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Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 5/17/2024 -Darren Leavitt, CFA The major US equity indices inked a fourth consecutive week of gains as US Treasury yields fell on an in-line CPI print that showed a deceleration of inflation for the first time in three months. Still,...
MEDICARE AND MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS – WHAT MEDICARE COVERS

MEDICARE AND MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS – WHAT MEDICARE COVERS

As you grow older, life and tough circumstances can lead to issues such as depression, anxiety and more. The human body is a complex and highly sophisticated system that has many delicate parts working in harmony. The command center for this entire system is, of...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMUNITY PROPERTY AND YOUR IRA

By Sarah Brenner, JD Director of Retirement Education Follow Us on X: @theslottreport What do you get when community property mixes with your IRA? Well, you will discover that the results can be confusing. Here are some facts every IRA owner should know. Community...

ED SLOTT’S ELITE ADVISOR GROUP℠ MEETS IN INDIANA

By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF® IRA Analyst Follow Us on X: @theslottreport   Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group℠ gathered in Indianapolis last week for another successful conference. Over 350 member advisors from across the country spent two intense days of training,...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 5/10/2024 -Darren Leavitt, CFA The S&P 500 notched a third consecutive week of gains as the index broke and held above its 50-day moving average.  Investors were treated to another dose of first-quarter corporate earnings. Disney,...
7 Spring Cleaning Moves for Your Finances

7 Spring Cleaning Moves for Your Finances

Here’s how to get your financial house in order Forget cleaning out the closet, scrubbing the floors and washing the windows. The start of spring is an even better time to get your finances in order. “One thing on many people’s minds is cleaning. But what if you...
How Long Do Medicare Enrollees Wait to See a Doctor?

How Long Do Medicare Enrollees Wait to See a Doctor?

A third face month-long delays for appointments, but most are happy with their overall care A survey of beneficiaries enrolled in both original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans revealed a common problem: More than a third of those polled had to wait a month...

A CHEAT SHEET FOR IRA BENEFICIARY RMDS

By Ian Berger, JD IRA Analyst Follow Us on X: @theslottreport   It’s been over four years since the SECURE Act upended the rules for beneficiary IRA required minimum distributions (RMDs), and there’s still plenty of confusion about the new rules. The IRS did give...

YOUR RMD IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ROLLOVER

By Sarah Brenner, JD Director of Retirement Education Follow Us on X: @theslottreport   If you are at retirement age, you might be at a high risk for excess contributions due to rollover mistakes. This is because of the rule that says that the required minimum...

Weekly Market Commentary

-Darren Leavitt, CFA It was an extremely busy week on Wall Street.  First-quarter earnings results were highlighted by Apple and Amazon.  Investors encouraged by their results sent higher shares on the back of increased dividends, increased share buyback programs, and...
What’s Changing for Retirement in 2024?

What’s Changing for Retirement in 2024?

Inflation adjustments and the phase-in of Secure 2.0 provisions have implications for retirement savers and retirees alike. The dawning of 2024 will usher in more changes than usual on the retirement-planning front. As is typical with the turn of the calendar page,...
Does Medigap Plan G Pay Doctor Visits?

Does Medigap Plan G Pay Doctor Visits?

Medicare beneficiaries have lots of options when it comes to Medicare plans. One of the most popular choices is Medigap Plan G. It’s known for its comprehensive coverage and predictable costs. One question we often get asked is, “Does Plan G pay doctor visits?” We’ll...

ONE 60-DAY ROLLOVER PER YEAR?

By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF® IRA Analyst Follow Us on X: @theslottreport   SCENARIO: In one calendar year, Jessie completes the following transactions: 1. Takes a partial distribution from her 401(k) and does a 60-day rollover to an IRA. 2. Does a 60-day rollover...

401(K) RMDS IN THE YEAR OF RETIREMENT

By Ian Berger, JD IRA Analyst Follow Us on X: @theslottreport   Here’s a question we get asked often: Say you retire in the year you turn age 73 (or in a later year) and you want to roll over your 401(k) funds to an IRA. Do you have to take a required minimum...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 4/26/2024 -Darren Leavitt, CFA US equity markets bounced back last week, with nearly 40% of the S&P 500 companies reporting first-quarter results. The rally was propelled by Microsoft and Google, whose better-than-expected earnings...
Does Medigap Plan N Raise Its Rates Slower than Other Plans

Does Medigap Plan N Raise Its Rates Slower than Other Plans

The rate increases for Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plans, including Plan N, can vary based on several factors and may differ from one plan to another. However, it’s not accurate to categorically state that Medigap Plan N increases its rates slower than other plans...