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    1. Invest Like a Woman: How Women in the U.S. Can Take Advantage of the Stock Market

      Invest Like a Woman: How Women in the U.S. Can Take Advantage of the Stock Market

      An unexpected result of the COVID-19 pandemic is an increased number of women investing in the stock market. It’s challenging to determine the exact reason for this — but the pandemic’s impact on the economy is one possibility. More people, especially women, are facing new concerns regarding their careers and financial security.

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    2. Getting Ready to Retire? Check These Things First

      Getting Ready to Retire? Check These Things First

      Have you decided you're mentally ready to retire? How about financially? You might already know someone who decides they want to retire, tells all their friends, family and neighbors, then looks into the "financial stuff." A financial advisor friend I know once said people do it all the time — they get all excited about it and then come talk to him. He remembers one individual who vowed to "make it work" to save face because she'd already announced her retirement to her boss.

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      Mentions: Medicare retirement
    3. Social Security Benefits Might Get Cut Early — What Does It Mean for You? - NewsBreak

      Social Security Benefits Might Get Cut Early — What Does It Mean for You? - NewsBreak

      Last week’s news that Social Security benefits could be slashed sooner than expected set off alarm bells for Americans whose retirement plans have already been disrupted by COVID-19 . But financial experts say it’s not time to panic. See: Congress Reintroduces Bill to Keep Social Security Recipients Out of Poverty Find: 17 Tips to Live Comfortably off Just a Social Security Check A report from Social Security and Medicare trustees said benefits will have to be cut by 2034 — a year earlier than previously projected — if Congress doesn’t address the program’s long-term funding shortfall. If Congress does ...

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    4. 5 Proven Ways to Double Your Money | Personal-finance

      5 Proven Ways to Double Your Money | Personal-finance

      Taking $100 and turning it into $200 with any level of consistency is a recipe for wealth. If you want to double your money, you don't have to get lucky in Vegas or win the lottery. There are better, more consistent and proven ways to boost your bank account by 100%. Here are five ways to double your money. Image source: Getty Images. If your employer offers a match for your 401(k) contributions, this can be the easiest and most guaranteed way to double your money.

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    5. Americans are behind on retirement savings. Here's how to get on track

      Americans are behind on retirement savings. Here's how to get on track

      Most Americans aren't prepared for retirement. While most non-retired adults have some type of nest egg, only 36% think their retirement savings are on track, according to the Federal Reserve . A separate survey from the Insured Retirement Institute found that most workers don't have sufficient retirement savings and aren't putting enough aside to catch up. It's a problem that existed before the Covid-induced recession . For some, the pandemic exacerbated the issue.

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    6. Is your single premium life insurance policy eligible for tax benefits?

      Is your single premium life insurance policy eligible for tax benefits?

      Life insurance doesn't necessarily mean that you have to keep paying the premium every year. There are single premium life insurance (SPLI) policies as well, which provide similar benefits of protection and savings as the regular premium ones. The term of SPLI policies is usually 10 years, but one can exit after five years.

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    7. Social Security is projected to be insolvent a year earlier than previously forecast

      Social Security is projected to be insolvent a year earlier than previously forecast

      The financial outlook for Social Security is eroding more quickly than previously expected, as the coronavirus pandemic has drained government revenues and put additional strain on one of the nation’s most important social safety net programs. The overall finances for Medicare, however, are expected to hold steady, though the health program is still forecast to face financial pressure in the coming years.

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    8. Life Insurance Considered One of the Most Important Assets for Consumers Grappling with Finances Amidst Pandemic

      Life Insurance Considered One of the Most Important Assets for Consumers Grappling with Finances Amidst Pandemic

      Life Insurance Considered One of the Most Important Assets for Consumers Grappling with Finances Amidst Pandemic As a result of COVID-19, American consumers are more focused on financial planning, with 60% of respondents thinking differently about their financial future, according to a new study from Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC).1 With respondents most likely to feel 'stressed' or 'anxious' about financial planning, consumers are motivated to take action, ranking life insurance as one of the top three most important financial assets to continue funding (after emergency savings, and tied with retirement savings accounts). Nearly ...

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    9. IRS tells Americans to pay back $600, $1,200, and $1,400 federal stimulus checks: Here’s why it’s happening and what you can do - NewsBreak

      IRS tells Americans to pay back $600, $1,200, and $1,400 federal stimulus checks: Here’s why it’s happening and what you can do - NewsBreak

      The IRS is sending letters to Americans demanding that they pay back all, or parts of their stimulus payments from the American Rescue Plan or CARES Act. The letters have been going out over the last 3-4 weeks, as people in different states report getting letters from the IRS indicating that they pay back $600, $1,400, or $1,200 – depending on what they reported in their 2020 tax returns.

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    10. Comparing seniors who relocate long-distance shows that where you live affects your longevity

      Comparing seniors who relocate long-distance shows that where you live affects your longevity

      Would you like to live longer? It turns out that where you live, not just how you live, can make a big difference. That's the finding of an innovative study co-authored by an MIT economist, which examines senior citizens across the U.S. and concludes that some locations enhance longevity more than others, potentially for multiple reasons.

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    11. Inflation rate hits 30-year high, PCE shows, as U.S. confronts major shortages - MarketWatch

      Inflation rate hits 30-year high, PCE shows, as U.S. confronts major shortages - MarketWatch

      The numbers: The rate of inflation in the U.S. rose again in July and drove the increase over the past year to a 30-year high, pointing to fresh strains on businesses and consumers as the economy recovers from the pandemic.

      The personal consumption expenditure or PCE price index climbed 0.4% in July, government figures show. It was the fifth big increase in a row.

      The rate of inflation in the 12 months ended in July edged up to 4.2% from 4% — the highest rate since the first Gulf War in 1991.

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    12. Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?

      Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?

      ( CBS Baltimore ) — Many Americans have relied on stimulus checks to get through COVID. The pandemic continues 17 months after the economy initially shut down, with the Delta variant driving up case numbers among the unvaccinated. The rise comes amidst an improving economic conditions and could slow the recovery. Meanwhile, some people are still waiting for their recovery to start. Unemployment exceeds pre-pandemic levels, even with job opportunities widely available in certain sectors.

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    13. How Working in Retirement Impacts Savings, Withdrawal Rates

      How Working in Retirement Impacts Savings, Withdrawal Rates

      It’s not uncommon for retirees to continue working after they depart their last “official” roles. Some may take on contract or freelance work. Others may remain in their fields at scaled-back rates and schedules. Still more may opt to enter the gig economy as a way of keeping busy. The bottom line is that many retirees aren’t simply playing golf all day or sitting idle.

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    14. Why Millennials Could Become the Wealthiest Generation in History (and How to Join the Club)

      Why Millennials Could Become the Wealthiest Generation in History (and How to Join the Club)

      News outlets have reported that Millennials will become the wealthiest generation in history.

      True, the media also tout that Millennials suffer from student loan debt, crashed right into The Great Recession, suffer from wage stagnation and a rising cost of living.

      True, those born in the 1980s entered the workforce during the Great Recession and they've scurried to keep up.

      But they could also become the richest, and here's why.

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    15. California Eases Access for Low-Income Residents to Get Free Health Coverage | Best States | US News

      California Eases Access for Low-Income Residents to Get Free Health Coverage | Best States | US News

      . A provision in California’s newly approved state budget will eliminate the asset test for the 2 million Californians enrolled in both Medi-Cal and Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older and people under 65 with certain disabilities. Instead, their financial eligibility will be based solely on income, as it is for the millions of other people in Medi-Cal.

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      Mentions: California Medicare
    16. The Covid-19 Pandemic Prompted New Worries About Social Security. Here's How the Outlook Has Shifted With the Recovery

      The Covid-19 Pandemic Prompted New Worries About Social Security. Here's How the Outlook Has Shifted With the Recovery

      When the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic sent shock waves through the U.S. economy, its also prompted worries about how the ensuing downturn could affect Social Security. The program's trust funds were already running low. At the same time, the Social Security Administration was faced with the unprecedented task of moving its in-person services to mostly mail only.

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    17. Unemployment benefits. Stimulus checks. Pandemic-era aid is ending

      Unemployment benefits. Stimulus checks. Pandemic-era aid is ending

      Although everyone wants to leave the pandemic behind, the loss of the financial relief many families received because of the crisis will be less easy to part with. Stimulus checks, more generous jobless benefits, expanded money to feed children and other aid and protections kept the worst at bay in many households, and made life more tolerable during a particularly dark period. The fact that so many Americans lived paycheck-to-paycheck before the pandemic made the relief all the more necessary.

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    18. Inflation and Higher Wages: A Look at the Effect of Extra Income

      Inflation and Higher Wages: A Look at the Effect of Extra Income

      More than 80 percent of Americans are concerned about inflation, according to a survey by Skynova. The survey also indicated that 61 percent feel inflation will negatively impact their lifestyles. The findings coincide with rising costs for some goods and services, and a sense of uncertainty stemming from an economy recently hit with a pandemic.

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