A few weeks ago, AARP launched a new website which makes it easier to search for information and share it with your on-line community. AARP decided to overhaul their site after soliciting feedback from users and finding that the digital demands of people over age 50 continues to grow. Their survey revealed that social media was the primary interest among visitors to their website, with Facebook preferred by 23%. In addition to the new site launch, AARP has also increased their presence on Facebook and Twitter. The original five content channels have been expanded to… [read more]
I’m 50 years old and I have never outgrown the effect summer has over me. Every year when the days get longer, the temperature climbs into the 80’s and the lightening bugs appear at night, I feel like a kid again. I want to get up early, stay out late, and enjoy every minute of the season before its gone. I grew up on a small farm, so our summers were full of picking strawberries, hoeing rows of corn, shelling peas and climbing apple tress. From dawn to dark we were outside – and with… [read more]
All too often, we hear the term “the market” being used by the most concentrated of its definitions. It is commonplace to refer solely to the Dow Jones Industrial Average as “the market”. The truth is the Dow, while a decent indicator of what is occurring in U.S. large cap growth stocks, is far from the total stock market available to investors. As of December 31, 2009, the world stock market represented approximately $28.6 Trillion in market capitalization. All U.S. stocks, including large, mid and small-cap comprise just 42% of that market. A truly diversified… [read more]
If you have a Medicare supplement (Medigap) policy or are turning 65 this year, you need to be aware of the changes that are occurring this month. These changes have nothing to do with health care reform and were suggested by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in order to better protect consumers. Effective June 1, 2010, these changes were and designed to close coverage gaps in the existing plans. Here are the highlights from Medicare’s web site.
- Basic Benefits – Starting with policies effective on or after June 1, 2010, Hospice Part A coinsurance