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Three Big Wins for Retired People in New Budget Act

United States Capitol BuildingPeople of retirement age and their families scored three significant victories in the Budget Act passed by Congress.

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More ATM Trouble: New Scammer Innovations Boost Risk

Swiping a credit card reader at gas pumpOn the heels of findings that skimming attacks recently hit a 20-year high comes even more risk at ATMs with new innovations by e

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How the Budget Deal Would Blunt Medicare Cost Increases, Tweak Social Security

620-medicare-social-security-cards-wallet[1]The bipartisan budget agreement reached by the White House and congressional leaders would ward off a spike next year in

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It Pays to Compare Your Medicare Plan Options

It’s that time of year again: Medicare Open Enrollment. Open enrollment is the one time of year when you can re-evaluate your Medicare health and prescription drug plans and switch to ones that offer better coverage or save you money. By now you should have received your Annual Notice of Change packet of information in the mail.

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Infamous IRS Imposter Scam Turns 2, With More Growing Pains

From the start, this was no typical scam. Unlike previous IRS imposters, these phone calls weren’t just randomly trolling for personal information for identity theft.

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A Millennial’s Musings on Returning to the Nest

Our moms met us at the airport after our year abroad.

Our moms met us at the airport after our year abroad.

I’m 32 and I live in my mom’s basement.

(For now!)

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Bogle gives his thougths on investing last week

Last week, 200 “Bogleheads” met for an annual gathering at a hotel near the Vanguard Group’s headquarters in Valley Forge, Pa., to hear the legendary founder of Vanguard, the worlds largest fund company, talk about investing. The Bogleheads is a not-for-profit organization where anyone can post financial questions (at bogleheads.org), and then hundreds of volunteer members (Bogleheads) who are seasoned investors respond with advice — generally without a profit motive.

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The Three R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and…Retirement?

Elaine and her mom

Elaine and her mom

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With No COLA Increase, Congress Should Pass Medicare Fix

U.S. Congress buildingAARP sent the following letter to Congress on Oct. 14.

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No 2016 Social Security Benefits Increase; Medicare Premium Spikes for Some

Stack of cash in a viceIt’s official: Not only will almost 65 million Social Security recipients not get a cost-of-living increase next year, unless the government intervenes million

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Building Financial Resilience for the Future

New Pew Research Center study finds millions of children living with grandparents and provides insight into circumstances of the parents.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to not only recognize and celebrate the contributions of Hispanics and Latino-Americans, but it’s also

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Help! My loved one can no longer manage her finances.

Jennifer and Grandma Jeanne

Jennifer and Grandma Jeanne

Jennifer had recently relocated to the state of Wisconsin. When she went home to visit Grandma Jeanne and Grandpa Bill, she realized things were bad.

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It’s a Shame: Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries Continue to Be Plagued with Balance Billing

pastdueFederal law prohibits traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage providers and suppliers from billing people who are qualified Medicare beneficiaries (QMBs) for Medicare deductibles, coins

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Are we the reason millenials are afraid of stocks?

Millennials overreactingJust 26 percent of people under 30 are investing in stocks, according to a survey published by Bankrate.com, a personal finance site. By comparison, 58 percent of adults ages 50 to 64 invest in stocks.

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Financial Planning You Can Afford

Mature man working in home office

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It’s a Shame: Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries Continue to Be Plagued with Balance Billing

pastdueFederal law prohibits traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage providers and suppliers from billing qualified Medicare beneficiaries (QMBs) for Medicare deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments—a practice known as balance billing.

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Don’t Know Social Security Rules? You Could Take a Big Hit

PieChart_artWhat you don’t know about Social Security could cost you thousands of dollars. A recent AARP survey conducted in conjunction with the Financial Planning Association found that while many Americans approaching retirement have a broad understanding about Social Security benefits, there is a serious knowledge gap in some critical areas.

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How bonds work and myths that can cost you

Bond noteEver wonder why prices of bonds and bond funds do what they do when interest rates fluctuate? Here’s what you need to know about how bonds work as well as what you may think you already know that’s wrong.

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Feel Like You’re Paying More for Health Insurance? Blame Deductibles

Though workers have seen moderate increases in health insurance premiums in recent years, deductibles and the number of workers paying them have increased sharply, according to a new study by Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Retirees Lash Out at Law That Allows Cuts in Some Pensions

The word "Pension" is compressed with a vice. Business metaphor.When Alex Adams of Ohio retired in 2004, he figured he and his wife could live comfortably on Social Security and his pension.

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