August 12th, 2019

A Retirement Fact Sheet

Does your vision of retirement align with the facts? Here are some important financial and lifestyle facts about life after 50 that might surprise you. Up to 85% of a retiree’s Social Security income can be taxed. Some retirees are taken aback when they discover this. In addition to the Internal Revenue Service, 13 states … Continue reading “A Retirement Fact Sheet”

June 12th, 2019

Could Social Security Really Go Away?

It may be unlikely, but the program faces financial challenges.   Will Social Security run out of money in the 2030s? You may have heard warnings about this dreadful scenario coming true. These warnings, however, assume that no action will be taken to address Social Security’s financial challenges between now and then. It is true … Continue reading “Could Social Security Really Go Away?”

May 20th, 2019

The Problem of Money Paralysis

Not making a move is not always the best move to make.  A decision not made may have financial consequences. Sometimes, we fall prey to a kind of money paralysis, in which financial indecisiveness is regarded as a form of “safety.” Retirement seems to amplify this tendency. If you are single and retired, you may … Continue reading “The Problem of Money Paralysis”

March 25th, 2019

A Potential Social Security Fix

We’ve been hearing for years that the Social Security fund will run out of money in 2034, and a close reading of the Social Security Administration’s Trustee Report projections (https://www.ssa.gov/oact/TRSUM/) show what exactly this would mean. By that time, based on estimates of the number of people earning an income in the workforce, the numbers … Continue reading “A Potential Social Security Fix”

December 13th, 2018

Social Security Gets Its Biggest Increase Since 2012

Social Security will soon give seniors their largest “raise” since 2012. In view of inflation, the Social Security Administration has authorized a 2.8% increase for retirement benefits in 2019. This is especially welcome, as annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, have been irregular in recent years. There were no COLAs at all in 2010, … Continue reading “Social Security Gets Its Biggest Increase Since 2012”