Retirement

Congressional Democrats are expected to include a broad expansion of traditional Medicare benefits— including dental, vision, and hearing—in a $3.5 trillion social spending bill they’ll consider later this year. The move would be the biggest expansion of Medicare since Congress added a drug benefit in 2003 and would go a long way toward improving the
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People frequently tell me that they took a financial action at least partly “because it would save a few tax dollars.” Too often, a careful analysis of the situation reveals the action leaves them with fewer after-tax dollars. A classic case is the mortgage interest deduction. People often believe that owning a home with a
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Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) recently introduced a new bill that could change how the Social Security cost-of-living adjustments are calculated. The bill titled “Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2021” would require the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) to calculate what could be described as a fair Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for the
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It’s very common for family members to become caregivers for other family members or help them financially when medical care or long-term care is needed. It’s also common for these families to leave money on the table by not taking all the tax breaks they could. The care could take many forms. An adult child
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Rising inflation has been cause for concern after the most recent June consumer price index reading increased 5.4% from a year earlier. This was the largest jump since August, 2008.  Investors therefore are seeking a hedge against inflation as speculation grows that this may be more than transitory. A sector investment into commodities, specifically a
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Today’s column addresses questions about which benefits on a worker’s record are subject to the earnings test, how survivor benefits are determined and whether having filed a restricted application for spousal benefits only mean you must file for retirement benefits at the same office. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and
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Aging brings many changes but one thing we all have in common at any age is the need for connection and a sense of purpose in our lives as adults. As people age, they sometimes feel a loss of purpose. We, as family members can do something about that. Some habitually unhappy folks are not
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A key and controversial provision of President Biden’s tax overhaul proposal would cost families billions of dollars in additional taxes is the proposed shift from ‘Step-up’ basis to ‘Carryover’ basis. In addition, death and gift would be deemed transactions, so heirs would face massive tax bills. These changes, though seemingly small, would add up to
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“Loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks affecting a significant number of people in the United States and putting them at risk for dementia and other serious medical conditions.” That’s from the CDC, in their informational content titled, “Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions.” The material continues
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