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The coming financial caregiving crisis

November 1, 2017

Here's a riddle for you. What is one of the largest, yet virtually invisible, segments of the population? Answer: Caregivers. Today's 40 million family and friend caregivers make up about 16% of the adult population in the United States. And...

Women and retirement planning: Walk a mile in her shoes

October 4, 2015

Women think about retirement planning differently than men. Marcia Mantell gets it. Women are completely comfortable talking about many “M-word” topics ranging from marriage and motherhood to mammograms and menopause, Ms. Mantell writes...

Software evolving beyond Social Security maximization

October 18, 2015

I am always amazed by the brilliance of computer software designers. They can take the most complicated financial planning decisions and reduce them to a one-click — or one-swipe — tool. Social Security claiming decisions have benefitted...

How the aging population is changing the marketplace

July 27, 2014

Madison Avenue has always focused on the young, anchored in the shopworn belief that consumers ages 50 and older are frugal and stuck in their ways. But it's time for advertisers, marketers and corporations with products and services to sell...

Preparing for the next Bronze Age

October 6, 2013

Do you hear the drumbeats warning of an impending retirement crisis growing louder? I do. You can tell that a situation has reached a tipping point when traditional opponents agree that something must be done. A few months ago, two powerhouses...

A call to arms for all Mad Men

April 21, 2013

Bashing the retirement services industry has become a national pastime. The story goes like this: The majority of American workers are ill-prepared for retirement because they were deprived of the comfy pensions that were their God-given right....

Retirement taxes are not for sissies

May 11, 2017

You may have heard the saying "old age is not for sissies." Well, neither are taxes when it comes to figuring out how an extra dollar of retirement income can boost taxable income by three times that amount. "Taxes are a critical piece in retirement...

Helping clients in their search for an encore career

November 4, 2012

My older siblings are often my inspiration in researching and writing about retirement. My sister Sue, who will turn 70 next April, has been trawling for a part-time job ever since the dentist she worked for decided to retire last year. After...

Social Security delay? The numbers don't lie

June 8, 2014

Financial advisers often ask me how they can persuade their clients to delay collecting Social Security benefits. Although there is no one-size-fits-all answer, the right claiming strategy usually depends on a client's health, wealth and work...

Financial wellness trend gives advisers an opening

May 25, 2014

Workers have long looked to their employers to provide health insurance and retirement benefits. But as the costs and responsibility of choosing and paying for those benefits have shifted to employees, financial advisers play an important role...

How to fund a Social Security delay

August 11, 2017

The math is simple: For every year a person postpones claiming Social Security beyond full retirement age, benefits increase by 8% per year up to age 70, boosting benefits by up to 32%. The catch: What to do for income until then? For an increasing...

Changes to Part D prescription drug plans in 2014 that every adviser should know

November 7, 2013

Want to give your retired clients a reason to count you among their blessings this Thanksgiving? Offer them a few tips on how they could save money on their prescription drugs next year by shopping for a new Medicare Part D plan now. Although...

CFP exam is a test of mettle, too

September 29, 2013

Last month, my colleague Mark Schoeff Jr. filed a story about a recent survey showing that more than half of college students who had completed financial planning coursework at three universities had decided not to sit for the national exam...

Time to replace the three-legged-stool myth

May 26, 2013

It is time to retire the three-legged stool — the well-worn analogy for retirement security. Face it: With disappearing pensions and inadequate personal savings, the remaining — wobbly — leg of Social Security makes retirement income look...

Confusion over Medicare provides opportunities for financial advisers

October 7, 2012

With so many people now working past 65, clients often ask their financial advisers when they should sign up for Medicare. As is often the case with complicated government programs, the answer is: It depends. Generally, anyone who has paid into...

Courses available to become a Medicare pro

April 12, 2017

Like it or not, clients near retirement often have burning questions about when to enroll in Medicare, particularly if they are still working. If they are enrolled in Medicare already, they may have questions about their premiums. Wouldn't it...

Missing from Retirement Income Planning: A Plan

July 21, 2017

While it may be hard to believe, most pre-retirees and retired clients who work with a financial adviser do not have a written retirement income plan, according to new research from LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute, a research arm of the insurance...

Consider new uses of reverse mortgages for clients

February 16, 2014

For more than 20 years, reverse mortgages have been seen as a financial lifeline of last resort for seniors who are house-rich but cash-poor. Now, bolstered by the research of some leading financial advisers and new rules from the Department...

Medicare decisions get personal

January 13, 2017

This is my latest dispatch from the retirement front, an occasional series of articles where I chronicle my personal retirement decisions that I hope can offer some insights for advisers working with retired and soon-to-be-retired clients. This...

Beyond the automatic 401(K)

November 3, 2013

There is no denying that recent 401(k) plan innovations of automatic enrollment, auto-escalation features and qualified default investment alternatives have gone a long way to improve retirement plan participation and savings rates. Using “nudge...

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