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Lifetime retiree health care cost projections up 6.5%
Retiree health care costs continue to rise at a faster pace than general inflation and annual cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security benefits. As a result, retirees will spend increasingly larger portions of their retirement benefits to pay for health care costs over their lifetime.A
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Stop guesstimating, or worse, ignoring, your clients' health care costs in retirement
Software is available that gives advisers a fighting chance of determining long-term care costs and the need for insurance.
Oscars shine light on Alzheimer's costs
Financial advisers can help clients take early steps to plan for the progressive disease.
HealthCare.gov tax document snafu bungles filing season for advisers, CPAs
As many as 800,000 taxpayers received tax documents with erroneous information.
Medicare's long, strange trip
Fifty years ago this year, both Medicare and the Grateful Dead got their start. Today, all the surviving members of that famous San Francisco band are eligible for Medicare. It's a fair bet that they, like most people in their age group in 1965, didn't pay attention to the law that President Lyndon
How to get workers to chip in more money toward HSAs
Data suggest some workers are making the maximum contributions to their health savings accounts, but there's room for improvement.
How to perfectly time your clients' Medicare enrollment
Decisions on Medicare enrollment carry a meaningful financial impact, are closely tied to Social Security choices
When to disenroll from Medicare
If clients fit the requirements, now is the time for them to take action and reduce unnecessary medical spending and hassles
Florida firm linked to 'Wolf of Wall Street' raided by FBI
Medical device firm accused of Medicare fraud; lawyer denies charges, says complying with federal probe.
Repeal of Obamacare emerges as a market risk
On today's Breakfast with Benjamin, the market's reaction to a repeal of Obamacare might not be pretty. Plus: Financial advisers take on defined contribution plans, cheap oil uncovers driller debt burdens, and Kraft Foods gets (Cadbury Crème) Egg on its face.
Hedge fund employees enjoy the fruits of their labor
On Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin, average compensation at hedge funds remains gaudy, even with performance down. Plus: Smart beta takes another step out of the shadows, the right way to clean up your portfolio, and the new Congress sets the tone by taking an early swipe at Obamacare.
Unpleasant surprise on Form 1040 for Obamacare participants
This tax filing season is going to be a little more complicated for freelancers and independent contractors who get health care subsidies.
Helping clients get a second chance at Medicare benefits
As you are doing your year-end planning with clients, ask them if their Medicare coverage is in place for 2015.
Financial advisers need to check up on clients' medical debt
About 52% of the collections reported by credit agencies are owed to hospitals and other medical providers. Advisers must stand ready to help negotiate claims and make sure medical debt doesn't wreck client credit reports.