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How much will health care cost?

Retirement health-care costs will vary depending on your health and longevity, but it may help to have a guideline. These are the estimated savings required for an individual or couple who turned 65 in 2019 to have a 90% chance of meeting expenses for Medicare Part B health insurance, Part D prescription drug coverage, Medigap Plan F, and out-of-pocket drug costs, assuming median prescription drug expenses.* These estimates do not include services not covered by Medicare or Medigap. *Medigap…

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What health services aren’t covered by Medicare?

Original Medicare — Part A hospital insurance and Part B medical insurance — offers broad coverage, but many services are not covered. Some may be fully or partially covered by a Part C Medicare Advantage Plan, which replaces Original Medicare, or a Medigap policy, which supplements Original Medicare. Both are offered by Medicare-approved private insurers. (You cannot have both a Medicare Advantage Plan and a Medigap policy.) Whether you are looking forward to Medicare in the future or are…

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Balancing 401(k) and HSA Contributions

If you have the opportunity to contribute to both a 401(k) and a health savings account (HSA), you may wonder how best to take advantage of them. Determining how much to contribute to each type of plan will require some careful thought and strategic planning. Understand the tax benefits A traditional, non-Roth 401(k) allows you to save for retirement on a pre-tax basis, which means the money is deducted from your paycheck before taxes are assessed. The account then…

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Five Times in Your Life When You Might Need Help with Your Finances

As you move through different stages of life, you will face new and unique financial situations. Did you just get engaged? Perhaps you are wondering how you and your partner are going to manage your money together. Do you have children? Maybe you are looking for ways to pay for their college education. When you navigate through these various life events, you might seek professional guidance to help you make sound financial choices. 1. Getting married Getting married is…

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Earnings Season: What Investors Can Take Away from Corporate Reports

Publicly traded companies are required to report their financial performance to regulators and shareholders on a quarterly basis. Earnings season is the often-turbulent period when most companies disclose their successes and failures. U.S. companies included in the S&P 500 index suffered year-over-year earnings declines in the first two quarters of 2019.1 Rising wages and higher material costs (partially due to tariffs imposed on traded goods) had started to cut into profit margins.2 Earnings reports are closely watched because they…

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Growing Interest in Voluntary After-Tax Contributions to 401(k) Plans

Voluntary after-tax contributions are just what it sounds like. These contributions are made in after-tax dollars and the taxes on the earnings are deferred until the year of distribution. Most 401(k) plans do not allow voluntary after-tax contributions because there has been little interest from participants. However, interest in after-tax contributions is growing due to a recent Internal Revenue Notice that allows the rollover of after-tax contributions from a 401(k) plan to a Roth IRA while the earnings on…

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Proposed New Program Addresses the Financial Woes of Multiemployer Plans

The House is considering a program of government loans and grants for financially troubled Taft Hartley multi-employer plans. Many multi-employer plans are on the verge of insolvency. The American Society of Actuaries estimates that by 2023, 21 multi-employer plans covering about 95,000 participants will be unable to continue paying benefits. The financial troubles of multi-employer plans are longstanding. The primary causes are: most multi-employer plans cover employees in the smoke stack industries that have been in decline, meaning fewer…

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Son of Late Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, Nominated to Be Next Secretary of Labor

President Trump has nominated Eugene Scalia to be the next Secretary of Labor. On July 12th, Alexander Acosta was forced to resign due to the controversy over a plea deal for Jeffery Epstein, who was recently charged with sex-trafficking crimes by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the time, Mr. Acosta was the US Attorney. The plea deal has been controversial because many viewed it as too lenient. Mr. Scalia has held several government…

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Will 2019 be the Year of Retirement Reform – The SECURE Act

It has been 13 years since Congress enacted the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the last piece of major legislation affecting retirement plans. Significant provisions affecting retirement plans were included in various versions of President Trump’s tax reform bill enacted in 2017, but Congress ultimately punted, and none of them made it into the final bill. This past May, the House passed, by a near unanimous vote (417 – 3), the “Setting Every Community up for Retirement Enhancement Act”…

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