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    Publishers Letter

    Dear Reader,Welcome to the second edition of AMAC Advantage. In this issue, we focus on Americas great health care system. Statistics clearly show the more education you have, the better your health will be. As you learn

    more about healthy living, preventive medicine, and health care in general, you increase your chances of staying in good health. Our feature article takes a look at advances in our health-care system over the last century. Is Michael Moore rightis our health care system Sickoor is Mr. Moore guilty of sick thinking?

    AMAC Advantage will carry a regular section on Health, to focus on this important issue and find ways we can continue to improve our health-care system for all Americans.

    We would like to thank Steve Levy, the County Executive from Suffolk County on Long Island, for his thoughtful letter to our Association.

    Its nice to know the 1.3 million citizens of Suffolk County have an elected official who is willing to listen and respond to the people.

    In 2008 well strive to increase our membership and to be your advocate on issues affecting your well-being. AMAC is expanding into Florida this year. Our first chapter is located in central Florida, between Ocala and Leesburg, just north of Orlando.

    Watch us grow!Best regards,

    Dan Weber, Publisher

    P.S. Please tell a friend or neighbor about AMAC. For the first part of 2008, well be offering a one-year Free Membership to new members. (See the membership ad in this issue, or visit our website,

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    5 Money Leave a living legacy

    7 Health Have a heart-healthy 2008

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    10 Food Satisfying soups and stews

    13 Commentary AMAC publisher Dan Weber comments on our nations health-care system

    16 Genealogy Start at home to track your familys roots

    20 Travel Americas Historic Cities: Charleston, SC

    22 Essay Thoughts from Brother Juniper

    23 Did You Know? Tidbits to think about

    24 Parting Thought Words of inspiration

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  • Leave them a Legacy


    How $10,000 left for your grandchild can turn into $1 million

    How would you like to leave your grandchild $1 million dollars tax-free? By taking advantage of two simple ideas you can easily do just that.Most of us would love to leave a financial nest egg for our

    grandchildren. The problem is we dont have enough money to do all the things we would like to. Here is a way to use a Roth IRA and put time on your side so your grandkids can be receiving money from you for each year of their life.

    The key reason the following projections result in such high numbers is because of the effect of compound interest over a long period of time. Another point of this example is to demonstrate

    how it is possible to take advantage of legitimate provisions in the tax code and use them wisely.

    Unlike most retirement funds, a Roth IRA doesnt have to be paid out in your lifetime (its not subject to mandatory distributions). The money must be distributed over your benefi-ciarys lifetime.

    In other words, you could leave a relatively small sum to a grand-childand your grandchild could inherit a windfall. Take a look at the following chart, which shows how you can leave your 6-year-old grandchild $10,000 in a Roth IRA and how your grandchild could receive over 1 million tax-free dollars in their lifetime.

    Assumptions: One single deposit of $10,000 is made into a Roth IRA with

    your 6-year-old grandchild as the beneficiary. The funds earn 9.25% each year (i.e. the S&P 50 year average). The donor dies nine years after the plan is set up and the ben-

    eficiary begins collecting the minimum distribution at age 15. The beneficiary starts collecting more than the minimum

    required, beginning at age 40.The above example works out the way it does because the

    grandchild (the beneficiary) leaves most of the funds in the IRA instead of raiding it and losing future growth.

    While it is possible to leave instructions with the beneficiary

    about how you would like them to withdraw the funds, the choice would be theirs.

    It is to be expected that inflation could lessen the purchasing power of the funds; however, imagine how happy your grandchild will be to still be receiving money from your gift 70 or more years from now. Of course, there is no guarantee that the investment return will be what is projected, but because the majority of the funds would not be withdrawn for many years, the likelihood of matching the historical returns is incr