Financial Planning

Retirees Lose $3.4 Trillion By Claiming Social Security Too Early

By |2019-09-04T13:00:17-04:00September 4th, 2019|Financial Planning, Retirement|

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 warnings, only 4% of retirees wait until 70 to claim benefits and that [...]

Do You Have Your End Of Life Documents?

By |2019-08-28T16:16:26-04:00August 28th, 2019|Estate Planning, Financial Planning|

No matter your belief structure, or whether you’re reluctant to admit your own mortality, it’s a fact that none of us will live forever. And since no one knows if their demise will happen quickly or be proceeded by a lengthy illness, it’s good to be as prepared as possible for your care and for the disposition of your estate. [...]

Are Your Finances Making You Sick?

By |2019-08-20T21:27:04-04:00August 20th, 2019|Financial Planning|

If you’re like a majority of Americans, dealing with your finances is stressing you out and wreaking havoc on your health. That’s the conclusion of a new report that asked people’s opinions about their money and their financial outlook. Of the 1000 people surveyed, about 60 percent said managing their money affected their mental health and 56 percent said it [...]

The Lump Sum Distribution Monster

By |2019-08-19T12:38:54-04:00August 19th, 2019|Financial Planning, Retirement|

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 employer plan, or use the lump-sum distribution tax break [...]

SPECIAL REPORT: The Definitive Guide to Medicare

By |2019-12-06T10:39:15-05:00August 16th, 2019|Financial Planning, Retirement, Special Reports|

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 consume chunks of your retirement income for the rest of your [...]

The Benefit of Working With a Fiduciary Adviser

By |2019-12-06T10:38:30-05:00August 15th, 2019|Financial Planning, Special Reports|

What is a Fiduciary? You may have heard the term in recent times due to the ongoing debate about whether stockbrokers should be held to such a standard. Since doing so would make it harder for them to sell you things that pay them high commissions, peddlers of Wall Street’s wares are, as one might expect, opposed to this imposition. [...]

Terminal Diagnosis Affects Social Security Timing

By |2019-08-13T14:20:24-04:00August 13th, 2019|Financial Planning|

Knowing the various Social Security benefits available to you and the best time to claim those benefits can be a challenge. It requires research on your part, because many people are getting incorrect information from Social Security representatives, as noted in an audit by the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General. But how does the claiming of benefits [...]

It’s Time to Tell the Truth – Advisor or Broker

By |2019-08-12T10:20:15-04:00August 12th, 2019|Financial Planning|

I’ve been telling you for a while that some people who bill themselves as financial advisors are really financial salespeople, which begs the question, “Are they really acting in your best interest?” Apparently, the federal government now agrees with me. It’s become popular for brokers to market themselves as financial advisors. They tell you they can help you with financial [...]