Five Tips for Proactively Helping Aging Parents

My Comments: Given my age already, this is a little bit self-serving. Maybe our kids will see it on Facebook. However, if your parent(s) are still alive, this is something important you should be thinking about. We all know how fast time flies, and sooner or later, hopefully later, we all just disappear. Before that …

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The Average Cost of Healthcare in 21 Different Countries

My Comments: We claim to be a rich and sophisticated country. We agree we have exceptional health care, just that it costs a lot of money. We also like to think our life expectancy reflects our sophistication when it come to health care. I’ve written before that there are five principal stakeholders in our health …

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Health costs in retirement: 5 things you should know and plan for

My Comments: How much money do you need for a successful retirement? It depends… Unless you already KNOW how your life is going to play out, you can only play the odds. And the odds say that if you are now 65, there’s a 70% chance, based on current statistics, that you’ll need some kind …

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Why Your Health Insurer Doesn’t Care About Your Big Bills

My Comments: This is a long and detailed story. But if you care about the national debate about health insurance and whether it’s in our best interest to push toward a system of universal health care, this is interesting. There are basically five stakeholders in the healthcare debate. They are (1) the consumer, (2) the …

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The Crippling Cost of Self-Insuring Long-Term Care

My Comments: Long Term Care, often reduced to the acronym LTC, means that someone, perhaps you, have developed mental and/or physical limitations that require the assistance of others to get through a 24 hour day. Care may come from a family member or from professionals, but unless you plan to die soon, you may need …

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7 Reasons Why You Should Fund A Health Savings Account

My Comments: This is #6 in a series of 6 blog posts about Heath Savings Accounts, or HSAs. They are a potential game changer for those of you who qualify in that they have tax advantages and can suplement whatever else you are doing to set aside money for retirement. The writer of the article …

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How to Pay for Healthcare in Retirement

My Comments: Last Friday I introduced the idea of a Health Savings Account or an HSA. For the rest of this week, I’m going to add to your understanding of this potentially useful financial device and it’s favorable tax consequences. The words that follow here may not apply if you are about to sign up …

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