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    1. 3 Ways Investors Can Benefit From Americans' Renewed Interest In Life Insurance

      3 Ways Investors Can Benefit From Americans' Renewed Interest In Life Insurance

      The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a renewed interest in life insurance policies among Americans, creating opportunity for savvy investors. Many life insurance companies reported double-digit percentage increases in policy sales in 2020. In fact, Google searches for life insurance spiked 50% between March and May of 2020. Unfortunately for buyers and investors, historically low interest rates have also prompted insurers to raise their policy rates to maintain margins.

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    2. Stimulus check scams: here are red flags to watch for

      Stimulus check scams: here are red flags to watch for

      Americans lost over $211 million to Covid-19 scams and stimulus payment fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Since January, the agency has received over 275,600 complaints. 

      While fraud activity is down from the highs recorded earlier in the year, it will likely pick back up now that President Donald Trump has signed the $900 billion pandemic relief package, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. 

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    3. IRS pushes tax season to later date; what does this mean for stimulus checks

      IRS pushes tax season to later date; what does this mean for stimulus checks

      It’s that time of year again. Well...basically...almost. It’s almost tax season. More than ever most Americans need their tax returns, given the severity of unemployment and economic crises the coronavirus pandemic caused. While taxpayers can still file their 2020 taxes now, the IRS won’t start processing tax return payments until Feb. 12. This is 16 days after tax season started in 2020, according to CNBC .

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    4. Do Retirees Need A ‘Living Wage’ - And What Does That Mean?

      Do Retirees Need A ‘Living Wage’ - And What Does That Mean?

      Yes, I have been calling for a comprehensive Social Security reform ever since I began writing at this platform. And, yes, that plan calls for a change from the current formula to a flat benefit for all, or, as I’ve also called it, a “ basic retirement income .” The catch, of course, is this: how do you decide what that right income level is?

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    5. Should You and Your Spouse File Taxes Jointly or Separately?

      Should You and Your Spouse File Taxes Jointly or Separately?

      In the vast majority of cases, it's best for married couples to file jointly, but there may be a few instances when it's better to submit separate returns. Author: TurboTax Publish date: Jan 31, 2021 6:38 PM EST For information on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, the second coronavirus relief package signed into law on December 27, 2020, please visit the “ New Coronavirus Relief Package: What Does it Mean for You and a Second Stimulus Check ” blog post. Married couples have the option to file jointly or separately on their federal income ...

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    6. No. 1 tax tip for 2020 returns: File early

      No. 1 tax tip for 2020 returns: File early

      With each new year comes a predictable series of traditions – the Oscars, Girl Scout cookies, NBA playoffs and the April 15 tax deadline.

      As with everything else in our new normal, this year’s events will be managed a little differently. The Academy Awards ceremony has been postponed to the end of April, and films will be streamed online instead of screened in theaters.

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    7. How to prevent scammers from filing a tax return in your name

      How to prevent scammers from filing a tax return in your name

      Your identity is at risk and now more than ever protecting your identity is key as millions of consumers have their personal information stolen each year.

      It's Tax ID Theft Awareness week and with tax season right around the corner, scammers are trying to file phony tax returns and steal refunds.

      The IRS wants you to be aware that if scammers have enough personal information on you, they will attempt to file a tax return in your name and try and get the refund before you even realize it. You don't know you're a victim until you file your taxes and the IRS lets you know a return has already been filed in your name.

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    8. FICA Tax Changes for 2021 — How Will Your Paycheck Change?

      FICA Tax Changes for 2021 — How Will Your Paycheck Change?

      If you noticed some changes in your paycheck and withholding taxes this year, you’re not alone. September of last year brought a “payroll tax holiday” to many W-2 workers, which allowed employers to defer payroll taxes through Dec. 31, 2020. Notably, the Social Security portion of Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes did not have to be collected or paid between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 of last year, equating to a 6.2% increase in your paycheck.

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    9. Should I Contribute to My 401k or Pay Off My Credit Card Debt?

      Should I Contribute to My 401k or Pay Off My Credit Card Debt?

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      Should I Contribute to My 401k or Pay Off My Credit Card Debt?

      It’s been nearly seven years since the financial crisis swept through the nation, yet two-thirds of Americans said they still feel haunted by its effects in the way they work, live, save and spend, according to a study from Allianz Life Insurance Co. Many of the 2,000 baby boomers and Gen X-ers studied also said they had lower confidence in their ability to achieve financial security.

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    10. How to invest in healthcare, a massive market sector that offers unparalleled diversification for portfolios

      How to invest in healthcare, a massive market sector that offers unparalleled diversification for portfolios

      Over 50 Hong Kong Democracy Activists Arrested Under National Security Law-media Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to get divorced? © Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images How to invest in healthcare, a massive market sector that offers unparalleled diversification for portfolios The size and variety of the healthcare sector make it suitable for almost any investor building a diversified portfolio.

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    11. Tax Tips After Jan. 1, 2021

      Tax Tips After Jan. 1, 2021

      Your tax bill isn't chiseled in stone at year's end. Here are 10 steps to take after Jan. 1 to help lower your taxes, save on tax prep, and avoid penalties. Author: TurboTax Publish date: Jan 4, 2021 11:37 AM EST For information on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, the second coronavirus relief package signed into law on December 27, 2020, please visit the “ New Coronavirus Relief Package: What Does it Mean for You and a Second Stimulus Check ” blog post. If you think your tax bill is chiseled in stone at ...

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    12. 7 of the Worst Hacks and Data Leaks of 2020

      7 of the Worst Hacks and Data Leaks of 2020

      Tweet At this point in time, we can say, in all fairness, that 2020 was an awful year. Technology played a major role to alleviate those overriding separation anxiety all over the world. However, technology also played spoilsport for many businesses as it spelled doom with rising ransomware attacks, and this only further increased with hackers leveraging coronavirus fears to steal even more information from unsuspecting users and organizations.

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    13. Consider 2021 financial goals and budget in light of COVID-19 pandemic

      Consider 2021 financial goals and budget in light of COVID-19 pandemic

      Drawing up a list of financial resolutions for the new year isn't the routine exercise it once was. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed that, as it has altered so many other behaviors. It's not just a matter of plotting the usual ways to save more money, cut debt or re-evaluate your spending patterns – this year's three most popular money resolutions , according to Fidelity Investments' 2021 New Year Financial Resolutions survey.

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    14. Watch Out for COVID Vaccine 'Wait List' Scams

      Watch Out for COVID Vaccine 'Wait List' Scams

       While most of us await the COVID vaccine, scammers posing as health officials are using it as bait in scams to steal our money and data via fishy emails, calls, texts, or even visits to our homes. The Better Business Bureau , FBI and Department of Health have all issued warnings about these scams—and if anybody is calling you about a test or to get you on a vaccine wait list, it’s a scam.

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    15. End Of Year Financial Planning: A Nine-Point Checklist to Get Your Finances in Order

      End Of Year Financial Planning: A Nine-Point Checklist to Get Your Finances in Order

      For many people, the end of the year represents a hectic time, and the last thing anyone wants to do is add to an already full plate. However, building the following financial moves into your fourth-quarter routine can really pay off over the long run and give you greater peace of mind for the coming year. 1.

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    16. Whole Life Insurance Can Bolster Your Retirement Portfolio. Here’s How to Use It.

      Whole Life Insurance Can Bolster Your Retirement Portfolio. Here’s How to Use It.

      The 401(k) revolution has turned millions of American workers into their own pension plan managers. Now, as a growing number of these workers retire, they must convert their investment portfolios into regular income. It isn’t easy. Retirees can’t depend upon bonds for income because yields are so low. But if they bet too big on equities, their savings could get savaged in a market downturn , crimping their retirement. Enter whole life insurance.

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    17. Follow This Calendar to Make 2021 Your Best Financial Year Ever

      Follow This Calendar to Make 2021 Your Best Financial Year Ever

      Follow This Calendar to Make 2021 Your Best Financial Year Ever There's something you can do every month to stay on top of your finances. Dec 19, 2020 at 6:00AM Image source: Getty Images While it doesn't influence our opinions of products, we may receive compensation from partners whose offers appear here. We're on your side, always. See our full advertiser disclosure here .

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