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Hunter Kuffel

Savings, Retirement and Investing Expert

Hunter Kuffel is a personal finance writer with expertise in savings, retirement and investing. Hunter is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®) and a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in New York City.

Posts by Hunter Kuffel:

by Hunter Kuffel Dec 14, 2018

It’s easy to understand why a Jamaican retirement would be attractive to many people. Anyone who’s enjoyed Jamaica’s beaches, lush greenery and beautiful weather could see the appeal of living out their golden years in the country. There’s no denying, though, that Jamaica lacks many of the amenities and resources of a more developed country like Spain or Switzerland. If you have your heart set on a Caribbean retirement, here’s what you need to know. Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Jan 07, 2019

Germany has become a popular destination for American retirees due to its reasonable costs, excellent healthcare system and well-kept infrastructure. The weather may not be on the level of Thailand or Portugal, but if you don’t mind some chilly winters, Germany could be the retirement destination you’re looking for. Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Dec 05, 2018

Creating an advance directive is an important part of your end-of-life planning. Doing so will help to communicate your wishes in medical situations where you can’t express them yourself. While a financial advisor can help you put together an advance directive, you can also create one yourself. If you live in Indiana and you’re considering drafting an advance directive, this guide will walk you through what it is, how to make one and if it’s something you need. Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Dec 06, 2018

An advance directive is an important element of a thorough estate planning strategy. If you live in Vermont and you’re unsure if you should draft an advance directive, this guide will walk you… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 28, 2018

  The Social Security Administration (SSA) is an enormous organization, and the decisions it makes regarding your benefits can have a big impact on your finances. It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 27, 2018

When you enroll in Medicare part B, the premiums you pay are partially dependent on your income. If your income is above a certain threshold, you’ll have to pay higher premiums; this higher premium… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 26, 2018

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a long process. It can involve interviews, multiple applications and sometimes rejections and appeals. The Social Security Administration (SSA)… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 21, 2018

When you seek assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA), it will make a decision on whether you’re eligible to receive that assistance. The SSA may also make decisions about any… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 21, 2018

Most Americans enroll in Medicare part A when they turn 65. Since it comes at no cost to you (provided you’ve paid Medicare taxes), there’s little reason not to. However, not everyone chooses to… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 20, 2018

The process of applying for Medicare benefits is more complicated than it may initially seem. If you want to apply for a portion of Medicare insurance called Medicare Part B, you can only do so… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 19, 2018

  From time to time, you need to provide information or records about yourself to another party – for instance, a doctor or insurance company. When this happens, you’ll need to ensure that all the… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 16, 2018

If you run your own business, you need a way to identify it to the government when it comes time to do your taxes. The same is also true if you’re the executor of an estate, the creator of a trust or… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 15, 2018

Since electronic funds transfers (EFTs) have become commonplace, direct deposit has overtaken the mailing of paper checks as the most popular way to receive recurring payments.  Before you can get… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 14, 2018

Applying for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a multi-step process. One of the most crucial steps is when the SSA and a partner agency called Disability… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 13, 2018

Your Social Security number is an essential piece of information, used for everything from getting Social Security benefits to opening a bank account. You’ll find your number on your Social Security… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 29, 2018

There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a bank, including interest rates, fees, customer service and accessibility (both online and in-person). It can be a lot to wrap your head around,… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 12, 2018

Providing your Social Security Number (SSN) is a unique, secure method of identifying yourself. However, even this method is susceptible to fraud, especially if your SSN falls into the wrong hands.… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 12, 2018

Most banks are open for business Monday through Saturday. But occasionally you might show up at your bank on a weekday and find that the bank has been closed all day. Because most banks follow a… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 08, 2018

A bank transit number, also known as a routing number, helps financial institutions identify where checks and other documents were issued from. They’ve been around for over 100 years, and they help… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Nov 08, 2018

When it comes to choosing a bank, there are plenty of factors that you should consider, from interest rates to online banking offerings to the availability of physical locations. And the differences… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Oct 31, 2018

An advance directive can be an important aspect of your estate planning strategy and emergency preparations. Having one can assure you that you’ll receive the medical treatment you want if you lose… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Oct 31, 2018

When it comes to estate planning and making preparations for the end of your life, you may benefit a great deal from creating an advance directive. If you live in Oregon and you’re considering… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Oct 31, 2018

An advance directive is an important document to consider when making plans for your estate and the medical unknown. If you live in Arizona and you’re wondering if an advance directive is something… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Oct 30, 2018

An advance directive can be a crucial document when assembling your estate planning strategy. If you live in Maryland and you’re wondering if an advance directive is something you should draft up,… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Oct 29, 2018

When it comes to estate planning and making plans for the medical unknown, an advance directive can be extremely important. If you live in Ohio and you’re considering drafting up an advance directive… Read more