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How to Prevent Identity Theft

December 1, 2005

Technology makes it easier to steal someone’s identity and money. But the focus on threats from technology is opening people up to serious losses by misdirecting attention. Despite its fast growth rate, high tech identity theft is not the most serious scam you face. The data are clear. Your greatest risk of either identity theft […]

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What Longer Life Expectancy Means For Your Money

December 1, 2005

Americans are living longer. Financial professionals and government officials realized this some years ago and have been studying what that means. Many individuals, however, are not aware of the significant changes in longevity and what it means for their finances. Longer Life Expectancy means longer retirements. Men who are 65 today will live on average […]

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Ways to Boost Social Security Benefits

June 1, 2005

Social Sec-urity is in the news because of President Bush’s reform proposal. But there are a number of issues regarding the current system that are real head-scratchers for beneficiaries. Let’s take a look at the confusing issues I hear about most. Survivor’s vs. retirement benefits. A spouse or ex-spouse might be eligible for his or […]

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4 Action Steps to Avoid ID Theft

March 1, 2005

Identity theft was on the rise again in 2004. But the causes of ID theft will surprise most people. A new study issued by the Better Business Bureau found that a minority of known ID theft occurred over the Internet. The study found that in 68.2% of ID theft cases in 2004 information was obtained […]

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How Old Are You?

March 1, 2004

Your birthday isn’t always the day you get older, according to the IRS and other government agencies. You have to check closely to be sure how old you are. Most of the time your birthday is your birthday. But the Social Security Administration and some other government agencies use what is called the common law […]

The New Look in Identity Theft

November 1, 2003

Identity theft still is the fastest-growing crime in the nation. But the crime is changing as individuals and authorities become more aware of the problem. The good news is that victims are discovering ID theft crimes faster. The bad news is that the effects are more costly and longer-lasting. The crime now is discovered within […]

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Should You Empty Your IRA Early?

October 1, 2003

Every general rule has its exceptions. IRAs are no different. The general rule for IRAs is to leave investments in them as long as possible. Your wealth will increase if income and gains are allowed to compound tax deferred as long as possible. We demonstrated that in the September 2003 discussion of which retirement accounts […]

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Six Kinds of Estate Planning Family Documents and Forms to Secure

June 1, 2003

Some documents are so important that they, or copies, should be stored securely. I don’t recommend a safe deposit box, for reasons explained in my June 2002 visit, which is available in the web site Archive. Consider a fireproof container or keeping copies at both the home and the office. The Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

November 2020:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
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