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Are Your Taxes Going to Change?

Are Your Taxes Going to Change? Wise investors take the “big picture” view. Most likely, you’ve heard what’s brewing in Washington, D.C., called by one of these names. The Build Back Better Act. Or the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. Or the Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan for Working Families. Regardless of what name you’ve...
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Life Insurance with Extended-Care Riders

Life Insurance with Extended-Care Riders As conventional extended-care policies grow costlier, alternatives have emerged. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed extended-care policies. While the specific policy information varies from company to company, in general, the pandemic has made it more difficult to qualify for extended-care policies. This can be particularly challenging if you’re in a high-risk...
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A 6.1% Bump in Social Security?

A 6.1% Bump in Social Security? COLA and Social Security. The news keeps getting better for Social Security recipients. It’s now projected that benefits will increase 6.1% in 2022, up from the 4.7% forecast just two months ago. That would be the most significant increase since 1983. It’s all about inflation. Social Security cost of...
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The Fed Acknowledges Inflation

The Fed Acknowledges Inflation As inflation climbs, the Fed reacts. At its June meeting, the Federal Reserve confirmed what many of us have suspected for some time: prices are rising. In fact, prices are climbing faster than many expected. In response, the Fed raised its inflation expectation to 3.4%, up from its March projection of...
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Will Updated I.R.S. Tables Create an Opportunity for Retirees?

Will Updated I.R.S. Tables Create an Opportunity for Retirees? Life expectancy table updated for the first time since 2002. If you are retired and have reached your seventies, you may have the opportunity to draw a little less income from your retirement savings accounts in 2022. Next year, the Internal Revenue Service plans to update...
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Building a Healthy Financial Foundation

Building a Healthy Financial Foundation How many pieces do you have in place? When you read about money matters, you will sometimes see the phrase, “getting your financial house in order.” What exactly does that mean? When your financial “house is in order,” it means it is built on a solid foundation. It means that...
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Speed Bumps & Headlines

Speed Bumps & Headlines Focus on your overall approach during times of short-term volatility. As an investor, it can be tempting to get caught up in daily news headlines. Consider how news about the election and COVID-19 vaccines have moved the markets over the past several weeks. But having a financial strategy can help you...
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Why Roth IRA Conversions May Now Be Advantageous

Why Roth IRA Conversions May Now Be Advantageous Thanks to a couple of factors, some investors are thinking about this move before 2020 ends. Roth IRAs have attracted retirement savers since their introduction in 1998. They offer the potential for tax-free retirement income, provided Internal Revenue Service rules are followed. Do Roth IRAs seem even...
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Ouch! September’s Market Correction Hurt

Ouch! September’s Market Correction Hurt Here’s what you need to know. In theory, investors understand that stock market corrections are part of the investing process. But experiencing a setback—like the one we’ve witnessed in the past four weeks—can raise a lot of shoulda, woulda, coulda questions. From its intraday high on September 2 to its...
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How Much Money Will You Need for Retirement?

How Much Money Will You Need for Retirement? It depends on your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance. “Will I outlive my retirement money?” That’s one of the top fears for people who are starting to prepare for their retirement years. So I have to chuckle a bit when I see headlines that say, “Here’s...
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