Social Security

How to Get Social Security Benefits if You've Never Worked a Day in Your Life

Even if you've never had a job, you may still be eligible for Social Security benefits when you retire or become disabled.<p>Social Security benefits …

Retirement Planning

Do Retirees Get Special Tax Breaks?

<i>"I'm kind of comfortable with getting older because it's better than the other option, which is being dead. So I'll take getting older."</i><br>-- George Clooney<p>Getting older isn't fun in many ways, such as when your vision starts to deteriorate or your hip starts giving you trouble. There's a silver …

Taxes

5 Benefits of Delaying Retirement

Are you counting the days until you can say goodbye to your job forever and start enjoying your golden years? While only about half of all Americans say they're looking forward to retirement, around 18% of Americans retire before age 61 and half of all Americans quit working for good between ages …

Retirement

Unhappy With Your Tax Return? Make These Changes Immediately

Now that the U.S. income-tax filing deadline has finally passed, many of us are eager to think about something other than taxes for a change. That said, if you're disappointed with the outcome of your return, taxes might still be at the forefront of your mind. But rather than harp on your …

Taxes

1 Terrible Reason to Claim Social Security Early

Americans who qualify for Social Security retirement benefits can start collecting at any time between 62 and 70 years of age. And the most common age for people to start collecting their benefits is 62, the earliest age possible. In fact, about 58% of Americans claim Social Security before …

How a short sale can short-circuit your credit score

<b>Dear Liz:</b> In 2010 I was laid off from my construction management position. I was unable to find work for 28 months. The bank tried to foreclose but I was able to arrange a short sale of my home in March 2012. Shortly after that, my unemployment benefits ran out and I was unable to pay my …

Personal Finance

Want To Keep Some Cash On The Sidelines? Read This First

There are several good reasons you may want to keep some cash on the sidelines. If you're retired, for example, and your priority is capital preservation, it can be a smart idea to keep some of your assets in cash.<p>The problem with keeping cash on the sidelines is that savings account interest rates …

Personal Finance

Think You're Ready for Social Security? Not Until You Read This

Though you might be itching to collect Social Security, there are a few things you need to know before filing for benefits.<p>Nearly 61 million …

Retirement

Will You Get a Social Security Increase in 2018?

Inflation is rising, and while that puts a strain on monthly budgets, it could mean that Social Security recipients get rewarded with an increase next year. The Social Security Administration (SSA) won't decide on an increase until it compares this year's third-quarter inflation numbers to last …

Where To Buy A Home: 6 Cities With Affordable Costs Of Living

<i>This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool.</i><p>More Americans are renting homes than ever before, and with increasing demand comes higher prices …

Real Estate

Disability Rights Advocates Accuse Washington Post Of Perpetuating 'Myths' About Benefits

They worry the newspaper's coverage will embolden politicians who want to slash aid.<p>WASHINGTON ― Disability rights advocates and a leading Democratic think tank are livid at The Washington Post over a March 30 front-page story on the prevalence of disability benefits in rural America.<p>The newspaper …

Poverty

Psst! Republicans Just Passed 5 New Obamacare Rules for 2018

Things just got a lot tougher for consumers and loads easier for insurance companies.<p>When Donald Trump was elected president, he vowed to tackle the …

Health Care

5 Ways to Save Money Painlessly

Saving money is hard work. Americans struggle to set aside enough money to cover emergencies. Only 41% of adults have $500 or more in an emergency savings account, according to a recent Bankrate survey.<p>Fortunately, there are ways to make saving a lot easier. It's possible to "trick" yourself into …

Personal Finance

Why Your Pension Is At Risk

State and local government pensions are extremely underfunded.<p>Demographics are making matters worse.<p>The assumed rate of returns is unrealistic.<p>Time …

Retirement

Machine Learning in Security: 4 Factors to Consider

Key factors to consider before adding machine learning to your security strategy.<p>There's a good chance you've considered the implications of machine …

Machine Learning

Economics has the power to help with problems big and small | Personal Finance

But in our agenda-ridden political and sales-driven financial environments, economics lessons get short shrift. Since national decisions affect us …

Retirement

Italian court recognizes man’s claim that using a company-issued cellphone caused his brain tumour

MILAN — A longtime Telecom Italia employee has been awarded monthly social security payments after a court found that his brain tumour was caused by …

Canadian News

Growing life span inequality has given the rich an extra $130,000 in government benefits

A powerhouse new study’s surprising revelations about inequality.<p>The federal government spends a large amount of money to support the living standards of elderly people — primarily through Social Security and Medicare but with significant helping hands from Medicaid and disability insurance. That …

Equality

Strategies To Increase Your Clients' Social Security Benefits

<b>For most Americans, Social Security is a big part of their retirement income</b><p>An estimated 91% of Americans aged 65 or older receive Social Security …

Retirement

Social Security's Rate of Return on Its $2.8 Trillion in Spare Cash Is Pretty Sad

Social Security isn't earning much interest income, and the Federal Reserve's monetary policy is the reason why.<p>Social Security is a financial …

Central Banks

Washington is failing millennials

April kicks off the first ever National Social Security Month. This hokey effort by the government probably won’t get young Americans excited about …

Economics

Seniors, Get Your $10 National Parks Lifetime Pass While You Can

The price is expected to jump significantly sometime this year.<p>While U.S. National Parks are free to everyone this weekend in celebration of National Park Week, if you're over the age of 62 you're going to want to nab your lifetime pass ASAP.<p>At just $10, the National Park Service's lifetime pass …

National Parks

Does Medicare pay for a home health care provider?

Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images<p><b>Editor’s Note:</b> Journalist …

Health Care

U.S. Social Security reform: the clock is ticking

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Can you count on your Social Security benefits when retirement rolls around?<p>Most Americans worry about this - partly due to the nonsense they hear from political opponents of Social Security and ill-informed media. You will hear that the program is bankrupt, its reserves are …

Retirement

I'm a Queer Woman. My Best Friend Is a Gay Man. We Almost Got Married Anyway.

In a sidebar to the article, the <i>Post</i> says they used publicly available county-level data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to count …

Poverty

WATCH: Tucker Battles Ex-Goldman Sachs Exec Who Came to US Illegally Insider

<i>Programming Alert: Don't miss "Tucker Carlson Tonight" at a new time, 8:00pm ET, starting on Monday, followed at 9:00pm by "The Five."</i><p>Tucker Carlson debated a woman who came to the U.S. as a young illegal immigrant and later attained citizenship status and criticized President Trump's planned …

Identity Theft

Why Today’s Retirement Savers Face A ‘Longevity Gap’

They sometimes say the rich get richer. Maybe it’s because they live longer.<p>There is a growing disparity in the total retirement benefits that high …

Retirement

Retirement Roulette

Phyllis loves to play roulette at the casinos. She knows there are games with better odds but there's something about the large spinning wheel and …

Retirement Planning

Updated - Trump-O-Meter: Reverse Barack Obama's 2016 gun executive order

One of the first regulations President Donald Trump vowed to slash was President Barack Obama's executive order on gun control that was implementedin …

Government

Married Gay People Are Happier, Healthier, And Wealthier Than Singles

Single LGBT adults over 50 are also more likely to have a disability than their married counterparts.<p>A new study has found that married LGBT people …

LGBTQ