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  • Basic rules of Social Security elude many

    Basic rules of Social Security elude many

    A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office concludes that most people don't know even the basic rules of Social Security and the strategies available to them. Among the fuzzy areas: the importance of health and family longevity in the claiming decision, the availability of spousal...

  • Tricky holiday money questions answered

    Tricky holiday money questions answered

    Whether you're the host of a party or a grateful guest, touchy money situations can crop up over the holidays. Here’s some help with a few festive scenarios: Q: I enjoy serving nice wine at my holiday dinner. If a guest brings a cheap bottle of wine, am I obligated to serve it? A: If you asked...

  • The benefits of giving an experience for Christmas

    The benefits of giving an experience for Christmas

    What's on your Christmas shopping list? A bunch of stuff, most likely. But if you really want to make someone happy, skip the sweater and give an experience -- concert tickets, maybe, or a dinner out. Tom Gilovich has been studying the relative merits of doing versus owning for years. The Cornell...

  • How much you can chip in to 401(k), IRA next year

    How much you can chip in to 401(k), IRA next year

    Q: How much can I contribute to my IRA and 401(k) in 2017? A: The contribution limits aren't changing in 2017. You'll still be able to contribute up to $18,000 to a 401(k), 403(b), 457 or Thrift Savings Plan. If you're 50 or older anytime in 2017, you can also make a catch-up contribution of up...

  • Small bump for Social Security benefits next year

    Small bump for Social Security benefits next year

    Q: Will we be getting a cost-of-living adjustment to our Social Security benefits for 2017? A: Yes, but don't expect much. Social Security benefits will increase 0.3 percent in 2017, which raises the average monthly benefit for all retired workers by only $5, from $1,355 to $1,360. The maximum...

  • Pension: Lump sum or lifetime payments?

    Pension: Lump sum or lifetime payments?

    If you're lucky enough to be eligible for a pension, before you clock out you'll probably be asked to choose between a lump sum and guaranteed lifetime payments. With the guaranteed payments, you'll have the security of knowing they will last as long as you do. With a lump sum, you can invest the...

  • FSA or child-care credit on taxes?

    FSA or child-care credit on taxes?

    Q: My employer is offering a dependent-care flexible spending account for 2017. Would I get a bigger tax break for my toddler's day-care costs with the FSA or by taking the child-care credit on my income tax return? You'll generally get a bigger break with the FSA, especially as your income rises....

  • Papa Gronkowski shares money lessons he instilled in his successful sons

    Papa Gronkowski shares money lessons he instilled in his successful sons

    I recently interviewed Gordon Gronkowski, who played football at Syracuse University and raised five boys who all played professional sports. Rob, the second-youngest, is a tight end for the New England Patriots. He and his dad recently teamed up with insurer MassMutual to promote financial fitness....

  • How to protect your Social Security number

    How to protect your Social Security number

    Protecting your Social Security number and avoiding online and phone scams are critical to preventing your personal data from falling into the wrong hands. A Social Security number is like gold to an identity thief. A crook can use it -- along with other information, such as your name, address...

  • How diversification can make you a better investor

    How diversification can make you a better investor

    Although investors tend to hem and haw about whether to buy this stock or sell that fund, research shows that 88 percent of a portfolio's ups and downs over time are explained by its asset allocation; only 12 percent have to do with security selection or market timing. With stocks, you'll want...

  • How to pay in-state tuition rates at out-of-state colleges

    How to pay in-state tuition rates at out-of-state colleges

    Families looking to trim college costs often steer their students toward public colleges in their home state instead of public colleges in another state or private institutions. Public colleges and universities typically charge two different tuition rates: one for state residents and another, much...

  • Get some retirement help at work

    Get some retirement help at work

    Daunted by all the decisions you need to make before you retire? Some employers bring retirement advice to the workplace. Several years ago, Barbara Linnehan-Smith, a teacher in Portland, Maine, began attending retirement seminars offered through her union to learn about her pension formula, Social...

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