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Mandatory IRA Distributions: Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:55:00 -0500

RMDs are required starting at age 70 1/2 and while this sounds simple on the surface, it's actually pretty convoluted because the math changes each year and if you make a mistake IRS penalties can be as high as 50%. There are 3 BIG RMD mistakes you need to make sure you avoid.


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How Faith Communities And Hospitals Can Work Together To Help Older Adults

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:12:00 -0500

Older adults with chronic illness often need a combination of medical treatment and social and spiritual supports. Together, they can make people healthier and happier, and less likely to suffer acute episodes that result in preventable hospitalizations. The medical treatment comes from doctors, hospitals, and health systems while the spiritual [...]


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Lessons One Baby Boomer Learned From Five Months As A Nomad

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:18:00 -0500

Five months after he sold everything and began traveling abroad, Chuck Bolotin offers lessons he's learned.


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Ask Larry: ​Will ​I Be Slammed By ​ Deeming If I File ​Early​?​

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:30:00 -0500

Today’s column takes up the deeming provision, filing early and spousal benefits, widow's benefits at 60, taxes on benefits and filing strategy in the face of a bad medical diagnosis.


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Three Must-Know 401(k) Moves

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:21:00 -0500

You can adopt a simple plan for 401(k) investing that works over time. Here's what you need to know.


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8 Investing Gifts We LoveSparkGiftStockpileRate Hike Survival certificateGive financial finesseHead to the theaterFor the investor who has it allAs seen on Shark TankAs seen on Shark Tank

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:21:00 -0500

SparkGift boasts more than 600 investment offerings. Some fun ones for kids: Disney andNike! You get a certificate to share with the recipient.

Your local K-Mart,SafewayorGiant Eaglehave stocked their inventory with Stockpile cards and you can pick up shares of big-name brands likeApple, Coca Cola andTesla. You can also snag ETFs and other index funds.

A tongue-in-cheek gift for seasoned investors. It's mailed anonymously and will set you back $9.99, a small fee for the laugh you'll get when you ask the recipient about it.

The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicatedby Harold Pollack and Helaine Olen is a must-read for financial novices. It's based on this photo of an index card chock full of wisdom that went viral a few years ago.

Grab tickets to The Big Short, which premieres December 23. Thestar-studded cast explores the dark (and sometimesnerdy) side of betting against the tide.

Oxfam America offers an array of "meaningfulgiftsfor the holidays" that take your shopping money and put it to good use around the world.Giftsare available for as low as $25, which will provide a mosquito nets to peoplein need. This woman started a small business with a $3,000 Oxfam gift.

For the partiers:180 Cup--the plastic beer cup that doubles as a shot glass.

CitiKitty, a training system that teaches your feline to use the toilet, like any civilized cat should.


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Got A Raise? Invest It In Your 401K

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:37:00 -0500

Courtesy of Pixabay.com While most employers offer a 401K plan, few spend time educating their employees on the value of participating in it. If you’re not saving for retirement through your company’s plan, you’re missing out on an easy way to save money, and if you’re employer matches your contribution, then you’re [...]


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The Art Of Introspection: A Healthy Year-End Habit For Investors

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:02:00 -0500

Since there are only a few weeks left in 2016, I want to share with you one habit that I have found to be very helpful in markets and all aspects of life. One of the best habits I have learned over the years is the art of introspection.


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Robo-Advisers: Not Just For Millennials Anymore?

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:35:00 -0500

Why some boomers now want robo-advisers and one robo firm that wants them.


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How Lawsuits And Labor Department Audits Are Changing The 401(k) Landscape For Employers

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:27:00 -0500

The DOL, much like the IRS, can audit you to make sure your retirement plan fiduciary and reporting responsibilities are being handled appropriately. The audits are more common than most employers think and need to be taken seriously.


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Ask Larry: ​​Can Flipping​ Past Wives Maximize ​My ​ Social Security​?

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:30:00 -0500

Today’s column explores claiming on multiple spouses' records, the Earnings Test and child's benefits, options for married couples, divorced widow's benefits and the effects of years with no income.


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How Much Wealth Will You Have 30 Years Into Retirement?

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Thus far, we have compared the historical performance of various spending strategies when the initial spending rate is 4%. Over the next couple weeks, we will applyan XYZ rule andconsider how spending may be impacted by the low-interest-rate environment facing retirees. But before we do that, let’s look at an exhibit [...]


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A Premium REIT To Help You Sleep Well At Night

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:09:00 -0500

Steve Tanger, CEO of Tanger explains that “in good times people love a bargain, and in tough times people need a bargain.”


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4 Fundamental Money Habits For The New Year

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:44:00 -0500

Shutterstock When it comes to financial planning for retirement, it’s best to think of things in terms of a marathon, rather than a sprint. You want to focus on the smaller pieces that you can feel good about tackling; pieces that make up the bigger, long-term picture. Having a focused and [...]


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Ask Larry: ​Should ​My​ Wife ​Take Retirement Benefits Early If She'll Ultimately Collect Off Me?

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:23:00 -0500

Today’s column explores spousal benefits, widow's benefits and the Earnings Test, maxing out benefits, the continuing ability to file and suspend and the advisability of filing early while still working.


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The Secret Graph Your Financial Advisor Isn't Showing You

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:37:00 -0500

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much could the right picture be worth to your portfolio? That’s why we provide our clients with a much more powerful and insightful picture: a graph of their asset allocation over time.


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Paul Ryan's Better Way Campaign Aims To Privatize Medicare, But Will It Work?

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:36:00 -0500

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), speaks while flanked by House Republican leaders on Capitol Hill July 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. Speaker Ryan announced the House GOP's-election-year agenda. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) With the holidays quickly approaching, Republicans in Congress are eager to finally think [...]


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Does UK Still Want 'Brexit' Amid The Negative Rhetoric?

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:06:00 -0500

Fewer Brits would vote to leave the European Union (EU) if given a second chance according to new YouGov research commissioned by the financial entrepreneur behind the Campaign For Fair Finance and who heads price comparison website FairMoney.com. A new opinion poll now reverses the referendum result. But as we [...]


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Baby Boomers Get To Change Diapers Again; This Time It's Their Parents

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 08:44:00 -0500

Baby Boomers, the "empty nest" is under attack again. Surprisingly, your Millennial children are not the cause; the new culprits are your parents, who want to spend their elder years at home. Maybe it's time for that discussion with your parents before assuming the role of primary caregiver.


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Trump Risks America's Biggest Energy Customer

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0500

Donald Trump's promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will need some gaping holes for natural-gas pipelines if Trump is also to keep his promises to grow the fossil-fuel industries and export more energy.


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Why The S&P 500 Will Rise 12% In 2017

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:58:00 -0500

Despite the usual wall of worry, the S&P 500 has a good chance of a nice advance in the coming year. Why? Because positive economic factors outweigh negative ones.


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The 'Never-Retirement' Plan: Many Millennials Plan To Keep Working, Survey Says

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 07:54:00 -0500

Are some millennials planning to work, well, forever? It seems so, at least according to a new report looking at financial plans of Americans. Shutterstock A stunning 83% of millennials said they intend to work in retirement, according to the discount brokerage service Merrill Edge’s survey of more than 1,000 Americans conducted [...]


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14 Surprising Facts About Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:25:00 -0500

A health savings account offers some of the best tax advantages available anywhere. In this article we cover those advantages and other tips on how to make the most of an HSA.


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Ask Larry: Disabled and Later Widowed? Don't Miss the Enormous Widows Benefit Freebee!

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:30:00 -0500

Today’s column examines widow's benefits for a disabled widow, the temporary benefits of being held harmless, filing with a small public pension, withdrawing and repaying a benefit and divorced spousal benefits.


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How Trump, GOP Will Maul Medicare

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:13:00 -0500

The GOP has long had a plan to carve up Medicare. Now it's in motion again.


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4 Ways For Baby Boomers To Benefit From Rising Interest Rates

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0500

Interest rates have started to climb. Will it continue? Finally, a bit of good news for retirees on interest rates and bonds. If you’ve been invested in the S&P 500, your money has more than tripled since March 2009. But for those investing in bonds, the recovery from the financial crisis [...]


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'University Of Missouri-St. Louis Psychologist And Gerontologist Records, Studies Life Stories'

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 01:16:00 -0500

After nearly a decade recording life stories, Dr. Tom Meuser, of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, wants to study how the characters, beliefs and lives of older adults have and will impact the lives of others after their deaths.


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Will Millennials Be Able To Retire? Following These 3 Tips May Help

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500

Survey says younger workers feel ready for retirement—but that might be overconfidence. These 3 tips can help build your nest egg.


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Why It's Time For Emergency Fund 401(k)s

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:12:00 -0500

Americans have little in emergency savings. Why don't employers offer emergency fund accounts like 401(k)s?


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