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What You Can Expect When the Fed Raises Rates

Federal ReserveInterest rate increase policymakers will meet next week to decide whether to raise a key interest rate. If they do, it’ll be the first time since June 2006.

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10 Tips for Even Safer Online Banking

Close-up of hand holding a modern smartphone with a generic mobile banking app running. The app interface is non existing one. It has been created in graphic program by contributorAbout half of Americans now use computers or smartphones as their primary banking method.

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Financial Abuse of Older Adults: AARP and American Bankers Association Foundation Partner to Tackle Growing Problem

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An 81-year old woman who was swindled out of $806,500 from a lottery scam

A grandson who drained his grandfather’s life savings for his personal use

A “traveling handyman” who received an up-front payment for work that was never completed

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No Leaping – Some Alternatives to Joint Bank Accounts

Look Before You LeapWhen looking to manage a loved one’s finances, leave money to a beneficiary, or simply monitor an immediate family member’s account, many turn to joint accounts. While they may be easy to use, as described in a

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How the Americans With Disabilities Act Benefits All of Us

Disabled access signNo disability? Guess what. You benefit from the Americans With Disabilities Act every single day.

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Look Before You Leap – What You Need to Know Before Opening a Joint Account

Look Before You LeapJoint bank accounts can be a great convenience for people who share income and expenses — often the case with married couples.

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A little perspective can go a long way in investing

The headlines are brutal:

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Have stocks outperformed bonds this century?

Most of us have heard that stocks have outperformed bonds in the long run. But what is the definition of long run? So far this century, have stocks really outperformed?

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A Guide to Financing and Taxes for Teens

A Guide to Financing and Taxes for Teens

5 Steps to Cure Binge and Purge Shopping Disorder

I once had a dirty little secret. No, it wasn’t an online flirtation, a crush on Mark Rylance (that’s common knowledge) or a tendency to midnight fridge raids. It was a brief problem with BPSD, a.k.a. binge and purge shopping disorder, and it’s why giant retail Web sites such as Amazon, Target, Sephora and Beauty.com are such a success.

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The Time to Close Investment Loopholes Is Long Past

The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor held a public hearing Aug. 10 on its proposed rule to close a conflict of interest loophole in investment advice. The following is testimony I presented.

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Pay Attention to Investment Fees: A Tiny Change Can Cost Thousands In Retirement

Piggy bank leaking investment feesOne of the many things I admire about my husband is that he is very frugal. We met when he was a first-year teacher and he wooed me by telling me that he maxed out his contributions to his retirement account.

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Worried about Back to School Expenses? Search for the Best Dollar Deals

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In just a few weeks many students will find themselves back at school with newly purchased back-to-school clothes and supplies.  The back-to-school season can be an expensive time of the year for parents and grandparents.

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How much have you saved for retirement?

How much have you saved for retirement?  $500? $5,000? $50,000? If you have even five dollars saved, you’re one step ahead of nearly half of working age households — who have ZERO saved for retirement.

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Celebrating Medicare: Strengthening the Program for the Next 50 Years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare program into law. Today, we celebrate 50 years of Medicare providing affordable, guaranteed health care to millions of Americans — but we also look toward its future.

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Can’t use your FSA or HSA to buy over-the-counter drugs? AARP is working to reverse that.

iStock_000035818232_FullIt’s no secret that chronic pain is a common problem among older adults.

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Ambassador Froman: Don’t let the Trans-Pacific Partnership Restrict Access to Affordable Medicine

AARP continues to voice its serious concerns about the current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that will impact m

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Debt: A Deal Breaker in Millennial Romances?

Piggy bank in debt vice gripWe heard through the grapevine about a boomer couple upset because their son, who graduated from a prestigious college and professional school without loans, was marrying a young lawyer with tens of t

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Rising Utility Rates Put Seniors at Risk

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AARP New York volunteer

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2016 Social Security COLA? Don’t Bet on It

Nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will probably not get a cost-of-living increase next year, according to projections in the 2015 Social Security and Medicare trustees reports.

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