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Ask Mari: Social Security Benefits For A Divorced Spouse

For many retirees, deciphering the best Social Security claiming strategy can be incredibly confusing. Social Security has thousands of complex rules and regulations, and policies change over time. In fact, one recent study estimated that the average American household leaves over $110,000 on the table by using the wrong Social Security claiming strategy. That’s why […]

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Newly Married? Moving in Together? Here’s How To Handle Money As A Couple

Are you newly married or just moving in together? What’s the secret to handling money as a couple? Check out Mari’s interview with reporter Rivan V. Stinson of  Kiplinger magazine, just in time for Valentine’s Day. We talk about buying a home together, handling debt, protecting a non-working partner, and how to have that critical first […]

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Women Still Lack Money Confidence, And It Costs Them

A new research study shows that the gender gap is as wide as ever when it comes to key measures of investment knowledge and confidence. Men investors tend to score higher than women when it comes to investment knowledge. They also tend to be more comfortable making investment decisions and taking advantage of investment opportunities. […]

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Quote Of The Week: The Coming Childcare Crisis

“There are upward of 45 million working parents with children under 18, and most of them are in jobs that can’t be done from home. Without in-person school, many parents will be forced to choose between working and supervising and caring for their children. Many will choose the latter.” Justin Lahart, “Beware of Complacency on […]

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Diamonds – And Summer Weddings – Catch The Coronavirus Blues

Summer is traditionally a time for weddings and other joyous gatherings, but the coronavirus has turned everyone’s celebration plans on their head. Even Princess Beatrice in the U.K. had to scratch her wedding plans in favor of a private, scaled-down and socially distanced affair last week. There is no doubt that the wedding industry, which […]

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How I Launched A Totally New Career & Became An Entrepreneur In My 60s

Introduction: There is nothing more inspirational or powerful than watching a woman transform her life to create new opportunities and possibilities for herself. As we approach July 4 and the celebration of our nation’s Independence, join with us in celebrating some of these women as they share their stories – in their own words – […]

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Six Tips For Making Marriage Work After Age 50

Thinking about getting married? If you’re over 50 and considering making your relationship permanent, there’s plenty to consider. Check out Mari’s conversation with journalist Robyn A. Friedman for City & Shore’s Prime magazine about the pros and cons of marriage after 50. Disagreements over money, sex and kids can torpedo second marriages, so follow some […]

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Coronavirus: Could It Disrupt Spring And Summer Weddings?

The coronavirus is disrupting supply chains across the globe, but the largest U.S. bridal retailer vows that it won’t lead to cancellations of spring and summer weddings. “We know how stressful a delayed order can be to a bride, so I’m here to unequivocally say that every customer will have the dress of her dreams […]

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A Better Way After Divorce

I’m still so excited about a presentation I gave Monday for the Boca Raton chapter of the National Association of Divorce Professionals (NADP). The talk was on “The Power of Positive Planning After Divorce,” and it showed how smart financial and investment planning after divorce can totally change financial outcomes and put divorced individuals back on track […]

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Be Mine: What People Are Buying For Valentine’s Day

Don’t panic! You still have a day or two to get ready for Valentine’s Day, if that’s a holiday you intend  to celebrate. Here’s what people across the country are buying for their loved one on February 14, according to personal finance website WalletHub: Candy 52% Greeting Card 44% Flowers 35% Evening Out 34% Jewelry 18% Clothing […]

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