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Jim Lentini: Retirement road map, part I

Happy New Year! As we begin a new year and try to keep our New Year's resolutions, we need to address our goals for our retirement planning as well.

January 04, 2011 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: 529 college saving and retirement

For some people, due to lack of balanced planning, economic problems and unforeseen issues, their retirement planning is interrupted by the need to pay for college expenses.

November 16, 2010 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Retirement with guaranteed solutions

With our current state of the economy, politics and deficit spending of our federal and state governments, people are concerned how to balance saving for retirement and being able to maintain their lifestyle in retirement. Only 20 percent of Americans say that they are "very confident" that they will have enough money in retirement to last their lifetime, according to the April 2010 Employee Retirement Confidence Survey.

October 25, 2010 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Guaranteed IRA incomes

If you are like many Americans, you may consider your IRA to be among your primary sources for funding your retirement. But, with our current economic issues, and 2008 decline in values of pension plans, you may still have questions about your retirement savings for the future. Some questions are:

September 28, 2010 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Retirement preparation in reverse

Every day, we see advertisements touted on television, by actors we recognize, for reverse mortgages and the benefits for those, age 62 or older. It is sad to see retirees at this age forced to start spending the equity of their homes to meet rising living costs in today's economic environment.

August 24, 2010 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: You and your retirement strategy

Few Americans know how much they need to save for retirement. Less than half of current workers have even attempted to calculate how much money they will need, according to a recent Employee Benefit Research Institute survey.

July 20, 2010 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Economic reality and retirement planning

American workers are reconsidering how they save for retirement and gauge their interest in simpler and more automatic savings plans, such as workplace savings and insurance plans.

July 13, 2010 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: What's the biggest threat to the economy?

A article in Newsweek's business section in 2007 questioned a major problem that is a threat to our economy. It started by addressing the mortgage problem that was surfacing at that time, and alluded to what was a bigger threat to the economy than the mortgage problem. The statistics quoted started with the following question: What is the biggest threat to the U.S. economy?

June 29, 2010 | Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Employers, employees and health-care reform

In discussion with one of my friends who is a professional small-businessman, evaluating the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we determined that the current rules will drive people from group plans to individual plans.

June 14, 2010 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: A CLASS Act for health care

Although it was introduced in committee in 2009 as part of the proposed health care reform legislation, the CLASS Act received little public attention as Congress and the nation hotly debated the rest of the historic law signed into law this year.

June 07, 2010 | Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Health care reform will affect retirees

Fifth in a series

As you know, many people underestimate how much money they need to finance their retirement, especially given that men and women are living approximately 10 (men) and 12 (women) years longer than just 60 years ago.

May 25, 2010 | Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Dissecting federal health care reform

Fourth in a series

After three weeks of reporting the details of the health care plan signed into law by the president on March 23, we are now getting reports by the experts on the problems that will have to be dealt with by those implementing the plan - we the people, who will have to be covered according to the plan, and must pay for the program, both by premiums and taxation.

May 18, 2010 | Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: More info about health-care reform

As reported in previous columns about the health-care bill signed into law March 23, this information comes from the Foundation for Health Care Education and its reading and evaluation of the new health care reform.

May 11, 2010 | Jim Lentini Business Commentary | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: The effects of health care reform

Second of two parts

The national health care reform bill recently signed into law by President Barack Obama will affect small businesses in a number of ways.

May 04, 2010 | Jim Lentini Business Commentary | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: What does health-care reform mean for you?

I just returned from a seminar sponsored by the Foundation for Health Coverage Education, which explained more about the health plan the president signed into law on March 23. Please note, these details may/will change as the implementation costs of this program over time change dramatically, according to the experts in the health insurance industry.

April 27, 2010 | Jim Lentini Business Commentary | Business Columns


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