Category Archives: Financial Planning

Risk Tolerance Pioneer Retires

Geoff Davey
An industry great has decided to retire. What follows is the press release. I’m sad to see Geoff retire, but happy for him. Few in this industry can be called “pioneers”, Geoff is one of them.

Press Release: Finametrica

Geoff Davey turned 70 earlier this year and has resigned as a director and employee of FinaMetrica. He remains a significant shareholder.

Accordingly, Nicki Potts has been promoted to be FinaMetrica’s Chief Operating Officer and FinaMetrica’s Co-founder, Paul Resnik, has added marketing to his role in the development of international sales. Nicki has been with FinaMetrica for 12 years, during which time she has come to know and run all aspects of the business.

Geoff founded FinaMetrica in 1998 with Paul Resnik. He was responsible for the development of FinaMetrica’s intellectual property. I don’t know of any other individual anywhere in the world, who has devoted so much of his intellectual, commercial and emotional resources to the understanding and development of good financial advice as Geoff.

Geoff’s work is permanently embedded in the world’s financial services industry through the use of FinaMetrica’s tests and methodologies. He has achieved something that many of us can only aspire to; he has improved outcomes for many thousands of investors and their advisors around the world. The FinaMetrica system is now used by 5,500 advisors in 23 countries in seven languages. To date, more than 770,000 tests have been completed.

We congratulate Geoff on his ‘baby’ that has been FinaMetrica and raise our glasses in a toast to an iconic industry thinker and achiever.

We wish him a rich, happy and well-deserved retirement.

If you have any questions please contact me at andrew.macdonald@finametrica.com.

FinaMetrica remains committed to providing quality, comprehensive and useable risk profiling tools to the financial advisory market place.

Sincerely,

Andrew Macdonald

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Allen Hamm: Getting Through the Medicare Maze

Author: Allen Hamm – Health Care in Retirement Resource

Over 10,000 Americans turn 65 everyday! And that will happen each and every day for the next 3 decades!! Age 65 used to be thought of as the age to retire. That’s changed. More and more people are working past age 65; a high percentage by choice, not necessity. But turning 65 is still an important milestone: It’s the age to make some important decisions regarding Medicare.
Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people 65 and older. Not to be confused with Medi-Cal or Medicaid, which are means-tested healthcare programs available to people of all ages, Medicare is available only to people 65 and older, unless a person has a specific disability that allows them to qualify early.

You’d think that getting enrolled in Medicare and the all choices that surround your Medicare decisions would be easy. But there’s lots of ways to go wrong. One of the most common mistakes is not getting signed up for Medicare on time. If you miss the deadline for signing up, you’ll be penalized for your lifetime. If you’re retired when you turn 65, it’s imperative that you start planning for Medicare at least 3 months prior to your 65th birthday. That’s also true if you’re still working and your employer has less than 20 employees. If you’re still working as you turn 65, and you’re employed by a company with more than 20 employees, you may still want to sign up for Medicare, but only for Part A, the hospitalization benefit of Medicare. Or you may want to postpone signing up for any parts of Medicare until you retire. But either way, it’s important to make a deliberate decision.

Another important decision is whether to elect regular Medicare, or a Medicare Advantage Plan. There are pros and cons to each choice. Maintaining regular Medicare gives you the choice of utilizing any doctor or hospital in the U.S. that accepts Medicare recipients. But this option costs more. The Medicare Advantage route limits you to certain doctors and hospitals but there’s a cost savings.
You’ll also want to consider whether or not you need a Medicare Supplement policy. These policies pay for some or all of Medicare’s deductibles and co-insurance gaps. There are 12 Medicare Supplement options. The best one for your situation can be determined by doing an analysis of your history of healthcare usage.

What about prescriptions? This is vital part of the Medicare equation: choosing a Part D prescription medication provider. Some people going on Medicare skip this step because they don’t take any prescription medications. That’s a big mistake! You should choose a Part D prescription medication plan, even if you take no medications. Waiting until later will cause penalties for your lifetime.
Because it’s so easy to make a wrong turn or skip a step when it comes to getting through the Medicare maze, our firm has retained the services of an expert who specializes in this area of planning. Allen Hamm and his team are available to assist our clients with both Medicare and long-term care planning. They specialize in working with the clients of financial advisors, so all their work is from the perspective of planning, not purchasing a product. There’s no charge to you for utilizing their services: We pay Allen’s firm a retainer fee, as a value-added benefit to you for being our client. If you’d like to take advantage of this service, contact us and we’ll make an introduction.

Allen Hamm | SuperiorLTC

Allen Hamm, author of Long-Term Care Planning: Assuring Choice, Independence, and Financial Security and creator of the Comprehensive Planning Approach to Long-Term Care. Allen has been a guest speaker on “Ask the Expert” with Rob Black, KRON TV, San Francisco, and the “Coping with Caregiving” radio program with Jacqueline Marcell on wsRadio.com.

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