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How couples can get the most from Social Security’s survivor benefit

How about this idea for a new reality TV show: “Survivor: Maximize your Social Security.” Rather than getting voted off the island, contestants lose when they fail to get the most out of Social Security’s survivor benefit – one of the government program’s most important features for married couples. Here is how our reality show works. When one spouse dies, the […]

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Retired, but working? How it impacts your financial plan

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, seniors relied on the three-legged stool to navigate the financial universe in retirement: A pension, Social Security and their own investments. But in our galaxy, traditional pensions are disappearing, longevity is rising and investments, as well as savings, are inadequate. So the stool has a new leg: […]

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Not junk mail: This letter from Social Security can cut Medicare drug costs

A letter arrives in the mail with this opening line: “We are writing to let you know how you can get help paying your Medicare costs.” Your fraud detector probably goes on high alert – the mailboxes of retirees routinely are stuffed with bogus come-ons. But this letter is no scam. More than 2 million seniors are receiving letters this […]

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Going back for a doctorate at mid-life and beyond

While the overall age of Ph.D. candidates has dropped in the last decade, about 14 percent of all doctoral recipients are over age 40, according to the National Science Foundation. Educators are seeing increasing enrollment in doctoral programs by students in their 40s and 50s. Many candidates hope doctorates will help them advance careers in […]

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The ins and outs of Social Security benefits and taxes

It's an unpleasant fact of life: The taxman can take a bite out of your Social Security benefits. The federal tax formula was crafted to initially target higher-income households, but the ... [Continue Reading]

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Not junk mail: This letter from Social Security can cut Medicare drug costs

A letter arrives in the mail with this opening line: “We are writing to let you know how you can get help paying your Medicare costs.” Your fraud detector probably goes on high alert – the mailboxes of retirees routinely are stuffed with bogus come-ons. But this letter is no scam. More than 2 million seniors are receiving letters this […]

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How couples can get the most from Social Security’s survivor benefit

How about this idea for a new reality TV show: “Survivor: Maximize your Social Security.” Rather than getting voted off the island, contestants lose when they fail to get the most out of Social Security’s survivor benefit – one of the government program’s most important features for married couples. Here is how our reality show works. When one spouse dies, the […]

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Threatened Teamster pensions safe for now – but what comes next?

Should the pension of a retired truck driver – or his widow – be cut by one-third or more because the plan is in trouble? Doing no harm to current retirees is a basic tenet of sound retirement policy, as well as basic fairness. But legislation passed in 2014 opened the door to the possibility […]