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Employer-sponsored retiree benefits fading

October 28, 2012

Employees are managing expectations in retirement as employers reduce health benefits for retirees. Data from the Employee Benefit Research Institute show that in 1997, 10.2% of private-sector employers provided health insurance to Medicare-eligible...

President Obama or President Romney?

October 28, 2012

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have very different visions of how policies related to taxes, health care and Social Security will affect your clients' well-being. Pundits virtually all agree that the election...

Employer-sponsored health benefits for retirees dying out

October 24, 2012

Employees are managing expectations in retirement as employers yank back health benefits for retirees. Data from the Employee Benefits Research Institute showed that in 1997, 10.2% of private-sector employers provided health insurance to Medicare-eligible...

Flat COLA: Medicare hikes will offset Social Security increase

October 16, 2012

Monthly Social Security benefits for more than 56 million retirees will increase 1.7% in 2013, less than half the 3.6% increase that they received this year. Retirees received no cost-of-living adjustment in either 2010 or 2011. Despite the...

Mary Beth Franklin: Advisers and clients don't talk Medicare

October 3, 2012

Despite the serious concerns that many retirees have over rising health care costs, fewer than one-third of those who work with a financial adviser have ever discussed their Medicare plans, according to a new nationwide survey released Thursday....

New health care law: advice needed

September 30, 2012

Financial advisers should brace for the brave new world of helping clients navigate tax brackets in order take the best advantage of tax credits included in the health care reform law, according to Carolyn McClanahan, an adviser with Life Planning...

The other Alzheimer's tragedy

September 30, 2012

Ethelle Lord cared for her husband, Larry Potter, at home for the first 10 years that he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. She quit her job, modified their home to make it safe and cut back on expenses, including groceries and gasoline. Ms....

Advisers can help with Medicare

September 23, 2012

Over the next few weeks, many of your retired clients will be bombarded with advertisements from health insurance companies touting their Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans. Some of your clients may look to you for guidance, as health care...

Soaring health care costs squeeze retirees

September 16, 2012

Health care in retirement is rapidly becoming a focal point for financial advisers, but many continue to grapple with a strategy for managing those costs. Worries about handling expenses related to health care have moved to the fore for many...

Tools to estimate costs

September 16, 2012

When creating a retirement plan for high-net-worth clients, many advisers don't put a lot of their own effort into calculating health care costs. After all, those clients are wealthy and well-insured, and in many larger firms, doing the math...

Adviser opening: Covering retirees

September 16, 2012

Employer-provided health care insurance for retirees is going the way of pensions, leaving many of those on the cusp of retirement with the job of shopping around for coverage. Once a way to help workers manage health care costs during retirement,...

Old-age question: Are LTC policies good deals for younger clients?

September 6, 2012

Advisers know full well that only a small percentage of long-term-care policies are sold to people under 45. But what they may not know is that when those contracts are tapped at a young age, the benefits can be substantial. About 3.5% of those...

Mary Beth Franklin: One surefire way to sabotage a retirement plan

July 19, 2012

Kevin McGarry, director of the Nationwide Institute, which provides the latest research and best practices on retirement income to institutions and practioners, says one of the hottest topics in today's marketplace is how to plan for healthcare...

Financial planners in limbo after health care ruling

July 8, 2012

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. not only stunned Washington last month by siding with the court's liberal wing in upholding the massive health care reform law, he also made the so-called “fiscal cliff” steeper. In a 5-4 decision,...

Financial planners in limbo after health-care ruling

June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. not only stunned Washington on Thursday by siding with the court's liberal wing in upholding the massive health-care reform law, he also made the so-called “fiscal cliff” steeper. In a 5-4 decision,...

Advisers must act after Obamacare gets clean bill of health from Supreme Court

June 28, 2012

Following a Supreme Court ruling that the massive health care reform law approved in 2010 is, in fact, constitutional, high-net-worth individuals will be on the hook to pay for the expanded coverage. And that poses a big challenge to investment...

Supreme Court ruling an ill wind for these health care stocks

June 28, 2012

The equity markets responded to the surprising level of clarity in the Supreme Court decision on the Obama administration's health care legislation Thursday, sending hospital stocks up and HMO shares down immediately after the announcement....

Nursing homes bleed assets dry: Study

June 15, 2012

Staying in a nursing home is bad for your financial health. Very bad. A recent analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows that receiving care in a nursing home drastically depletes assets. Using data from a health and retirement...

Survey reveals alarming rise in financial abuse of the elderly

June 13, 2012

Senior citizens are increasingly falling prey to financial scams and other abuses, according to a poll released Wednesday. Nearly 60% of the respondents — all professionals who work with the elderly — to an online survey conducted by Investor...

Health care space has horse in race with possible Obamacare repeal

June 8, 2012

There will be winners and losers in the health care space regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on President Barack Obama's health care reform law, according to Jacob Gottlieb, founder and chief investment officer of the hedge fund...

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