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There’s a common misconception that Medicare is a simple, automatic process when you turn 65. Nothing could be further from the truth. The responsibility to enroll is on your shoulders, and if you miss deadlines or don’t enroll in just the right way, you can incur penalties that will...
To say there were some ticked off folks after-tax returns were filed for 2018 is an understatement. Border-to-border and coast-to-coast people who normally don’t have to send the IRS additional money were first shocked, and then angry that the government was demanding more. People who got a...
When naming a beneficiary for your IRA the number one choice is a spouse, a child, or a relative. There’s something in our DNA that wants to make sure our money stays in the family if possible, and that’s certainly understandable. But if you’re looking at the bigger picture, the financial...
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....
Estate planning. It’s not one of the most pleasant topics because you have to admit your own mortality. But, for people who want to take care of their loved ones, estate planning is essential. Without a plan, distribution of your estate will be determined by a court or a bureaucrat—probably not...
Want to know how to be the best? Learn from the best. That’s what Lendingtree did when they looked at thousands of credit reports from people with a credit score of 801 or higher. They discovered some common financial threads among people with the best scores. On average, credit...
Yes, it’s still a few months before you have to strap on the gloves and step into the ring with the IRS again, but you still have some time to create the maximum amount of legal deductions and reduce the tax bite. Here are some to consider:
For the first time in U.S. history, more than 20% of retirement age workers are choosing to stay in the workforce. That’s more than double the number who made that decision in 1985, according to a new report from United Income. The reason is...
It’s a name change, but a necessary one. What we’ve always called Retirement Planning is quickly becoming Longevity Planning as Americans live longer because of better lifestyles and improvements in medicine. My own family is a perfect example. My great-grandfather died when he was 65. My grandfather was 82 when...