There are many reasons why you might be considering looking for a new job. Maybe you’re seeking more responsibility – or less. Perhaps your job is no longer rewarding – monetarily or otherwise. You might be relocating, changing careers entirely, or have had the unfortunate experience of losing a job. Whatever the reason, there are many financial factors to consider before you make a career move. Planning ahead can help ease the transition into your new job, and help secure your finances for your immediate and longer term future.Read More
Dramatic changes were recently announced to Social Security benefit provisions.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law on November 2nd, effectively eliminated the Restricted Application and the File-and-Suspend strategies. Those already utilizing these options will be grandfathered in; some will have a short six-month window in which to act; and, others need to be aware of how future benefits will be more limited. The media has focused on how the termination of these unintended, but popular, strategies will impact married couples. The truth is that the changes will impact single individuals as well. If your retirement plan included anticipated Social Security benefits, please take the time to read more.Read More
The outlook for Social Security and Medicare are of growing importance for our economy.
The first baby boomers became eligible for Social Security in 2008 (at age 62) and for Medicare just last year. Costs of these programs currently represent approximately 8.7% of GDP and 56% of IRS tax receipts. By 2033, those figures are projected to climb to 12.5% of GDP and 81% of current tax receipts.
The following Barron’s reprint discusses a number of considerations, including how long-term impacts could affect your future benefits.Read More