Social Security benefits are calculated on your top 35 earning years. What if you have some years with zero earnings? Alhambra’s Bob Williams explains.
Worried about saving enough for retirement? You can put away more next year. The IRS has just announced the new retirement plan contribution limits for 2023. The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan increases to $22,500, up from $20,500. For individuals 50 and older, the catch-up contribution [...]
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 inflation for urban workers is more in the third quarter [...]
In a world where the price of everything is going up, Medicare recipients get a price cut beginning January 1, 2023. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just announced that the monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits, diagnostic tests, and other outpatient services, is decreasing $5.20 per month to $164.90. That’s good news in [...]
There’s been much debate about the Inflation Reduction Act President Biden signed into law on August 16, 2022. No matter what your political persuasion is or whether you consider the contents of the Act to be good, bad, or ugly, it does contain provisions that will improve Medicare Part D Prescription plans for seniors. Medicare recipients have long argued that [...]
Medicare. The government defines it as “The federal health insurance program for people 65 and older.” That seems simple enough. But there’s more to it than meets the eye because Medicare, like so many other things, has fine print that could end up costing you a lot of money if you don’t know about it. Since Medicare began in 1965, [...]
Since 1935, Social Security has been synonymous with retirement. It was always intended to supplement retirement income, never be a person’s total retirement income. Unfortunately, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, about half of older Americans rely on Social Security for at least 50% of their income, and 25% of retirees rely on it for 90% of [...]
What scares you the most when you think about retirement? The Transamerica Center for Retirement Services has been asking that question for 22 years. The Center just released its 2022 survey after talking to more than 5,800 adults contemplating their future. Here are the top 12 retirement fears this year. #12 Can’t Retire on My Own Terms 13% of [...]