Romance scams

From the street vendors with their bunches of flowers to the hearts hanging from ceilings, door frames and even around necks (that one was a tie) to the boxes of (hopefully) good chocolate, Americans are inundated with the message of love.  It’s hard not to be aware of the lack of romance in your life…

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Grandpa's books

It’s February and so rather unimaginatively I’ve decided to write about love this month.  (By the way if you haven’t sent me a story about love, please do so at [email protected])  There are all sorts of love as you know so I’m not limiting myself to romantic love. My dad’s parents and especially my grandfather…

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Anti-aging miracle is just a step away

Want more energy?  Spend money.  Get a pill which might or might not work.  An easier and less costly remedy?  Go for a walk.  A new study found that even gentle lunchtime strolls can improve people’s moods and improve their ability to handle stress at work.  I’m going to admit to a bias here because…

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Feds refuse to stop Medicare's persistent use of 'improvement standard' despite court settlement

Two years ago, a settlement agreement ended Medicare’s use of the “improvement standard.”  At least it was supposed to.  But, despite the agreement some beneficiaries continue to be denied coverage and federal officials are refusing to take any further action to ensure that providers are aware of the change. Under the long standing improvement standard,…

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Planning decisions to make in retirement

If you’re in your 50s, retirement is on the horizon.  Here are some important financial planning decisions you need to keep an eye on. Don’t dip into retirement.  With the average employee having seven careers in a lifetime, there’s a possibility that you’ll experience seven or more temptations to cash out an IRA rather than…

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