Here we are again in the final quarter of the year when thoughts turn to Thanksgiving and Christmas and… reviewing your financial house. Oh, that’s not on your list? Well, let’s put it there because financial issues cannot be on automatic pilot. Things change and you need to keep...
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)....
As expected, the Social Security Administration has announced that the 2023 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will be the largest COLA in 42 years, brought on by rampant inflation not seen in more than four decades.   Social Security benefits increase automatically if the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) which measures price...
As I sit here Monday evening with the Dow having closed down 2000 points and the 10-year Treasury yield around 0.5%, the title of this update seems utterly ridiculous. With the new coronavirus still spreading and a collapse in oil prices threatening the entire shale oil industry, recession is now the expected outcome. Most...
What a crazy housing market! Skyrocketing prices, no haggling on the asking price, and bidding wars that create offers way above the asking price. It’s almost become a national pastime waiting for the monthly Zillow estimate to arrive to see what your home is worth now. Yes, if you’re...
If you want to stay warm this winter you have two options—pay a lot more for fuel or wear a lot more clothes. It’s not because winter is supposed to be especially cold or harsh. It’s because of record-high inflation that just won’t go away.   According to the Bureau of...
It’s not uncommon to see the flashing lights and hear the blaring siren of an ambulance rushing to someone’s aid or transporting them to the hospital for emergency treatment. And no matter whether the ambulance is operated by a private company or a government entity, they are an important...
You’re planning for retirement. You’ve got visions of what you want it to be—the traveling you’ll do, taking up a hobby you’ve never had time for, volunteering with a charity that’s dear to your heart. You’ve got a comprehensive plan that accounts for retirement income, taxes, and even things...
Inflation is painful. We’re reminded of it every time we go to the grocery store and the gas pump and when the utility bill comes. There’s a whole generation or two that’s never been through anything like this. And because it affects us on a personal level, it’s easy...