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Retirement
Social Security was originally intended to provide older Americans with continuing income after retirement. Today, though the scope of Social Security has been widened to include survivor, disability, and other benefits, retirement benefits are still the cornerstone of the program. How do you qualify for retirement benefits? When you work and pay Social Security taxes...
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If you don’t want the money, you can always disclaim (refuse to accept) the inherited IRA or plan funds. But if you’re like most people, you will want the money. Your first thought may be to take a lump-sum distribution, but that’s usually not the best idea. Although a lump sum provides you with cash...
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If you’re retired or close to retiring, then you’ve probably got nothing to worry about — your Social Security benefits will likely be paid to you in the amount you’ve planned on (at least that’s what most of the politicians say). But what about the rest of us? The media onslaught Watching the news, listening...
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Three things Generation X needs to focus on to retire successfully: A recent survey from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found that Gen X Americans are more likely than baby boomers and millennials to indicate they “may never recover” or have “not yet begun to recover” from the Great Recession. At the same time,...
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As you may have noticed by the advertisements, a currently popular trend in retirement planning is to calculate “your number.” This refers to the amount of savings you need to have at retirement. From a marketing perspective, “your number” attracts consumers who prefer simplicity and an easily defined goal, but from a financial perspective, “your...
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