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The Case for Women Working Past 65

Why striving to stay in the workforce a little longer may make financial sense. The median retirement age for an American woman is 62. The Federal Reserve says so in its most recent Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (2017). Sixty-two, of course, is the age when seniors first become eligible for Social Security retirement benefits. This factoid…

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Managing Money Well as a Couple

What are the keys in planning to grow wealthy together? When you marry or simply share a household with someone, your financial life changes – and your approach to managing your money may change as well. To succeed as a couple, you may also have to succeed financially. The good news is that is usually…

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A Setback for the Fiduciary Rule

A Court of Appeals ruling could set the stage for a Supreme Court opinion. The fiduciary rule is now a retirement planning standard – at least in 47 states. A recent appeals court ruling has dealt a blow to this new financial industry regulation, which has been applauded by investors and financial professionals alike.1 You probably…

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A Retirement Gender Gap

Why a middle-class woman may end up less ready to retire than a middle-class man. What is the retirement outlook for the average fifty-something working woman? As a generalization, less sunny than that of a man in her age group. Most middle-class retirees get their income from three sources. An influential 2016 National Institute on…

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Your 2018 Financial To-Do List

Things you can do for your future as the year unfolds. What financial, business, or life priorities do you need to address for 2018? Now is a good time to think about the investing, saving, or budgeting methods you could employ toward specific objectives, from building your retirement fund to lowering your taxes. You have…

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Avoiding the Money Pitfalls of Past Generations

You have a chance to manage your money better than previous generations have. Some crucial financial steps may help you do just that. Live below your means and refrain from living on margin. How much do you save per month? Generations ago, Americans routinely saved 10% or more of what they made, either depositing those…

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How much should you save by 30, 40, 50 or 60?

What number should you strive to reach? It is agreed that the earlier you start saving for retirement, the better. The big question on the minds of many savers, however, is: “How am I doing?” This article will show you some rough milestones to try and reach. (Keep in mind that you may need to…

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Will Debt Spoil Too Many Retirements?

What pre-retirees owe could compromise their future quality of life.     The key points of retirement planning are easily stated. Start saving and investing early in life. Save and invest consistently. Avoid drawing down your savings along the way. Another possible point for that list: pay off as much debt as you can before…

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When Is Social Security Income Taxable?

The answer depends on your income.    Your Social Security income could be taxed. That may seem unfair, or unfathomable. Regardless of how you feel about it, it is a possibility. Seniors have had to contend with this possibility since 1984. Social Security benefits became taxable above certain yearly income thresholds in that year. Frustratingly…

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