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Jumbo Reverse Mortgages Are Increasingly Available for High-Value Homes

Posted on: August 31st, 2016
Seniors with pricier homes now have an increased ability to get a jumbo reverse mortgage in order to raise cash for retirement. As the housing market has improved, jumbo reverse mortgages are becoming more popular even though they carry some risk....

Revoking a Power of Attorney

Posted on: August 29th, 2016
If for any reason, you become unhappy with the person you have appointed to make decisions for you under a durable power of attorney, you may revoke the power of attorney at any time. There are a few steps you should take to ensure the document is properly revoked....

Medicare Coverage While Traveling Within the U.S.

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016
When people retire they often have more time to travel. Although Medicare coverage is generally not available when beneficiaries are overseas, what about coverage for those exploring our own varied and scenic land?...

Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

Posted on: July 14th, 2016
The federal government recently extended minimum wage and overtime protections to most home health care workers. If you are hiring a caregiver for yourself or an elderly loved one, you need to become familiar with the rules, even if the paid caregiver is a family member....

How many types of government savings bonds are there, and what's the difference between them?

Posted on: July 11th, 2016
While the U.S. government has issued 13 types of savings bonds, there are currently only two series available for purchase through the U.S. Treasury Department: Series EE bonds and Series I bonds. U.S. savings bonds are nonmarketable securities, which means you can't resell them unless you're authorized as an issuing or redeeming agent by the U.S. Treasury Department. Savings bonds are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest....

I have matured U.S. savings bonds. Are they still earning interest and, if not, can I roll them over to another savings bond?

Posted on: July 8th, 2016
Once U.S savings bonds have reached maturity, they stop earning interest. Prior to 2004, you could convert your Series E or EE savings bonds for Series HH bonds. This would have allowed you to continue earning tax-deferred interest. However, after August 31, 2004, the government discontinued the exchange of any form of savings bonds for HH bonds, so that option is no longer available....
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