May 24th, 2018

Retirement Planning Tips for Women

For our parents, living to 75 amounted to a nice, long life, and Social Security was often supplemented by a pension. The Social Security Administration estimates that today’s average 65-year-old female will live to age 86.6. Given these projections, it appears that a retirement of 20 years or longer might be in your future. Are … Continue reading “Retirement Planning Tips for Women”

December 28th, 2017

Examining the 2018 Social Security COLA and Increased Medicare Premiums

Seniors in the Washington D.C. area and the rest of the country received good news this fall. Next year, monthly Social Security income payments to retirees will increase by 2.0%. That will mean an extra $326 – roughly $27.40 a month – for the average Social Security recipient in 2018. This is the largest cost-of-living … Continue reading “Examining the 2018 Social Security COLA and Increased Medicare Premiums”

October 24th, 2016

A Small Change to Social Security in 2017 with a Possible Medicare Premium Hike

The average Social Security recipient will receive a whopping $5 per month raise next year. In 2017, Social Security’s mean monthly benefit is projected to rise, from the current $1,355, by this scant amount because of low yearly inflation measured by the federal government. Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are tied to changes in the … Continue reading “A Small Change to Social Security in 2017 with a Possible Medicare Premium Hike”

April 26th, 2016

Reducing the Risk of Outliving Your Money

What steps might help you sustain and grow your retirement savings? If your retirement lasts 20, 30, or even 40 years, how well do you think your retirement savings will hold up? What financial steps could you take in your retirement to prevent those savings from eroding? As you think ahead, consider the following possibilities and realities.