by Donn J. Sinclair, MBA January 15, 2020A few words about risks, fees and expenses related to your investments. Before you move forward with any investment - you should carefully consider that investment’s objectives, risks, fees, and expenses. Not all exchange trade funds (ETFs) and mutual funds may be appropriate your specific situation. We all have our own unique risk temperaments and investment objectives that may or may not match any particular ETF or mutual fund. Furthermore, before investing in any ETF or mutual fund, you should carefully read the prospectus or summary prospectus. This prospectus will outline the specifics of that fund; including that fund’s objectives, fees, and expenses. Said securities expressly to include ETFs and mutual funds. Remember that any investment’s past performance is no guarantee of future results. The information and opinions contained herein are for educational purposes only; and expressly do not constitute a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any securities. This educational information should not be relied upon as financial advice.
@Sinclair Financial Solutions is independently owned and operated. Donn J. Sinclair, MBA is insurance licensed in NC and SC (NIPR NPN#1722815). Investment Advisory Services offered through Prosperity Wealth Management, Inc., 2333 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, Suite #200 - San Ramon, CA 94583. Securities offered through Fortune Financial Services, Inc., 3582 Brodhead Road, Suite #202 - Monaca, PA 15061 Member FINRA/SIPC; branch office of record located at 948 Myrtle Drive Rock Hill, SC 29730. Sinclair Financial Solutions, Prosperity Wealth Management, and Fortune Financial Services, Inc are separate entities. SC Real Estate License #76530, and NRDS #554027312.
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by Kristin P. Sinclair – A Accu Tax – January 11, 2020
You have decided to pursue a Traditional IRA. That is an Excellent Decision ! So what is your next step ? First check to make certain that you are eligible to open a Traditional IRA for 2019 and/or 2020. Normally you should qualify to open and make contributions to a Traditional IRA if:
Whether or not you are covered by another retirement plan you can start your Traditional IRA. If either you or your spouse is covered by an employer retirement plan; however, then it is important to note that your deductible contributions may be limited.
by Donn J. Sinclair, MBA January 15, 2020
An Index Fund is made up of a basket of securities designed to track and match the performance of a benchmark or index. The Index Fund is also frequently called a Passively Managed Fund. The Index Fund may be designed to track or match a stock or bond index. Some of the most popular stock Index Funds attempt to track the S&P500 and the NASDAQ100, and some of the most popular bond Index Funds are designed to match the Total Bond Index and the International Bond Index.
by Kristin P. Sinclair January 12, 2020
Let’s talk Medicare, exercise, and cost sharing.
Original Medicare has several parts to it: Part A Hospital stays and Skilled Nursing events after Hospitalization. Hospice Care falls under Original Medicare Part A. If you need a blood transfusion while at the hospital that falls under the Original Medicare Part A .
Each of those above Mentioned items You as the Medicare Beneficiary have cost sharing responsibilities. With Medicare having no out of pocket limit on your cost sharing you need to find a way to limit your exposure to financial obligations.
by Kristin P. Sinclair January 10, 2020
For those already receiving Social Security Benefits and also a Beneficiary of Medicare, You may have received; Your notification letter by now most likely that You are getting a cost of living increase.
You were also notified in the letter, that Your Medicare Premiums are going up, and Your cost of living increase will help to cover the additional cost associated with Medicare Premiums. So let’s look at some numbers:
$ 750.00 times 1.6% equals $12.00 add those two figures and you get $ 762.00
$ 1,000.00 times 1.6% equals $16.00 add those two figures and you get $ 1,016.00
$ 1,250.00 times 1.6% equals $20.00 add those two figures and you get $ 1,270.00
So when you are talking with folks and your friend shares information with you, and you hear of someone’s social security income increase amount and the numbers seem different for different people, yes it could happen.
by Kristin P. Sinclair January 13, 2019
We know that Medicare has several different parts. Today We will focus on some basics.
Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. In another article We will look at things in more depth. For today the basics.
In the Original Medicare Part A there is a deductible and cost sharing for covered services. The hospital deductible is $1408.00 for 2020 per benefit period. The benefit period in a continuous or unbroken number of days within a calendar year. So a person in the hospital on different occasions during the annual period could actually have multiple deductibles. And multiple cost sharing co-pays. Medicare does not cover all costs so it is important to have coverage above and beyond Medicare Part A. Whether a Nursing Home visit is in order after a hospital visit or you head home to recover, health care has costs associated with utilization of health care. More on that later.
by Kristin P. Sinclair January 17, 2020
January 2020: It is a new Year and Medicare Cost Sharing has changed for the 2020 Annual Period.
Since Medicare has unlimited out of pocket exposure it is important that the Medicare beneficiary have coverage above and beyond that to the original Medicare. Supplemental coverage options can help pay for that additional out of pocket exposure and different plan designs off different levels of coverage. You can call Kristin at 803-329-0615 to discuss setting up an appoint to review coverage options than can help you protect your out of pocket exposure.
Medicare Part A in 2020 has a $1,408.00 deductible for Hospital Admission as an inpatient. That amount is applicable whether You are admitted for one day or up to 60 consecutive days. On days 61 through 90 the Medicare beneficiary would have a co-payment responsibility of $352.00 per day. On days 91 through 150 which are one time use life time reserve days the Medicare beneficiary would have a co-payment responsibility of $704.00 per day. At which point Medicare would have paid as much toward that admission as could be paid by the original Medicare.
By Donn J. Sinclair, MBA November 12, 2019
Fixed annuities pay guaranteed rates of interest and in many cases higher interest rates than those available from other financial institutions. Fixed annuities are the issued by insurance companies and are essentially fixed rate savings/investments from an insurance company.
You can select either a deferred or immediate fixed annuity. The deferred fixed annuity normally allows your savings to grow tax-deferred while accumulating regular rates of interest. The immediate annuity usually provides you with regular fixed payments which are partially determined by your age, the size of your annuity purchase, the payment schedule selected, and the interest rate for your annuity.
by Donn J. Sinclair, MBA January 14, 2020
Curb to Door Appeal
The first impression that your home makes on prospective buyers as they approach your home should entice them to step out of their car and enjoy the upcoming showing. Clean, or have someone clean the gutters so they are free of any visible leaves and debris. Your roof should not look like it is need of imminent replacement. You or someone should hose down the exterior, plus use a soft brush or sponge mop to clean hard to reach soffit and fascia, plus the doors, windows and frames. Your front entryway should sparkle. Thoroughly clean the doors, replace any tarnished hardware, and replace any dingy or burnt out lighting. A new front doormat might be just the final touch.
by Kristin P. Sinclair – A Accu Tax – November 15, 2019 – Rock Hill, SC – Charleston, SC
We have heard in the news that the Standard Deduction is increasing and fewer people will be itemizing on the their tax returns over the next 7 years. The higher deduction is indeed expected to be taken by many. However for people who have a Mortgage on their home paying interest, they might want to look at itemizing and decide if it is to their advantage. Have deductible gifts to charity add this to the mix. And then also, taxes paid for home, vehicles, and state taxes on their earned income. Estimated state taxes on investments and retirement income.
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