The Guessing Game

Guessing games can be fun.  There’s a reason Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy have lasted as long as they have.  But playing the guessing game in retirement may not be as much fun, especially when we’re wrong. Here’s an important question: How much do you think a 65-year old couple will spend on out-of-pocket healthContinue Reading…

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Why the Social Security Administration Can’t Help You

The Social Administration (SSA for short) can’t help you with your Social Security benefits.  That sounds funny, I know, but they can’t.      What I mean is they can’t help you put a plan in place to maximize your benefits.  An article in last year’s Wall Street Journal said it best, “The Social SecurityContinue Reading…

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Vegas Has Better Odds

  Two things matter when you’re making a bet.  The first is the probability of success.  What are the chances you’ll win?  The second is the magnitude of the bet.  How much will you win or lose? People don’t mind buying lottery tickets even though the odds are terrible because they stand to win millionsContinue Reading…

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Let’s say you recently found out you needed open heart surgery.  Bad news, I know, but since over 500,000 similar surgeries are performed every year, there’s a very good chance it will be successful. But here’s the question…Would you ask your primary care physician to perform the procedure or would you seek the services ofContinue Reading…

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What’s your “What if” Plan?

  The Patriots are the Super Bowl Champs…again!  After I was done watching (and celebrating!) two things occurred to me.  One’s a famous quote and one’s a question, but they’re both related. Here’s the quote:  ”Fortune favors the prepared mind.”[1] Here’s the question:  How many “What ifs” does Coach Bill Belichick face in preparing forContinue Reading…

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