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How Do You Protect Your Finances From Yourself As You Age?

One of the saddest experiences for a financial advisor is watching an elderly client decline and, despite our best efforts, being unable to protect them from themselves. I wrote in 2007 about an elderly client who fired me when she was failing cognitively but still...

U.S. Health Care Costs: Not As Bad As You Think?

The high costs associated with health care in the United States (up 48% from 2013) are obvious to anyone who scrutinizes a medical bill. A study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund in January 2023 compared U.S. health care costs with those in other developed nations,...

Why Does Health Insurance Cost So Much?

While overall economic inflation has slowed over the past 18 months, health insurance costs keep going up. According to the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit organization that conducts research on health policy and issues, the average...

Wealth Equals Wellbeing Only If You Spend It When You Need To

In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens vividly brought to life one of fiction’s most famous misers, Ebenezer Scrooge. He was a “tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint,...

Why We Put Off Planning for Long Term Care

An essential component of planning for retirement and old age is building financial resources to pay for long-term care. Yet having enough money is not automatically a guarantee of getting the best care you need when you need it. The biggest problem is availability....

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...