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Choosing between a retroactive lump sum and a bigger monthly Social Security benefit

March 19, 2019

Jim Perry, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Coral Gables, Fla., was surprised to learn that retirees who claim Social Security benefits after their full retirement age are eligible for up to six months of retroactive benefits paid in...

Medicare decisions get personal

January 13, 2017

This is my latest dispatch from the retirement front, an occasional series of articles where I chronicle my personal retirement decisions that I hope can offer some insights for advisers working with retired and soon-to-be-retired clients. This...

What Medicare changes will mean for clients in 2017

December 14, 2016

Recently, I wrote about the estimated 22% escalation in Medicare Part B premiums and Parts B and D high-income surcharges. Contrary to what the Medicare Trustees projected, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a 10%...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Why healthy clients need to save more for retirement

July 8, 2019

Here's a counterintuitive thought: Healthy clients are likely to have higher medical costs in retirement than their less-healthy counterparts. Why? Because they are likely to live longer than average, and health-care costs tend to increase at...

The cost of putting off enrolling in a Medicare drug plan

April 15, 2019

I heard from a financial adviser in Florida recently who asked if there was anything her clients, a married couple ages 69 and 70, could do to avoid paying a delayed enrollment penalty for their new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. "They...

Medicare surcharge notices are shocking retirees

December 5, 2017

There's a new Grinch in town and her name is IRMAA. That's shorthand for the Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount notices that the Social Security Administration sends at the end of each year to inform Medicare enrollees how much they will...

Medicare premiums and Social Security COLAs: Here's why retirees will pay up in 2018

November 21, 2017

Here's a riddle: How can Medicare premiums remain the same in 2017 and 2018 yet result in a 23% increase for millions of retirees? That's the quandary that many financial advisers will face next year when they try to explain to some retired...

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...

Fidelity says retirees can expect to spend $285,000 on health care

April 2, 2019

A 65-year old couple retiring this year can expect to spend $285,000 on health care and medical expenses throughout retirement, according to an annual health care study done by Fidelity. For individuals, the estimate is $150,000 for women and...

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...

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...

Social Security COLA could get wiped out by Medicare costs

September 15, 2017

Consider this perverse scenario. Next year, typical retirees could see their expected Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2018 virtually wiped out by a big jump in Medicare premiums, but premiums for many higher-income clients could...

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 funding outlook improves slightly

April 22, 2019

The long-term funding outlook for Social Security's retirement and survivor benefit programs has improved slightly, while the timing of the depletion of the disability program's reserves was extended by 20 years, according to the 2019 trustees'...

Gray divorce presents Social Security challenges

March 10, 2017

While overall divorce rates in the U.S. remained stable between 1990 and 2010, gray divorce among spouses age 50 or older doubled during the same 20-year period, jeopardizing the retirement security of millions of baby boomers. Now, one in four...

Timing is crucial for Social Security and Medicare

January 29, 2018

Sometimes the most important advice I can give readers is, "Don't do it!" For example, one reader wrote to me recently asking if she should collect benefits on her ex-husband's earnings record now, at age 65, and later switch to her own larger...

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