Alhambra’s Social Security Guide

By |2021-05-10T09:49:03-04:00May 10th, 2021|Financial Planning, Retirement|

Since its beginning in 1935, Social Security has become synonymous with retirement income. But as with any government program, Social Security is a behemoth with a lengthy list of rules and hidden intricacies that can make a huge difference in the amount you receive. Collectively, Americans lose trillions of Social Security dollars because they don’t understand the system. It’s not [...]

Guarding Against the Survivor Trap

By |2021-05-03T09:24:48-04:00May 3rd, 2021|Estate Planning, Financial Planning|

It’s called the survivor trap or widow’s penalty. It’s a financial monster that eats away retirement income after one spouse dies, often leaving the surviving spouse with no hope of the retirement they expected. Here are some of the pitfalls of the Survivor Trap.   Loss of Social Security One of the first things to happen when a spouse dies [...]

16 Medicare Mistakes that Can Cost You

By |2021-04-28T13:02:24-04:00April 28th, 2021|Financial Planning, Retirement|

There are not many advantages to getting old—hair thins, wrinkles show up at an accelerated rate and there’s a cornucopia of new aches and pains we’re introduced to. As crazy as it sounds, for many, one benefit to getting older is having access to Medicare. When Congress passed Obamacare in 2010, healthcare in the United States was thrown into turmoil. [...]

Getting The Estate in Order

By |2021-04-19T11:23:46-04:00April 19th, 2021|Estate Planning, Financial Planning|

Covid-19 has changed life forever in more ways than we can count. It has also changed end-of-life estate planning and estate modification. It can be very difficult having that conversation with a spouse who’s dying. Estate planning conversations are often put off because they are a reminder of the inevitable for every mortal on the planet. But when one spouse [...]

New IRS Rule Helps Protect Your Tax Refund from Scammers

By |2021-04-12T09:03:23-04:00April 12th, 2021|Financial Planning|

Identity theft is one of the major plagues of modern society costing its victims billions of dollars and untold man-hours to recover from it. In 2020, 1.4 million Americans were successfully attacked, which translates into a victim every 3 seconds.  That’s more than double the number from the year before. Sophisticated scammers are breaching the walls of major corporations and [...]

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