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Social Security Tip: Don’t Delay Benefits Too Long

You probably know that waiting to claim your Social Security benefits until your Full Retirement Age (FRA) can result in permanently higher Social Security benefits. For people born between 1943 and 1954, Full Retirement Age is age 66 but that’s slowly climbing higher for younger workers. For example, Full Retirement Age for someone born in […]

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Quote Of The Week: Don’t Give Up On Financial Literacy

“The U.S. ranks 14th in the world when it comes to financial literacy, with just 57% of adults being able to pass a basic financial literacy test.” “What financial advisers must remember is that the vast majority of people need help with the absolute basics of personal finance — bill paying, budgeting, saving, setting aside […]

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What’s The Right Amount To Spend In Retirement?

What’s the right amount to spend in retirement? Spend too much, and you run out of money too early. Spend too little, and you miss out on fun and meaningful experiences. It’s not so easy to come up with the right answer. That’s why we “spend” so much time working with clients to make it […]

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Travel Insurance: Why You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without It

“Medicare doesn’t cover medical costs outside the U.S.” That’s a good reminder from retirement expert Mary Beth Franklin on why you need travel insurance if you’re 65+. Mary Beth spent years at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and started a late-in-life second career as a Certified Financial Planner and Social Security expert. Travel insurance, says Mary […]

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Annuity Abuses Rise To Top Of Regulator's Scam List

Annuity Abuses Rise To Top Of Regulator’s Scam List

Has your broker recommended that you swap an old annuity contract for a newer one? Regulators say that could be a way to scam you out of thousands of dollars. Abusive swaps like these, involving improper annuity exchanges, have risen to the top of the investment scam list at FINRA (FINRA is the organization regulating […]

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Quote Of The Week: “Planning To Work Longer Is A Mistake”

“One of the biggest retirement-planning mistakes a lot of investors are making is assuming they will be able to continue working well beyond normal retirement age. It might provide some peace of mind now, but the reality is 50% of retirees have to retire early, usually for health reasons.” Jeff Benjamin, “As retirement-savings plans go, […]

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Quote Of The Week: That Retirement Calculator Gets Them Nervous

24-year-old April Peterson graduated from Texas Tech with a master’s degree in personal financial planning. She now works at USAA in San Antonio as an investment and retirement service representative while studying for her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam. With less than a year on the job, April has made some very astute observations about how well […]

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