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Couples should coordinate Social Security, Medicare decisions

December 12, 2018

Young couples who marry, and even older couples tying the knot for the second time, may be prepared to utter the traditional wedding vow of 'til death do us part. But how many of them realize that their entwined lives will dictate key retirement...

Advisers must step up guidance on Medicare, as flubs are costly

November 24, 2018

Mounting health-care costs mean medical bills increasingly have the potential to derail clients' carefully plotted plans for retirement. That makes it all the more important they get it right when it comes time to signing up for Medicare, the...

Countdown to Medicare and Social Security checklist

November 24, 2018

Age 62 Earliest age to apply for reduced Social Security retirement benefits, subject to earnings restrictions if working. Age 64 Research Medicare options. Age 65 Enroll in Medicare. Those who claim Social Security benefits early are automatically...

Advisers' guide to helping clients with open enrollment

November 24, 2018

Financial advisers should urge their clients who are already enrolled in Medicare to re-shop their Medicare coverage during open enrollment season, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 each year for coverage beginning the following Jan. 1....

Medicare high-income surcharges to increase in 2019

November 20, 2018

Each winter, the calendar is filled with predictable holiday milestones: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and for high-income clients, Irritating IRMAA Day. If you're not familiar with that last one, you will be when...

For some women, widowhood produces a windfall — and plenty of headaches

November 17, 2018

Because of women's longer average lifespans and likelihood of widowhood, most discussions about women's retirement planning tend to focus on the financial risks of aging alone and the fact that single women over the age of 65 are more likely...

Why seniors need travel insurance

November 15, 2018

When your newly retired clients chat about their plans for an upcoming dream vacation abroad, are you prepared to raise the topic of travel insurance? While younger clients might dismiss the added expense as unnecessary, older clients should...

2019 Medicare premiums announced

October 12, 2018

One day after the Social Security Administration announced that monthly benefits would increase by 2.8% next year, retirees got more good news. Medicare Part B premiums, which pay for outpatient services and doctor fees, will increase by only...

Social Security COLA for 2019 will be 2.8 percent

October 11, 2018

The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that 63 million beneficiaries, including retirees, disabled workers and their eligible dependents and surviving family members, will receive a 2.8% increase in benefits next year, the largest...

Mary Beth Franklin: Slowing drug costs temper health care inflation

October 3, 2018

The latest projection of retiree health care cost trends is a good news-bad news story that can arm financial advisers with appropriate inflation estimates to crank into their retirement income plans. In a positive development, overall annual...

An adviser's guide to Medicare open enrollment

September 28, 2018

If you are younger than 65, you probably wonder what all the fuss is about as you're bombarded with television ads for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans each fall. As a financial adviser, you should view the annual Medicare open...

Wages can boost Social Security taxes, Medicare premiums

August 7, 2018

My recent column on how income from a job can temporarily reduce or even eliminate Social Security benefits claimed before full retirement age prompted some interesting questions from readers. Those questions allow me to clarify how earnings...

Social Security benefits lost 34% of their buying power since 2000

June 21, 2018

Social Security benefits have lost more than one-third of their buying power since 2000, according to a new study released Thursday by The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan advocacy group. "This is the biggest loss of buying power recorded...

Medicare trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, three years earlier than expected

June 5, 2018

The main trust fund behind Medicare, the U.S. health-care program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in 2026, three years earlier than was projected a year ago, the government said Tuesday. Medicare's Board of Trustees blamed the...

2019 Social Security cost-of-living adjustment could top 3 percent

June 4, 2018

The annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2019 could top 3% in 2019, which would be the largest increase in seven years, according to a new estimate released by The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan advocacy group representing...

Roth conversions can boost Medicare premiums

May 22, 2018

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 created generally lower tax rates for 2018 through 2025, presenting an enticing opportunity to convert traditional retirement savings to Roth accounts at today's lower rates. Under current law, individual income...

Countdown to retirement

May 3, 2018

I celebrated a major milestone with a group of friends recently. We met as newly minted teenagers in 1968 when we were freshmen in high school. Today, with most of us on the cusp of retirement, we took a trip to Charleston to commemorate 50...

Recent rule changes to boost retiree health costs

April 30, 2018

Individually, recent updates to Medicare and Social Security rules may not have seemed like a big deal. But when taken together, seven changes to Medicare means testing, Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and Social Security...

Social Security benefits losing buying power

March 20, 2018

Automatic cost-of-living adjustments are supposed to help Social Security benefits keep pace with inflation, but years of low inflation and rising Medicare costs are threatening the adequacy of a key component of seniors' income. Over the past...

Even the strongest retirement plans can be derailed by health care costs

February 26, 2018

Rising health care costs have long been the bane of working Americans, but most people don't give enough thought to how escalating health care costs in retirement can derail even the most solid financial plan. "While the exact cost varies for...

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