Ron’s View

Evolution

2016-08-24T15:09:45+00:00

Marea and I went to a Barbra Streisand concert at the TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday evening with our neighbors, Lara and Roland.  While I have enjoyed Barbra’s music over the years, I had little interest in seeing her perform live.  The festivities began with dinner in Boston’s famed North End.  Roland took charge [...]

Graduation

2016-06-28T09:48:24+00:00

June is a truly beautiful time of year.  Mild weather makes afternoon walks more enjoyable; my golf game continues to decline, and there are plenty of family gatherings to celebrate different events –specifically graduations.  In fact, I have attended multiple parties this month.  Christopher graduated from Suffolk University, and Nicole and Ed Jr. both graduated [...]

Managing Oral Health

2016-06-09T09:32:31+00:00

Peggy Sue: Grandpa, if you had a chance to go back and do it all differently, what would you have changed? Grandpa: Well, I would have taken better care of my teeth. - Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) Words to live by. The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) had a board meeting this past week [...]

The Alarming Cost of Out-Of-Network Health Care Services

2016-06-01T10:02:22+00:00

While preparing HealthView’s 2016 Data Report, I learned something thought-provoking about out-of-pocket medical expenses. As I was reviewing some data, I uncovered what appeared to be a statistical error: the Report was projecting that pre-retirement out-of-pocket expenses would increase by around 7% annually, compared to an in-retirement rate of 3%-3.5%. Put another way: a 40-year [...]

Surprise!

2016-05-23T15:10:46+00:00

A number of readers have expressed that they would like to read an “old fashioned” Update (Ron’s View). To say the least, I was surprised and somewhat flattered. A good friend and highly regarded industry expert summed it up best. “I can read serious industry news 24/7 but what you wrote was unique. You brought [...]

A Prescription for Saving

2016-04-20T14:53:10+00:00

There has certainly been an onslaught of newsworthy developments over the past few months – the tragic terrorist attack in Brussels, the chaos of the presidential campaigns, the possible dissolution of the European Union amidst the refugee crisis and Britain’s potential exit. Perhaps preoccupation with these incidents sidetracked me from broaching a topic that I’ve [...]

Better Information on IRRs Needed

2016-03-21T11:40:44+00:00

A couple of people shared the new Government Accountability Office (GAO) Retirement Security report with me earlier this month on Income Replacement Rates (or Ratios), thinking I’d be interested, since we issued our white paper on IRRs last year. The GAO report makes interesting reading, as much for what it says, as what it does [...]

The Cost of Living Longer

2016-02-26T19:06:55+00:00

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]As regular readers know, I am a proponent of trying to stay healthy – especially as we age. Aside from the obvious benefits, such as avoiding hospital waiting rooms and enjoying better quality of life, being health-conscious is good for our pocketbooks. Fewer visits to the doctor mean lower copays and deductibles.  So theoretically, [...]

In Golf and Stocks, Anything Can Happen

2016-01-28T10:08:56+00:00

Last weekend, I went on a three-day “golfing vacation” with seven friends and let’s face it, you never know what can happen. Four of us were scheduled to leave on Friday afternoon at 4:40, but we actually took off at around 10:15 in the evening, so we had five mind-numbing hours of male bonding. Not [...]

A Nasty January Surprise

2016-01-13T10:45:50+00:00

This has been a very tough week, both for investors and Powerball enthusiasts. In fact, it was the worst opening week in market history. Stocks plummeted approximately 6%, and the estimated Powerball jackpot ballooned to a whopping $1.3 billion. My wife, Marea, has even caught the bug and told me that she was going out [...]