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Heavy Debt in Retirement? Don’t Panic…Think Strategically

Many retirees find themselves facing heavier-than-expected debt loads when entering retirement. “The average American owes $6,354 on credit cards, according to Experian, but many retirees and soon-to-be retirees owe even more, on average.” And many senriors still carry mortgage into their…

Combating advertising fraud in Social Security. Medicare

The Social Security Administration’s Elaine Popejoy, in a post today on www.pantagraph.com, provides an explanation of measures that SSA has taken to protect folks from unscrupulous advertisers. She goes on to explain what one should do in situations where they believe…

Social Security 2100 Act–Taxing More than the Rich?

Much of the rhetoric about the Social Security 2100 Act’s tax increases has focused on the upper incomes–the resumption of FICA tax on incomes exceeding $400,000. The editorial staff at Investor’s Business Daily want folks to also be aware that the bill…

Married Couples, Listen Up! Things to do, things to not do.

The editorial stall at www.kare11.com commemorated Valentine’s Day this year with an article on pointers to maintain a healthy relationship with your spouse/partner, including things to do and things to avoid. From things like keeping financial secrets to not discussing retirement…

FRA: A key to much of your Social Security position

Your full retirement age, either 66 or 67 for those aging into the program now, is a key determinant in many pieces of the Social Security puzzle. For that reason alone, it’s critical that anyone approaching Social Security have a…

The “Retirement Freak-Out” and How to Sidestep It

It’s inevitable that many folks billowing into retirement will face that point where they freak-out. Am I ready? What should I do first? How much money do I need? Unfortunately, many of those same folks will be asking themselves these…

Social Security Benefits: a Lifetime of Protections for Your Loved Ones

(Source – Social Security Administration) At Social Security, we know how much your loved ones mean to you—that’s why our promise of lifetime protections extends to them. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, some of your immediate family…

65 is Not the “Magic Age” for Social Security Benefits

For so many of us, reaching age 65 was once thought of as the end point in attaining Social Security benefits. That all changed, of course, with the gradual shift in Full Retirement Age to 66, then 67. As a…

“Scrapping the Cap”–Who Would it Affect?

The two most recent proposals to revamp Social Security both target the cap on taxable earnings. John Larson’s Social Security 2100 Act calls for a resumption of taxation when annual income levels pass the $400,000 level, while Bernie Sanders’ bill…

Thinking About Retirement – Thoughts to Help Get Ready Financially

For those in their 50s, t houghts of retirement are probably popping up more and more as each year passes. And one of the more frequent of these thoughts relates to how financial prepared you might be to take the…

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