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Social Security Benefits

Social (In)Security

If you've been following the discussion, the question on your mind probably is whether or not the system needs to be changed or not, so let's try and shed some light on it. In last year's State of the Union address, President Bush said that Social Security was 'headed for bankruptcy'. Yet, many... more

Strategy of Retirement Planning

The Changing Retirement Landscape and How to Prepare for It

With a continued influx of baby boomers retiring, the retirement landscape is about to undergo a seismic shift. What does it mean to be a baby boomer? First, there's demographics: Between 2000 and 2011, the percentage of Americans over 65 years of age grew 18% - with the number of people at or... more

IRA Investments

Unpacking Obama's MyRA (and What Can It Do for You?)

By James O'Brien By now, many investors and analysts have taken a look at President Obama's MyRA plan and drawn a reasonable conclusion: It won't get retirees through many years of post-work expenses. But then, that's not the MyRA's purpose. The federal government's newest retirement instrument... more

Retirement Lifestyle Management

2014 a Banner Year for Early Retirement?

By Justin Stoltzfus Those who keep a close eye on American financial trends for consumers are commonly predicting that a lot more of us will choose to retire early in 2014 and future years. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act means that for the first time in a long while, the financial... more

Pension Planning and Benefits

Municipal Pension Minutia

The state and local governments are getting pretty slick at enticing our civil servants to take pensions early, based on emotion. As a general rule, you never want to make financial decisions with emotion. You want to operate only in the realm of logic and reason. What the new employer trend is to... more

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