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Healthcare Costs for Retirees Are Growing

One of the biggest expenses for retirees is healthcare–and it’s getting more expensive. A recent analysis from Fidelity Investments shows that a healthy, 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need $275,000 to cover their healthcare costs during retirement. That’s up six percent from 2016. 1 Fidelity’s calculations include premiums and out-of-pocket costs associated with Medicare parts A, B and D. The numbers don’t, however, include over-the-counter medications, dental services or long-term care. HSA Even faced with these staggering amounts, pre-retirees do have choices to help reduce healthcare costs in retirement. One option, a health savings account (HSA), offers some attractive
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Categories: Healthcare Costs, Retirement, and Uncategorized.

Who do you love? leaving a legacy.

When you see technicolor Peeps lining the grocery store shelves, you know that Spring is near and families will soon be gathering to celebrate the season. Whether you are gathered around an Easter feast or beaming with pride at a grandchild’s graduation, you may start thinking about the long-term legacy you are leaving for your loved ones. Legacy gifts can take many forms. Mementos, albums and scrapbooks, for instance. Or researching and sharing your genealogy. Or a custom cookbook that includes all the favorite family recipes. Just as important are considering the financial realities your loved ones will face without
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Categories: Estate Planning and Uncategorized.

4 Tips to Get Your Finances In Order

4 Tips to Get Your Financial House in Order In addition to that rewarding tradition of spring cleaning to get your house in order, this is a great time to get your finances in shipshape condition. We offer these tips to help you. 1. TAKE A HARD LOOK AT YOUR CREDIT CARDS Even though new credit cards are equipped with computer chips that make it harder for hackers to hijack your data, it’s a good idea to check your statements to make sure there are no mistaken or duplicate charges. 2. CHECK YOUR CREDIT REPORTS ANNUALLY It’s free to check
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Categories: Financial Literacy and Uncategorized.

April is Financial Literacy Month

April is “Financial Literacy Month” and one of your best financial “teachers” can be your tax return. Here are some lessons to consider: 1. AVOID A BIG REFUND OR BIG TAX BILL Does your payroll withholding amount need adjusting? That’s what a huge tax bill or hefty refund is telling you. Shoot for the middle. Themore allowances you claim on your W-4 on file with your employer, the less tax is withheld. 2. A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT (HSA) MIGHT HELP Even with health insurance, steep medical bills can accrue. Unless they total 10% of your adjusted gross income, you can’t
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