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Social Security at 62? Let’s Run the Numbers

Posted by on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 in Investing, Personal Finance, Retirement, Wealth Management | Comments Off on Social Security at 62? Let’s Run the Numbers

For many retirees, Social Security benefits are seen as hot money on the table, to be devoured as soon as possible. But as with preparing and savoring a fine meal, a careful approach and delayed gratification may yield the highest rewards from the program. Many financial planners advise that you wait as long as possible before receiving benefits. Despite this, a sizable number of Americans who have reached 62 — 41 percent of men and 46 percent of women — apply for Social Security at 62, the earliest age at which you can take payments. The way...

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The Politics of Income Inequality

Posted by on Friday, May 16th, 2014 in Business, Investing, Personal Finance, Wealth Management | Comments Off on The Politics of Income Inequality

The years from the late 19th and early 20th centuries were not the most egalitarian in American history. Robber barons roamed the economy, living off lavish rents generated by powerful cartels and industrial monopolies. The richest 1 percent of Americans reaped nearly one in five dollars generated by the economy and amassed almost half its wealth; at the other end of the scale, wage earners lost ground to inflation. It was the era of the Haymarket riots and Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.” Workers staged 1,500 strikes in 1886 alone. Ultimately,...

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Coping When Not Entering Retirement Together

Posted by on Friday, March 28th, 2014 in Personal Finance, Retirement, Wealth Management | Comments Off on Coping When Not Entering Retirement Together

For Daniel Ryan, turning 40 and 50 came and went. But sometime around his 61st birthday last July, he said he had an “old man crisis.” He did some simple math, and quickly concluded that living another 20 years would be considered a “full life.” Even if he remained healthy for another 15 years, he figured he might only be able to maintain his active lifestyle of skiing, hiking and mountain biking for another decade. “Looking at the rest of my life this way hit me like a ton of bricks,” Mr. Ryan said. Five months later, he retired. After...

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25 Ways to Improve Your Finances in 2014

Posted by on Friday, February 7th, 2014 in Investing, Personal Finance, Retirement, Wealth Management | Comments Off on 25 Ways to Improve Your Finances in 2014

Are you ready to overhaul your spending patterns, start funneling more money into your bank account and buy better (and safer) products in 2014? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up our favorite money stories to give you the bite-size nuggets you need to get your financial resolutions in place. Here are 25 ways to improve your finances in the new year: 1. Start feeling good about money. If you have a “money shame,” or something that embarrasses you or makes you feel badly about how you’ve handled money in the past, then...

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10 Worst Money Moves for the New Year

Posted by on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 in Investing, Personal Finance, Retirement, Wealth Management | Comments Off on 10 Worst Money Moves for the New Year

1. Set no savings goals Goals? Whatever. You’ll save if there’s money left over. People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan. You’ve heard that before, haven’t you? It’s true. I don’t think anyone sets out to be on a paycheck-to-paycheck plan by the time they reach their 60s. Yet it happens. If you want to achieve something, write it down. Then write down the action steps you need to take to make it happen and put together a time line with dates as to when you are going to take those steps. If you’re married, work with your spouse on this....

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