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Appealing Medicare IRMAA Charges at Retirement

Appealing Medicare IRMAA Charges at Retirement

By now, you are likely familiar with the Medicare term, Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount, better known as IRMAA. Those who are subject to them, often wonder whether or not they can appeal them. In general, many retirees are only subject to IRMAA for the first couple of years in retirement due to the two-year look-back period. For instance, let’s say that you and your spouse are retiring this year and are filing for Medicare. Let’s assume that your household’s Modified…

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Retirement Field Guide Mission & What’s To Come

Retirement Field Guide Mission & What’s To Come

I started the Retirement Field Guide in March 2018. At the time, the only real purpose of the site was to share my views with people in my personal circles. And in all honesty, I started the site with the goal of gaining new clients. While a number of new clients have found me through this site, I have found myself thinking less about just my personal advisory business and started thinking more about the larger mission at hand. As…

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2020 Required Minimum Distributions

2020 Required Minimum Distributions

For those who aren’t aware, the CARES Act had already waived 2020 Required Minimum Distributions (RMD). But there was a slight oversight with regard to people who had already taken their RMDs as many retirees do in January each year. Well, last week, the IRS announced that for anyone who already took their RMDs for 2020 can roll those assets back into their retirement account as long as it is done by 31 August 2020 as the 60-day rollover period…

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Market Expectations for the Next 30 Years

Market Expectations for the Next 30 Years

As usual, there are many different scenarios being discussed at the moment. The COVID second wave, economic struggles, interest rate projections, more fiscal stimulus, corporate bankruptcies, and on and on we go. This is applicable to the world of traders, not investors. Investors don’t invest to make a quick buck. Long-term investors – which is a redundant term – invest because it is a prudent choice to expand capital over time, not overnight. With all of the above uncertainties, it…

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The Fixed Income Conundrum

The Fixed Income Conundrum

Here’s where we are today: As I write this, the 10-year Treasury yield stands at about 0.94% and the 30-year Treasury stands at 1.65%. This creates a bit of a conundrum for fixed income investors. Let me explain. The Federal Reserve Board has a long-standing policy they have stated through the years of a target inflation rate of 2%. Whether or not they accomplish this goal, here is what they reaffirmed in 2016: The inflation rate over the longer run…

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Preparing For “What-Ifs”

Preparing For “What-Ifs”

We are now a little more than two months out from the bear market lows. As the swift recovery ensued, I started hearing stories of investors who sold out of their portfolios around DJIA 19,000 “because the market was going lower.” They were right for the blink of an eye. With the market now back above 26,000, when are those investors supposed to get back in? I have to pose the question because getting back in is always the hardest…

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Dividend Bear Markets

Dividend Bear Markets

An astute reader of last week’s blog post, Equities in Retirement: A 30-Year Case Study, asked a great question: “How much of a maximum decline in annual dividend income (based on prior historical experience) should one be prepared for?” In other words, during dividend bear markets, what level of income decline should we expect? The obvious answer is that I do not know because even the worst-case historical event is only the benchmark until something even worse comes along. So,…

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Equities in Retirement: A 30-Year Case Study

Equities in Retirement: A 30-Year Case Study

Whenever I ask soon-to-be retirees what the ultimate goal of investing in retirement is, the most common answer I hear is: I don’t want to run out of money. Pretty straightforward, right? Here’s the problem. When I ask many of those same individuals what the primary objective of their retirement portfolio is, this is the typical response: Preservation of principal. Whether retirees realize this or not, those two goals run almost exactly counter to one another. If your goal is…

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I Wrote My First Book

I Wrote My First Book

This is an exciting time for me. After a few months of writing and editing, I published a book! It’s called: “Medicare Simplified: What Retirees Need to Know About Medicare in 100 Pages or Less” **Note on the image – the book is not that thick as it’s less than 100 pages and can be read in under 2 hours. My goal in writing this book was to curate the most important and relevant information on Medicare into an easy-to-read…

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Life Is Short

Life Is Short

A couple of weeks ago, my step-father passed away. It was unexpected to say the least. He was the husband of my mother for the last 28 years and father to three of my brothers. He was a humble and kind man. He was also a farmer. It’s difficult to talk about my step-dad without mentioning farming because it was his love, his life, and his passion. He won tons of awards for his farming. In fact, he was recognized…

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