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Almost one-quarter of the 65 million people receiving Social Security rely on it for 90% of their retirement income. They’re locked in and there’s nothing they can do to get a bigger check except cross their fingers and hope for a cost-of-living raise every year. No one wants to be...
It's that time of the year again! RMD's! Many retirees love to hate their required minimum distributions, or RMDs. What to do? When to take it out? How much to pay in taxes? There's a myriad of questions. In this video, Morningstar discusses the topic with Maria Bruno, head...
At the beginning of every year, Americans receiving benefits from Social Security and Medicare find out what changes have taken place and what it means to their bottom line. This year is no exception. For 2019, Social Security recipients get the biggest annual raise they’ve had for quite a while. Some...
By Jean Chatzky I can’t really afford this, but I love it … I really shouldn’t have bought that, but I needed a pick me up … Is this what a spending hangover feels like? Sound familiar? Turns out the majority of us — 64 percent — regret our spending on short-term...
Ah, for the good old days when the retirement formula was simple. Get a job. Retire at 65. Go home and collect your pension. But those days are long gone. Pension benefits became too expensive for companies to maintain.  They cancelled the plans, started matching contributions to 401(k)s and pushed the...
With the end of the year in sight, lots of plans are being made—what gifts to buy, what the menu will be, and how to shed the extra weight that will inevitably be acquired. But part of your holiday planning needs to include a year-end investment checkup...
Why Wait? Jiab Wasserman  |  November 1, 2018 MY MOTHER-IN-LAW Doris passed away last year at age 90. In the last few years of her life, she often mentioned that she felt guilty spending any of her money, let alone splurging. She wanted to leave the money to her children, even when her children...
If you’ve ever wished you could stash away more money in your tax-deferred retirement accounts, the IRS has made your dream come true. Contribution limits to retirement plans are going up in 2019. The most popular retirement savings vehicle, the 401(k) plan, along with its cousins, the 403(b) account for...
When Spiderman was young, he could do no wrong. He glided from place to place, shooting out webs and taking care of the bad guys. But when he was older, Spiderman’s super powers were not so sharp. His vision was blurry, his hearing was dull, and he had difficulty...
The old three-legged stool for retirement consisted of: 1) Pension (Company) 2) Social Security (Government) 3) Personal Savings (You) Given less than 15% of Americans have pensions or will receive pensions, no longer is having a pension part of most Americans retirement plan. Therefore, we can throw pensions out the window for future...