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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, […]
State tax laws discriminate based on age, and that can be a good thing for some taxpayers. Even notoriously high tax states can be tax havens for retirees. In fact, Florida and other retiree magnets might not be the tax havens they are promoted as when the full tax picture is considered. Florida has no […]
Americans are confident they will have comfortable retirements. Seventy percent of Americans age 25 and older told the Retirement Confidence Survey for 2004 they are confident of achieving a comfortable retirement. Yet only 58% were actively saving for retirement, and only 42% ever tried to calculate the amount of money they will need in retirement. […]
Official figures say inflation is under control, but some of your regular expenses are rising steeply. You can beat many of these cost increases. You also can maximize savings on other expenses by doing some smart comparison shopping. Auto insurance. There is a revolution taking place in automobile insurance, sparked by Progressive Insurance. Instead of […]
The standard retirement planning advice is to plan on spending 65% to 85% of your pre-retirement income each year of retirement. Unfortunately, that is a fallacy. Following that advice could diminish your retirement. Proof is in the latest Retirement Replacement Ratio Study, sponsored by Aon, a financial services company, and conducted by professors at Georgia […]
We’re getting more details about the most significant parts of the Medicare prescription drug law that was enacted in late 2003. The two key provisions are Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and prescription discount cards. The new Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for people under age 65 were reviewed in detail in January. Recall that the accounts […]
Many Americans, especially homeowners, face this constant dilemma: Should we do it ourselves or contract it out? Today, this is a headline-grabbing issue for many businesses. They even must decide if work should be contracted locally or to some lower-wage country around the globe. Yet, before it reached the desks of top executives, almost every […]
The all-in-one, unlimited use offer is sweeping the marketplace. It also is likely to waste a big chunk of your change. The most prominent offers taking advantage of this trend are for telephone service. Most major telephone companies now are widely-promoting unlimited use – or all-you-can-call – plans. The companies offer local, long distance, and […]