MEDICINE: Death of a Profession?

How the government’s accelerating takeover of private medicine destroys doctors and threatens the health and well-being of every American.

By Leonard Peikoff

This lecture was delivered at Boston’s Ford Hall Forum in April 1985, published in the April – June 1985 issues of The Objectivist Forum and anthologized in The Voice of Reason.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay today is more salient than ever before.

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The COMPOUNDING PHARMACY?

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DEFINITION:

What is compounding in a pharmacy?

Drug compounding is often regarded as the process of combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient. Compounding includes the combining of two or more drugs. Compounded drugs are not FDA-approved.

CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/082610254

What is the difference between a regular pharmacy and a compounding pharmacy?

Both types of pharmacies prepare medications prescribed for a patient by a doctor. The main difference is that a regular pharmacy provides commercial medications in standardized dosages, while a compounding pharmacy can customize medication based on a patient’s specific needs.

Are compounded drugs FDA approved?

Compounded drugs are not FDA approved. And what this means is FDA does not verify the safety effectiveness or quality of compounded drugs before they’re marketed.

FDA: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/human-drug-compounding/compounding-and-fda-questions-and-answers

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Survey on Healthcare Financial Affordability

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Gallup: Healthcare Affordability Survey – 3 Takeaways

 •  56% of the U.S. adult population report no recent occurrences of being unable to afford care or prescribed medicine.
 •  36% of the U.S. adult population report recent occurrences of being unable to pay for care or medicine or lack easy access.
 •  8% of the U.S. adult population report recent occurrences of being unable to pay for household care, being unable to pay for prescribed medicine and feeling that they would not have access to affordable quality care if needed today.

Source: Gallup, “Benchmarking Healthcare Affordability and Perceived Value,” March 31, 2022.

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Telemedicine and Childhood Ailments

And … Parents

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PROBE: Medicare Advantage [Part C] Plans Deny Needed Care to Tens of Thousands of Patients

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Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) delayed or denied payments and services to patients, even when these requests met Medicare coverage rules, according to a report released by federal investigators on Thursday.

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Financial Planning Advice that Changed My Life

A PODCAST

By Vitaliy Katsenelson CFA

One of the best wedding gifts I received was lunch with my friend, Mark. Here, I reflect on the financial advice Mark gave me then, and how it could help young people like my son Jonah settle into adulthood with a lot more forward-thinking.

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UPDATE: The Markets and Energy

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Markets: The NASDAQ stayed flat at its lowest level this year. Spotify shares sank to a record low. Facebook is having a rough go, but it’s not the only one. Netflix stock plunged nearly 70% this year after hitting a ceiling on subscriber growth. At one point, it was worth more than Disney; now, it’s not even half as valuable. Even Google is googling “ways to make more money.” Its parent company, Alphabet, reported a slowdown in growth last quarter because, like Facebook, YouTube’s also being been dinged by TikTok and Apple’s privacy changes: The video platform’s revenue came in more than $500 million below expectations.

Energy: Russia’s halted oil shipments to Poland and Bulgaria yesterday.

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PODCAST: Health Insurance Plans Confusing and Largely Misunderstood

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According to One Survey, only 4% of People Understand the Basic Insurance Terms of Deductible, Co-Insurance, Copay and Out-of-Pocket Maximum.

In Another Survey by United Healthcare Itself, Only 9% Understood the Terms Premium, Deductible, Co-Insurance and Out-of-Pocket Max.

This Lack of Understanding is Not the Fault of the Employee Benefits Professionals or the Employees… Rather, the Health Insurance Plan Designs Are Just Too Complicated.

CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/082610254

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PODCAST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp6TI7iu-m0

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On Accounting -VERSUS- Economic Profit

Yes – There is A Difference

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Medicare Index Report 2022

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e-Health: Three Highlights

 •  $6 per month is the average Medicare Advantage premium for plans selected by eHealth shoppers, up from $5 last year (a majority choose $0-premium plans); $22 per month is the average Part D plan premium, up from $20 last year.
 •  Medicare Advantage enrollees are paying deductibles 4% higher than last year ($121 vs. $116), while Part D plan enrollees have deductibles 7% higher than last year ($427 vs. $400).
 •  The average annual out-of-pocket limit for people selecting Medicare Advantage plans decreased 5% for 2022, from $5,367 to $5,108.

Source: eHealth, April 7, 2022

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PODCAST: The War and Your Finances?

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An event like the Russia-Ukraine war creates ripple effects throughout the financial markets, in sometimes surprising ways. In this episode of Brew Breakdown, they explain how geopolitics affect the global market and point out what you can look out for when it comes to your stock portfolio during times of uncertainty.

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INDEX: Fear & Greed

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What a week in the world’s financial markets? It is perfect timing for this ME-P.

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It is useful to look at stock market levels compared to where they’ve been over the past few months. When the S&P 500 is above its moving or rolling average of the prior 125 trading days, that’s a sign of positive momentum. But if the index is below this average, it shows investors are getting skittish.

The Fear & Greed Index uses slowing momentum as a signal for Fear and a growing momentum for Greed.

But, a few big stocks can skew returns for the market. So, it’s important to also know how many stocks are doing well versus those that are struggling.

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Ambulance, Hearse or Both?

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Dr David E Marcinko MBABy Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA

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I was recently at a car show and could not help but snap a photo of the beautiful black 1955 vehicle; below.

Ambulance Defined [Wikipedia]

An ambulance is a vehicle for transportation of sick or injured people to, from or between places of treatment for an illness or injury, and in some instances will also provide out of hospital medical care to the patient. The word is often associated with road going emergency ambulances which form part of an emergency medical service, administering emergency care to those with acute medical problems.

The term ambulance does, however, extend to a wider range of vehicles other than those with flashing warning lights and sirens. The term also includes a large number of non-urgent ambulances which are for transport of patients without an urgent acute condition (see functional types, below) and a wide range of urgent and non-urgent vehicles including trucks, vans, bicycles, motorbikes, station wagons, buses, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, boats, and even hospital ships (see vehicle types, also below).

The term ambulance comes from the Latin word ambulare, meaning to walk or move about which is a reference to early medical care where patients were moved by lifting or wheeling. The word originally meant a moving hospital, which follows an army in its movements. During the American Civil War vehicles for conveying the wounded off the field of battle were called ambulance wagons. Field hospitals were still called ambulances during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and in the Serbo-Turkish war of 1876 even though the wagons were first referred to as ambulances about 1854 during the Crimean War.

There are other types of ambulance, with the most common being the patient transport ambulance (sometimes called an ambulette). These vehicles are not usually (although there are exceptions) equipped with life-support equipment, and are usually crewed by staff with fewer qualifications than the crew of emergency ambulances. Their purpose is simply to transport patients to, from or between places of treatment. In most countries, these are not equipped with flashing lights or sirens. In some jurisdictions there is a modified form of the ambulance used, that only carries one member of ambulance crew to the scene to provide care, but is not used to transport the patient. Such vehicles are called fly-cars. In these cases a patient who requires transportation to hospital will require a patient-carrying ambulance to attend in addition to the fast responder.

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Hearse Defined [Wikipedia]

Originally, a hearse was an elaborate framework that was erected over a coffin or tomb to which memorial verses or epitaphs were attached. It was then put on the top of horse-drawn carriages, looking much like a luggage rack. Today, the original hearse remains acknowledged by the bit of scroll work or stretched-out “S” on the side of a funeral coach, called Landau bars.

Hearses were originally horse-drawn, but silent electric motorized carts were introduced as horses began to be phased out as transportation. Examples that were used in Paris were reported in the pages of Scientific American May 1907 and petrol-driven hearses began to be produced from 1909 in the United States.  Motorized hearses became more widely accepted in the 1920s.

The vast majority of hearses since then have been based on larger, more powerful car chassis, generally retaining the front end up to and possibly including the front doors but with custom bodywork to the rear to contain the coffin. Some early hearses also served as ambulances, owing to the large cargo capacity in the rear of the vehicle. A few cities experimented with funeral trolley cars and/or subway cars to carry both the casket and mourners to cemeteries, but these were not popular.

The only exception was Chicago, IL which operated 3 different funeral trolley cars over the elevated tracks in downtown Chicago to outlying cemeteries in the western suburbs. A special funeral bureau handled the funeral trains which sometimes operated 3-4 funeral trains a week over the ‘L’.

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Combination Utility

Back in 1955, this Cadillac performed double-duty for a small town in North East Georgia. Both as ambulance for the still living, as well as hearse for the newly deceased. Notice the dual red [“cherry”] light and siren on the roof  A very utilitarian approach to both functions, don’t you think?

History [Wikipedia]

A combination car was a vehicle built upon a (usually Cadillac) “professional car” chassis which could be employed either as a hearse or as an ambulance, and had the capability of being swapped between those roles without much difficulty. These vehicles were upgraded by coachbuilders such as Superior, Miller-Meteor, and Cotner-Bevington, and were typical of the era when funeral homes offered emergency ambulance service in addition to their primary trade.

Even if a “combo” has no flashing lights (mounted or concealed), siren, or two-way radio installed, an experienced vehicle collector can recognize it as such by it having systems to carry either a gurney or a casket, one or more foldable seats on one side in the rear compartment where a first-aid person can sit while looking after a patient on their way to the hospital, and a cabinet where first-aid supplies can be stored.

Also, the presence of ambulance technology made combos useful in the first call role, as a gurney is also used in that function.

Some combos were equipped with rotating roof beacons that could flash either yellow lights in processional mode, or both red and yellow lights in emergency response mode. Alternately, a hole on the roof was often supplied where a beacon could be bolted on an intermittent basis, a wire passing through to the driver’s compartment where it could be plugged in when needed.

Combos employed more often or exclusively as ambulances were often fitted with ambulance markings and additional lighting. However, usage of passenger car or station wagon derived vehicles as ambulances became impractical in the US after c. 1980 due to upgraded equipment and interior measurement requirements imposed by US government regulators. Many such vehicles were donated or otherwise found their way to developing nations.

The Cadillac combination unit was made famous in Ghostbusters as the Ecto-1, a modified 1959 Miller-Meteor coach.

Note: The Hess & Eisenhardt company also produced luxury Jaguar automobiles; my favorites.

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PODCAST: The Decline of Employer Sponsored Family Healthcare Insurance Coverage

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Our GREEN ME-P Initiatives on “Earth Day” 2022

April 22nd, 2022

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By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA

Founding Editor-in-Chief

Go Green!

At this Medical Executive-Post, we are trying to go GREEN! Our green mindset permeates brightly whenever we conduct business. However, green is more than just a color, it’s a way of working and living that honors our environment and helps preserve it for future generations. And so, below is a list of our environment-friendly green initiatives.

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  • We have the ability to remotely monitor our phone and internet systems. Not only is this a cost savings for our colleagues, members, visitors, customers and us, it reduces fuel usage by keeping third-party vendor delivery service fleets off the road.
  • Inbound technicians have an 85% first-call resolution rate. Our folks ask the right questions and take the time to solve issues without scheduling an in-person or vendor service call.
  • We telephone re-use jacks and cables, when possible.
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  • We use an eFax service, cutting down on paper usage.
  • We have a paperless billing system.
  • We have a virtual library of “how to” resources for all of our ME-P products and services.
  • We sent our old phone systems to a re-cycler who uses the parts for plastic.
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9 TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF DENTISTRY

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9 TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF DENTISTRY


Can you imagine that you might get your 3D-printed prosthesis in an hour instead of 4-5 sessions at the dentist? How about having a tele-dentist consultation? Or being able to grow new teeth at the age of 80?

Here are 9 technologies that will shape the future of dentistry!

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PODCAST: The BLANK CHECK Company?

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DEFINITION: A blank check company is a development stage company that has no specific business plan or purpose or has indicated its business plan is to engage in a merger or acquisition with an unidentified company or companies, other entity, or person.

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Blank check companies are speculative in nature and are bound by Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 419 to protect investors.

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UPDATE: The Markets, COVID and Home Prices

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  • Markets: Yesterday was a tale of two markets. The Dow, which is home to blue-chip corporations like P&G, gained, while the NASDAQ, comprised of tech stocks, fell. Netflix is now the worst performing stock in the S&P this year.
  • Covid: The DOJ appealed a judge’s ruling that overturned a federal mask mandate for transportation. The move came at the suggestion of the CDC, which determined that people should still wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.
  • Homes: The median existing-home price in the US hit an all-time high of $375,300 in March, up 15% from the year before. With surging mortgage rates and higher home prices, the average borrower is paying ~38% more than they would have for the same home a year ago, according to Realtor.com.

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PODCAST: Elective Surgery is Seasonal!

By Eric Bricker MD

1) Patients Have Met their Deductible and OOP Max.

2) They Do Not Have To Take Time Off of Work for Recovery.

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However, Is This the Best Time of Year to Have Surgery for Patients?

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What is the plan for a future with COVID?

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Q: What is the plan for a future with COVID?
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A new 136-page report written by dozens of experts provides a comprehensive roadmap to the next normal both to address the pandemic and protect against future biosecurity threats. The group identified 12 key areas of focus, including long COVID, equity, and vaccines. The report also addressed concerns about how the end of the pandemic will disrupt the U.S. health care system when policies introduced during the public health emergency come to an end. 

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Just “Say No” to Drugs

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This photo was sent in by one of our ME-P readers for your enjoyment.

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[First Lady Nancy Reagan at a “Just Say No” to Drugs Rally at the White House in the 1980’s]

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A 4/20 [Medical] Cannabis Culture Day Pictorial

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[By Anonymous DEA Agent]

Today is … 420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty)

And, it refers to consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with cannabis subculture. Observances based on the number include the time (4:20 p.m.) as well as the date (April 20).

Again … that’s today as this ME-P was published @ 4:20 p.m., EST!

THE DEA DESTROYS A POT FARM

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  1. Photo taken after the “grow” was eradicated. There is still no “pot” of gold at the end of the rainbow.
  2. DEA taking one of many seized vehicles/equipment.
  3. The marijuana farm was operating under the name “Brian’s Green Thumb Farm.”
  4. Inside the barn, Agents found rows and rows of drying marijuana.
  5. Over 2,000 pounds of drying marijuana from the barn, bagged and ready for destruction.
  6. Air view of the massive “grow” from the guard tower.
  7. One of two sleeping shelters, each guarding the middle perimeter. In the back, one of four tents, each positioned in the corners for guards.
  8. The plant being ripped out of the ground by the backhoe.

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Assessment

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420_(cannabis_culture)

In 2019: Carl’s Jr. was become the first major fast-food chain to debut a cannabis-infused burger.

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Does Money REALLY Buy Happiness?

Maybe IT CAN

Psychological Considerations

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NUMBER of Physicians in the USA

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Physicians in The U.S.A. in 2019

 •  Emergency medicine physicians: 13,741
 •  Radiologists: 19,421
 •  Other Physicians: 698,316
 •  Surgeons: 48,495
 •  Physician assistants: 107,710
 •  Podiatrists: 7,568
 •  Audiologists: 14,517

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, March 2022

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Safeguard Your Digital Estate

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If you died, what would happen to your email archives, social profiles and online accounts?

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Have you made a plan to protect your digital assets after you die?

MORE: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2015/10/29/157123/

MORE: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2015/04/23/death-in-the-digital-age/

Assessment: Without your passwords, your loved ones may be unable to shut down your Facebook page, access your accounts, and protect your personal correspondence.

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PODCAST: Is Direct Medical Specialty Care Even Possible?

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DEFINITION: Direct Medical Specialty Care (DMSC) is an innovative alternative payment model improving access to high functioning healthcare with a simple, flat, affordable membership fee.  No fee-for-service payments.  No third party billing.  The defining element of DPC is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and his or her primary care provider.  Patients have extraordinary access to a physician of their choice, often for as little as $70 per month, and physicians are accountable first and foremost their patients.  DPC is embraced by health policymakers on the left and right and creates happy patients and happy doctors all over the country!

CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/0826102549

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Doug Geinzer, Founder and President of High Performance Providers, specializes in high-cost, steerable surgeries. During the episode, Geinzer and host Chris Habig discuss the direct alignment between the specialty care community and the direct primary care community, as well as Geinzer’s job as a consultant to surgeons.

PODCAST: https://healthcareamericana.com/episode/is-specialty-direct-care-possible/

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PODCAST: How To Understand U.S. Healthcare?

Follow The Money!

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For those seeking to better understand the US healthcare system, national healthcare consultant Dr. Jonathan Burroughs suggests playing a game of “follow the money.” He asserts that whenever healthcare appears illogical, following the money will make it all rational and clear. The U.S. spends 2x as much money as the rest of the industrialized world, yet its citizens do not live as long as they do in 36 other nations. Dr. Burroughs gives an overview on how to fix the system.

Dr. Burroughs has worked with over 1,100 hospitals across the country to help healthcare leaders navigate the 21st century. He is a popular national speaker, who speaks to the impact of healthcare reform on hospitals, physicians and patients. Jonathan is a healthcare legal expert, who has participated in over 65 cases across the country. He is the winner of the James A Hamilton Award in 2016 awarded by the American College of Healthcare Executives titled “Redesign the Medical Staff Model”. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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Stress Testing your Investment Portfolio

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What is Your Risk Number?

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Are your current investments aligned with YOUR investment goals and expectations in 2022?

As we all know, the global financial markets have responded tremendously to the past seven years of Global Central Bank monetary polices. i.e. asset prices, stocks, bonds and real estate have all gone up in price as a result. But now, we have the pandemic and Ukraine war to consider.

So, when have you last ‘stress-tested’ your portfolio to see how durable it may through various market cycles? And, how do you determine if your current investment holdings are right for you? Maybe they are too conservative, or just the opposite, still too aggressive?  Maybe they are right where they need to be, but how do you know, how do you measure that?

  • Capture you Risk Tolerance
  • See if your portfolio fits you.
  • OK, How do I Start?

By simply answering a few questions, and spending 10 minutes of your time, based upon the size of your investment portfolio, you will quickly determine your own tolerance for risk.

Comparing your Risk Number to your Portfolio

Now that you have calculated your Risk Number, how does that number compare to your actual portfolio holdings? Is the portfolio you have today, the one you started with some time ago regarding risk and return? Is it still in alignment with your original expectations?

Does your portfolio have?

  • Too much risk?
  • Is it too conservative?
  • Or, is it just right
  • What if the market drops significantly? Instead, what if the market goes up significantly? See how your current portfolio will fair in any one of these market conditions:
  • Let’s put your portfolio onto the treadmill; just like the doctor’s office.
  • How do you know, how do you measure?

Let’s Stress Test your Portfolio

  1. Bull Market (Prices generally rise)
  2. Bear Market (Prices generally fall)
  3. Financial Crisis
  4. Rising Interest Rates

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  • Are the results in alignment with your expectations?
  • Any ‘hot spots’ you need to know about?
  • Are there any individual holdings that will cause you loss of sleep over?
  • Maybe investments don’t generate enough income?
  • Maybe investments fluctuate too much in price?
  • Now you can have a look and see if there are any ‘hot spots’ where you may need to re-balance a portion of your holdings based upon these findings.

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Congratulations. Once you have determined your Risk Number, and perhaps re-aligned your current portfolio to your Risk Number, then yes, you DO have the portfolio that is right for you, one that ‘feels like you’.

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STO LOT Spring Greetings = Life to 100 Hundred Years?

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DEFINITION: A centenarian is a person who has reached the age of 100 years. Because life expectancy worldwide are below 100 years, the term is invariably associated with longevity. In 2012, the United Nations estimated that there were 316,600 living centenarians worldwide.

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Sto Lat (One Hundred Years) is a traditional Polish song that is sung to express good wishes, good health and long life to a person. It is also a common way of wishing someone a happy birthday in Polish. Sto lat is used in the Spring, many birthdays and on international days of language.

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What Percentage of the Population Lives to 100?

According to the Social Security Administration, the overall chances of living to 100 aren’t actually that great. And, according to the World Economic Forum, there are over 500,000 centenarians among the 7.9 billion people worldwide. That means that only a 0.006% of the population is 100 or more.

Here are a few additional facts from the most recently available information from the Society of Actuaries and the Social Security Administration:

  • One out of three males and one out of two females who are in their mid-50s today will live to be 90.
  • For a couple who is 65 today, there is a 50% chance that one person will be alive at 92.
  • If you have lived to be 65, you will likely live another 20 years, on average.
  • If you live to be 75, the average life expectancy is 88.
  • If you live to be 85, the average life expectancy is 92.
  • And, if you live to be 95, the average life expectancy is 98.

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Happy Easter SUNDAY 2022

HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY!

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SURVEY: 39% of Medical Providers Conduct Covid-19 Screens Via Tele-Health

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39% of Providers Conduct Covid-19 Screens Via Telehealth

In a recent survey providers were asked what types of patient care they deliver via telehealth. The survey found:

 •  Conduct primary care visits (75%)
 •  Conduct chronic care visits (72%)
 •  Order prescription refills (64%)
 •  Conduct COVID-19 screenings (39%)
 •  Conduct urgent care visits (38%)
 •  Address mental health concerns (36%)
 •  Conduct follow-up after a procedure or surgery care (28%)

Source: UnitedHealth Group, “Telehealth Use Will Outlive the Pandemic for Health Care Providers, Survey Shows,” March 15, 2022

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The FIDUCIARY OATH for “Financial Advisors”

“Will you sign a fiduciary oath?”

PHYSICIAN COLLEAGUES AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ASK

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“SIGN IT -OR- FORGET IT”

Asking a “Financial Advisor” if they’re a fiduciary isn’t always enough to hire them. People can “ice skate” around that terminology and give fuzzy or unclear answers to that question. Instead, you may consider asking them to sign a fiduciary oath.

“If someone is fee-only, not “fee-based”, they shouldn’t have a problem signing a document stating how they get compensated.” “If someone is, for example, a broker dealer, insurance agent or investment advisor who works on commissions, they probably wouldn’t be allowed to sign it.” Just say NOT to contract arbitration clauses, too! As well as “Dual Registration”. Remember Bernie Lawrence Madoff.

THE FIDUCIARY OATH

This one-page document outlines five fiduciary principles a financial adviser must follow to put the client’s interests ahead of their own. They include acting with prudence, not misleading the client, avoiding conflicts of interest, and disclosing and managing unavoidable conflicts.

The oath, meant to be printed out and signed by an adviser, has been around for several years. But recent events, such as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down the DOL rule, have increased the urgency to get it into circulation.

“With the 5th Circuit ruling, it is just so important to have this oath out there because it states fiduciary principles,” said Ms. P. Houlihan, president of Houlihan Financial Resource Group. “The oath is the answer, given that the DOL rule is gone.”

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What Date has Never Been Known as Tax Day?

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TRIVIA QUESTION: What date has never been known as Tax Day?

A. March 1st
B. March 15th
C. April 15th
D. May 1st

ANSWER: D—May 1st.

After the 16th Amendment cleared the way for the modern version of the federal income tax, the first filing deadline fell on March 1, 1913. Congress shifted Tax Day to March 15 after passing the Revenue Act of 1918, which introduced a progressive income tax structure to increase revenue during World War I. Since 1954, Tax Day for most Americans has been April 15 (or the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday).

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Digital Messages for Loved Ones From Beyond the Grave

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No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.
And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life.
It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.
Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
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Investors are about to embark on a three-day (or three-and-a-half-day) holiday weekend.

The stock market is closed on Friday, April 15, 2022 – Good Friday, as well as the start of Passover this year – ahead of the Easter Sunday holiday, which falls on April 17th. As a result, no major earnings are scheduled for Good Friday.

However, bond traders will enjoy not just a full Friday off, but also had a partial trading day Thursday. The bond markets shut down early, at 2 p.m., for Maundy Thursday. Stock and bond trading resume at their normal hours on Monday, the day after Easter Sunday.

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