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Quote Of The Week: How High Will Your Medical Expenses Be In Retirement?

“Too many Americans think that once you are on Medicare everything is free, but that’s not the case.” Hope Manion, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Workplace Consulting, as interviewed by Andrew Welsch, Barron’s, Here’s How Much You Can Expect to Spend on Healthcare in Retirement, May 17, 2022. The Takeaway: For over 21 years, Fidelity has researched what […]

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How COVID Has Changed Our Retirement Plans

It’s the beginning of a new year, and our third living with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hard to look beyond lockdowns, #WFH challenges, and PCR tests, but when Kiplinger magazine – in collaboration with wealth management firm Personal Capital – surveyed retirees and near-retirees about the pandemic a few months ago, they found that Americans […]

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The Very Dangerous Mistake Retired Drivers Are Making With Their Cars

If you are age 70 or over, or have parents or other family members in that age group, you’ll want to pay special attention to new findings about car safety. A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a national independent non-profit, found that too many drivers age 70-plus put themselves in […]

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4 Facts To Understand So You Don’t Outlive Your Savings

Retirement today is a whole new ballgame, and it might run a few extra innings. That may not be the best sports analogy, but it’s one of the main takeaways from an online conversation sponsored by Barron’s with gerontologist and aging expert Ken Dychtwald, CEO and founder of Age Wave. Dychtwald is a prolific writer and […]

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Start Planning Now For Long-Term Care Needs

More than two-thirds of 65-year-olds will need some type of long-term care in their lifetime, and that care can be extremely costly, writes Rivan Stinson for Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine. Rivan recently interviewed Mari for her in-depth expose on planning for long-term care costs.  The first challenge is knowing whether you should buy long-term care […]

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Thinking Of A Life Care Community?

We took time out last week to visit John Knox Village (JKV), a Life Plan Community located to our south in Pompano Beach, Florida. As many of you may know, JKV is situated on 70 acres between Ft Lauderdale and Boca Raton, and celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Mari has been visiting clients who […]

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Why No One Likes IRMAA: Medicare’s Stealth Tax Targets Higher Income Retirees

We’ve gotten more than a few calls this week from clients about those nasty Medicare premium hikes. Specifically, we’re talking about increases in your Medicare premiums because the government says you made too much money. Here’s the scoop: All about IRMAA We’re talking about IRMAA (Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount), which is an extra charge added […]

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