Retirement columnist for Reuters, Morningstar and; 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.

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Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Raoul Duke.

Column: In-patient or not? Medicare requires hospitals to tell you — You are in the hospital for tests after experiencing dizziness. You are nervous about what the tests will show, but at least you do not have to worry about hospital bills - you have Medicare, so you can relax about healthcare coverage. Or can you?

'Driving Barista' App Targets Japan's Deadliest Roads — One very small object is not only the cornerstone of our lives these days, but the root of a huge problem: Cell phones, which are typically to blame for car accidents of all stripes.

Are Reverse Mortgages on the Comeback Trail? — alexkich/iStock/Thinkstock New loan originations have fallen sharply since their peak year in 2008. Reforms put in place by the federal government several years ago have led the reverse lending industry to target more affluent potential borrowers-the households that tend to work with planners.

Column: Social Security gets tough advice on advice it gives — CHICAGO The Social Security Administration needs to up its game when it comes to helping retirees decide when to claim their benefits. The timing of a Social Security claim is the most important financial decision most workers will make about their retirement.

Pampers Delivers Healthy Growth With Hospital Access, NFL Newborn Club — Pampers has been flourishing by creating new opportunities in ingenious places. Football and babies don't generally mix, for example, but Pampers and the National Football League have found a way to put the two together with the league's creation of an NFL Newborn Fan Club earlier this year.

Health Insurers May Make Big Decision For Your Clients

Column: Automatic Medicare Advantage enrollment draws scrutiny — CHICAGO The Medicare enrollment process is fraught with complicated choices - but one big decision could be made for you automatically by a health insurance company if you are not on your toes. A little known rule allows some health insurance companies to automatically sign people up for Medicare Advantage plans - the managed care alternative to traditional Medicare.

How Lego Demand Grew So Fast It Pulled Back in North America — Lego has had a strong run this year-so strong, in fact, its supply chain has been overwhelmed. Thanks in part to licensing partnerships with powerhouse entertainment franchises as Star Wars, Angry Birds, Harry Potter, DC Comics and the Disney Princess collection, the company saw its annual revenue increase 25 percent in 2015 for its " best year ever."

Moët & Chandon Woos Millennials With New Vintages, Packaging & Campaigns — It has been 11 years since French multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVMH established Moët Hennessey USA to sell and market its luxury wines and spirits in the US. For the namesake Champagne, Moët & Chandon, it has proven to be a very smart move.

Goldman Sachs Grows Client Base With Shared Technology, Retail Offerings — Goldman Sachs, the 147-year-old multinational financial services company, has continued to reinvent itself as one of America's strongest brands. Leveraging its strength as the world's premiere investment bank, part of its recent success has been through the effective use of technology.
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Sep 29, 2016

In-patient or not? Medicare requires hospitals to tell you under new law  @ReutersMoney

Sep 28, 2016

California's mandatory retirement savings plan will be signed into law tomorrow by @Govjerrybrown - big milestone in state expansion efforts

Sep 27, 2016

Did Wells Fargo target seniors with its bogus-account scheme? 

Sep 22, 2016

RT @DamatoK: Social Security should give seniors better advice about when to start benefits  by…

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