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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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appealing medicare premium surcharge

Written on December 6th, 2016 by Jamesno shouts

To follow up on the previous video post: If you would like to appeal the “income surcharge” attached to your medicare part b premium, here is the form https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-44.pdf

Retirement Minute Episode 15: Social Security & Medicare 2017 increases

Written on November 29th, 2016 by Jamesno shouts

Retirement Minute Episode 14 – “are my social security benefits taxable?”

Written on June 6th, 2016 by Jamesno shouts

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