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Make Medicare easier by using auto pay

July 22, 2016

Summertime is the time to kick back, relax and take it easy. Whether you are on Medicare yourself or are a caregiver for someone who is, one thing you can do to make things easier is to set up auto payment of premiums. Using auto payment for...

Baby boomers reach required minimum distribution milestone for retirement accounts

June 20, 2016

The first of wave of baby boomers will hit an important milestone beginning July 1. Those earliest boomers born at the start of 1946 will turn 70½ in mid-summer, and will be followed at the rate of 10,000 people per day for the next 18 years....

Skeptical advisers should reexamine their attitudes toward reverse mortgages

June 19, 2016

Many financial advisers have jaundiced opinions about reverse mortgages, but as Mary Beth Franklin noted in last week's issue of InvestmentNews, many of the weaknesses of the original reverse mortgages have been fixed. In other words, these...

How to optimize Medicare for those who have served in the military

June 7, 2016

In honor of those who have served in the military, including active duty and veterans, I am focusing this column on Medicare and the military. Whether active duty, retired military or veteran, there are important points of intersection and interaction...

Social Security cost-of-living adjustment unlikely for 2017

June 6, 2016

If inflation continues at its current low pace, 2017 may turn out to be another year when Social Security recipients will not receive an automatic increase in their monthly retirement and disability benefits. If that happens, it would mark the...

Retiree medical expenses could outpace Social Security benefits in 20 years

May 23, 2016

A new report projecting health care costs for current and future retirees is chock full of scary numbers that should keep most financial planners up at night. But just as hiding under the covers during graphic horror flick scenes won't change...

Advisers' role in retiree health care

May 15, 2016

What's the single biggest expense that your clients will face once they've retired? Housing? Recreation? How about health care costs? Between Medicare premiums and the portion of medical bills Medicare doesn't pay, health care costs are actually...

Debunking the top myths and misconceptions about Medicare

April 20, 2016

When it comes to Medicare, there are many myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings. I hear about them from advisers and their clients on a daily basis. I thought it would be helpful to describe some of the most common fallacies and dispel...

Going under the hood of the new DOL fiduciary rule

April 6, 2016

The Labor Department has just revealed the final scope of a controversial new rule intended to raise investment advice standards on retirement accounts. It's the most significant change in the retirement and IRA marketplace since the ERISA law...

How to effectively use health savings accounts for health care in retirement

March 7, 2016

A recent theme of my articles has been to focus on maximizing retirement cash sources that do not generate higher-income Medicare surcharges. The surcharges, officially known as the income-related monthly adjustment amounts (IRMAA), create higher...

Medicare, reverse mortgages and the complexities of retirement planning

February 8, 2016

My column last month about how reverse mortgages may help stave off Medicare surcharges ignited a few sparks and even more questions. One of the most persistent misunderstandings surrounding reverse mortgages is fear. As one adviser put it,...

How reverse mortgages can help stave off Medicare surcharges

January 15, 2016

While we were reveling in New Year's festivities, Medicare ushered in a new income scale as the basis for Medicare high-income surcharges. The bottom line is that more of your Medicare clients will pay more for their Medicare Parts B and D in...

Medicare surcharge letters dampen holiday spirits

December 8, 2015

There's a new Grinch stealing holiday cheer, and her name is IRMAA. That's short for Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts, which is government lingo for the higher Medicare premiums that some people must pay next year if their retirement...

How to minimize Medicare surcharges with life insurance and annuities

December 7, 2015

If you've been following the recent news about Medicare you are well aware that folks with retirement incomes above a certain level pay surcharges for their Medicare Part B and D. But did you know that those surcharges, officially known as the...

How to help clients minimize the sting of 2016 Medicare premium rates

November 13, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a host of new Medicare costs for 2016. Among them were the highly anticipated Medicare Part B 2016 premiums, Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts (IRMAA), deductible and $3 monthly...

Budget deal would nix popular Social Security claiming strategies

October 28, 2015

A budget agreement reached by congressional leaders and the White House would kill popular Social Security claiming strategies shortly after the measure becomes law, cutting off payments in midstream for beneficiaries, according to experts....

Don't abandon Social Security strategy to avoid Medicare hike

October 26, 2015

Ever since the Social Security Administration announced that there would be no cost-of-living adjustment for benefits in 2016, financial advisers have been clamoring for guidance about how to protect their clients from a steep increase in Medicare...

Hedging against triple whammy of Medicare price hikes

October 18, 2015

The price tag for Medicare is expected to swell dramatically Jan. 1 as the result of several factors. It's expected that: •Medicare Part D premiums will grow 8% on average and by as much as 20% for some of the most popular Medicare prescription...

No Social Security cost-of-living adjustment in 2016

October 15, 2015

Social Security recipients will not receive a benefits boost next year mostly because low gasoline prices have kept inflation too low to spark an automatic cost-of-living adjustment, the government announced Thursday. “Seniors are very upset...

Seniors squeezed by no Social Security increase

October 13, 2015

By the time the Social Security Administration makes its official announcement about 2016 benefit levels later this week, it will be old news. As I reported in early August, there will be no increase in Social Security benefits next year as...

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