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Supreme Court same-sex ruling opens the door for Social Security’s valuable spousal benefits

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will give a huge boost to the retirement security of LGBT Americans. That will be especially true in the realm of Social Security – where it pays to be married. The ruling will affect everything from access to spousal pension and retirement accounts, health benefits and more. […]

Kerry Hannon

Building retirement security by avoiding job burnout: A Q&A with Kerry Hannon

If you are counting the days to retirement because you hate your job, career expert Kerry Hannon has a message for you: “Stick with it.” Burnout is one of the biggest problems in the workplace, especially for older workers. An annual survey on retirement by the Employee Benefit Research Institute consistently finds that about half […]

Dr. Linda Fried

Betting on prevention as Medicare turns 50

Healthcare is an expense. But what if we looked at it as an investment – especially an investment in prevention of disease? The payback on that investment would be more years of healthy living and less cost treating chronic disease in old age . . . not to mention the human misery avoided. Investment in healthy […]

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Recommended weekend reading on retirement

Here’s a quick look at articles that have caught my eye the week of June 1 to 5 – happy weekend reading . . . Millionaires Who Are Frugal When They Don’t Have to Be. Paul Sullivan/The New York Times Sex in the nursing home. Paula Spencer Scott/AARP Bulletin Demand and Expectations Grow for Green Retirement Communities. Constance Gustke/The […]

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What the Medicare doc fix means for your pocketbook

The Medicare "doc fix" is in. The question now: What will it mean for seniors' pocketbooks? President Obama recently signed the most significant Medicare legislation in years--a plan to ... [Continue Reading]

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Supreme Court same-sex ruling opens the door for Social Security’s valuable spousal benefits

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will give a huge boost to the retirement security of LGBT Americans. That will be especially true in the realm of Social Security – where it pays to be married. The ruling will affect everything from access to spousal pension and retirement accounts, health benefits and more. […]

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When life events intervene in your retirement plan

Financial plans typically assume a normal retirement age in the mid-60s or beyond, but life events have a way of intervening. Half of all retirees say they left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The key culprits include health problems or disability […]

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A new type of annuity for life’s biggest unknown

How much money you will need to save to enjoy a secure retirement depends on the ultimate unknowable: How long will you live? The possibility of running short is called longevity risk, and the Obama administration last year established rules to foster a new type of annuity, the Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract (QLAC), that would […]

Dr. Linda Fried

Betting on prevention as Medicare turns 50

Healthcare is an expense. But what if we looked at it as an investment – especially an investment in prevention of disease? The payback on that investment would be more years of healthy living and less cost treating chronic disease in old age . . . not to mention the human misery avoided. Investment in healthy […]

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How well do you understand Social Security? Take this quick quiz to find out

Ready for a quick quiz on how Social Security benefits work? You should. Social Security is the most important retirement benefit for most Americans, and understanding the rules is critical for getting the most out of the program. So, let’s get started. At what age can you receive your full benefit? Can you keep working […]