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...
It sounds crazy, but if you’re healthy you probably need to save more for retirement than people with a battery of health issues. Why? Statistically, people who are healthy will live longer. That means more years paying for healthcare in a system where costs continue to increase exponentially. So, the longer you...
It’s the end of an era, at least for Baby Boomers. Some have already retired; many more can see the finish line of their working years. For Boomers with highly appreciated company stock in their 401(k) a major decision is whether to do an IRA rollover, leave the money in the...
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...
Just the thought of retirement is fraught with what-ifs. What if I live 30 or 40 years after I retire? What if I run out of money? What if I need long term care? But the retirement issue almost no one talks about is Senior depression. It’s usually underdiagnosed,...
IRA rollovers are as common as drinking water. But if your rollover isn’t done correctly, it can cost you taxes and penalties, sucking out money that could have been used for your retirement. In this article from MarketWatch, you’ll discover 4 of the most expensive IRA rollover tax traps and how...
To claim, or not to claim! Okay, that’s a cheesy way to begin, but it points out a dilemma experienced by many older folks when they’re trying to decide the most beneficial time to claim their Social Security benefits. The fact is, Americans, collectively, lose trillions of dollars by taking Social...
Nobody has a crystal ball, but it’s certain that the American landscape is changing and the change is driven by the Millennial generation. Millennials are changing attitudes, workplaces, work ethics, what’s acceptable and what’s not. They’re driven more by technology than relationship. They see things from a...
When the Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Report was released a few weeks ago, the news that the Medicare Part A hospital insurance trust fund is expected to go broke in 2026 obscured other important information in the report. In particular, the report contained...