Alhambra's Bob Williams explains Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments and their effect on the Survivor Benefit.
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) for retired folks. Isn’t that a novel idea? But it’s being considered in Congress—The Health Savings for Seniors Act, H.R. 3796.   As it stands right now, the only people eligible for an HSA are those aged 65 years and younger who have a high-deductible health insurance...
After 40 years, a new chapter is being written in the saga of high inflation. Some of us are old enough to remember the ugly story the last time in happened. But for millions of Americans, this is their first rodeo. As the price of everything has gone through...
In 2022, Social Security recipients got a 5.9% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). That was the largest increase in 40 years. The COLA coming in 2023 may be even bigger.   Social Security calculates cost-of-living increases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) from...
If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), there’s good news and there’s bad news for next year. The good news—in 2023 you’ll be able to contribute more than you have in the past. The bad news—the higher contribution limits are because of the highest inflation rate in more...
“Tower, this is Bill. I’m on the final approach to retirement and need landing instructions. Do you copy?” “Roger, Bill. Sending course corrections now. Then you are clear to land.”   Retirement is not something that just happens when you tell your employer goodbye and walk out the door. It’s a constant...
“What the heck is it?” It’s not uncommon for something we used to know by one name now described by another word. When I was a kid, it was a swamp; today it’s wetlands. We used to re-use things; now they’re re-purposed. Improving something now means it’s re-imagined. The...
Your company offers a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that allows money to come out of your check before taxes and then you use that money to pay for eligible out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. In 2022 you can contribute up to $2850. Great deal, right?   But there’s a downside to Flex Spending...
Alhambra's Bob Williams describes one method for getting out of debt.
You don’t have to watch television very long to realize just how many types of insurance there are. In the right situation insurance is a great tool to protect you against different types of risk that can devastate you financially.   It’s a good idea to review your insurance coverage regularly...