Retirement

2020 Social Security Cost of Living Numbers Released

By |2019-10-17T16:19:40-04:00October 17th, 2019|Financial Planning, Retirement|

This is the time of year when leaves fall and the Social Security Administration announces the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for people receiving Social Security. For 2020 the increase will be 1.6 percent, or about $24 per month, raising the average monthly individual payout to $1503. It will boost the maximum retirement benefit by $150 to $3011 per [...]

The Alarming Growth of Elder Bankruptcy

By |2019-10-16T13:48:05-04:00October 14th, 2019|Financial Planning, Retirement|

Being elderly in America has more than its share of issues—affording proper healthcare, being forced to work much longer because of the need for health insurance or not having saved enough for retirement. Now, throw one more financial demon into the mix. More and more elders are being forced into bankruptcy. In 1991, elder bankruptcies made up 2% of total [...]

Roth IRA Conversion Traps to Avoid

By |2019-10-10T14:08:59-04:00October 10th, 2019|Financial Planning, Retirement|

Since the Roth IRA was created by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, it’ been an appealing addition to retirement planning. While contributions to a Roth are not tax-deductible, the trade-off is tax-free and penalty-free withdrawals after you cross the age of 59 ½. The withdrawal benefit is one reason many people consider converting their traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs. [...]

Medicare: Don’t Set It And Forget It

By |2019-10-02T08:37:56-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Financial Planning, Retirement|

It may be one of the biggest misconceptions people have about Medicare—thinking that when they’re eligible they can enroll and then they’re set for life—set it and forget it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Never changing your Medicare plan can be a costly mistake. Every year, insurance companies make changes to the Medicare plans they offer. Those changes [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]