Showdown in Retirement Planning: “The Wild West” vs. a Uniform Standard of Fiduciary Care

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner (TM) Practitioner You might be stuck in “The Wild West” without realizing it. I’m referring to your retirement plan – be it an IRA, 401k, 403b or defined benefit plan. That’s because you likely are missing a Fiduciary Standard of Care. That’s a fancy way of saying your interests, […]

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

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 […]

How To Bulk Up Your Retirement Dollars – in Good Times and Bad

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® During periods of market turmoil, focus on what you can control and avoid fighting what you can’t control. You can’t control markets but you can bulk up your retirement savings account.. Here are 10 way to boost your retirement accounts ( your 401k, 403b, IRAs  etc.), regardless of  poor investment “weather conditions” (viz., […]

Five Easy Pieces of Financial Advice for Baby Boomers

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Professional Here are “Five Easy Pieces”* of advice to improve your Baby Boomer financial life. By “easy,” I mean “the vast beneficial outcome is worth the initial effort.” You’re a Baby Boomer if you were born between 1946 (you’re now 69 or 70) and 1964 (you’re now 51 or 52). The […]

Boost Your Financial Health in 12 Monthly Steps

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® Yup – it’s that time of year again when you consider your New Year’s Resolutions. The top 3 New Year’s Resolutions recur each year: eat less, exercise more anHere are 12 monthly steps to cultivate better financial health.d clean up your finances/investments. You can do much of this if you’re a […]

Divorce Due to Medical Bills!? Sometimes It Makes Sense

By Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner Divorce amongst older couples is on the rise in this country due to spiraling medical/long-term care costs. Soaring medical/nursing care expenses are aggravated by longevity and uninsured risk (no long-term care insurance in place). Although unappetizing, divorce – when compared with alternatives — may inflict the least amount […]