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Medicare is adding home health options

Written on November 12th, 2018 by Jamesno shouts

This should not be considered a replacement for Long Term Care insurance, but Medicare is relaxing rules on home health/assistance as they realize it is cheaper than hospitalization:

https://www.apnews.com/55e619262d5d455f9a9ac35900e3f3a1

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Is my Home Equity loan interest still deductible?

Written on July 16th, 2018 by Jamesno shouts

Prior to 2018, mortgage interest on $1M primary mortgage and Home Equity loan interest on a loan up to $100k were deductible on your Schedule A itemized deduction form of your tax return.  With the new tax law that has changed and caused a bit of confusion:

For mortgages taken out in 2018, the total combined mortgage loan amounts (primary and home equity/second) where interest can be deducted has dropped to $750,000.  The question is what about Home Equity Loan interest?  The new tax law made it sound as if Home Equity loan interest would no longer be deductible, however per the IRS that is not the case.  If a Home Equity loan was taken out to specifically make improvements to the property then the interest on the loan can still be deducted on your Schedule A.  The caveat is that the loan has to be to improve the residence it is loaned against, no using it to pay off credit cards, vacations, etc…

For more info see the IRS’ statement on this:  https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/interest-on-home-equity-loans-often-still-deductible-under-new-law

IRS videos

Written on May 29th, 2018 by Jamesno shouts

Did you know that the IRS has short video tutorials on a variety of topics?  These videos discuss individual tax items as well as questions small business owners might have regarding payroll withholdings and retirement plans:

https://www.irsvideos.gov/Individual

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Do you remember?

Written on January 22nd, 2018 by Jamesno shouts

Just a few short years ago Greece was about to implode and default on its debt, so their interest rates skyrocketed. Would you believe that now Greece’s 2 year treasury yield is lower the the US 2 year treasury yield (1.26% vs. 2.06%)? What do you think this is telling us?

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Trying to understand Medicare?

Written on November 13th, 2017 by Jamesno shouts

This document is one of the better ones I’ve found for Medicare basics.  If you know someone nearing age 65 pass it along:Medicare basics (1)

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Tax reform bill summary

Written on November 3rd, 2017 by Jamesno shouts

From a quick scan it appears to me that congress is trying to get folks to take the standard deduction vs. itemizing on their taxes.  On the schedule A they are trying to eliminate deductions for Medical expenses, state taxes and capping property tax deductions at $10k.  Higher income folks and those that live in states with high property and state income taxes are not going to be happy.  Any new home purchases will also have a cap of $500k for mortgage interest deductions.

This website has a good summary:

https://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2017/11/02/Read-House-GOPs-Tax-Bill-or-Summary-Key-Points

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social security benefits rise for 2018 but……….

Written on October 13th, 2017 by Jamesno shouts

You are getting a 2% bump in benefits in 2018, but it will probably be offset by higher medicare premiums:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2017/10/13/gotcha-social-security-benefits-rising-2-in-2018-but-most-retirees-wont-see-extra-cash/#43a72fef5831

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Something to think about

Written on April 4th, 2017 by Jamesno shouts

We never know if this will happen to us or how it could affect our retirement dreams.  A very real disease that we all need to have a plan for:  https://www.yahoo.com/style/this-son-is-documenting-his-mothers-dementia-in-a-heartbreaking-video-series-173544541.html

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pretty soon you will have instant Amazon deliveries!

Written on December 29th, 2016 by Jamesno shouts

New patent from Amazon – flying warehouse with drone delivery:  http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/29/amazon-flying-warehouse-deploy-delivery-drones-patent.html

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$55B in profit over 28 years

Written on December 22nd, 2016 by Jamesno shouts

Pretty interesting read on a secretive hedgefund.  Sometimes patterns trump fundamentals:  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-21/how-renaissance-s-medallion-fund-became-finance-s-blackest-box?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

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