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Retirement Planning

Retirement Planning

Retirement Planning: The Basics You may have a very idealistic vision of retirement — doing all of the things that you never seem to have time to do now. But how do you pursue that vision? Social Security may be around when you retire, but the benefit that you get from Uncle Sam may not provide enough income for your retirement years. To make…

10 signs you are not financially OK to retire

10 signs you are not financially OK to retire

Being ready to retire means more than being ready to stop waking up at 6:00 a.m. to put in long hours at a job you’re not thrilled about. If it were that simple, most of us would retire at 25. What it really takes to retire is a solid grasp of your budget, a carefully considered investment and spending plan for your life savings, debt that’s under…

The Decade in Retirement

The Decade in Retirement

Retirement in America has become a tale of two very different realities in the decade now drawing to a close.

Divorce and Social Security Spousal Benefits

Divorce and Social Security Spousal Benefits

 Q: My marriage ended with a court decree 10 years ago. I'm told that as a divorced woman, I might qualify for Social Security benefits on the work record of my ex-spouse. Is that true? A: Yes, it's true — you might. Social Security operates with a philosophy that a divorced person may deserve a personal benefit, having been the long-term partner…

5 Social Security Changes in 2018

5 Social Security Changes in 2018

1. Social Security beneficiaries will see a 2% increase in payments