“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...
Alain Valles, CRMP, CSA, MS, MBA

Senior housing options education

By Alain Valles, CRMP, CSA, MS, MBA, Nonprofit Charitable Managing Director Should I stay, or should I go? To move or age in place? If you...

Social Security announces 1.6 percent benefit increase for 2020

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020, the Social Security Administration recently...

Financial advice proves helpful for self-employed individuals planning for retirement

By Leslie Anderson, Contributing Writer REGION - Operating a successful business reflects long-held goals for many people. Working for oneself provides a certain satisfaction of...
Your chances statistically of being audited by the IRS are not likely―roughly 0.3% or 3 in 1,000.

Should you worry about being audited by the IRS?

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION – Being audited by the IRS is high on the list of things that many Americans dread.  It’s a fearsome...
Buying individual TV streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, or HBO is an option many former cable subscribers pursue.

Cutting the cord to cable television can mean significant savings

By Peg Lopata, Contributing Writer REGION - Choices, choices. Everything from toothpaste to smartphones―the choices are dizzying. Same goes for watching TV. If you want...
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...
A digital asset is essentially anything that is created and stored online that is uniquely identifiable and possesses value of some kind.

Managing your digital assets is becoming essential for comprehensive estate planning

By Colin McCandless, Contributing Writer  REGION - In this digital age, the bulk of our personal and financial resources reside online, from bank accounts, savings...
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We’re Not In Bedrock and You’re Not with ‘The Flintstones’

By Dennis Sullivan & Associates, Counselors at Law You may recall the popular television show of the 1960’s “The Flintstones” who lived in the town...
The IRS has announced an ambitious plan for improving its customer service, which gets poor reviews from many taxpayers.

IRS launches ambitious plan to improve customer service

By Debbie Spingarn, Contributing Writer REGION - When Teresa Fern, 52, of Norfolk had her social security number stolen, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) was...