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Estimated Tax Strategies for Retirees

January 1, 2008

Paying estimated taxes is a trap for many retirees. Most had income taxes withheld from paychecks while they were working. Once retired they are responsible for ensuring taxes are prepaid on their investment income, IRA distributions, and other sources of income. If the payments are late or not high enough, penalties can be imposed. If […]

December 2007

December 1, 2007

December 17, 2007 3:05 p.m. The Specter of Inflation Rises Friday’s inflation report brought to the forefront something we warned about for some time: The threat of rising inflation is not dead. We are not living in the disinflationary and potentially deflationary era of the 1990s. Global growth and easy money policies around the world […]

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Is Longevity Insurance a Solid Safety Net?

December 1, 2007

longevity insurance is the latest tool designed to relieve Baby Boomers’ anxiety about outliving their income. This innovation now is offered by Hartford Financial Services and MetLife, and other insurers are developing their own versions. You know the problem. A 65-year-old today has about a 50% probability of living past 85, and a 34% chance […]

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How to Preserve Retirement Capital

December 1, 2007

The greatest fear about retirement is running out of money. There are three risks that could cause one to run out of money. Investments could earn less than estimated; the retiree might live much longer than anticipated; and spending could be greater than estimated, because of either inflation or higher consumption. In last month’s visit, […]

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New Medical Insurance Options for Early Retirees

December 1, 2007

Health care orphans are receiving some help. Medical insurers and major employers are coming to their aid. The orphans are the second-fastest growing group of those without health insurance. They are people ages 50 to 64 who have no employer-sponsored medical coverage because they left their jobs, and their employers do not provide retiree medical […]

Estate Planning

A Shrewd Look at the Power of Attorney

December 1, 2007

A Power of Attorney is an essential part of an estate plan. You know that from past visits. The POA ensures that someone can manage your estate when you are unable to. Bills can be paid; investments can be managed; and other actions can be taken. Having a document called a power of attorney does […]

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Key Steps to Take Before a State Tax Audit

December 1, 2007

The most important tax audit of your life is likely to take place either in the first few years of retirement or after you pass away. It is a state residency audit and could befall anyone who moved to another state during retirement or who owns homes in at least two states during retirement. A […]

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What is Behind the Boom in 529 College Plans

December 1, 2007

Investments in 529 college savings plans are increasing rapidly, and there are good reasons for it. The benefits are enhanced, and the alternatives are less attractive than they used to be. Congress expanded the Kiddie Tax and made it tighter, causing Uniform Gift to Minors Act accounts and direct gifts to children to be less […]

October 2020:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
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