Money. We want it. We need it. We work hard for it. It’s the difference between the life we want and just getting by. It determines whether we retire comfortably or have to move in with the kids. There are all kinds of ways to manage your money—from budgeting, to saving and investing, to...
One quick glance at the interest rate your bank is paying on your hard-earned savings account balance and you'll turn green. Even though the Federal Reserve has been raising benchmark interest rates for the past three years, the big banks have not followed suit. They are the biggest beneficiaries...
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...
Financial attitudes are changing with America’s young adults. For decades, parents have taught their kids that part of proper planning included saving for retirement. Saving could be accomplished with investment accounts, individual retirement accounts or any one of a litany of employer-sponsored retirement plans, including the 401(k). But there’s...
“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...
I was having a conversation about retirement health insurance with an acquaintance of mine who just retired. He’s a former corporate executive—an analytical person—who’s always done his homework to avoid as many surprises as possible in the business world. He’s done the same thing with healthcare and decided that a Medigap policy is best...
Alhambra's Bob Williams explains Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments and their effect on the Survivor Benefit.
Looking into a crystal ball and prognosticating the future is always a risky endeavor, but when it comes to Social Security and the year 2023 there are 4 things that have a high probability of happening.   Cost of Living Increase In 2022, Social Security recipients received a 5.9% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)....