How to reduce tax bite on Social Security

By Rocky Mengle
Posted on November 30, 2020

After a lifetime of paying taxes on wages and other income, many people enter retirement expecting their Social Security benefits to be tax-free. But that’s often not the case. For some retirees, Uncle Sam takes a hefty bite of those benefits. Fortunately, there are ways to lower the percentage of Social Security payments that are subject to federal tax. Start with calculating... READ MORE

A guide to giving for the greatest impact

By Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Posted on November 27, 2020

The recession and global pandemic are hitting charities where it hurts the most: in the wallet. Most fundraising professionals expect donations to decline in 2020 compared with previous years, a situation likely to continue through 2021, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Meanwhile, the need for charity is climbing, particularly to combat rising poverty, hunger... READ MORE

Three steps to higher retirement income

By Michael Aloi
Posted on November 27, 2020

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, retirees could live off the interest from their CDs and bonds. A lot has changed since then. With interest rates now at historical lows, retirees are feeling the pinch. This doesn’t mean retirement is out of reach. It means we need to plan a little smarter and harder. Here are three ways to boost retirement income: Reduce your... READ MORE

Opening career opportunities

By Ivey Noojin
Posted on November 19, 2020

Baltimore resident Emma Smith, 61, was looking for her big break last year. She had been working hard as a security guard, but still wasn’t making enough money to comfortably pay the bills. “They took pride in saying that they paid people 60 cents over minimum wage. Wow,” Smith said sarcastically. She had recently received a commercial driver’s license from a local training... READ MORE

Older workers face higher unemployment

By Sarah Skidmore Sell
Posted on November 18, 2020

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer counterparts, according to a study released in October by the New School, a university in New York City. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on employment for people of all ages. But researchers found that during its course, workers 55 and older lost jobs sooner, were rehired slower, and... READ MORE

Can you pass a retirement literacy quiz?

By Elliot Raphaelson
Posted on November 13, 2020

The American College of Financial Services periodically conducts a retirement literacy quiz for prospective retirees. The 2020 quiz consists of 38 questions covering all important retirement issues. Unfortunately, 8 out of 10 individuals taking the 2020 quiz failed to get a passing grade. More than half of respondents underestimated the life expectancy of a 65-year-old man. Only 31% have ... READ MORE

Beware Medicare scams

By Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia
Posted on November 05, 2020

Every year during health insurance open enrollment season, scammers try to dupe unsuspecting consumers into sharing their personal information. You may receive a call (or recorded message) from someone who claims to be helping you navigate your Medicare options. They may call themselves a “healthcare benefits advocate” or a similar title. The caller says they can enroll you in a... READ MORE

Reevaluate your Medicare coverage now

By Lifestyles After 50
Posted on November 04, 2020

It’s that time of year again: Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period. Each year from October 15 to December 7, current Medicare users are able to compare and switch their Medicare and Part D prescription drug plans, if wanted. New users are able to enroll during this period, so long as it is not their first time enrolling in Parts A or B. (Your initial enrollment period... READ MORE

How to choose a trustee for your estate

By James J. Ferraro
Posted on October 14, 2020

You know how hard you have worked and the sacrifices you have made to achieve your goals. To protect what you have worked for and provide for the most important people in your life, you may be counseled to put some or all of your assets into a trust. Once you have decided to fund a trust as part of your succession planning, you must determine who can best carry out your plans. “Whom do ... READ MORE

Pros, cons of Medicare Advantage plans

By Liz Weston
Posted on October 09, 2020

About 1 in 3 people 65 and older in the U.S. enroll in Medicare Advantage, the private insurance alternative to traditional Medicare. It’s not hard to see why: Medicare Advantage plans often cover health needs that Medicare doesn’t, and most people don’t pay extra for it. But Medicare Advantage can be more expensive if you get sick, because copays and other costs can be higher,... READ MORE