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Medicaid and Nursing Home Care

January 15, 2016

As you enter your 60s and 70s, health may become more of an issue than it once was, and your thoughts may turn to the future. Who will take care of you when you can no longer care for yourself? If you must enter a nursing home, how will you pay for it? By learning…

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Understanding Social Security

October 5, 2015

Over 63 million people today receive some form of Social Security benefits. (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2014) But Social Security is more than just a retirement program. Its scope has expanded to include other benefits as well, such as disability, family, and survivor’s benefits. How does Social Security work? The Social…

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Evaluating an Early Retirement Offer

October 2, 2015

In today’s corporate environment, cost cutting, restructuring, and downsizing are the norm, and many employers are offering their employees early retirement packages. But how do you know if the seemingly attractive offer you’ve received is a good one? By evaluating it carefully to make sure that the offer fits your needs. What’s the severance package?…

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Myths and Facts About Social Security

September 4, 2015

Myth: Social Security will provide most of the income you need in retirement. Fact: It’s likely that Social Security will provide a smaller portion of retirement income than you expect. There’s no doubt about it–Social Security is an important source of retirement income for most Americans. According to the Social Security Administration, more than nine…

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Common Factors Affecting Retirement Income

September 3, 2014
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When it comes to planning for your retirement income, it’s easy to overlook some of the common factors that can affect how much you’ll have available to spend. If you don’t consider how your retirement income can be impacted by investment risk, inflation risk, catastrophic illness or long-term care, and taxes, you may not be…

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Paying the Bills: Potential Sources of Retirement Income

August 27, 2014
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Planning your retirement income is like putting together a puzzle with many different pieces. One of the first steps in the process is to identify all potential income sources and estimate how much you can expect each one to provide. Social Security According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), more than 9 of 10 people…

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Social Security: When Should You Start Receiving Retirement Benefits

March 21, 2013
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The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are…

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Electing Delayed Social Security Retirement Benefits

March 26, 2012
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You can elect to delay receiving Social Security retirement benefits past normal retirement age. Prerequisites You want to optimize your Social Security retirement income and: You are at least normal retirement age You are fully insured for retirement benefits You have applied for delayed retirement benefits by contacting the Social Security Administration Key Strengths Your…

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A Retirement Reality Check

August 10, 2011
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If you have already retired or if you can count the number of years until retirement on your fingers then please heed this friendly warning: Unless you’re already making the most of your current retirement planning strategies, then it may be difficult to lay the groundwork for a financially secure future. Don’t just take my…

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