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 […]

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., […]

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 […]

The Stakes are Even Higher When Planning for Women. Here’s What You Can Do.

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® Are you a single woman (widowed, divorced or never married)? If so, your financial planning needs are greater than the average couple or single man. Why? You will live longer than the average man but you typically have less money to do so. In other words, you have “longevity risk.”  What […]

Will You Be Caught Flat-Footed by the “New Retirement”?!

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner(R) Will you be caught flat-footed by the “new retirement”? This “new retirement” looks nothing like your parents’ and grandparents’ retirement. The “new retirement” is a very mixed bag – there’s good news, bad news and elements of unpredictability. First, the good news. People are living longer than ever and are […]

Don’t Leave Your (Social Security) $$ on the Table!

By Eve Kaplan, CFP Social Security has a Rodney Dangerfield problem because it just doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Not only is it a great risk-free, cost-free inflating annuity for life, but married couples have additional ways to increase benefits. I’m talking about the often-overlooked “spousal benefit” that may add thousands of dollars in […]