, deciding if you can actually retire. “Do I have enough saved?” “Will I run out of money?” “Can I count on Social Security?” “How can I make some extra retirement income?” InternationalLiving.com...
No matter your belief structure, or whether you’re reluctant to admit your own mortality, it’s a fact that none of us will live forever. And since no one knows if their demise will happen quickly or be proceeded by a lengthy illness, it’s good to be as...