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How to Avoid the Retirement Medical Expense Surprise

November 1, 2008

The wildcard in every retirement plan is the cost of medical care. It probably is the cause of most retirement plan failures. There are several reasons medical expenses disrupt so many plans: Many people are used to employer-paid medical care. Before they retire, they do not realize the full cost of medical insurance. Employers used […]

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Pay Off Debt or Continue Owing in Retirement?

October 1, 2008

Paying off the mortgage used to be part of the American dream and a prerequisite to retirement. Times have changed. These days many people enter retirement with mortgages and other debt, and some do not hesitate to increase debt during retirement. What is the best approach? Should you try to pay off the mortgage as […]

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How Improved Websites Boost Your Benefits

October 1, 2008

Government benefits are complicated. It often is difficult to understand the rules well enough to maximize benefits from Social Security and Medicare. The government agencies know this and in response recently added features to their web sites to make it less painful to learn your benefit options. I have reviewed these features and believe they […]

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2008 Election and Your Tax Planning

September 1, 2008

The Presidential election is approaching. We cannot forecast a winner, but we can make judgments about how the tax law will change starting in 2009 and steps you should consider today in light of the likely changes. Some wealthy people already anticipate big changes and are making tax-saving moves this year. For, example, the announcement […]

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8 Simple Strategies to Improve Cash Flow

August 1, 2008

Prices of key goods are high and rising, and most investments are down. Higher costs and lower income mean times are getting a bit tougher financially, and people are being more prudent with their money. Smart money moves don’t have to be painful. People can increase their cash flow with a little bit of work […]

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Social Security and Spouses – Part 3

July 1, 2008

In recent visits we explored how spousal benefits can affect the decision of when to begin Social Security benefits. In this visit we will take a look at one more scenario. First, we’ll review the key points from past visits. A spouse is entitled to receive the higher of either his or her earned retirement […]

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How to Change Social Security Benefits

July 1, 2008

Deciding when to take Social Security retirement benefits is one of the more difficult retirement decisions. The decision affects lifetime monthly income of not only the recipient but also the recipient’s spouse. The choice of starting date can mean the difference of thousands of dollars over the course of retirement. Though few people realize it, […]

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Social Security Benefits and Spouses

June 1, 2008

Last month’s discussion on coordinating Social Security benefits among married couples generated a lot of interest. Let’s take a few minutes to review the basic rules of this complicated issue, and I will add some references to some key sources. To keep things simple, we’ll assume the wife is the lower wage earner. That will […]

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