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How to pay for healthcare costs in retirement

By GRA News Blog | April 13, 2021

Stop focusing on the big, scary numbers As retirement risks go, it’s one of the more impossible to manage and mitigate. Or is it? For years now, firms in the financial services industry, as well as researchers, have been scaring preretirees into thinking they need an ungodly amount of money set aside at age 65…

Winning at Life: How Long Does It Take to Make Up for Missed Early Social Security Checks?

By Gregory Ricks | May 31, 2017

On Winning at Life, Gregory Ricks relays a story with James Parker about a client who turned on Social Security benefits early after getting some bad advice from the folks at the Social Security office.

The Ricks Report- May 30, 2017

By Gregory Ricks | May 31, 2017

The Ricks Report May 30, 2017  Numbers of $ignificance THE GLASS IS HALF-EMPTY – An annual survey of Americans at least age 65 gave the US stock market at least a 50% chance of rising in the upcoming year only 1 time over 12 annual surveys that were conducted from 2002-2013. The US stock market…

State and City-Run IRA Plans Are Not Going Away

By Gregory Ricks | May 25, 2017

On April 13, President Trump signed into law legislation that blocked Obama-era Department of Labor (DOL) regulations encouraging the establishment of IRA plans run by cities and municipalities. On May 17, he signed similar legislation applying to state-run IRAs. While these new developments may make the road ahead for both city and state run IRA…

The Ricks Report – May 23, 2017

By Gregory Ricks | May 23, 2017

­­­­­­­­The Ricks Report May 23, 2017  Numbers of $ignificance                         PROPOSALS FOR INCREASES – Proposed House legislation (“Social Security 2100 Act”) by John Larsen (D-CT) would increase the Social Security payroll tax rate paid by employees from 6.2% to 7.4%, to be phased in over 24 years from 2019-2042. Larsen’s plan would also phase out the…

Winning at Life: Avoid Variable Annuities

By Gregory Ricks | May 19, 2017

Winning at Life with Gregory Ricks discusses why variable annuities are a financial tool of the past, and has no place in your portfolio in today’s financial planning.

Winning at Life: Tax Scam Busted in Gulfport

By Gregory Ricks | May 18, 2017

Gregory Ricks and James Parker break down the story of a Gulfport tax preparer who is heading to jail for filing fraudulent returns. You have to be able to trust your accountant, and Gregory has some insight on ways you can tell the good from bad. This segment was recorded live on Winning at Life…

How Your IRA Can Cost You When It Comes to Medicare

By Gregory Ricks | May 18, 2017

You have done the right thing for years. You have diligently saved and accumulated funds in your IRA.  At some point, the funds that you have put away for years must come out. Uncle Sam wants his share. When you reach age 70 ½, you must take a required minimum distribution (RMD) for that year and…

The Ricks Report – May 15, 2017

By Gregory Ricks | May 16, 2017

­­­­­­­­The Ricks Report May 15, 2017  Numbers of $ignificance AGE AND WEALTH – Americans under the age of 35 make up 25% of the US population but hold just 5% of US wealth. Americans between the ages of 55-64 make up 16% of the US population but hold 31% of US wealth (source: Federal Reserve…

Mother’s Day: The Simple Things that Matter

By Gregory Ricks | May 11, 2017

Instead of searching for the perfect card, a standard gift, or just the right color of flowers for Mom this Mother’s Day, try something different that will really WOW her. Write a letter (yes, with pen and paper) expressing a favorite memory from your childhood. Create a no work day which means no cooking, yard…

The Ricks Report – May 8, 2017

By Gregory Ricks | May 10, 2017

­­­­­­­­ The Ricks Report May 8, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance FED ACTION – When the Fed began 2017, they were projecting 3 rate hikes for the year.  After last week’s 2-day meeting (held on May 2-3 which resulted in no rate change), the Fed has now raised short-term rates just 1 time in 3 meetings…