Medicare surcharges for richer recipients

By: Rachel L. Sheedy

A big question every year at open enrollment for employer health insurance is how much will the premium rise? That doesn’t change once you’re on Medicare — Part B and Part D premiums typically increase each year. But with Medicare there’s added anxiety: Your income can shoot premiums through the roof. The government sets four Medicare surcharge tiers for 2018, based on a... READ MORE

Nine things to never keep in your wallet

By: Kiplinger

You and your hard-earned savings have finally made it to retirement. Why risk losing anything if your wallet goes missing or is stolen? With every new bank slip that bulges from the seams, your personal information is getting less and less safe. With just your name and Social Security number, identity thieves can open new credit accounts and make costly purchases in your name. If they ... READ MORE

How to find ‘advice-only’ financial advisers

By: Liz Weston

If you want money advice you can trust, your best bet is to hire a fee-only financial planner. The trick is finding a planner who’s willing to be hired for a reasonable fee. Fee-only planners don’t accept commissions or kickbacks from companies whose investments their clients buy. Instead, they are paid solely by client fees. Most use an “assets under management” model, where... READ MORE

How long will bull market continue?

By: Alex Veiga

The current bull market for U.S. stocks is now the longest of all time. How much longer might it last? Strong corporate earnings growth and a resilient U.S. economy bolstered by a solid job market and consumer confidence set the stage for the market to continue the upward trajectory it’s been on for more than nine years, experts say. Even rising interest rates are not likely to... READ MORE

Savvy shopping advice: buy gently used

By: Liz Weston

Most of us have wasted money on ill-considered purchases or stuff we really couldn’t afford. As we get more financially savvy, that happens less often. But we can still profit from other people’s bad choices. People who prize the latest and greatest, for example, quickly need to upgrade to the next shiny thing. That leaves plenty of lightly used cars and electronics for sale at a... READ MORE

How tax law changes affect you this year

By: Elliot Raphaelson

One of the significant changes to the federal tax law for 2018 is the increase in the standard deduction to $24,000 for couples filing jointly, and $12,000 for individuals. This change, and others, will likely encourage many more people to use the standard deduction instead of itemizing. Other changes to the tax code will also impact taxpayer decisions. For example, starting in 2018,... READ MORE