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  • Smart financial moves as we settle into new year

    Smart financial moves as we settle into new year

    This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of opportunities to save for retirement and do some financial housekeeping.  Make the most of tax-advantaged retirement savings opportunities If you got a raise, bonus or any extra money in 2016, now's the time to add more to your retirement savings....

  • Is my Social Security statement the best way to estimate how much I'll get?

    Is my Social Security statement the best way to estimate how much I'll get?

    Q: How often should I be receiving a Social Security benefits statement in the mail, and what information does it show? Is this the best way to estimate how much I'll get from Social Security? A: You'll receive a statement once every five years from age 25 to 60, then annually until you start receiving...

  • Check fees on your 403(b) retirement plan

    Check fees on your 403(b) retirement plan

    If you're a teacher or employee of a nonprofit hospital or health care organization, you likely invest in a 403(b) retirement plan. These plans have the same tax benefits and contribution maximums as 401(k) plans. But there the similarities end. The 403(b) plans offered by schools, local governments...

  • 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...

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