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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,...

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....

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...

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...

Health becoming new focus of wealth

May 13, 2012

G uess which financial issue is uppermost in your preretiree clients' minds, yet one that they seldom will discuss with you? The answer — and a huge problem for society as a whole, as well as your clients, in particular — is health care....

Is Medicare the next frontier for financial advice?

May 7, 2012

Here's the latest riddle in retirement planning: What is one of pre-retirees' biggest fears that they don't discuss with their financial adviser? Answer: health care A new survey by Nationwide Financial released Monday says nearly half of high-net...

Start now with end-of-life discussions: Expert

May 7, 2012

Financial advisers can play a vital role in helping clients with advance medical directives, said Susan Fox, a lawyer in private practice who focuses on end-of-life issues. Advisers can "step forward and fill the space that has been left open...

Bought for $881, this LTC policy pays out $1.7M

April 29, 2012

Insurance companies paid some $6.6 billion in LTC insurance benefits to about 200,000 policyholders last year, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. The group studied claims data from 10 LTC insurers. While many...

Health care costs, planning take on more importance

March 25, 2012

Call it health care sticker shock. Between the ever-rising costs of health care services, the financially stressed state of the Medicare system and the more modest returns that one can expect from an investment portfolio these days, paying for...

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