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*Financial Awakenings

Identity Theft Is No Laughing Matter

The style of a recent email I received from a client made me laugh—even though the subject matter wasn’t funny. “Hi Rick! We received a letter from Discover denying an application for their credit card due to our credit history. We did not apply for their card. I told...

Creating a Plan for Long-Term Care

Last week’s column concluded that, while long-term care insurance is unaffordable for most Americans, everyone needs a long-term health care plan. Knowing how long you may live is one of the first variables to consider in putting together such a plan. A number of...

Will Your Retirement Resources Cover Long-Term Care?

If you want to stop a conversation cold, just ask a group of friends, “Do you ever worry that you might outlive your retirement income?” The response is likely to be nervous laughter. It doesn’t occur to most people to seriously consider this possibility. The greatest...

Stricter IRS Reporting Rules For Payment Apps

The simple and easy online payment apps like Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, Google Pay, and Apple Pay may be in for a complex transformation if the IRS has its way. Congress recently appropriated money in the American Rescue Plan to increase staffing and resources for the IRS....

Financial New Year’s Resolutions: Bah, Humbug!

Financial New Year’s resolutions are a common phenomenon this time of year—especially for anyone who overdid the holiday spending and who knows the new year is going to bring a new batch of credit card bills. Probably one of the most common financial resolutions is:...

Your Biggest Holiday Expense Could Be a Hidden Cost

Consider your Christmas shopping list. What was the most expensive single item on it? That special gift for your partner? The latest electronic gizmo for your teenager? Your family’s holiday travel? Certainly, with inflation hitting a 40-year high, all these items...