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Gloom overshadows Wall Street, but some economists still see a September rate hike

August 26, 2015

The mood on Wall Street is getting downright gloomy. The worst declines since 2011. Meanwhile, there are some economists who still believe the Fed will be able to raise interest rates next month. The SEC has jumped on the pay-ratio bandwagon....

Fidelity throws its weight behind longevity annuities

August 21, 2015

Fidelity Investments is giving its clients a new option for planning for the costs and risk of living longer. The retirement-plan services giant said Thursday it will offer a variety of deferred-income annuities to individual retirement accounts....

Maximize an HSA to fund Medicare and other health expenses

August 20, 2015

Health savings accounts, which have been in existence for over 10 years, are becoming increasingly popular amid efforts to stem the dramatic rise in typical health insurance costs. HSAs work hand in hand with high-deductible health plans, a...

Health care costs can derail retirement plans

August 19, 2015

Many financial advisers rely on income replacement ratios to estimate the annual income needed to maintain a desired lifestyle in retirement. Although a general inflation assumption of between 2.5% and 3% may be appropriate for most future expenses,...

Oil needs to keep falling to find its supply balance

August 18, 2015

Even if oil falls to around $30 a barrel it might not be enough to bring global supply back into balance. The case for less production Obamacare's infamous 40% Cadillac Tax is giving the IRS fits, and it hasn't even started collecting the tax...

Delaying Social Security may boost Medicare costs

August 17, 2015

Recently, I wrote about a double-whammy to future retirement income for some higher-income clients in 2016. Although there is not likely to be a cost-of-living-adjustment for Social Security benefits next year, Medicare premiums may increase...

Katy Votava: Why health savings accounts are a great way to save for retirement

August 14, 2015

HSAs are the most tax-preferred savings vehicle we have in the United States today, according to Goodcare.com President Katy Votava. Find out to coordinate the use of these accounts with Medicare coverage.

Dealing with Medicare as an expat: When and how to enroll

July 22, 2015

More and more Americans are living abroad for extended periods of time. People may either be employed or retired in a foreign country as they approach Medicare eligibility and beyond. To preserve access to Medicare benefits without costly delays...

What same-sex couples should know about Medicare

June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court decision last Friday that makes same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States comes two years to the day of another historic decision regarding same-sex marriage. On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense...

Obamacare stands, solidifying health care planning

June 25, 2015

In the first of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions with significant financial planning implications, the high court preserved the core of President Barack Obama's health care law Thursday. The justices ruled 6-3 that individuals who have been...

The world braces for a slower Chinese economy

June 24, 2015

Is the world ready for a Chinese economic slowdown? A weakening China will show the world how much it is really hooked on the Chinese economy. Better brace for the impact All eyes are on Justice Kennedy as the Supreme Court closes in on a crucial...

Growing consumer demand for health care and Social Security advice

June 24, 2015

The financial planning industry is at a turning point in how to address Social Security and Medicare as part of overall retirement planning. Although numerous surveys have shown that more than half of retirees and pre-retirees expect health...

Latest Obamacare ruling could spark a sell-off in health care sector stocks

June 12, 2015

If you haven't yet hitched a ride on the high-flying health care sector rally, there's still hope in the form of a potential pullback from an upcoming Supreme Court ruling that could trigger some near-term volatility. Even some staunch health...

How will Medicare coverage travel with clients this summer?

June 8, 2015

Summer is almost upon us and so is travel season. Travel is one of the great rewards people look forward to in retirement. That fabulous trip to a new destination or a familiar one is a long-term goal for many. One of the questions I am asked...

The real reason the Federal Reserve isn't raising interest rates

May 28, 2015

The real reason the Fed is sitting on its hands instead of raising rates boils down to a lousy employment market. Workers have become too content Here we go again. The Fed is touting adjustable-rate mortgages just as it prepares to raise interest...

From elder planning to implementation

May 17, 2015

Not to beat a dead horse, but the population in the United States is getting older and older. Most everyone has heard the statistic that 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. Couple that with the fact that life expectancies continue to grow....

Big change coming soon for high income Medicare beneficiaries

May 13, 2015

Higher-income Medicare beneficiaries have been paying more for their Medicare Parts B and D coverage for several years in the form of income-related monthly adjustment amounts. As a result of a new bill that sailed through Congress with bipartisan...

Elder care needs will transform advice industry

May 11, 2015

If you're like most financial advisers, you are focused on how to capture a piece of the lucrative IRA rollover market as baby boomers transition into retirement. But fast forward 10 or 20 years and those same clients may be less interested...

Medicare becoming a bigger piece of retirement planning for advisers

May 5, 2015

Expect to make Medicare a bigger part of the work you do for retiring clients. That's because Medicare is becoming a bigger part of retirement planning at a time when health care costs are rising and employers are turning their retirees toward...

COBRA considerations when Medicare-eligible

April 26, 2015

COBRA stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. An important part of that law requires most employer group health plans to provide a temporary continuation of group health coverage under certain circumstances, such as...

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