Which is Best: Lump Sum or Pension Annuity?

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner(TM) Is a lump sum offer from an employer a better choice than a pension annuity for life? The former provides an immediate up-front amount (say $300,000), but the pension annuity gives you a stream of payments for life (example: $1,350 per month). A number of employers dangle a lump […]

How to Navigate the Pending Retirement Crisis

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® Are you tired of hearing about the pending retirement crisis –because you’ve heard about it so much, it’s boring and you think it doesn’t apply to you? You might be in your 70s or 80s before you realize all that “yadda yadda” about “planning” and “saving” actually did apply to you […]

Managing Your Financial Life Well: Things to Do and Things to Avoid (Part 2)

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Professional Two months ago I wrote about key areas to help “Manage a Financial Life Well” in the face of the overwhelming volume of financial information and advice. Some examples I mentioned included having sufficient life/disability insurance, calculating how to best fund long-term care and how to make some smart investment decisions […]

What To Do When Family Members Need Financial Help

By Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner ™ Welcome to the Sandwich Generation! You’re a member if you’re “sandwiched” between helping adult children and aging parents.  Americans see themselves are more “independent” and sometimes less family-oriented than some other cultures but you still may be on the hook to support adult children in their 20s, 30s and […]

Managing Your Financial Life Well: Things to Do and Things to Avoid

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Professional It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to do to manage your life well – be it exercise, meditation, diet or making smart financial decisions. When confusion reigns, you may end up focusing on the trees instead of the “big-picture” forest.  How can you manage your financial […]

Big Changes in Social Security Headed Your Way

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) There are big changes in Social Security benefits headed your way. Congress surprised the financial advisory community in November 2015 by killing off two Social Security strategies many of us advisors utilized to maximize benefits for our married couple clients:  1) “file-and suspend” and 2) “restricted application.” Couples most affected by […]

Access the 3rd Dimension in Investing: Dimensional Fund Advisors

Which large mutual fund company is driven by Nobel prize-winning research? Hint: It’s not a household name but it’s the 8th largest company ($376 billion). Answer:  Dimensional Fund Advisors (“DFA” www.dfaus.com). Full disclosure: My clients are invested in Dimensional Fund Advisors mutual funds in my financial planning/investment practice. DFA provides me and my clients with […]