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Medicare and HSAs Don’t Mix

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in Certified Financial Planner Boise ID, Certified Senior Advisor Boise ID, Financial, Financial Advisor Boise ID, Financial Planner Boise ID, Financial Planners Boise ID, Financial Planning Consultant Boise ID, Financial Services Advisors Boise ID | Comments Off on Medicare and HSAs Don’t Mix

Medicare and HSAs Don’t Mix   Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are designed to have a triple tax benefit. Contributions are tax deductible. Assets in an HSA may grow tax free. Distributions for medical expenses are tax free.   However, once you enroll in Medicare your eligibility to contribute to an HSA is cancelled. If you made HSA contributions while covered by Medicare, you face tax fines and penalties. What if you are covered by your employer? Reaching age 65 doesn’t require you to enroll in Medicare. If you employer has credible insurance...

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Can you benefit from a Health Savings Account?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Certified Financial Planner Boise ID, Certified Senior Advisor Boise ID, Financial, Financial Planner Boise ID, Financial Planners Boise ID, Financial Planning Consultant Boise ID, Financial Services Advisors Boise ID, Live Life to the Fullest, Retirement | Comments Off on Can you benefit from a Health Savings Account?

Can you benefit from a Health Savings Account? Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are designed for a triple tax benefit.         1. Contributions are tax deductible         2. Accounts can grow tax free. (You can accumulate dollars in this account.)         3. Disbursements for qualified medical expenses are tax free. Health Savings Accounts are growing in popularity. The total number of HSAs grew to 25 million in 2018, up 13% from 2017 according to Devenir Research. Many financial advisors are using them as another savvy strategy for stashing...

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How to Thrive in an Empty Nest

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Certified Financial Planner Boise ID, Certified Senior Advisor Boise ID, Financial, Financial Advisor Boise ID, Financial Planner Boise ID, Financial Planners Boise ID, Financial Planning Consultant Boise ID, Financial Services Advisors Boise ID, Live Life to the Fullest, Retirement | Comments Off on How to Thrive in an Empty Nest

How to Thrive in an Empty Nest Parents are returning home from dropping their child off at college. It’s a bittersweet experience. Parents are filled with pride, and excitement, as well as sadness. Some parents feel like they have lost their job and are wondering, what now? As a parent you have a new chapter unfolding in your life. Recognize and accept the feelings of grief. This is another step in letting go of your child. This can feel like a loss. Be open in communicating your feelings with your spouse. This is a season where both parents...

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Tidying Up Cybersecurity

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019 in Financial Planner Boise ID | Comments Off on Tidying Up Cybersecurity

Tidying Up Cybersecurity   ‘Hacking’ is on the increase. Multiple small municipalities have received ransomware attacks. Cyber crime is increasing because we are a digital society. Cyber crime is increasing because thieves have discovered they don’t have to dodge real bullets. That means you and me, our neighbors, co-workers and family have to be careful and smart about our own digital use. Just like we lock our house and car, we need to secure our digital world. To secure our digital world begins with ‘spring cleaning’ of apps and software...

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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Now?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Certified Financial Planner Boise ID, Certified Senior Advisor Boise ID, Estate Planning, Financial, Financial Advisor Boise ID, Financial Planners Boise ID, Financial Planning Consultant Boise ID, Financial Services Advisors Boise ID, Retirement | Comments Off on Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Now?

To Pay or Not to Pay – that is a dilemma facing many Baby Boomers today. As retirement is approaching, do you pay off the mortgage or not? You are 3, 5, 10 years away from retirement. And you have 5, 10, 15 years left on your mortgage. Do you pay the mortgage off early? If so, which bucket of money do you use? In interest of full disclosure, this financial advisor prefers retirees to be debt free at retirement.  Less cash flow is required for monthly expenses which is less strain on investments. In a market downturn, retirees sleep better in...

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How Much Life Insurance do You Need

Posted by on Aug 6, 2019 in Certified Financial Planner Boise ID, Certified Senior Advisor Boise ID, Estate Planning, Financial, Financial Advisor Boise ID, Financial Planner Boise ID, Financial Planners Boise ID, Financial Planning Consultant Boise ID, Financial Services Advisors Boise ID, Retirement | Comments Off on How Much Life Insurance do You Need

It is an important questions when considering life insurance: “How Much Life Insurance do I need?”  Watch the video and get help to see how life insurance needs today may be different tomorrow. This video is by Ohio National Financial...

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Are you Living Your Life on Purpose?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Certified Financial Planner Boise ID, Certified Senior Advisor Boise ID, Estate Planning, Financial, Financial Advisor Boise ID, Financial Planner Boise ID, Financial Planners Boise ID, Financial Planning Consultant Boise ID, Financial Services Advisors Boise ID, Health, Live Life to the Fullest | Comments Off on Are you Living Your Life on Purpose?

Are you Living Your Life on Purpose?   Once a year, I take a few moments to evaluate ‘How am I doing in life?’ I look at each area of my life – relationship, health, financial, spiritual, family and pleasure. I score each area on my level of satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10. I envision these categories in a wheel –     As I score them, some are satisfactory – 8 or above. Others are moderate, 6-8. Some stink and are on the low end like 3-4. When I envision my life in a wheel, I can see the areas I am flat.  And like a wheel on a car or...

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“Wormable” Microsoft flaw: What you need to do

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in Certified Financial Planner Boise ID, Cyber Security, Financial Planner Boise ID | Comments Off on “Wormable” Microsoft flaw: What you need to do

“Wormable” Microsoft flaw: What you need to do

“Wormable” Microsoft flaw: What you need to do   Microsoft has announced a major security flaw in its Windows software that rivals the WannaCry worm that infected thousands of devices in 2017. Microsoft warns that this vulnerability is especially dangerous because it requires no user interaction. In other words, once one device is infected it can quickly spread to another vulnerable computer on its own. While there is no evidence that the flaw has been exploited at this time, Microsoft believes that it is “highly likely” that it will be. This...

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How Will You Practice Your “ART” in Retirement?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Certified Financial Planner Boise ID, Certified Senior Advisor Boise ID, Financial Advisor Boise ID, Financial Planner Boise ID, Financial Planners Boise ID, Financial Planning Consultant Boise ID, Financial Services Advisors Boise ID, Retirement | Comments Off on How Will You Practice Your “ART” in Retirement?

How Will You Practice Your “ART” in Retirement? A hammock on the beach. Your favorite chair in the living room. Waking up when you feel like it. A blank calendar. Doing what you want when you want. Doing nothing if that’s how you feel that day. After a lifetime of working 40 hours every week, this scenario sure sounds appealing to many soon-to-be retirees. But the surprising reality is that a life of unstructured leisure can create stress, strain spousal relationships, and lead to feelings of uselessness and depression. When today’s...

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China and Your Checkbook

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Certified Financial Planner Boise ID, Certified Senior Advisor Boise ID, Current Events, Financial, Financial Advisor Boise ID, Financial Planner Boise ID, Financial Planners Boise ID, Financial Planning Consultant Boise ID, Financial Services Advisors Boise ID | Comments Off on China and Your Checkbook

China and Your Checkbook   Is the trade war with China going to impact your pocket book? Depends on what you are buying. If you are building a home or remodeling, you will see increased prices over last year for doors and crown molding. Products packaged in aluminum cans have seen cost increases. Questions is how much is absorbed by the manufacturer and how much is passed on to consumers. Farmers are feeling a direct impact of trade wars which will have a ripple effect. We are about to enter a second round of tariffs applied to Chinese...

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