Franklin Retirement Solutions Blog

Retirement, Income, Tax & Estate Planning.

Recent Articles:

  • Social Security Isn’t Keeping Up - Seniors love COLA. No, not soda… though I assume there are some soda fans out there… but Cost Of Living Adjustments to Social Security. COLAs are the SSA’s response to inflation. From 2000 to 2020, inflation has averaged just north of 2% each year. A dollar in 2000 was worth what $1.51 is worth now.…
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  • Are YOU Keeping Up? - This weekend, my family welcomed a new addition. Not a baby, or a pet… something shinier and, at least in the suburbs, worthy of much more speculation from the neighbors. We got a new stove. Or a range, or an oven. Whatever you want to call it… it has a top where you boil things…
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  • Waste Not, Want Not - Resourcefulness is the ability to use what you have to accomplish whatever it is you need doing. Growing up in the South, saying someone was “resourceful” meant two things: 1) they could adjust engine timing with an ashy lit cigarette and 2) they probably had a yard full of rusting crap that they might need…
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  • What’s The Deal With TikTok? A Politics-Free Dive - What is TikTok? Per their About page, “TikTok is the leading destination for short form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy.” What is TikTok really? TikTok is a mobile social media app, available on every major mobile platform (Apple/Android/Amazon), used to make videos up to 60 seconds in length. App…
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  • Celebrating Rosh Hashanah… Kinda - As we enter 5781 on the Hebrew calendar, we reflect on the crazy year that it’s been. Tonight begins Rosh Hashanah where we usher in the new year for Jews around the world. For those who have been reading this weekly missive know that, for many years, I held open house on Rosh Hashanah. Usually…
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  • How Do You Handle Uncertainty? - “Uncertain” is the word of the year. How many advertisements have you seen in the past six months that reference “these uncertain times”? For months, we didn’t know how COVID-19 spread, or what effects it could have on the body. We still don’t know the virus’s full effects. For months, we didn’t know how businesses…
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  • Pandemic Effects Will Continue -    We are six months into the pandemic and all of our lives have been impacted. It seems like nothing is the same as it was a year ago. Last weekend, I again had to wait in line to get into a supermarket. I thought that was behind us but I guess not. Unemployment…
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  • An Awful Lot Of Zeros - When most of us think of password security, we think that the more difficult the combination the better. Capital letters, lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers galore! The password requirements we see most often are a minimum of eight characters, at least one capital letter, one number, and one special character. But, you’re better off…
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  • Presidential Markets, Again. - Are you tired of hearing about the election yet? Just so you know, we have (as of today) 66 days to go. A few weeks back I wrote about presidents and the markets, but a lot of what I referenced spoke to overall presidential careers. I dug around Marketwatch.com and put together figures for each…
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  • You Just Might Get A Raise After All - According to Kiplinger, “Inflation has been on a roller coaster in 2020. First, COVID-19 disruptions cratered prices for gasoline, travel, even car insurance. Summer rebounds in those commodities, as well as increases for in-demand items like used cars, meat and haircuts, have put the consumer price index back on a more normal trajectory, one that…
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