Social Security

3 Reasons It's Smart to Take Social Security Benefits at 62 -- The Motley Fool

One of the best reasons to start collecting Social Security at 62 is to retire early! Here are two more reasons to consider.<p>Pop quiz! At what age do …

Retirement

3 Ways You Can Lose Your Social Security Benefits -- The Motley Fool

Even once you've already started getting benefits, there are situations where they'll stop. Find out about them.<p><i>This article was updated on July 19,</i> …

Investing

7 ways to manage money better than your parents did

Every generation has their own habits when it comes to money. Whether it was our parents stashing cash in paint cans or their bedroom mattresses, or our great grandparents balking at investing after the Great Depression, generational events help mold how we manage our lives.<p>Sometimes it’s a good …

Financial Planning

4 Signs You're Overdue for a Raise

It's an unfortunate fact that in today's workplace, raises certainly aren't a given. Some companies only dish out raises to top performers; others require employees to work for more than a year before becoming eligible for a pay increase. But regardless of your company's policy or tendency, there …

The Latest Social Security Trustees Report Is Out, and It's Mostly Bad News -- The Motley Fool

Social Security is 17 years away from exhausting an estimated $3 trillion in asset reserves.<p>Each summer, the Social Security Board of Trustees, a …

Retirement Planning

The $404,000 Healthcare Crisis Facing Social Security Recipients -- The Motley Fool

It's going to take an increasingly larger share of a retiree's Social Security income to cover rising healthcare expenses in retirement.<p>If you and …

Medicare

How a Denver judge’s privilege failed my transgender daughter

My transgender daughter had a hearing to change her name last week. The judge, Hon. John Marcucci, approved the change but did not grant her petition …

Liberal POV

6 Biggest Headwinds Facing Women on the Road to Retirement (and What to Do About Them Before You Retire)

Women face a lot of unique hurdles when it comes to planning for their retirement, and understanding and managing them accordingly can make all the difference between a comfortable retirement and barely scraping by.<p>In this episode of <i>Motley Fool Answers</i>, hosts Alison Southwick and Robert Brokamp go …

Retirement

Amount owed in overpaid benefits to top €500m

<i>By Noel Baker</i><p>The amount of debt owed to the Department of Social Protection due to overpaid benefits is likely to top €500m this year — and it has …

News (Ireland)

Column: 'The Medicare Maven' on Ivy's health insurance horror story

The U.S. provides the world’s most expensive health care. And what do we get for all this money? Health outcomes that place America and its residents …

Health Care

As the Canada Child Benefit turns 1, who has actually benefited?

A year in, has the Canada Child Benefit really yielded the reform, and fairness, the Liberals promised?

Canada

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

From a mass grave at a KKK site to an internal audit that U.S. President Donald Trump never ordered, The Associated Press rounds up a week's worth of …

Canadian News

Avoid Getting Entangled by Taxes in Retirement

It’s important to understand how taxes can affect you in retirement based on your tax bracket, your filing status and other factors, including Social …

Retirement

With my cell-phone number, a private eye found 150 pages on me

Our cell phone numbers are increasingly used for identity theft, the modern-day linchpin to most personal data.<p>Now I know that first hand.<p>After reporting on how phone number identity theft had doubled last year, and warnings about how cell-phone numbers are being used as the new Social Security …

Identity Theft

This is why older Americans are happier than others

Though you'd never guess it from our youth-centric culture, older Americans are actually happier than younger folks. Americans 55 and older eat more fresh produce, smoke less, and have less worry and stress than their younger counterparts, a Gallup Survey[1] found. They also have a greater sense of …

Retirement

Three Things I Should Have Said About Retirement Planning

A friend of mine had been a pediatrician for a few years before he had his first child.<p>“Now that you’re a father,” I asked, “has your advice to parents changed?”<p>“No,” he said. “But I am more empathetic when I give it. I now realize things are not quite as easy as I made them sound.”<p>When it comes to …

Retirement

Is your cellphone number just as valuable as your social security number?

I’ve seen some recent news coverage touting that cell phone numbers are just as valuable to hackers and identity thieves as Social Security Numbers …

Identity Theft

How receiving CPP affects U.S. Social Security benefits

<b>Q:</b> I’ve just started to collect Social Insurance benefits from the United States. I’m a Canadian citizen who worked in the U.S. (with a green card) …

Retirement

Beneficiary advocate criticises WINZ staff targets

"All Ministry of Social Development staff have performance agreements covering various aspects of their job," said Katie Brosnahan, Ministry of …

House Republicans finally provide some budget reality

It's way past time America had an uncomfortable, but crucial national conversation.<p>No, it's not about racism, sexual orientation, tax reform, or even …

Medicare

10 New Baby Names About to Blow Up This Fall

Kehlani (f)There are many offbeat new baby names we love. The fastest growing moniker for girls is also the name of an up-and-coming R&B singer. Last …

Babies

Game of Thrones: Libertarian Edition - The Big Picture

Warning: spoilers<p>As HBO’s blockbuster series Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season, Reason offers its own freedom-filled parody. A …

Game of Thrones

Many Indigenous families not applying for Canada child benefit: documents

Thousands of dollars available, but tax filing necessary before it can be collected<p>Many Indigenous families on reserves and in the North have not …

Canada

There’s a New Social Security Scam Going Around. Here’s How to Avoid It

The Social Security Administration is warning people against a new scam trying to defraud people out of their Social Security checks.<p>The calls have …

Identity Theft

Let’s run the fantasy math on Social Security

It must be fantasy finance month. Last week, we discussed how on July 4, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie created $13.5 billion out of thin air and credited it to the state’s troubled employee pension funds, making them look far less bad.<p>But Jersey Math, of which more later, is a rounding error …

Finance

Term vs. whole life insurance: Which is best for you?

Term life and whole life are two popular variations of life insurance policies. While the basic idea of providing much-needed cash in the event of your death is the same, there are some big differences between the costs and benefits of each one. Here's a rundown of both varieties, so you can make …

Insurance

How to Make the Tax System Fairer and Save Social Security

It’s time to expand the payroll tax to include health insurance plans offered by employers.<p>The U.S. faces two major fiscal problems. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to both that also improves the fairness of the tax system.<p>The first problem is the size of the overall budget deficit. It is …

How to Fix Social Security - Bloomberg

Alicia Munnell wants to make one thing clear. Social Security is not going bankrupt. The program that the economist calls “the most valuable …

Retirement

I was successful and recognized. Now, at 64, I can’t get an interview.

What should you do if you can’t find work in your 60s? Journalist Philip Moeller answers this question and others about retirement. Photo by Getty …

Retirement

This anti-voter-fraud program gets it wrong over 99 percent of the time. The GOP wants to take it nationwide.

At the inaugural meeting of President Trump's election integrity commission on Wednesday, commission Vice-Chairman Kris Kobach of Kansas praised a data collection program run by his state as a model for a national effort to root out voter fraud.<p>States participating in the program, known as the …

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