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Saved Enough to Retire?

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

One reason retirement funding may mystify you: How do you know when you saved enough so you won’t run out of money during your golden years? The answer begins with an understanding of your day-to-day expenses, and how those expenses may change in 30 or more years of retirement.

Using Social Security Online

Submitted by Wayne Fourman on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 3:00pm

You might think that dealing with a federal agency, such as the Social Security Administration (SSA), means long lines in some office near you. Not so: If you’re an adult, you can monitor your benefits situation with a few clicks of the keyboard and start serious planning for your retirement income.

Social Security After Divorce

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

If you plan to retire soon and you’re divorced, you may be entitled to additional Social Security retirement benefits based on your ex-spouse’s work and earnings record. Here’s how to get what you might well be entitled to.

Finding a Bit More to Save

Submitted by Gary Brooks on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 12:00pm

Cut a pie into 100 slices and what do you have? Barely a nibble. Seemingly an inconsequential share of anything, 1% can actually make a tremendous difference to your financial security. Even fractions of a percent added to investment returns over time can redefine your life in retirement or your net worth.

Can Income Hurt Benefits?

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

You may count on Social Security as a mainstay of income in your looming retirement. When you take benefits and how much you keep working can shrink that monthly check, though. Here’s what to know.

Steps After Your Spouse Dies

Submitted by Kay Allen on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 3:00pm

You face fewer sad events in life as emotionally draining as losing your spouse. You are often swept up in the whirlwind as you prepare the funeral and make final arrangements to say good-bye. Once you emerge, often overwhelmed and lost, what do you do next to put your financial life in order?

Benefits’ Filing: Key Options

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Friday, July 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

When you file for Social Security, two provisions – file and suspend and restricted application filing – are likely to confuse you the most. They’re complicated yet potentially a big help if you want to maximize benefits. Here’s how to get the most out of your benefits.

How to Get Lifetime Security

Submitted by Gary Brooks on Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

Your financial planning and investment management often require solutions unique to you. Several key tenets of personal finance require no customizing, though. If you can follow these principles, you enjoy a better chance of financial security.

Boomer Retirement Advice

Submitted by Eve Kaplan on Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Ever see the 1970 classic movie Five Easy Pieces? If you were born between 1946 and 1964, this iconic piece of your pop entertainment past offers several metaphoric financial benefits worth your initial effort.

If you’re a boomer, you enjoy good news in that you’ll probably live longer and perhaps better that your parents and grandparents did. The bad news: You’ll live a longer and perhaps more expensive life, too.

You face decisions your parents or grandparents likely didn’t face before you.

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