Work & Money

Get ready to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Social Security on August 14th!. Since its inception in 1935, it has become a robust, multifaceted, and exceptional program. When President F.D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, its purpose was simply to “give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against
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Note: The pandemic has many people, particularly seniors, concerned about finances; regular contributor Penelope S. Tzougros, PhD, ChFC, CLU, here discusses one option getting a lot of attention. You are humming along and all is well. Then the real estate taxes increased-again. The phone and cable bills increased too, but after a few long conversations
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It’s a shame when dishonest people try to cash in to exploit a disaster. Watch out for these COVID-19 scams, and read our tips on how to protect yourself from being cheated.  Scammers “Phish” for victims by sending emails that seem to be from a legitimate source; they ask you to click a link, solicit
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It’s taxtime, and scammers are working overtime to trick you into sending them your dough. Here are some quick tips from the experts: [embedded content] Other scammers try to trick you by threatening your Social Security benefits… [embedded content] The FTC has some info (link here) on scams that fake tax returns made in your
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Your home is lovely, familiar and packed full of memories. It’s a haven you never want to leave. It may also be a hazard to your retirement. After considering physical, financial and social issues, you might find that a move is appropriate.  Physical issues: adapt the house Over the many years you’ve lived there, the
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At 92, Ike Baker refuses to retire. He’s been a host at McDonalds in Dayton, Tennessee, for the past 21 years and intends to continue for another 10. He greets customers with a smile and a cheery word, making sure they have everything they need, and may be one of the oldest workers at the
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Most people are familiar with phone scams through the occasional local news item that highlights a warning from law enforcement or perhaps the victim’s own sad story about losing their life savings. The BeenVerified Phone Spam Complaint Monitor sought to analyze these calls at a national level to identify the most common types of phone
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If your cell phone is your go-to device for checking your email, paying your bills, or posting to social media, you’re not alone. So imagine that your cell phone suddenly stops working: no data, no text messages, no phone calls. Then picture getting an unexpected notification from your cellular provider that your SIM card has
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Chances are you have an estate plan in place to make sure your loved ones will be taken care of when you’re gone. But have you thought about what will happen to your pet? Pets have a place in our hearts and homes, but under the law pets are typically considered tangible personal property, no
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Most of us will pay thousands or even tens of thousands into life insurance policies. All that money spent comes with an implicit trust that when we pass, our spouse or other loved ones will see a payout for all those years we loyally paid premiums. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Life insurance companies are
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It’s Labor Day, so you’re going to hear a lot about the recipes, sales, and the weather — particularly as Dorian bears down on Florida. But with its roots in the worker movements of the 19th century, Labor Day is a good time to remember that workers over 65 — the fastest-growing segment of the workforce
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Oscar-nominated for her role in Come Back, Little Sheba 66 years ago, Terry Moore, 90, has just one dream left. She hopes to receive another nod for what might be her final role in the upcoming film,  Silent Life, Vladislav Kozlov’s drama about silent movie icon Rudolph Valentino,  set for release next year (learn more
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