If you’ve been terminated from a long-term job your employer may offer you severance pay, sometimes referred to as a separation package. Severance pay can include a lump sum payment, a period of continued paychecks, a continuation of some or all benefits, or other forms of payment. Employers aren’t required to offer severance pay, but […]
A few weeks ago, our Stream blog highlighted how you can give to charity by donating your appreciated investments. As the donor, you receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities. The charity receives your donated investments, sells them, pays no taxes and uses the proceeds to support its cause. Today we’re […]
What is an ESPP? An Employee Stock Purchase Plan (or “ESPP”) allows you to purchase shares of your employer’s stock at a discount. ESPP’s are only available for employees of publicly traded companies. How does an ESPP work? The ESPP has an enrollment period during which you decide what percentage of your paycheck you would […]
Many of our clients give to charity and they do so in a variety of ways. They give cash contributions, their time and energy (e.g. at the local library), their professional services (e.g. on a board of directors), their old vehicles (OPB loves to receive them), their physical labor (e.g. hiking trail maintenance), clothing they no […]
According to the Social Security Administration, benefits will receive a 0.3% increase in 2017, compared to the 0% increase they received this year. The average monthly benefit will increase to $1,360 from $1,355 starting in January. There was no automatic adjustment in 2016 because of low inflation. Next year will mark the fourth consecutive year […]
On November 2nd, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Once section of the Act closes two of the most attractive Social Security strategies – commonly referred to as “File and Suspend” and “Claim Now, Claim More Later”. The elimination of these two strategies can potentially have a major impact on your retirement […]
Author Mary Beth Franklin recently published an excellent primer on the methodology used for calculating the annual percentage increase in Social Security benefits. In summary, average inflation for the third quarter of the current year – as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners (CPI-W) – is compared to the average third […]
The state of Oregon has made available consumer cost information on all individual health insurance plans offered through Cover Oregon at the federal healthcare.gov website (the Marketplace) and all individual plans offered in Oregon outside the Marketplace. The data is published in an interactive Excel table. The table does not consider any tax credit or […]
With the open enrollment period for health insurance having just opened, the New York Times has published easy-to-understand answers to some of the most common questions about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. You can read the entire November 11, 2014 article here.
A beginner’s guide to repaying student loans, from the New York Times in May, 2014.