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    Financial Troubles Hide in Soaring Markets

    November 30, 2021 Financial Troubles Hide in Soaring Markets Texas Securities Commissioner Travis Iles says we’re living in a perfect storm – for financial fraud. Isolated at home to avoid COVID, people are spending more time online, and he suspects that some have become more susceptible to fraud because they think a big win would […] More

  • 3 Ways Pre-Retirees And Retirees Can Use U.S. Series I Savings Bonds

    3 Ways Pre-Retirees And Retirees Can Use U.S. Series I Savings Bonds

    Earn hundreds or thousands of dollars of extra interest income with strategic use of Series I … [+] Savings Bonds. getty Series I Savings Bonds guaranteed by the U.S. government (aka I bonds) are currently earning 7.12% annual interest. This is great news for middle-income retirees who may have recently watched the interest income from […] More

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    Celebrate a Closer-to-Normal Thanksgiving | Squared Away Blog

    November 24, 2021 Celebrate a Closer-to-Normal Thanksgiving Last Thanksgiving, my husband and I made two Cornish game hens and zoomed dinner with his two sons and extended family. What a different world we are living in this year. Vaccinated people will be able to gather for Thanksgiving or go Christmas shopping without fearing for their […] More

  • A Financial Adviser Responds To Angry Readers About Happiness In Retirement

    A Financial Adviser Responds To Angry Readers About Happiness In Retirement

    By Wes Moss, Next Avenue Getty A recent Next Avenue article and “Friends Talk Money” podcast episode shared one of the principles from my new book “What the Happiest Retirees Know: 10 Habits for a Healthy, Secure, and Joyful Life.” Specifically, they highlighted my discovery that the happiest retirees generally have at least $500,000 in liquid […] More

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    Need Help Choosing Your Medicare Options?

    November 23, 2021 Need Help Choosing Your Medicare Options? This blog is for the procrastinators. The last day of Medicare open enrollment for people who want to switch their Medicare Advantage or Part D insurance plans is Dec. 7. The hoopla around this open enrollment period can be confusing, because Medigap supplemental plans are on […] More

  • How Will Not Working Again Affect My Social Security Retirement Benefit Rate?

    How Will Not Working Again Affect My Social Security Retirement Benefit Rate?

    Ask Larry Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s Social Security column addresses questions about what effect not working in the years before filing might affect benefit amounts, switching from Social Security disability benefits to retirement benefits and on the process of starting spousal benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the […] More

  • Do I Need To Take Social Security In 2021 To Get The 2022 5.9% COLA?

    Do I Need To Take Social Security In 2021 To Get The 2022 5.9% COLA?

    Ask Larry Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s Social Security column addresses questions about filing options given the 2022 COLA, when survivor’s benefits can be available and determining the best options for taking spousal benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc. See […] More

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    Minimum Wage and Disability Applications

    November 18, 2021 Minimum Wage and Disability Applications The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and hasn’t budged since 2009. But many states and some municipalities have raised their minimum wages. Today, more than half of the state minimums exceed the federal minimum. Now a new trend has emerged: 19 states have enacted or […] More

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    The Economy, Minimum Wage, and Disability

    November 18, 2021 The Economy, Minimum Wage, and Disability The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and hasn’t budged since 2009. But many states and some municipalities have raised their minimum wages. Today, more than half of the state minimums exceed the federal minimum. Now a new trend has emerged: 19 states have enacted […] More

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