Alhambra's Bob Williams explains Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments and their effect on the Survivor Benefit.
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) for retired folks. Isn’t that a novel idea? But it’s being considered in Congress—The Health Savings for Seniors Act, H.R. 3796. As it stands right now, the only people eligible for an HSA are those aged 65 years and younger who have a high-deductible health insurance plan meaning you have to pay $1,400 out-of-pocket for [...]
Happy Birthday! You’re turning 65. There’s cake and ice cream, presents, and your application for Medicare. Yep, this is when you sign up for the federal health insurance program you’ve been paying for all your working life. Signing up isn’t difficult, but there are things you need to know to get the most out of Medicare and avoid penalties (yes [...]
It’s been pounded into us that having a successful retirement requires advance planning—financial planning, Social Security planning, retirement income planning, and estate planning. And now, there’s another component to be considered—planning what happens in the event you have a decline in mental capacity. The Administration for Community Living estimates there are 54.1 million Americans who are 65 years old or [...]
In 2022, Social Security recipients got a 5.9% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). That was the largest increase in 40 years. The COLA coming in 2023 may be even bigger. Social Security calculates cost-of-living increases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) from September to September each year. According to the Bureau of [...]
1975 was a big year in financial annals when Americans were given a brand new way to save for retirement in something called an Individual Retirement Account—an IRA. You could put money into the account before taxes and the money got to grow tax-deferred. You didn’t have to pay taxes until you started taking money out, theoretically after you retired. [...]
It’s not often that politicians agree about anything, but in a rare vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, men and women, Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives voted 414 to 5 in favor of the Secure Act 2.0, a series of changes to retirement savings plans. You can see the entire list of changes here. The bill builds on [...]
One of the questions that have to be answered when planning for retirement is, “Where’s my income going to come from.” Identifying the income is a necessary first step when you’re planning. But people often miss the second step—how much of that income will be taxed? Uncle Sam doesn’t give you a pass on taxes just because you’re retired. Most [...]