Social Security

President Trump Just Broke His Campaign Promise by Proposing Cuts to Social Security

Trump's 2018 budget proposal would chop $72 billion from Social Security's disability payouts over the next decade.<p>Social Security is, for millions …

Retirement Planning

Ask Larry: ​​Should I Tap Other Assets To Delay Social Security?

Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits.<p>Today’s column considers consuming other assets to facilitate delaying Social Security benefits, when widow’s benefits can be available, the interplay between divorced …

Retirement

Social Security: It Matters When You File

Social Security provides critical financial benefits to millions of older Americans. But recent data reveals that the public may be sort of, well, clueless, when it comes to how the program works. In a 2015 Mass Mutual survey, 71% of respondents had no idea what Social Security considers full …

Retirement

Trump Budget: Child Care, Earned Income Tax Credits Would Require Social Security Number

We'll start at the beginning. Yes, apparently receiving tax breaks from the U.S. government for child care or low wages doesn't currently require …

Conservative POV

7 Facts You Didn't Know About Dividends

Investors like dividends because they provide income from their stock portfolios. When interest rates are low, dividend stocks get even more popular. But it's important to look at the trends among dividend stocks in order to understand current market conditions and make more informed investment …

Stocks

Reputed mob figure indicted on charges of defrauding Social Security

A reputed mob figure has been indicted on charges he fraudulently qualified for early retirement benefits from the Social Security Administration.<p>John A. Matassa Jr., then secretary-treasurer of the Independent Union of Amalgamated Workers Local 711, put his wife on the payroll in a do-nothing job …

Corruption

4 Tips for Getting Your First Job Out of College

Graduating college students should start working on landing their first jobs well before graduation.The summers between sophomore and junior years offer great opportunities for internships or jobs in the field where you hope to work. If you did not do that, or those efforts did not result in an …

Employment

The 3 Most Common Scams of 2016 and How to Avoid Them in 2017

If there's a drawback to the many communication options we enjoy in the Internet age, it's the proliferation of scams. Having more ways to communicate with each other gives fraudsters more lines of access to us as well. The Federal Trade Commission, which does its best to monitor consumer fraud and …

Identity Theft

Finally, an Answer! 4 Reasons Why Millennials Are Waiting to Buy a Home

IMAGE SOURCE: GETTY IMAGES.<p>Say what you will about millennials and their commitment issues, but when it comes to real estate, younger Americans aren't shying away from homeownership because they refuse to stay put and settle down. Rather, millennials aren't buying homes at the same pace of previous …

Mortgages

CSRS & FERS programs in the budget bullseye

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal has definitely gotten the attention of the nation’s five million active and retired government workers. Even …

Government

Trump’s budget breaks promises to ordinary Americans

In his first budget, Trump would cut Medicaid, social security and investment spending

Think Pink With Anti Social Social Club's New Vans Vault Collaboration

The collaborations keep coming for Anti Social Social Club, and the latest joint venture from the enigmatic streetwear brand takes the form of a …

Shoes

Changes to Social Security Spousal Benefit Rules

An important discussion I have with my clients is the merits of possibly delaying Social Security benefits until age 70. Under optimal conditions …

Retirement

Trump Budget: Who Loses Disability Benefits

President Trump's proposed budget includes billions of dollars in reductions to social service programs over the next decade, including one that has …

NPR

4 simple ways to pay off your mortgage early

Imagine how wonderful it would feel to have no monthly house payment. What could you do with all that extra money every month?<p>The idea of paying off your mortgage in full can be pretty daunting.<p>After all, we're talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars. Paying that much money off today would …

Mortgages

Trump’s budget completely misses the point

HERE’S THE fiscal predicament facing the United States: During recent decades, the elected leaders of both parties have committed the federal government to hundreds of billions of dollars in automatic annual spending for health care and Social Security, while simultaneously establishing a level of …

Opinion

Do You Have a Retirement Timeline?

You’ve been saving for years and you can see retirement down the road. What is your timeline? How does all this fit together?<p>Beyond the numbers, we …

Retirement

The Trump Budget: Real Cuts vs. the Media Version of "Cuts"

By: Ryan McMaken <br>One of the cardinal rules of government accounting and rhetoric is to call ant slowdown in the growth rate of government spending a …

Austrian Economics

The government's own rules are blocking people from getting off of disability | Commentary

The Social Security Disability Insurance program provides benefits to nearly 8.8 million who can no longer work due to illness or injury. This …

Disability Insurance

Appeals Court Hears Arguments For, Against Letting President Fire Consumer Protection Chief

For the second time in a year, judges of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit have heard arguments about constitutionality of the structure of …

Government

Why Didn't I Get a Tax Refund?

For tens of millions of Americans, the reward for enduring the agony of preparing tax returns is the refund check they get from the IRS. Yet many people never get tax refunds, and even some who expect to get them don't always receive their money as quickly as they want. With many different reasons …

Personal Finance

How Much Is My Bond Worth?

A bond's current market value depends on its own interest rate, or coupon rate, along with its face value and the current market interest rate. There is a mathematical formula to calculate how much your bond is worth, but simply put, rising interest rates cause bond values to drop while falling …

Finance

Mulvaney’s Medicaid Mirage

What should we make of President Trump’s latest budget proposal? Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, calls it a “taxpayer-first budget,” one that …

ObamaCare

The enormity of Trump’s scam is coming into view

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>The Congressional Budget Office will release its score of the GOP health-care bill today, and whatever the details, it will confirm once again that the Republican plan would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid, leaving many millions uncovered. This, plus continued …

Opinion

Agent feared leak of Trump tax returns could affect election

Less than two weeks before Election Day, federal agents descended on a hotel lobby to meet a Louisiana private investigator they believed had …

Donald Trump

What options do seniors have for in-home care?

Caregiver and senior woman taking selfie portrait with smart phone. Photo by FredFroese/Getty Images<p><b>Editor’s Note:</b> Journalist Philip Moeller is here …

Medicare

Mick Mulvaney: Planned Budget Cuts Put 'Taxpayers First'

(WASHINGTON) — White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's plans to slash social programs are …

Donald Trump

I voted for Trump. Now he wants to cut the aid I need

Krista Shockey voted for President Trump in November. Now she's one of the people who might get hurt under his plan to cut safety net programs for the poor and disabled.<p>Shockey is on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program to help low-income Americans who are disabled. The monthly payment is …

S&P Dow Jones Indices

The Trump team’s five major shams

Between the health-care plan it supported, its tax-reform outline and its budget, the Trump administration has demonstrated an unusual degree of intellectual dishonesty. Most administrations take liberties with economic projections and re-interpretations of campaign promises, but it is rare to see …

Opinion

VA defends plan to cut thousands from elderly vets' benefits

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials on Wednesday defended plans to strip tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits from elderly …

David Shulkin