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A Little-Known Way To Supercharge Your IRA

Many people could achieve a couple of retirement finance goals by adding a qualified longevity annuity contract (QLAC) to their IRAs. Even if you never buy one, you should look at QLACs and know their advantages and disadvantages. (Qualified longevity annuity contracts were created in regulations issued by the IRS in 2014.) They’re an IRS-approved […]


The ‘Widow’s Penalty Tax’ and How to Avoid It [Part 2]

It’s one of the “Stealth Taxes” no one talks about, and it comes at an emotionally vulnerable time. I’m referring to the “widow’s penalty tax.” Last week we discussed the first three potential hits to the surviving spouse: Income is likely to decline. Second, the surviving spouse is pushed into a higher tax bracket. A […]

The ‘Widow’s Penalty Tax’ and How to Avoid It

The widow’s penalty tax is one of the least known yet most onerous of the retirement Stealth Taxes. Since few people are aware of it, few retirement plans defend against the widow’s penalty. I frequently warn people about the “solo” years. Those are the years after one spouse has passed away. The surviving spouse must […]


Straight Talk on Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance in Retirement

Some of the greatest fears about retirement concern long term care (LTC). Many people worry the need for long term care will deplete their retirement nest eggs and reduce or eliminate the legacy left for loved ones. Though they worry about long term care, many people don’t want to talk about it, much less plan […]

Another Way Congress Is Making It Harder for Retirees

Congress is making it more and more difficult to deduct charitable contributions. So it’s good to know the latest rules… so the IRS won’t be able to deny tax breaks for your charitable donations. The increase in the standard deduction – in the 2017 tax law – means you have to give more to receive […]


More Ways To Increase Your After-Tax Investment Returns

Last week’s Retirement Watch Weekly covered ways to increase your after-tax investment returns. Let’s pick up where we left off. When your investment strategy says it’s time to sell an investment, don’t hold it for months hoping it will mature to a long-term capital gain. It might make sense to wait if it will mature […]

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How To Increase Your After-Tax Investment Returns in Retirement

The old adage is, “You can’t spend pre-tax returns.” After-tax returns are what count. Well, the tax rules on investments are in effect all year, but few people take advantage of that. Too many people don’t start thinking about investment taxes until near the end of the year, or even after the year is over. […]

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The Estate Plan Questions Your Spouse & Children Must Be Able To Answer

Most estate plan failures aren’t due to flaws in the documents or the strategies. A high percentage of plans fall short of their goals, and it’s often because the people implementing them didn’t have all the information they needed. You see, an estate plan covers more than the property you leave to others. It covers […]

Is Long-Term Care Insurance Worth It?

As an individual ages, a decision must be made about whether or not to buy Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI). Long-term care is the provision of personal services and medical care to someone who is cognitively impaired or can’t perform two or more of the six Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). The ADLs are dressing, bathing, […]


The Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) Tax Strategy

Employees who own company stock or other securities in their retirement plans should review their options before taking any distributions or doing rollovers. There’s a substantial tax break available to many of these workers. The tax break is known as net unrealized appreciation, or NUA. It’s very valuable when you know the tricks and follow […]

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August 2022:
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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