What to do - I'm 62???
By Roger Green, MSFS, CFP

You’re getting close to 62, and wondering whether or not you should apply for your Social Security benefits. If you are eligible for benefits, you may begin receiving payments as early as age 62 – but is that a wise decision? At age 62, you would receive only 75% of your benefit amount – a reduction that continues for the remainder of your life.

End of Year Investment Tax Planning
By Roger Green, MSFS, CFP

December brings us the joy of Christmas, but also the beginning of preparation for tax season.  Make sure you have done the things you can do to maximize your retirement assets, gain any available tax benefit, and/or avoid any tax penalty that may be linked to those investments.

Protect your income
By Roger Green, MSFS, CFP

Just over 1 in 4 of today’s 20 year olds will become disabled before they retire.1  Over 37 million Americans are classified as disabled – about 12% of the population – and more than 50% of those are in their working years from 18-642

Turning 65? Don’t Forget Medicare!
By Roger Green, MSFS, CFP

You may not be aware, but everyone is eligible for Medicare at age 65, even when the normal retirement age for Social Security benefits is later.  We recommend anyone turning age 65 contact the Social Security Administration (www.ssa.gov or 1.800.772.1213) three months before the month of their 65th birthday. 

Understanding long term care insurance
By Roger Green, MSFS, CFP

I recommend Long Term Care (LTC) insurance policies for many of my clients.  70% of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives (Source:  U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services).  As we age, the likelihood of someone facing an illness or injury that requires outside care is great.  Care can be financially devastating without adequate coverage for such an event.  Many people who have LTC policies are not aware of the wide range of benefits available, and as such, underutilize their policies.   

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