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The New Rules of Social Security [Retirement Watch Fact Check]

September 7, 2018

Almost everyone has a Social Security number, and is eligible for Social Security benefits (starting at age 62). Yet, survey after survey indicates people know little about the program and its benefits. Moreover, a lot of what people think they know is wrong. Let’s take a look at some of the key misunderstandings and oversights […]

Is This The Longer Bull Market

August 16, 2018

There’s a debate over whether the current bull market will become the longest ever on August 22. The debate hinges over nuances and opinions. The problem is there isn’t a clear, accepted definition of a bear market. Those who say a bear market doesn’t begin until there’s been a 20% decline say this is the […]

Social Security: Worse Than Projected?

August 15, 2018

Social Security is in worse financial shape than reported in the Annual Report of The Trustees of Social Security and Medicare. That’s the conclusion of the Penn Wharton Budget Model of the University of Pennsylvania. The key mistake the trustees are making, according to the academics, is overlooking the effects of federal debt. The model […]

Corporate Stock Buybacks And The Market

July 3, 2018

This article argues that a surge in stock buybacks have supported the stock market and outweighed a surge in individual investor selling of stocks. It also says that support for the market is likely to continue for a while, and that individual stock selling often is a good time to buy stocks. Companies announced $433.6 […]

Diminishing Value of Social Security Benefits

June 22, 2018

This article is about a study that concludes Social Security benefits currently buy 34% less than they did in 2000. This annual study from an advocacy group purports to re-arrange the basket of goods and services that are used to compute the Consumer Price Index so that it better reflects the purchases made by seniors. […]

Investors Are Doing Better

June 18, 2018

We regularly see reports concluding that investors earn lower returns than the published returns for individual mutual funds. The reason usually given for the discrepancy is poor timing. Investors tend to buy a fund after it’s had good returns and then sell after a bad period. This article from Morningstar says investors have done better […]

The Struggles Of Social Security And Medicare

June 7, 2018

The latest annual report from the Trustees of Social Security and Medicare is out, and it generated a lot of negative headlines. The big news from the report is that this year the income of the program will exceed the benefits it pays out, so it will have to dip into its reserves or trust […]

Protecting Your Social Security Benefits from ID Thieves

June 4, 2018

Identity theft continues to grow, and your Social Security benefits are a favorite target of the identity thieves. After the thieves obtain your Social Security number and other personal information, they apply for benefits in your name, if you aren’t already receiving benefits, and have the money deposited in their own accounts. If you’re already […]

July 2022:
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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