Category Archives: Retirement

Medicare Part B’s monthly premium, deductible costs will surge 14.6% for 2022

The typical person on Medicare will pay at least $289 more in 2022, just for Part B coverage, and double that to $578 for a couple. IRMAA surcharges are also increasing 14.5%. By David Enna, Tipswatch.com Just a month after … Continue reading

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I Bond Manifesto: Why inflation-linked savings bonds can work as part of your emergency fund

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of U.S. Series I Savings Bonds, a simple, very safe investment that can accurately track — or exceed — official U.S. inflation without risking a dime. I’ve been pounding the table for … Continue reading

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August inflation: What it means for Social Security COLA, I Bonds and TIPS

U.S. inflation increased 0.3% in August, under the consensus estimate. At this point, the Social Security COLA will increase 5.8% for payments in January, but one month of data remains. The I Bond’s new inflation-adjusted variable rate is on track … Continue reading

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July inflation: What it means for TIPS, I Bonds and Social Security COLA

All-items inflation for July came in at 0.5% and 5.4% for the year. The Social Security COLA is still on track for about a 6% increase. I Bonds could get a variable rate of 6% (or higher) for six months. … Continue reading

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Social Security COLA: An increase of 6% looks likely for 2022

(And here’s the esoteric and confusing way that is calculated) By David Enna, Tipswatch.com August 11, 2021 update: The July inflation report keeps the COLA on track for an increase of about 6% Inflation trends through June 2021 make it … Continue reading

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