Briana called AgingParents.com in distress. She was feeling panicky and angry. Her 80 year old mother, Rhonda, had just bought another new car she could not afford. Briana explained that her mother’s funds were limited, but she kept insisting on living the life she had before her husband passed. Her parents had depleted their assets
Sanibel Island, Jerry’s Foods, grocery store, breakfast cereal aisle. (Photo by: Jeffrey … [+] Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images I am interviewing Gaurav Sharma, who has launched a new venture to solve an old problem. Gaurav, ever since we started our national experiment with do-it -yourself pensions with
FIAs also frequently offer optional lifetime income guarantee benefits in the same manner as variable annuities (VAs). These guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (GLWBs) are what can make FIAs particularly valuable in a retirement income plan. Though the names for different pieces may vary, the discussion from the previous chapter still applies in terms of rollup
Cloud storage getty The pandemic has shone a light on the need for families and older individuals to ramp up their game in preparing for the unexpected. One of the ways we should all be doing that is by locating and reviewing our estate documents and securing them in the safest place possible. Adults of any
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media during his daily press briefing on the … [+] COVID-19 pandemic from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool) ASSOCIATED PRESS It was going on two years ago, back in February
By Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue Managing Editor getty Jeff Gothelf, a Barcelona-based (by way of New Jersey), 47-year-old business consultant, author and public speaker, believes we can make ourselves “forever employable” if we follow his advice. He’s written how to do it in “Forever Employable,” his new book. Frankly, I was skeptical about the title.
Father and daughter out for a walk getty Health is retirement’s biggest wild card, the difference between activity, independence, and financial security – or worry, constraint, and financial insecurity. Today’s newly minted Boomer retirees can look forward to longer and healthier retirements, perhaps extended by medical breakthroughs. But at the same time, more of them
Biden picking Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as next Secretary of the Treasury makes as much … [+] sense as picking Dracula to oversee the national blood bank. getty Apparently Joe Biden’s transition team is considering Gina Raimondo, the hugely unpopular governor of Rhode Island as the next Secretary of the Treasury should Biden win.
getty Is Social Security at risk of being found unconstitutional now that Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed to the US Supreme Court and justices who identify as “originalists” predominate on the court? Not really. As much as opponents of her confirmation tried to suggest it was a threat because Barrett herself mentioned the program
getty For financial and tax advisors, and millions of Americans, 2020 has felt like the equivalent of being hit by Mike Tyson’s signature combo. The COVID-19 pandemic was an explosive right hook, and the November election is the impending right uppercut that we all wish we could avoid. For small businesses and professionals, handling the
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30, 2013: The Charles Schwab office in San Francisco’s Financial … [+] District. The Charles Schwab Corporation is an American brokerage and banking company based in San Francisco, California on September 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Getty Images The Congressmen who introduced a bill
By Christina Leimer, Next Avenue getty I turned 60 last year, and within months learned that the job I’d hoped would be my last before retirement was being cut. I was angry, afraid, sad, anxious and felt betrayed. My confidence was punctured. But I felt relief too, and an elated sense of freedom and lightness.
It’s smart to think ahead and plan for the time in your life when you might need care. getty Pre-retirees face several potential risks during retirement that require their focused attention and planning, such as outliving their money, stock market crashes, inflation, and the high cost of medical bills. Now the COVID pandemic has exposed
The burden is on you to stuff your retirement piggy bank. getty How much can you save for retirement in 2021 in tax-advantaged accounts? How does $58,000 sound? The Treasury Department has announced inflation-adjusted figures for retirement account savings for 2021. The basic salary deferral amount for 401(k) and similar workplace plans remains flat at
getty It’s a common theme during election season: this candidate (or that candidate) spells doom (or boon) for your 401(k). While this may be the soundbite you hear, digging deeper will allow you to discover the justification for the concern (or the promise). This presidential election is no different. “It matters who wins the election
Trump’s DOL and SEC say allowing 401ks to gamble on private equity will help workers “overcome the … [+] effects coronavirus has had on our economy.” More likely, private equity wolves are counting on 401ks to provide COVID relief to their struggling funds. getty Trump’s DOL and SEC watchdogs say allowing 401ks to gamble on
Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s column addresses questions about early filing and restricted applications, retroactive spousal benefits, choosing which ex’s record to file on and potential effects of foreign pensions on divorced spousal benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc, which
You can’t assume that your bracket will go down in retirement. It could easily go the other way. Give and take getty Among fans of 401(k) plans it is taken as axiomatic that people’s tax rates go down after they quit work. So you should max out your salary deferral. That way you’ll effectively pay
Most employees buy more health insurance than they need and save less for retirement than they should, according to a recent study from the TIAA Institute. This study provides a cautionary tale for millions of employees making benefits decisions during open enrollment. Researchers studied four years of data from a large university to identify mistakes employees made
getty We received the first official estimate of how badly the Covid-19 recession will hurt the Social Security trust funds, and the first government estimate is worse than some of the initial private estimates. The latest annual report from the trustees of Social Security, issued last April, estimated that the trust fund for retirement benefits