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Below you will find the columns terry has written by date.

Scary Scam Story

May 10, 2023

I’m going to tell you a scary story. Or rather, I’m going to let the person involved tell you his true story – one that should make you aware how easy it is for your parents – or you – to get drawn into a financial scam. Technology has enabled fraudsters to grab your money..

Medicaid Planning

May 03, 2023

People tend to avoid the discussion of estate planning because no one likes to think about their mortality. Plus, there’s the presumption that only the wealthy have an “estate” that needs planning. But many moderate-income families may have a very special need to do some simple estate planning. If they arrange their assets properly, they..

I Bond Rates Drop Sharply

April 29, 2023

Updated 04/29/23 The new rate for Series I bonds purchased after May 1, 2023 is 4.30%. That includes a new higher base rate of 0.90%, which will stay with the bond for its entire lifetime. Future inflation adjustments on these bonds will be made on top of that 0.90% fixed base rate. The current inflation..

Speaking of Safety

April 26, 2023

In the search for safety of your financial assets, there’s a sudden recognition that the FDIC doesn’t cover deposits above a certain limit-- $250,000. You can extend that coverage through the use of joint accounts or trust accounts, but that begs the question of why you want to juggle those accounts when it is easy..

Social Security Going Broke

April 12, 2023

The Social Security trustees just announced that the primary trust fund used to pay retirement benefits is set to become depleted in 2033. At that point, the only money available to pay promised retirement benefits will come from those currently paying into Social Security out of their monthly paychecks. And, in 2033, that inflow is..

Money, markets, and Fear

April 09, 2023

Given the recent headlines, I just want to say a few words about the safety of your money in the bank — and all the “end of the world” financial stories, memes, and postings that have started to circulate— again. This is not the first time Americans have worried about the survivability of the US..

Rate Hikes Hit Home

March 29, 2023

The Fed’s latest rate hike is the ninth increase in the last 12 months — for a total of 4.75 basis points. Interest rates have more than tripled after years of Fed rates as low as 1%. As a result, Americans have received a very public lesson in interest rate risk, and its impact on..

The Unexpected Costs of Care

March 23, 2023

It’s the one financial planning issue that everyone wants to avoid. Your retirement may go according to your financial plan. On the other hand, you and your family may face the unexpected cost of long-term care that is not covered by Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans. This is the cost of getting help doing the..

Tax Time

March 20, 2023

It’s that time of year again – income tax time. If you’ve already filed your return, pat yourself on the back. But if you’re one of the millions who procrastinate, here are some helpful reminders along with some tax changes that you might not have noticed since you haven’t started doing your return: • Tax..

Banking Crisis Update — What Happened?

March 19, 2023

Update: March 19th. I posted the article below on Monday, March 13th -- and everything I wrote has been verified over the past five days. The "crisis of confidence" spread to other regional banks, and one big Swiss bank that had previously suffered from poor management and made serious lending errors. But over the past..

Social Security Horror Stories

March 05, 2023

Social security makes mistakes. Big ones. If they miscalculated and underpaid you for many years, you might never find out. But these days, many people are getting letters from Social Security saying they have been OVERpaid for many years. And Social Security demands you return such overpayments even if the overpayments were Social Security’s mistake!..

What Happened to the Market?

March 02, 2023

Clint Eastwood said it memorably: “Do you feel lucky?” Now, superimpose Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s stern visage squinting at the markets and asking that question. It’s a message to stock market bulls who started out the year in euphoria, believing the Fed was about to declare victory over inflation — and might even be forced..

Best Books

February 27, 2023

Facts are easy to find in this era of the internet. But good advice is somewhat more elusive. Since my “brand” is The Savage Truth, my goal has always been to expose my readers and viewers to the best advice that is not motivated by hidden costs and incentives. Every year I find a book..

You Broke Your Debt Promise

During the pandemic It looked so easy to avoid credit card debt. You couldn’t go out to dinner and you didn’t need to buy clothes for work. And you were scared, very scared about what the world would look like in the future. You promised to be good. And then the world reopened. Suddenly, it..

An Annuity that Works for You (MYGA)

February 15, 2023

Though I’ve previously warned against many annuities, with good reason, this column will focus on one type of annuity that might serve a very good short-term purpose in your financial plan. That product is a fixed-rate multi-year fixed-rate guaranteed annuity – or MYGA. With a term ranging from 3 to 10 years, this insurance contract..

ChatGPT – The Future is Now!

February 05, 2023

Every few years, something really “new” comes along, sneaking into our vocabularies and our way of interacting with money. Then suddenly, it reaches a tipping point and becomes ubiquitous. I like to keep an eye out for those life-changing opportunities, which mostly revolve around technology. Change is inevitable, and it’s up to us to make..

529 Plans Even Better Now

January 23, 2023

The best way to save for college for your children and grandchildren is a 529 College Savings plan. And, the recent Secure 2.0 legislation created some improvements on this great product. The tax advantages make 529 plans the clear winner for college planning and saving. Tax Benefits Money saved in a 529 College Savings Plan..

New Student Loan Proposal

A new proposal by the Biden administration would dramatically cut federal student loan monthly payments in half, with monthly payments as low as ZERO for more borrowers, while completely wiping out the remaining balance for some borrowers after ten years of payments. Unlike the previous proposal which involved debt forgiveness, this is merely a generous..

Open the Envelope, please!

January 18, 2023

Some bad news is coming in the mail. Be prepared to face up to it immediately. Open the envelopes – the credit card bills and the brokerage statements. The card balances likely total more than you expected. And the brokerage or mutual fund statements likely show less than you hoped. Here’s what to do about..

Money Tips for the New Year

January 07, 2023

1. Get Organized –That’s the most important thing you can do to start the new year. You can’t go forward if you don’t know where you’re starting from! Lists are important, as are files – whether on paper or on your computer. A disorganized mind will destroy your financial future. To help you in this..



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