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Cash Strategies in Retirement

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Five Key Decisions to Make Before Choosing a Long Term Care Policy

March 1, 2002

The cost of long-term health care is rising, and individuals bear most of the cost. That’s why more people are considering long-term health care insurance. Before buying, know the true risks of your needing long-term care and the types of long-term care available. Then, if long-term care insurance is for you, learn how to customize […]

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IRS Targets Social Security Benefits

February 1, 2002

Some Social Security beneficiaries might soon find that their benefit checks are for less than expected. They will be joining federal retirees and those doing business with the government. A 1997 law authorized the IRS to place a levy on government checks intended for those who have outstanding federal tax debts. The first levies were […]

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Build Your Own Low-Cost Stock Fund

January 1, 2002

Small investors face several hurdles when they want to purchase individual stocks instead of mutual funds. Now, there are ways to overcome many of these hurdles. New research shows you need 40-50 stocks in different sectors for a diversified portfolio. (Older research said eight to 16 stocks.) Buying that many stocks for a modest portfolio […]

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How Much Money Does One Need to Retire?

December 1, 2001

The cost of retirement is rising. That means fewer people appreciate how much wealth they need to retire or to continue their current retirement lifestyle. I’ve known this for several years, based on my careful study of retirees. But it was confirmed by a study funded by Aon Consulting and conducted by Georgia State University. […]

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The Best Mutual Fund Brokers

November 1, 2001

Much has changed in the markets in the last 18 months, and those changes have altered the world of discount and mutual fund brokers. Some brokers have disappeared or merged. At many brokers, you’ll find higher minimum investments, higher costs, or restrictions on investing. But not all the news is bad. More funds are available […]

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Beating The Stealth Taxes

September 1, 2001

There are hidden income taxes. I call them stealth taxes. More Americans fall prey to these taxes every year, especially older or retired Americans. There are three main stealth taxes: the alternative minimum tax (AMT), the Pease tax (the itemized deduction reduction), and the PEP (personal exemption phaseout). These stealth taxes are in addition to […]

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Easy Ways to Put More Money In Your Pocket

September 1, 2001

Are you being nickled-and-dimed to death? With investment returns down, watching expenses is as important as investing for income and capital gains. My forecast is that we are entering an era when 6% to 12% stock market returns are more likely than the 18% annual returns of the bull market. To meet your wealth accumulation […]

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The Right Long-Term Care Policy for You

July 1, 2001

Many of you should at least consider purchasing a long-term health care policy. In high cost of living areas, anyone with net assets between $200,000 and $2 million should take a look at the policies. In lower-cost areas, a lower net worth merits a look at the policies. That doesn’t mean each of you should […]

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