Retirement columnist for Reuters, Morningstar and http://WealthManagement.com; author of The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

Midwest reporter for Beverage Industry - a trade magazine covering soft drinks, beer and wine.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yep.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Raoul Duke.

The COLA crunch: Why Social Security isn't keeping up with seniors' costs

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder A man soaks his feet in a fountain while reading a magazine on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on a warm summer afternoon in Boston, Massachusetts July 19, 2011. Retirees will get a 1.7 percent bump in their Social Security benefit next year, according to the Social Security Administration, which announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Wednesday.

Why Your Social Security Check Isn't Keeping Up With Your Costs

time.com — Social Security's annual inflation adjustment is one of the program's most valuable features. But it's time to adjust the adjustment. Retirees will get a 1.7% bump in their Social Security benefit next year, according to the Social Security Administration, which announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Wednesday.

COLUMN-The COLA crunch: Why Social Security isn't keeping up with seniors' costs

reuters.com — By Mark Miller CHICAGO Oct 23 (Reuters) - Social Security's annual inflation adjustment is one of the program's most valuable features. But it's time to adjust the adjustment. Retirees will get a 1.7 percent bump in their Social Security benefit next year, according to the Social Security Administration, which announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Wednesday.

5 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Revolutionize Your Business

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Some Medicare Advantage Plans Have Hidden Risks-Here's How to Avoid Them

time.com — Seniors have flocked to Medicare Advantage in recent years, attracted by savings on premiums and the convenience of one-stop shopping. But as the annual Medicare enrollment season began this week, a memorandum from federal officials to plan providers surfaced that serves as a big red warning flag.

Blazing a New Trail on Long-Term Care Underwriting

wealthmanagement.com — The nation's largest long-term care insurance (LTCI) underwriter is blazing a new trail for the industry on how policies are underwritten. Genworth informed its sales agents in August that it has begun considering not only the health of applicants, but also the health history of their parents, in underwriting policies.

Beware: Some Medicare Advantage plans have plenty of disadvantages

reuters.com — The upshot: Assess the quality of any Advantage plan before you sign up. The memorandum, first reported by the New York Times, described ongoing compliance problems uncovered in federal audits of Advantage and prescription drug plans. These include inadequate rationales for denial of coverage, failure to consider clinical information from doctors and failure to notify patients of their rights to appeal decisions.

Tips for Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment

morningstar.com — If you go into Medicare Advantage, think about that as the all-combined-in-one, usually HMO or PPO option. So, it's managed care. Everything is through the one funnel. Usually, the prescription-drug component is in the Advantage program. You don't have Medigap policies in that because Medicare Advantage, on its own, does all the things that Medigap does.

Neighbors fight to evict dirty squatters: 'You can smell the stench'

komonews.com — BURIEN, Wash. -- The tall hedgerow hides most of the old, green wood shake home. But if you look down the driveway you see the first hint of trouble. "This is where they dump their garbage and other stuff. You can smell the stench," says Sue Visaya, who lives next door with her husband.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @socialinsurance: RT @reuters: COLUMN-The COLA crunch: Why Social Security isn't keeping up with seniors' costs reut.rs/1DE1yCE @retirerevised

Oct 22, 2014

Moderating panel discussion on #SocialSecurity reform @socialinsurance forum tomorrow. Join us 10amET here or CSPAN2 nasi.org/civicrm/event/…

Oct 22, 2014

@davidmwessel @PennyWriter WSJ says workers R doing a bit better - up 2% in past year. Retirees less flexibility, 2. online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-j…

Oct 22, 2014

#SocialSecurity #COLA is 1.7% for 2015, as expected. Fourth consecutive tiny hike - avg 1.6% over 4 yrs. Retirees losing buying power.

Oct 20, 2014

Financial planners - any thoughts about retirement planning strategies for single people? If so, send a DM. Working on a story in this area.

Oct 16, 2014

New trend in long-term care insurance: underwriting based on your parental health history. @wealth_mgmt wealthmanagement.com/retirement-pla…

Oct 16, 2014

Video - do long-term care insurance policies still make sense, and for whom? financial-planning.com/playbook/long-… @finplan



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