Category: Retirement

Which Is Better: Medicare Advantage or Original Medicare Insurance?

It’s Medicare open enrollment time again so I thought I’d address a question that comes up a lot, especially for those reaching age 65: which is better, Medicare Advantage or original Medicare? First, a brief review of original Medicare: Part A, also known as hospital insurance, covers in-patient hospital stays, surgeries, and post-hospital skilled nursing…
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Your Retirement Account May Not Be As Safe As You Think

Many people don’t even think about experiencing a lawsuit or a bankruptcy. That’s understandable since for most of us these are highly unlikely events. Unfortunately in the time of COVID the prospect of bankruptcy has become unexpectedly real for many small business owners. And the risk of being sued is no farther away than fumbling…
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What Investment Mistake Did 30% of Seniors Make This Year?

According to data from Fidelity Investments, over 30% of investors aged 65 and above sold all their equity holdings this year. By comparison, less than 20% of all investors made the same mistake. Although the data doesn’t pinpoint exactly when most of the transactions occurred, it’s likely it was sometime when the market was at…
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Can An Annuity Be The Ideal Retirement Vehicle?

Among all the investment products designed to help you manage your savings throughout your retirement, a single premium immediate annuity (SPIA) is unique. For a given upfront investment amount it offers retirees a guaranteed lifetime stream of payments no matter how long they live. (The italics serve to point out that the promised payments could…
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Can CalPERS Really Get A 7% Return From Stocks?

As reported in CIO magazine, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) terminated 14 out of 17 of its outside equity managers late last year and cut the allocation to outside management from over $33.6 billion to less than $6 billion. That represents a total of $181 billion in equity that will be managed in-house.…
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Did You Know That Medicare Is Means-Tested?

If you are a senior on Medicare you may have received a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) stating that your Medicare payments will be higher next year due to an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). That’s because parts of Medicare insurance are means-tested. In other words the more you earn, the more…
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