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AMAC Foundation Webinar to Focus on Social Security’s Spousal Benefits

The next segment of the AMAC Foundation’s webinar on “Women and Social Security” will focus on a variety of issues relating to spousal benefits, ranging from the calculation of benefits for working and non-working spouses to benefits for widows and…

The Continuing “Income Replacement Rate” Debate

When planning retirement finances, the question of how much is needed to ensure a comfortable existence always seems to generate a lot of discussion. Beginning with Social Security as a base, the question becomes what other sources of income does…

More on “Gen Xers” and their Retirement Savings Track Record

Forbes contributor Megan Gorman, in a post on forbes.com, takes a look at the less-than-rosy retirement savings patterns emerging withing the Generation X population cohort. This segment of the population–those born in the early-to-mid 1960s to the early 1980s–often carry the unfortunate…

H.R. 6084 Included in Markup Session Agenda Scheduled for 6/21

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) announced the slate of bills to be included in the House’s full committee markup session scheduled for Thursday, June 21. Included in the bills to be addressed is H.R. 6084, The “Improving…

Filing at Age 62…Not Always a Bad Decision

There are many reasons why deferring Social Security benefits beyond the earliest point can be beneficial for some folks, and most financial advisors make it a point to stress these benefits. Monthly benefits are increase, spousal benefits are favorably impacted,…

One Approach to Shoring-Up Retirement Finances

The need for a steady, dependable income stream in retirement is obvious, and for Social Security beneficiaries, the predictability of a monthly benefit check provides at least some degree of comfort in the financial planning process. But is it enough?…

Definition Time: “Protective Filing Date”

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a complicated process, and are a few fundamentals one needs to have a good handle on early in the cycle. One of these fundamentals is an understanding of…

Staying on Top of Your Retirement Savings Regimen is a Key to Success

If you’re a methodical saver, and have been for some time, that’s a great thing. But there is a bit of a hazard to getting too stuck in a routine savings pattern says The Motley Fool’s Katie Brockman, who offers some…

Your Retirement Budget: Do You Have One?

The answer to that question, for way more than half of the 1000 participants in a Bankrate.com survey, is no. When asked to gauge how much they’d need to have accumulated in order to fund their retirement, the response “I don’t know” was…

You’ve Worked Hard for the Money — Now Protect It!

(Source: Social Security Administration) Most of us work hard to save and plan for our retirement. But there are people who work just as hard to take it away from us. Who are they? Phone scammers. While I was working…

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