Scott Burns

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January 25, 2015

Introducing the Disgruntled Retiree Index

Allow me to introduce a new economic indicator. It doesn't come from a government agency, nor is it the creation of a right- or left-leaning think tank. In a land of indices and measures, there is so little attention to this problem that I had to create the measure myself. I call it the Disgruntled... continue

January 22, 2015

Will Nursing Care Take All Your Money? Maybe Not

Q: I'd like your opinion for sheltering our money. I'm 67 and my wife is 62. I retired at 55; she retired at 50. We both have pensions that are adequate. I'm collecting Social Security. Our IRAs total $875,000 and we have yet to withdraw any money from them. In both local and high-interest checking, we have... continue

January 18, 2015

Unbundling Money Management

"Unbundling" is an interesting word. The first unbundling I ever heard about was the famous Carterfone decision. It forced the unbundling of phones from the original nationwide ATT phone service. After that decision, you could buy your phones from anyone who cared to produce them. Today we wonder... continue

January 15, 2015

Coping With Debt on a Reduced Income

Q: My wife and I were discussing paying off major debt. This would include our mortgage ($100,000), a home improvement loan ($50,000) and a vehicle ($20,000). The only way we could do this is through my retirement Simplified Employee Pension (SEP). It is currently valued at $876,000. It is aggressively... continue

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