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Traits that make a good executor are someone who is trustworthy, organized, empathetic, fair and unbiased, and dependable.

Organization a key trait to being a good executor

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION - The role of an executor for a someone’s estate holds a lot of responsibility. It is important for...
“Retirees are likely to see another sizable increase in their Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for their Social Security payments in 2023,” due to higher interest rates, says Susan Moore of Moore Financial Advisors in Watertown. Photo/Submitted

Higher interest rates are a double-edged sword

By Sharon Longo, Contributing Writer REGION - Having some money set aside may provide a sense of security, but many people often feel insecure when...
“For lower-income individuals, I would say annuities might still make sense if they don’t plan to leave a bequest,” says Gal Wettstein, senior research economist for the Boston College Center for Retirement Research.. (Photo/submitted)

Are annuities right for you?

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - For decades, people have been buying annuities for a lot of reasons that sounded positive. They are long-term...
Health Savings Accounts can be a good tool for reducing your tax bill while setting aside money for health care, dental and vision expenses.

Health Savings Accounts can mean big savings

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION - A Health Savings Account (HSA) is used to save and pay for future medical expenses. But bear in...
Boston-based attorney Marcia Wagner says apart from changing federal estate tax laws, the most important factor in estate planning may be a last will and testament.

How to avoid mistakes in estate planning

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - If you’re considering estate planning, you might be putting it off until you’re older. Keep it simple, you...
While I bonds are not a total answer to inflation, they can play a role in at least reducing it or helping to solve it.

I bonds are an investment that benefits from inflation

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - Inflation news is almost always grim. But I bonds, a low-risk investment that flies under the radar for...
When you convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA you pay income tax on the amount of money being converted.

Should you convert to a Roth IRA?

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION – For many people there is typically some confusion when it comes to retirement savings plans and how best...
Because Massachusetts is not a community property state, when a married resident of the state dies, their spouse does not owe their debts.

What happens to your debt when you die?

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION - When people think about planning for their eventual demise, the focus is usually on assets. But what about...
The Center of Retirement Research at Boston College found that one strong indicator of whether long-term care was needed is whether a person is in good health during his or her 60s.

Should you buy long-term care insurance?

By David Wilkening Contributing Writer REGION - If you want the protection of buying long-term care insurance, it helps if you have a lot of money....

When to start collecting Social Security is one of the most important retirement decisions

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION – When should you start collecting Social Security? Anytime you want once you reach age 62. That’s a fact....