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Obama's Budget Preserves COLA for Social Security: What it Really Means to Seniors

By James O'Brien March 8, 2014 Despite a narrow brush with a new reduction to Social Security benefits, seniors will not see the proposed move to a more conservative cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, in 2014. President Barack Obama's announcement on Feb. 2 that he was scrapping the... more

Strategy of Retirement Planning

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5 Retirement Planning Steps Most People Overlook

Your retirement date is rapidly approaching. You’re in good financial health and you feel well-positioned for a secure retirement. But you’re still worried you might be overlooking something.   You’ve heard a lot of information about retirement planning basics:... more

IRA Investments

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Retirement 2015: Rule Changes for the Year Ahead

Was one of your New Year's resolutions to get up to date and better informed about your retirement plans? If so, you're on the right track. The start of a fresh calendar is the perfect time to re-up your financial self-improvement goals.   As 2015 gets underway, understanding your options... more

Retirement Lifestyle Management

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The Post-Retirement Career: Recent Research Suggests We're Not Really Retiring (Even if We Think We Are)

By James O'Brien. Recent research shows that 47% of retirees say they end up working  or they plan to work  after retirement. And that's not just a post-recession necessity: some 72% of retirees polled in an Age Wave/Merrill Lynch report said they want to keep working after retirement.... more

Pension Planning and Benefits

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How Much Savings, How Much Growth? (A Guide to Your Own 'Right' Retirement Blend)

By James O'Brien. The market might be enjoying record highs , but investors are increasingly committed to their cash. And that includes retirees. A recent report from State Street's Center for Applied Research shows that investors are leaning in the direction of cash allocation. In part, that... more

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