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Social Security COLA Jumps 3.2% for 2024… but Medicare Part B Jumps 5.9%!

The 3.2% cost of living adjustment reflects another year of high inflation. However, we now know we’ll be paying almost 6% more for Medicare Part B!  That doesn’t mean you’ll see a smaller Social Security check in January, but if you’re wondering how this will affect you, in this video we will walk through these […]

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Do You Need Life Insurance In Retirement?

A lot of people wonder if you still need life insurance when you’re retired, since you’re no longer working and, for most of retirees, the kids are grown and out of the house. However, according to Ryan there are several reasons you should still consider owning life insurance in retirement. He breaks down 3 reasons: 1.Income […]

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3 Strategies to Minimize Your Social Security Taxes

Many retirees are surprised to learn that above a certain income, Social Security is taxed. In retirement, it’s important to know how all your income streams will be taxed, and how to mitigate those taxes.  In this video, Ryan explains the following 3 strategies to Erin:  1. Convert to a Roth IRA  2. Consider Shifting Income Investments […]

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Is There Any Reason to Use a Traditional IRA?

“America’s IRA expert,” Ed Slott, recently told other industry experts that “an IRA is just an IOU to the IRS.”  Slott says he doesn’t see any benefit to using a traditional IRA right now because tax rates are so low. In this video, @RyanCravitz with @CravitzFinancial explains to @erinkennedy why he agrees that more people need […]

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One of the Toughest Transitions in Retirement: Becoming a Spender Instead of a Saver

Only one third of retirees are comfortable spending their retirement money! Most would rather live off Social Security, pensions, or income from part-time work, rather than spend down their nest egg.It is a delicate balance in retirement: you don’t want to compromise your quality of life, but neither do you want to run out of […]

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Hidden (and not so hidden) Fees, Penalties, and Taxes in Retirement

It’s not easy to determine exactly what you’ll need to live on in retirement. That calculation is made even more difficult because there can be a few surprise expenses… and some penalties that can last a lifetime!In this video, Ryan Cravitz and Erin Kennedy are breaking down some of those hidden penalties, in order of […]

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Which Withdrawal Strategy Is Right For Your Retirement?

Having a tax-efficient withdrawal strategy in retirement can save you thousands of dollars. A good strategy will minimize the total taxes paid over the course of your retirement, which will increase your wealth and the longevity of your portfolio.  In this video, we break down two very different strategies: traditional and proportional. The traditional approach has […]

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What Should I Do With My Old 401(k)?

41% of people, from 2014-2016, cashed out at least part of their 401(k) when leaving a job, and 85% of those people drained the balance entirely! And since most people will change jobs several times before retiring, @RyanCravitz with @CravitzFinancial and @erinkennedy are breaking down the best (and worst!) options when it comes to your […]

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3 Retirement Risks That Could Cause You To Run Out Of Money

For most retirees, their biggest fear is running out of money. You want your retirement to be a fitting reward to a lifetime of hard work. But it’s hard to know exactly how much money you’ll need to achieve your unique retirement goals, without sacrificing your quality of life. In this video, we break down […]

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Long Term Care Insurance: 3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Policy

More than 70% of adults who live to 65 will need Long Term Care of some kind! Not only is LTC very expensive, most costs aren’t covered by Medicare nor other health insurance plans.As Ryan explains to Erin, without proper planning this can wipe out your retirement savings, but before you buy a policy, first, […]

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