Category Archives: Affluent Families

Medicare and Social Security: A Good News, Bad News Story

The good news for Medicare is that the program’s outlook has improved considerably in the past year. According to the trustees, Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is in good shape

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The Real Cost of College: Crunching the Numbers

So who can afford to pay $60,000 a year for a college education? Harvard College has disclosed that the full cost of attending the venerable institution, including tuition, room and

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Employers Ramping Up Retirement Plan Features

Employers are enhancing their retirement plans and increasing access to professional investment advice in an attempt to bolster employee retirement readiness. A new study by Aon Hewitt, which polled more

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Do I Need Travel Insurance?

Whether you need travel insurance is likely to depend on your level of coverage from existing homeowner’s, medical, automobile, and life insurance policies. In many instances, travel insurance may duplicate

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I Received an Inheritance. How Is This Money Taxed?

The amount of federal estate tax typically is determined by the amount of assets within the estate and your relationship to the deceased. Spouses and Nonspouses Spouses typically may inherit

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IRS—O Retirees— 1 IRS Forced to Change IRA Rollover Rule

In January of this year the U.S. Tax Court ruled that the "once a year" IRA rollover rule applies to all of an individual’s IRAs, not to each separately. The

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Retirement Confidence Recovering Nicely

The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s (EBRI) annual Retirement Confidence Survey found a marked increase in retirement confidence among workers with higher household incomes who also participate in one or more

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Four Tips for Tax-Savvy Investors

A century ago, author Mark Twain wrote that the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector is that the taxidermist only takes your skin. Today, the IRS isn’t any

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IRS audits: 8 triggers to avoid and tips to help you survive

Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service selects which taxpayers to audit? Well, it isn’t always a matter of chance. There are certain factors that can make your tax return

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Responsible Financial Parenting

Today, many families are concerned about the potentially adverse effect of wealth on the financial values of their younger generations. The goals that many affluent parents and grandparents have set

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