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With the passage of the SECURE Act in December 2019, current and future retirees can expect to see significant changes which are likely to impact their tax planning for retirement. Most notably, perhaps, is the increase in the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) age from 70 ½ to 72. For affluent retirees - and soon-to-be retirees - affected by the new RMD age, both the...

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An increasing number of employers offer 401(k) plans for their employees. It's estimated that the average employee will have 10 jobs before they hit 40 years old. This means that there are millions of 401(k) accounts that are essentially orphans. Most companies will allow old employees to leave the money alone, and 22% leave their money with their old employers. However, you might want to...

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The retirement age of 65 was chosen for Social Security at a time when average life expectancy was 67. Overall, life expectancy has trended up since then, so it should come as no surprise that 9 million Americans over age 65 now work either full time or part time. That's nearly one in five people who theoretically should be retired. This trend towards...

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Millions of people in the U.S. are unable to care for themselves and need long-term care services. These people need assistance in performing one or more self-care activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing, and executing basic movements like walking, sitting, or standing. Services can be provided in the patient’s home, a residential care community, nursing home, assisted living facility, adult day service...

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Planning for retirement sometimes is filled with numerous preparations.  One step at a time you put your life and your finances in order so that the remainder of your years are spent enjoying the lifestyle and security you have worked so hard to achieve. Preparing for retirement includes steps to prepare your children for the decisions you have made. Sitting down with them and laying...

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Financial abuse can be a complicated subject, but at its most basic level it involves taking advantage of an older adult through manipulation or intimidation to steal their money or property. What are the risk factors for financial abuse? Elderly adults are some of the most vulnerable to financial abuse. Some of the biggest risk factors for older adults include: • Isolation Isolation can cause extreme...

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If you were busy with the holiday hustle-and-bustle, you may have missed some of the details of the SECURE Act.  Your retirement planning process will likely need to be reviewed because of the SECURE, or Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement, Act. This act changes age restrictions on when you can contribute to a traditional IRA, when you will be required to take minimum...

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Some Americans are making their financial health a priority in the new year with resolutions to increase savings, reduce debt, and cut unnecessary spending. According to a survey conducted by Fidelity Investments, the top motivation for considering finance related resolutions is to work toward living a debt free life, to get control of everyday expenses, and to save for a comfortable retirement. Of those who...

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As a senior you should plan to protect your health no matter where you might venture. If you currently have Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, you shouldn't have any problems getting the care you need anywhere in the US. It's when you decide to travel outside the US that you'll likely encounter issues with your Medicare coverage.  As a word of caution, you would...

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