Will You Need to Live in a Nursing Home?

Not to make too fine a point about this, but I don’t want that to be my fate. But it very well might be. I’ve talked about the three phases of retirement: the GO-GO years, the SLO-GO years and the NO-GO years. My mother had Alzheimer’s and lived in a nursing home for the last …

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Insights About Your Retirement Savings

A sub-title for this blog post might be: Mutual Funds? Annuities? ETFs? Or what? My not so clever answer is “It depends…”. To which you will ask “on what?”. Here’s a list to start with: What types of investments have you been successful with? What is your level of fear that you’ll run out of …

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Let’s Get Real About Health Costs in Retirement

If you’re not yet 50, the idea of having to pay for long term care is way outside your everyday mind set. Yes, it may apply to your parents or grandparents, but not in your everyday world. But as you begin to think about your personal financial future, it needs to become part of the …

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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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Small Fees Can Have A Big Impact On Retirement Accounts

My Comments: We live where the economic model is capitalism. There is no fundamental economic incentive beyond making money for those who provide goods and services to the general public. From time to time, society has found it appropriate to create transparency or to regulate a level of transparency that effectively mitigates against financial abuse. …

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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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