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Analyzing the New Annuities

June 1, 2005

Few investors right now are buying the old-fashioned annuities. But as they shift from their accumulation years to their distribution years, many investors want some key features of annuities: tax deferral, guaranteed income, and income that cannot be outlived. Insurers are responding with an array of new features. Some are worth considering; others are the […]

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Starter Funds for the Grandkids

June 1, 2005

Grandparents who want to begin modest accounts to benefit their grandchildren face fewer choices. Many grandparents would like to invest a small amount of money for a grandchild and add a little to it each year. After a couple of decades or more, the grandchild will have a nice sum of money to pay for […]

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Anyone Can Build a Hedge Fund Portfolio

June 1, 2005

Our portfolio of mutual funds with “hedge fund” strategies is still delivering the steady, solid returns we set as its goal. This last quarter also shows why I put together this collection of funds. You can see how they work together as a portfolio to achieve steady returns. The portfolio had a modest gain for […]

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Ways to Boost Social Security Benefits

June 1, 2005

Social Sec-urity is in the news because of President Bush’s reform proposal. But there are a number of issues regarding the current system that are real head-scratchers for beneficiaries. Let’s take a look at the confusing issues I hear about most. Survivor’s vs. retirement benefits. A spouse or ex-spouse might be eligible for his or […]

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7 Ways to Defend Elderly from Abuse

June 1, 2005

Older Americans are ready targets for exploitation and abuse. Unfortunately, sometimes the sources of exploitation are caregivers or others the person trusts. Loved ones and friends can take action to prevent such abuse and to catch it before it gets too far. Consider taking the following actions. Be involved. Even if you have no legal […]

Estate Planning

Why A Living Will Isn’t Enough

May 1, 2005

The case of Terri Schiavo captured most of the nation’s attention and spurred greater interest in Living Wills and related estate planning tools. For years at Retirement Watch we’ve insisted that health care documents are an essential part of an estate plan. We’ve even stated that these documents should be prepared while decisions about other […]

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The New Asset Protection Rules for Estate Planning

May 1, 2005

A new bankruptcy law is making its way through Congress this spring. It makes major changes in the protection afforded to some assets. Asset protection strategies need to be reviewed in light of the new law. The bulk of the law addresses the bankruptcy process. In general, it is harder for someone whose disposable income […]

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New Deduction for IRA Owners

May 1, 2005

Many IRAs charge a wrap fee that includes money management, account maintenance, and perhaps other costs in one annual or monthly fee. A recent IRS private ruling states that many of these wrap fees can be paid with money outside of the IRA without the payment being treated as an additional contribution to the IRA. […]

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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