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Category Archives: Financial Literacy

Social Security Numbers to be Jettisoned from Medicare Cards

At long last, Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards. For any years the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the Medicare health insurance program, resisted pressure to make this change. In 2015, however, Congress passed the Medicare Access and ChiP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requiring CMS to replace the […]

MemoryBanc: A Comprehensive Place to Store and Locate Your Information

If you were unexpectedly incapacitated, would your loved ones know which of your bills to pay?  Would they know how to contact your accountant or insurance agent, or even know who they are? Would they be able to give your health insurance information to your medical providers? Be able to check your e-mail? We all […]

What Happens to Debt When Your Loved One Dies?

What happens to a deceased person’s debt after he dies? His heirs may wonder whether they are responsible for the debt their loved one left behind. When a person passes away, she leaves an estate which is comprised of money in bank and investment accounts, cash, real estate, vehicles, household furnishings, and other financial or […]

How to Protect Yourself Following the Equifax Data Breach

It is estimated about 143 million Americans had their personal information stolen during a data breech at Equifax earlier this year. This is just about half of the population of the United States. Essentially, any individual with a credit report is potentially impacted. Equifax is one of the three major credit reporting agencies.  These agencies […]

Addressing the Human Side of Money: Financial Therapy

Financial therapy is a new and growing area of financial assistance. Whereas financial advisors and financial planners consult on how to invest, protect and grow money, financial therapists address the more human side of personal finances. They help clients work on the underlying emotional issues that keep them trapped in money struggles, be it overspending, […]

Financial Software for Teenagers? I Say Yes!

Considering I am a daily money manager, it won’t surprise you that teaching my daughter money skills is a high priority on my parenting to-do list. From an early age, my husband and I gave Gabrielle a weekly allowance. The purpose of the allowance, in addition to giving her pocket money, was to provide an […]

Can My Loved One Deduct the Mammoth Costs of Long Term Care?

Typically paid personal care, such as dressing and bathing, is not tax deductible. If an individual meets the IRS requirements, however, long term personal care can be deducted as a medical expense. Before you toss your spouse’s or parents’ long term care bills, check to see whether they qualify for a tax deduction. The amount […]

Cost Savings or Convenience? Which do you choose?

Note: This is a guest blog by my colleague, Christine Moriarty, CFP, of MoneyPeace, Inc. When it comes to cost versus convenience, many of us opt for convenience. In this fast paced world, saving time seems to have universal appeal throughout the classes and the country. We swipe to pay. We Snap Chat to get […]