Author: Nicholas Hamner

Response To The AARP’s Annuity Article

You may have seen a column by Jane Bryant Quinn in this month’s AARP Bulletin about Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs). Fixed indexed annuity sales totaled more than $60 billion in 2016 and continue to grow as an asset class for retirees and pre-retirees. Ms. Quinn’s concerns are somewhat valid, but not wholly accurate. To wit: “Salespeople might…
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October 27, 2017 0

What’s The True Cost of Care?

By Matt Sussman, CLTC Genworth Financial recently released their 2017 cost of care survey and the results may have you cleaning coffee off your screens. The results reflect the median cost of long term care services, which increased by 4.5% from 2016 to 2017. This is the second highest year-over-year increase in cost for long-term…
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October 27, 2017 0

Find The Savings:
Deregulated Electrical Rates

It’s been 20 years since Pennsylvania deregulated electrical utilities. Since then, you’ve likely been bombarded with companies offering to lower your power bill, either from commercials, online ads, or strange men with clipboards showing up at your doorstep. Is the switch worth it? I dug in to see. Depending on who you ask, I either…
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September 29, 2017 0

Making Preparations That You’d Rather Not Make

My daughter started kindergarten this week. She could not have been more excited. Facing private school tuition, an intolerant bus service, and a subsequent change in both after-school care plans and our morning routine, my wife and I were decidedly less enthused. Anticipation of the added pressure aside, neither of us were prepared for one of the…
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September 14, 2017 0

Will Fall Bring Any Changes?

By Peter Wechsler Your Retirement Quarterback® When Halloween candy hits the store shelves you know that summer is just about gone and that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Soon it will be Monday Night Football and the World Series that now seems to creep into early November. Once July 4th hits I start getting anxious…
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August 24, 2017 0

Getting Your Mind Right For Retirement

I have plenty of folks coming through my doors who are more than ready to quit their jobs. They’re ready to drop the day-to-day routines of rush hour traffic and 9-to-5 office politics, and leave the office behind. But while a lot of folks are ready to ditch work, they’re not ready for the mental…
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August 9, 2017 0

Will “It” Happen To You?

By Matt Sussman, CLTC American Insurance Planners, Inc. How many times have you said that “it” is not going to happen to me? I know I have, and all of a sudden, “it” happens. Does this behavior stem from denial? Lack of being prepared? Maybe a little bit of both? Well, let’s talk about “it”…
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June 29, 2017 0

10 Retirement Mistakes You May Be Making

The prospect of retirement always sounds good—walking out of the office for the last time, Johnny Paycheck blaring from the car speakers as you drive home and sleeping late whenever you want. But too often, common retirement decisions end up being mistakes. To that end, Kiplinger put together a list of 10 financial decisions retirement…
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June 8, 2017 0

It’s Like Junior High All Over Again

Many of my clients have been in their homes for 40 and sometimes 50 years. Most think they will stay in their homes forever like in my condo, where the average age is somewhere between 85 and death. Most of my neighbors have been in the building since the ’70s. What I’ve witnessed over the…
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June 1, 2017 0

The Results Are In: Retirees Are Spending Less

Tired of levitating frogs and determining why pants explode, the eggheads have turned their critical eyes to you, retired persons. More pointedly, how you spend your money. Articles in both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business this month highlight a growing trend: retirees spending less in their retirement. They have their conjectures why and…
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May 24, 2017 0