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October 2017
Dollar Sense

Don’t Fall for Disaster-Related Scams

Most of all, trust your instincts. If you have doubts about hiring someone, don’t. There will be another “someone” to help you.

Dollar Sense

Potpourri: Stuff You Should Know to Protect Your Assets, Your Cash and Just Possibly… to Rearrange Your Work Life

Most working at home (as employees, not self-employed persons such as freelancers) are baby boomers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. The older the worker, the higher the chance he or she will be working from home.

Dollar Sense

Stuff You Should Know about Estate Planning

You may want to set up separate accounts, rather than leaving one IRA to be divided among them. The reason for that is because funds in an inherited IRA are distributed based on the life expectancy of the oldest beneficiary, without regard to the age of the younger beneficiaries.

Legal Ease

The Power – Or Not – Of the Agent for Your Power of Attorney

Limiting the powers that your agent [with a power of attorney] would have in a financial durable power of attorney is not the answer because you want your agent to be able to act on your behalf, whatever that entails, if you cannot act for yourself.

August 2017
Dollar Sense

Consider a Health Savings Account to Boost Your Retirement Savings

You can only contribute to an HSA until you become eligible for Medicare Part A benefits, generally 65 years old. You can still have an account and take distributions from it, but you can no longer contribute to it.

Dollar Sense

Life Insurance Is a Flexible Tool

If giving to your favorite charity or your church is important to you, life insurance adds flexibility in how you do it.... One note of caution: don’t cash in the policy and donate the proceeds, or you could end up owing taxes on the gain. Instead, consider transferring ownership of the policy to the charity of your choice.

Dollar Sense

Potpourri: Stuff You Should Know to Keep Your Money Safe from Scams, Schemes, and Scoundrels

The fake email will tell you the FTC is trying to distribute the money from the recent huge government settlement with Western Union. And, they say, they’re trying to ensure you get your share, if you’ll just be so kind as to provide them access to your bank account and other financial information.

Legal Ease

You’ve Got to Name Names to Make Your Wishes Clear

If you simply tell your children that you want them to give a portion of their inheritance to their children, there is no guaranty that they will actually do that and they are not legally required to do so.

Financial Fortitude

From Job Loss to Financial Lemonade

Ageism does exist and is difficult to maneuver. However, your enthusiasm and willingness to stay current with your field’s technology and jargon will allow a prospective employer to feel your wisdom without thinking about your age.

July 2017
Dollar Sense

Potpourri: Miscellaneous Stuff You Should Know to Protect Your Retirement Funds, Your Investments, and More

What if your creditor is Uncle Sam? The IRS can levy your IRA if you owe them money. Typically, the IRS will go after other assets first, but you should know your IRA is not off limits. And to add insult to injury, the distributions levied will be taxable income to you.

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