Issue 66 September 2020

 -"Larry Hayes< CEO/Publisher A050
"The Pandemic Is Playing Havoc With Our Financial Plans."

"I feel like I am being forced into an earlier retirement. My wife is working but with a pay cut and not sure about the future of her company. We have advisors at Schwab that work on the big picture. They tell us we are doing fine with our long term retirement. But they don’t help with the day to day practical financial stuff. Any suggestions?"--TG

 COVID-19 has turned our world upside down with the market
going up and down like a roller coaster. I personally don't know any financial advisor who will help with day-to-day financial stuff so I asked a financial expert for his advice.

The pandemic has indeed played havoc with retirement plans but it need not control our lives. Without knowing your personal situation, I will be unable to get into specifics. Long term planning is closely related to practical financial stuff and they cannot be mutually exclusive.

A comprehensive retirement plan is the sum of multiple components. Anyone approaching or in retirement (and their advisor) should be considering important aspects such as Social Security Income optimization, RMD (Required Minimum Distribution) impact, Sequence
of Returns Risk, the need for Long Term Care, among several other aspects. Please contact me to discuss your personal situation. Arvind Ven: 408.725.7122 or
Arvind Ven is Founder/CEO of the Capital V Group, a Registered Investment Advisory firm. He has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School. Arvind Ven is a Registered Representative with and Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA & SIPC. Financial planning offered through Capital V Group, a registered investment advisor and a separate entity from LPL Financial.

Got a Question? Ask me anything. If I don't know the answer, I'll find someone who does. Email me at ASK LARRY is written by Larry Hayes, CEO/Publisher of ActiveOver50. Larry





Moving Our Daughter To Colorado
Amid COVID-19 And Raging Wildfires
--Lisa Clarke

Months prior to moving our daughter Haley to Colorado for college, I had such a feeling of sadness in my heart knowing the day would come when she would no longer be living at home but also having to deal with the COVID pandemic and staying safe at school.
Getting ready to leave our home in Scotts Valley, CA with several social distanced teenagers saying goodbye and all the tears flowing, we took off
in our truck with all the things a college student needs to live in a dorm. We pulled our little camping-trailer so we did not have to stay at any hotels or
eat out at any restaurants. 
 As we were driving through different states--only able to drive 60-mph
(due to towing the trailer) with an 80-mph speed limit--we found out through text from family that the route we planned to take had been closed due to wildfires in Colorado.
We changed our route and started in a different direction. To make
matters more interesting as we drove through Idaho, we had a tire blowout
on our trailer. My husband had to pull over while we are on this bridge with traffic barreling 80 miles per hour next to him to change the tire.
Luckily after he put a spare on, we were able to find a auto shop still open to repair the tire. We camped that night and took off early the next morning to find out that back home there was this beautiful lightning show but DID NOT know at the time that it started a wildfire which quickly grew to be known as
the CZU fire in the Santa Cruz mountains in Northern California.


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A healthy heart is a good foundation for a healthy life. Physicians Medical Group of San Jose wants you to live a long and healthy life. Following these 10 healthy heart tips is a great way to start:
1. Never smoke. Smokers are 2-4 times more likely to develop coronary artery disease.

2. Exercise regularly. Being physically active can lower your risk of heart disease and improve bone and joint health. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise plan.

3. Beware of your cholesterol. Too much cholesterol, a fatty substance within your body, can contribute to a heart attack.

4. Sleep well. Getting enough of the right kind of sleep is important.

5. Manage your diabetes. People with diabetes have a far greater chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

6. Control your blood pressure. Consistently high blood pressure can lead to stroke or heart attack.

7. Eat the right things. Diets rich in lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats are best.

8. Lose weight if you need to. Carrying around excess weight can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

9. Don’t drink too much alcohol. Drinking alcohol can raise your blood pressure and harm your heart muscle.

10. Your mind matters. Depression and stress are serious risk factors.
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Oh My..."
--Evelyn Preston, The Money Lady

From now on, it’s important to keep on high alert for new tax laws that will impact seniors whether they’re adding to, or withdrawing from their retirement plans. Recent economic emergency measures helped Americans cope with the Covid Pandemic; here’s more “help” that may not be to seniors’ advantage.
Q: Besides direct checks, rent relief and the possibility of
no payroll tax, how else is the Government helping financially?
The recent Coronavirus Relief Bill waives the 2020 RMDs, the required minimum distribution mandated yearly for those with pretax savings (IRAs, 401k’s, etc.) who are over 70 ½. Even those with Inherited IRAs enjoy this gift from the Govt.
Q:I’m only 65. When will I have to start withdrawing from my retirement accounts?
Good News! The Secure Act, now in effect, has raised the RMD start age to 72.
Q: What about Inherited IRAs? My children could take minimal distributions from their uncle’s IRA over their lifetimes, allowing
the remaining funds to continue growing long term.
Bad News! As of 2020, this “Stretch IRA” is cut short for Inherited IRA money by a non-spouse and distributions must be taken within 10 years. This new time-line doesn’t affect pre-2020 recipients of Inherited IRAs who may continue to accrue savings over their lifetimes. So far!
Q: Why defer taking this year’s RMD when taxes are still
relatively low?
It’s a juggling act, guesswork and personal. With this year’s lower income for so many plus the lowest tax rates for the foreseeable future, maybe it’s good planning to increase withdrawals instead of skipping the RMD. In fact, 2020 may be the right time to consider:

1)   Rollover to a Roth IRA to avoid future taxes;

2)   Taking an entire Inherited IRA at low current rates;

3)  Rollover of large IRAs into a Charitable or Uni-Trust for more effective tax planning 

See a tax pro or be very careful to stay within your current (lower) tax bracket. 
Evelyn (Evie) Preston is a financial columnist for The Scoop and has worked as a financial advisor for over 25 years. She can be reached at 650.494.7443. Her book: Memoirs of The Money Lady is available at
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My Experience With "Telehealth"
I was due for my annual in-person physical but opted instead for a "Teleheath" video visit with my Kaiser doctor. To my surprise, it was faster and easier to use than with Zoom which I occasionally use for business, family and friends.

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Chances are the next time you see your doctor, it will be a "virtual" visit via video or telephone. Due to COVID-19, "Telehealth" is rapidly growing from 4% visits in May 2019 to 26% in March/June 2020.

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