Monthly Archives November 2018

5 Things to Know About Long-Term Care

November is long-term care (LTC) awareness month. Here are five things you should know.   There are different types of facilities providing increasing levels of care.1 If you hear the words “long-term care” and automatically think “nursing home,” you should know that long-term care encompasses a wide range of options and a progression of choices. The most self-sufficient seniors might live in independent retirement living facilities, while assisted living often adds medication management, daily personal care, meals and housekeeping. Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) offer a tiered approach so that seniors can transition on site as they require more services.
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Categories: Long term care.

When should you begin collecting Social Security? It’s complicated.

The question of when to file for Social Security benefits might seem simple—until you get into your 60s and start learning about the dozens of ways to file, especially if you are married. The age consideration alone is your first big decision. You can file as early as age 62—for a reduced benefit of around 70% of what you will get if you wait until your full retirement age. (So how old is that, you might ask?) Full retirement age used to be 65, but now it’s 66 or 67, depending on your month and year of birth. If you
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Categories: Retirement and Social Security.

The 401(k) Rollover Process is Antiquated

Ever had to do a 401(k) rollover? Most of the time, you have to request a physical check by mail from your 401(k) provider, receive it in the mail, print out a form, fill it out, then mail that form with the check to the new provider. With, like, stamps and envelopes! Not only that, but the 401(k) provider usually requires verification from your old employer’s human resources department before you can do anything with your retirement nest egg. (And, let’s face it, that old HR department may or may not consider your request a high priority.) The sad state
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Categories: 401k Rollovers.