Author Archive | Larry Frank, Sr.

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House Stealing! Yes – that’s right – thieves steal ownership of your house!

“What do you get when you combine two popular rackets these days – identity theft and mortgage fraud? A totally new kind of crime: house stealing.” Quoted from the FBI’s website by the same title “House Stealing.” That’s right! You end up NOT owning your home! You may think this is an old story based […]

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Investing? What’s the Bigger Picture?

Many people don’t see the big picture of investing. They can’t see the forest for the trees! Below are three (3) big picture things when it comes to investing. Many focus so much on returns NOW instead of what investing is supposed to do for them over the long term. Markets are always uncertain. The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic […]

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Incapacity planning for Social Security

As the Coronavirus continues to put people of all walks of life in hospitals and on ventilators, the necessity of incapacity planning is starting to hit home. The question now isn’t so much “what if I die?” (although there’s that, too), but “what if I’m unable to speak for myself? Who will take care of […]

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What are Heir’s Considerations Now for Inherited Retirement Accounts?

The SECURE Puzzle This article will discuss HOW a heir may distribute Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) over the 10 year period that results from the SECURE Act of 2019*. The pertinent details of the Act relevant to this article will be discussed later. The below applies to any qualified retirement funds an heir may inherit. […]

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The Four Transitions Of Aging (Retirement Insights Part 3 of 3)

The Four Transitions Of Aging (Retirement Insights Part 3 of 3)

“Aging and getting older can be ‘a mean Rubik’s Cube, in which several different sides of your life are turning simultaneously.’ As while good genes increase longevity, they can also increase the cost of living and duration of retirement. Married couples often find support with one another, but spouses typically don’t age equally well, and […]

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The Trick To Keeping Friends As We Get Older (Retirement Insights Series Part 2 of 3)

The Trick To Keeping Friends As We Get Older (Retirement Insights Series Part 2 of 3)

“More and more recent research is finding that our friends and social interactions are essential to our medical, psychological, and social well-being as we age. Which is a challenge for retirees, in particular, as they age, as everything from reduced mobility to the outright death of friends can shrink our social circles and opportunities to […]

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Time Allocations and Self-Reported Happiness Of Retirees (Retirement Insights Series – Part 1 of 3)

“When it comes to happiness and well-being in retirement, having enough money to retire may help, but it turns out not to be a primary driver of happiness in retirement. Instead, retiree satisfaction is much more driven by what retirees actually do with their time in retirement. Accordingly, the authors of a study leverage the data in the University […]

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The Insidious Impact of Lifestyle Creep

What is “Lifestyle Creep?” “Lifestyle creep occurs when an individual’s standard of living improves as their discretionary income rises and former luxuries become new necessities. The rise in discretionary income can happen either through an increase in income or decrease in costs.” Lifestyle creep can occur when your young when income tends to continue to rise. […]

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