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    What advisers need to know when working with May-December couples

    Six areas in which planning for couples with a wide age difference may require different financial advice.

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    Wall Street is now fretting over the threat of another recession

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The word 'recession' is being used openly on Wall Street, in case you needed more proof that the U.S. economy is barely moving forward.

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    Health care costs for retired couples climb 11% over 2014: Fidelity

    65-year-old couple retiring this year should expect to spend $245,000 on health care costs, up $25K from last year.

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    What's the difference between an FSA and an HSA?

    With benefit open-enrollment season looming, corporate employees need to make the most out of their benefits. After all, with wages largely stagnant, benefits are the new salary.

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    How to shop smart during Medicare annual enrollment

    This is the time of year when everyone on Medicare can reevaluate features of their plans to see if they're getting the best coverage at the best price.

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    Gloom overshadows Wall Street, but some economists still see a September rate hike

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Despite the mood on Wall Street getting downright gloomy, some economists still think the Fed will raise interest rates next month.

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    Fidelity throws its weight behind longevity annuities

    The Boston retirement-services giant is giving its clients a new option for planning for the costs and risk of living longer by making deferred-income annuities available for retirement plans. (See also the Top 10 annuity sellers in the second quarter.)

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    Maximize an HSA to fund Medicare and other health expenses

    Health savings accounts, which have been in existence for over 10 years, are becoming increasingly popular amid efforts to stem the dramatic rise in typical health insurance costs. HSAs work hand in hand with high-deductible health plans (HDHP), a type of health coverage that involves lower

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    Health care costs can derail retirement plans

    Paying for health care has rarely been considered a major threat to retirement budgets, but with health care inflation driving costs higher, increased longevity and Medicare means-testing imposed on higher-income retirees, that's changing fast.

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    Oil needs to keep falling to find its supply balance

    Breakfast with Benjamin: An expected drop in crude prices to $30 to $40 a barrel this fall might not be enough to balance global oil markets.

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    Delaying Social Security may boost Medicare costs

    Clients who elected to file and suspend their Social Security benefits will be hit with a big Medicare Part B increase next year but don't panic. Delaying is still a good strategy.

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    Dealing with Medicare as an expat: When and how to enroll

    The right strategy will help clients avoid penalties that can last a lifetime.

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    What same-sex couples should know about Medicare

    More gay couples than ever will have access to Medicare benefits, but certain rules apply.

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    Obamacare stands, solidifying health care planning

    Supreme Court rules that U.S. tax subsidies are legal for all health insurance exchanges, allowing for more long-term financial planning.

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    Growing consumer demand for health care and Social Security advice

    The financial planning industry is at a turning point in how to address Social Security and Medicare as part of overall retirement planning. Although numerous surveys have shown that more than half of retirees and pre-retirees expect health care and Social Security advice from their financial