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The Independent Investor - Bill Schmick

Mind the gap, please: the Medicare gap

If you haven’t realized it by now, Medicare has a lot of “gaps” in its coverage. In order to close that gap, various private insurance companies offer plans that cover a lot of out-of-pocket costs — for a price.

Mind the gap, please: the Medicare gap

If you haven’t realized it by now, Medicare has a lot of “gaps” in its coverage. In order to close that gap, various private insurance companies offer plans that cover a lot of out-of-pocket costs — for a price.

All you need to know about Medicare

More of us are signing up for Medicare every day. And as with Social Security, there are plenty of unanswered questions for those of us who are beginning the process. There are plenty of places to seek answers, but how to separate facts from sales pitches from health insurance brokers is part of the problem. Here is a primer that may help you navigate these muddy waters.

A tale of two Chinas

For years, investors bought into the China story. Growth rates twice as fast as the rest of the world, fueled by sky-rocketing exports made competitive by billions of hard-working, low-wage employees grateful to have a job. What happened?

In the election aftermath, investors just need to chill

If you are feeling like this is the beginning of an American Armageddon, you are not alone. Wall Street, most of the media, and almost all of the country’s establishment share your concerns. Those concerns are overblown.

If you are tempted to sell your investments, either as a form of protest or because you genuinely believe that Donald Trump will lead us all into economic perdition, don’t do it.  Instead, calm down, take a deep breath and put your thinking cap on.