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Social Security going up 1.7%
The increase is modest, but the impact affects millions.

New trick for Roth IRA savers
The IRS recently approved another way to get savings into a Roth via the back door.

Social Security disability tactics
If you must claim Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, here are some things you need to know.

Beware Medicare surcharges
Unexpected income in retirement can kick you into Medicare surplus territory if you aren't careful.

Wearables make Nana a trendsetter
The market for devices that help keep an eye on grandma is growing.

Improving how the US retires
The U.S. fell to No. 13 among 25 nations that have retirement plans. Here are five suggestions for putting our system back in the top half.

The misery cost of Alzheimer’s
When dementia takes over, the burdens and costs of retirement escalate.

Sometimes the kids need a push
Pushing your 30-something kids to save for retirement isn't a duty, but it is a favor to them and and your grandchildren.

Is Obamacare hurting Medicare?
The political battle is still raging over the impact -- good or bad -- of the Affordable Care Act on Medicare.

Learn to travel on the cheap
Rewards points expert advising racking up the points and taking trips when the deals are best.

When an insurer buys your pension
Should you be nervous? Prudential, the big dog in this business, says calm down. It has your back.

4 ways to win at Social Security
Playing the Social Security game requires the same strategic skills that might make you good at Monopoly.

2015 COLA looks chintzy
It looks like the 2015 COLA will be about 1.7 percent -- bad news for Social Security recipients hoping for more.

How to love a reverse mortgage
Reverse mortgages are getting more respect now that retirees really need the money.

Medicare: Pricey isn’t always better
On average, Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plan prices aren't going up much this year. Make sure yours doesn't buck the trend.

SIMPLE can be simply marvelous
SIMPLE retirement plans are often overlooked, but there are good reasons to consider them if you are self-employed or have a small business.


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