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Social Security Benefits will receive  a slight increase in 2021.

Social Security Benefit Update for 2021

By | 2020, 2021, Interest Rates, Medicare, Retiree, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Social Security | No Comments

Social Security benefits represent a salient component of most retirees’ retirement income strategy.  For most American retirees today the two most important sources of retirement income are withdrawals from their own retirement savings and their monthly Social Security benefit.  As such, it is imperative to be aware of new developments with Social Security and its associated retiree healthcare program, Medicare….

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Could Social Security be another vicitim of Covid-19?

Social Security: Another Covid-19 Victim?

By | 2020, coronavirus, Covid-19, Financial Planning, Retiree, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Social Security | No Comments

As the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases nears 2.4 million in the United States, the virus has extracted a heavy toll in terms of deaths, hospitalizations, job loss and economic malaise.  As devastating as Covid-19 has been the past four months in terms of loss of human life and economic conditions, it may be minor in comparison to the potential…

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What Now?

What Now?

By | 2020, Bond Markets, coronavirus, Equity Markets, Financial Planning, Fixed Income Markets, Interest Rates, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Investor Panic, Market Corrections, Market Volatility, Patience, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns, Risk, Stock Markets, Tax | No Comments

2020 began with the promise of continued strong economic and financial performance and a hint of uncertainty surrounding the November Presidential election.  The nation’s unemployment rate was near sixty-year lows, and labor force participation rates were near sixty-year highs.  The longest bull market in U.S. history was still running, despite concerns by some investors and analysts that it was getting…

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The SECURE Act of 2019 brought about many financial changes

How Does the SECURE Act Impact Your Financial Plan?

By | 2019, IRA, Retirement, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Stretch IRA | No Comments

Amidst the excitement of the holiday season and the seemingly endless coverage of impeachment proceedings in Washington D.C., you have may have missed news of sweeping changes to retirement savings that could have a significant impact to your financial plans.  On December 20th, 2019 President Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 into…

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Retirees will see the largest COLA increase since 2012.

2019 Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment and Retirement Account Limits Announced

By | Retirement, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Social Security | No Comments

Social Security recipients will receive the largest annual raise in Social Security benefits in seven years when their monthly checks increase by 2.8% in early 2019.  The Social Security Administration announced the increase after the October release of consumer price index data for September. The 2.8% increase represents the largest Social Security COLA increase since the 3.6% increase for 2012. …

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Long Term Care Insurance Costs Skyrocket

Long Term Care Insurance Costs Skyrocket

By | Health Care, Long Term Care, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Planning | No Comments

Older Americans shopping for long-term-care insurance policies and current owners of long-term-care (LTC) policies may be in for a bit of a shock when they get their renewal statements or coverage quotes.  Long-term-care insurance carriers have gotten approval from state regulators for double-digit percentage increases in insurance premiums, to help cover cost and offset adverse trends in the long-term-care industry….

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Social Security Could be Broker as Early as 2032

New Study Projects Social Security in Worse Shape than Reported

By | Financial Planning, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Social Security | No Comments

We have known for some time now that Social Security’s long-term health is in question, and that the program is in serious need of financial reform to remain a viable source of income for retirees.  A new independent report indicates that the problem may be worse than has been reported by Social Security trustees.  Conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s…

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The clock is running out on many Americans facing a retirement time bomb.

Time Bomb Looms for Aging Americans

By | Baby Boomers, Investing Lessons, Retirement, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Social Security | No Comments

A recent Wall Street Journal article “Time Bomb Looms for Aging America” highlights a growing crisis for older Americans nearing and entering the early stages of retirement.    What the article’s authors uncovered in their research is that the generation reaching retirement age is in worse financial shape than the previous generation.  This will be the first time this has occurred…

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Are baby boomers ready for retirement?  Survey reveals expectations and readiness.

Survey Reveals Baby Boomers Expectations for Retirement

By | Baby Boomers, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Social Security | No Comments

The Insured Retirement Institute recently released the “Eighth Annual Update on the Retirement Preparedness of the Boomer Generation” and the report provides some interesting insights into baby boomers’ expectations and preparedness for retirement.  While the insight from the survey provides a valuable look into the mindset baby boomers preparing for retirement, it should be noted that the Insured Retirement Institute…

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Is there a right and wrong time to retire?

The Worst Time to Retire?

By | Investment Returns, Market Index, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns, Risk | No Comments

Investment News, a weekly national publication for financial advisors, recently published an article titled “Sinking At Retirement” by Greg Iacurci.  The article maintains, “Current market conditions bode horribly for near-term retirees.”  Many baby boomers, including some of our clients, are planning to retire soon.  Should pre-retirees on the verge of retirement be concerned about the impact current market conditions may…

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