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

Is Bitcoin for You?

January 22, 2024

Bitcoin is making headlines, as the regulators have finally approved a way to “invest” that doesn’t require a crypto wallet, an unregulated “exchange” intermediary, and a “crypto key” that might be easily lost or stolen. In short, Bitcoin has joined the league of major asset classes now that Bitcoin Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) will be..

New FAFSA

January 15, 2024

There’s a problem with FAFSA. If you’re a high school senior now applying for college, you should already be in the process of applying for financial aid. In fact, as acceptances start to roll in, the amount of each school’s financial aid package might be the deciding factor in which school you and your family..

10 Money Tips to Do NOW!

January 02, 2024

You started the year with such good intentions. But did you write down the most important things to accomplish in 2024, financially. Did you set some goals? Or were those fleeting ideas that faded with the New Year’s hangover. There’s an old Savage Truth: “A goal without a plan is just a dream.” So it’s..

Fraud vs. Scams

January 01, 2024

Don’t count on your bank to replace your money if you’ve been taken by a scam. It all depends on the bank’s investigation of how the money was removed. And most major banks are taking a tough line on reimbursements these days. So if you were scammed into giving out your PIN or transferring money,..

The Gift of Financial Organization

December 13, 2023

The gift of financial peace of mind is priceless. And it all starts with organization. Instead of waking up in the middle of the night worried about money and bills, wouldn’t it be amazing to feel in control of your finances? The first step in getting to your goal is to get organized. And this..

Extended! Student Loan Year-End Deadline

Update 12/19: The Admnistration just extended the year-end deadline for all borrowers by 4 months -- until April 30, 2023. But don't procrastinate. Consolidating loans can start you on the path to forgiveness. So, all of the below -- except the year-end- date -- remain the same!! Don’t miss out on the December 31st deadline..

Planning for a Disabled Child or Adult

December 11, 2023

Could you make a financial plan to provide for three instead of just two life time retirements? That’s exactly the challenge facing parents of children with disabilities, according to Mary Anne Ehlert, founder of ProtectedTomorrows.com. These families must plan not only for their own retirement, but for the lifetime care of a person who may..

Know What You Own

December 05, 2023

Long ago, when Americans mostly owned stocks and mutual funds in accounts of retirement plans and IRAs, December was known as the tax-loss selling season. This was the practice of “harvesting” losses to offset gains, and a limited amount of ordinary income. But these days, the majority of individual investments are held in tax-sheltered retirement..

Know What You Own

November 30, 2023

Long ago, when Americans mostly owned stocks and mutual funds in accounts outside of retirement plans and IRAs, December was known as the tax-loss selling season. This was the practice of “harvesting” losses to offset gains, and a limited amount of ordinary income. But these days, the majority of individual investments are held in tax-sheltered..

Thanksgiving — and beyond

November 23, 2023

At this time of year the headlines are filled with “holiday shopping deals” as stores advertise the best prices on everything from clothing to electronics. Your in-box is filled with “flash sales” on brands you’ve shopped before. And personal finance columns remind you of the dangers of credit card debt, to be repaid with high..

Charity Contributions from IRA RMD

November 20, 2023

It’s the season of the year when thoughts turn to charitable gifts and IRA required minimum distributions. With deference to turkeys, this is a classic case of being able to kill two birds with one stone! Let me explain. You know you must take an RMD before year-end from all retirement accounts (except those created..

Social Security Horror Stories — The Book & Website

November 14, 2023

Social Security is clawing back $21.6 Billion in mistaken overpayments to elderly retirees and disabled people because the agency miscalculated benefits, often for decades! It could happen to you – or your parents. Social Security has unchecked power. If you don’t repay their mistakes, they simply stop sending your monthly benefit! I uncovered this story..

I-Bond Rate Update (and some advice!)

November 02, 2023

Remember when you rushed to buy Series I bonds a year ago, before November 1, 2022, to get that astounding 9.62% rate? You did earn that rate – for the next 6 months. And then, as inflation dropped, rates for subsequent 6-month periods also declined. And if you purchased an I-bond a year ago at..

The Wizard of Fed

October 31, 2023

Every Fed meeting is second-guessed by the markets –and the latest is no exception. No one can deny the power of the Fed to impact the economy by increasing or cutting interest rates. But not even an informed group of experts can set the perfect rate to keep the economy moving on an even keel..

Disadvantages of Medicare Advantage

October 25, 2023

As Medicare open enrollment continues through December 7, it appears those media commercials for Advantage plans are working. Now, more than half of Medicare participants have left traditional Medicare plus supplements behind, lured by the enticements of “more benefits at lower monthly cost.” But before making the switch, you should understand the costs and restrictions..

Calculating your RMD

October 24, 2023

If you have a retirement account – and IRA, 40l(k), 403(b) or other “qualified” retirement account -- and you are, or have have reached, the age of 73 this calendar year, it is time to calculate and withdraw your Required Minimum Distribution or RMD. It’s actually a very simple process, but failure to calculate the..

College Application Time

October 16, 2023

High school seniors and their parents are thinking past Homecoming to CollegeGoing! This is the moment when families should start strategizing for college applications and financial aid. A quiet family discussion, and a meeting with the high school guidance office can avoid tears and recriminations later. The Money Discussion -- A Reality Check The starting..

Medicare Open Enrollment

October 09, 2023

Note: Updated to add the ONLY and BEST Medicare supplement plan for all NEW applicants: Plan G! It’s that time of year again, when seniors face the challenges of Open Enrollment in Medicare, starting October 15th. .These are the most consequential decisions seniors must make, not only because of the financial impact, but the impact..

Debt in Retirement

September 26, 2023

There’s a personal debt crisis coming. I see it in the posts on the “AskTerry “ section of my website, www.terrysavage.com. These stories go beyond the frightening national statistics to reveal the human costs. Especially for seniors. Americans are now carrying more than $1 Trillion in credit card debt – a new record. And the..

Turning Points

September 16, 2023

Summer is over and autumn is here. You’re not surprised to see Halloween candy on the shelves of your local WalMart. Fall is just part of the cycle of nature, predictable in general — although we still may suffer with some high-temp days and nights. Summer is over. If we’re not surprised by the cycles..

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