retirement

What Hidden Obstacles May Snag Your Retirement? 5 Key Points to Consider
retirement

What Hidden Obstacles May Snag Your Retirement? 5 Key Points to Consider

To avoid getting hung up unexpectedly, plan for retirement using the “TRICK” method, which stands for taxes, risk tolerance, investment mix, costs and…
August 6, 2022
Tech Support Fraud Targets Seniors
retirement

Tech Support Fraud Targets Seniors

Get a message offering help with a computer problem you didn’t think you had? It’s probably a scammer looking for your money and personal information
August 5, 2022
Will a Recession Affect Your Retirement? How to Take Action Now!
retirement

Will a Recession Affect Your Retirement? How to Take Action Now!

A bear market or an economic downturn can be scary, especially for retirees. However, solid financial plans are built to withstand these challenges. H…
August 5, 2022
Four Options When – Not If – Your LTC Premiums Go Up
long term care insurance

Four Options When – Not If – Your LTC Premiums Go Up

If you’re dreading getting a letter in the mail about your long-term care insurance premiums rising, you’re in good company. And you have some decisio…
August 4, 2022
What to Do With Your Former Employer’s 401(k)
Basics

What to Do With Your Former Employer’s 401(k)

Leave it behind, move it to your new job’s plan, or roll it over to an IRA. Each of the options has pros and cons.
August 3, 2022

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A Medicare Surcharge That Might Surprise You If You’re Not Careful – IRMAA
Medicare

A Medicare Surcharge That Might Surprise You If You’re Not Careful – IRMAA

You could get hit with much higher Medicare premiums today because of something that boosted your income two years before.
August 3, 2022
IRAs vs. 401(k)s: Exceptions to 10% Penalty for Withdrawals Under Age 59½ Differ
IRAs

IRAs vs. 401(k)s: Exceptions to 10% Penalty for Withdrawals Under Age 59½ Differ

Before pulling money out of retirement accounts early, check the rules. The exceptions to penalties can differ depending on which type of account you’…
August 2, 2022
Should You Treat Your Kids Equally in Your Will? 12 Financial Planners Weigh In
retirement

Should You Treat Your Kids Equally in Your Will? 12 Financial Planners Weigh In

What's the "fair" way to divide an estate? Many parents think they should divvy things evenly among their children ... but that can backfire. So what'…
August 1, 2022
18 States With Scary Death Taxes
inheritance

18 States With Scary Death Taxes

Federal estate taxes are no longer a problem for all but the extremely wealthy, but several states have their own estate taxes and inheritance taxes t…
July 29, 2022
12 Reasons to Retire in an RV
retirement

12 Reasons to Retire in an RV

RV-loving retirees talk about the upsides of spending retirement in a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or other recreational vehicle.
July 29, 2022
15 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement
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15 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement

RV-savvy retirees talk about the downsides of spending retirement in a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or other recreational vehicle.
July 29, 2022
The Retiree's Guide to Going Back to Work
Making Your Money Last

The Retiree's Guide to Going Back to Work

Inflation and a bear market have prompted some retirees to change course.
July 28, 2022
Retiring in Risky Times Requires Protection from a Volatile Market and Interest Rates
retirement

Retiring in Risky Times Requires Protection from a Volatile Market and Interest Rates

If you had planned on retiring now, or you just retired, you’re probably nervous about the current economic climate. But with the right plan, it shoul…
July 28, 2022
Don’t Name Your Estate as Your IRA Beneficiary
IRAs

Don’t Name Your Estate as Your IRA Beneficiary

It may sound like it makes sense, and it might be easier than picking a person (or two) to name, however there are some serious downsides to naming yo…
July 27, 2022
Make the Most of a Roth's Back Door
Financial Planning

Make the Most of a Roth's Back Door

A workaround for the Roth IRA income restrictions enables wealthier individuals to to earn tax-free income. But how long will that back door remain op…
July 26, 2022
Planning to Retire in the Next 3-5 Years? What to Consider Today
retirement

Planning to Retire in the Next 3-5 Years? What to Consider Today

As you inch closer to retirement, here are three big-picture things you need to think through to be financially and emotionally prepared.
July 26, 2022
Don't Make These Common IRA Mistakes
IRAs

Don't Make These Common IRA Mistakes

IRA expert Ed Slott walks us through common IRA mistakes and missed opportunities that you can avoid.
July 25, 2022
Does an Annuity Belong in a 401(k)?
Making Your Money Last

Does an Annuity Belong in a 401(k)?

Unlike pensions, 401(k)s place the risk of outliving savings squarely on the retiree's shoulders. Find out what's right for you.
July 22, 2022
Hesitant About a Roth Because of the 5-Year Rule? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be
Roth IRAs

Hesitant About a Roth Because of the 5-Year Rule? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be

The Roth IRA five-year rule is often misunderstood as an ironclad edict that locks your money away, out of your reach. In reality, it’s not the scary …
July 22, 2022
Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2022 Tax Year
tax law

Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2022 Tax Year

Americans are facing a long list of tax changes for the 2022 tax year. Smart taxpayers will start planning for them now.
July 19, 2022
Did You Just Use an Internet Quiz to Determine Your Retirement Date?
retirement

Did You Just Use an Internet Quiz to Determine Your Retirement Date?

No hard-and-fast rules exist when it comes to when you should retire or how much you need to have saved. But don’t tell that to the Internet.
July 19, 2022
A Healthy Condo Has a Flush Reserve Fund
Smart Buying

A Healthy Condo Has a Flush Reserve Fund

Reserve funds for a third of homeowner and condo associations have insufficient cash, experts say. Here are some cautionary steps you should take.
July 14, 2022
8 Must-Know Facts About Your Social Security Benefits
Making Your Money Last

8 Must-Know Facts About Your Social Security Benefits

What you don't understand about Social Security could cost you. Here are key facts worth knowing.
July 14, 2022
What Is the Social Security COLA?
retirement

What Is the Social Security COLA?

Consumer prices have spiked this year, meaning a higher Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2022.
July 14, 2022
12 Things You Must Know About Claiming and Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits
Basics

12 Things You Must Know About Claiming and Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits

Claiming Social Security benefits at the right time means more money in your pocket. Here’s a guide to everything from knowing your full retirement ag…
July 13, 2022
Rising Interest Rates, Falling Bonds and a Possible Way Forward
annuities

Rising Interest Rates, Falling Bonds and a Possible Way Forward

Bonds aren’t offering the stability they used to, so if you’re looking for an alternative, here’s one possibility to consider.
July 12, 2022