Retirement

Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported on some initial details on the American Families Plan, the third of the Biden administration’s massive spending bills, expected to be unveiled next week, and following on the American Rescue Plan already passed and the American Jobs Plan of infrastructure and social spending. The proposal is expected to
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Does a recent survey conducted by MassMutual raises genuine concerns about Americans’ understanding of Social Security, and suggest a need for concerted efforts for more education? Maybe. The survey polled 1,500 Americans nearing retirement, that is, between the ages of 55 – 65, who haven’t yet retired, by asking them 12 true-false questions. They assign
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Today’s column addresses questions about whether there are potential advantages to delaying spousal benefits past full retirement age (FRA), when divorced spousal benefits can be available and how spousal benefits are calculated. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc, which markets Maximize
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What is infrastructure? The website Investopedia provides a basic but perfectly serviceable definition: “Infrastructure is the general term for the basic physical systems of a business, region, or nation. Examples of infrastructure include transportation systems, communication networks, sewage, water, and electric systems.” A significant portion of the spending in the Biden proposal is, indeed, infrastructure
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Today’s column addresses questions about what month to file to make sure you get the maximum age 70 retirement benefit rate, what happens when a protective filing date expires and whether survivor’s benefits include delayed retirement credits (DRCs) earned by the deceased. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder
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By Leslie Hunter-Gadsden, Next Avenue Amid the backdrop of dual pandemics (Covid-19 and structural racism), America’s racial, economic and age disparities have raised the urgency of organizations to address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The Derek Chauvin trial and ongoing police violence make attention to DEI particularly critical. So, Next Avenue spoke to the four largest
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By Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue The pandemic’s layoffs, furloughs and volatile incomes make it easy to understand why one in five boomers are delaying retirement due to the financial insecurity of Covid-19, according to a MetLife MET survey. But how do you explain this? Another survey, by the Hearts and Wallets financial services research firm,
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At the end of March, the White House announced the “American Jobs Plan,” a $2 trillion spending plan which includes a combination of one-time infrastructure spending such as mass transit expansion and water system lead-pipe replacement, and ongoing spending such as electric vehicle purchase rebates and job training programs. As characterized at CNBC, it would
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Today’s column addresses questions about how taking early retirement benefits would affect survivor’s benefits taken later, when spousal benefits can be available and how divorced spousal benefits are calculated. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc, which markets Maximize My Social Security
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