Unprecedented in scale and scope, a $2 trillion stimulus bill was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), provides stimulus for individual Americans, healthcare workers, small businesses, and certain industries hit hard by the pandemic. This is the third relief package to address the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
In addition to our worries about the impact of the Coronavirus on our health; the social distancing, isolation, and shut downs required to help contain the virus have impacted or will impact many individuals and businesses as well. Much is being done to try to counter these impacts to help keep our economy strong. We anticipate further relief is on the way, but here are some highlights of the things occurring in the U.S. right now.
Have you heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment conducted in 1972 by a Stanford University psychologist?
The SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) (“the Act”), was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. The Act makes some significant changes to Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules as related to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other retirement plans, in addition to changes in other areas. This is one of the most comprehensive retirement plan reforms in more than a decade, and this is a brief overview of a few highlights that may be of interest.
Very few people could “save” enough for retirement with today’s long life expectancies and earlier retirements. If you just “save” – yet do not have growth that exceeds both income taxes and inflation, you are more likely to run out of money.
A report released in March 2016 by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that across all age groups women have substantially less income in retirement than men. By age 65, 80% of women are more likely than men to live in poverty. Women age 75 to 79 were three times more likely to fall below the poverty level than men.
Inflation is something frequently overlooked in retirement planning. Inflation can be defined as an overall upward price movement of goods and services in our economy as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and it is what makes most things cost more today than they did in prior years.
What is Long Term Care (LTC) and who should have it?
Are you high school student wondering how you will one day pay for your college education? Or perhaps you are a parent who isn’t sure how to help their child get a college education?