Tag Archive: retirement

Jan 12

Retirement plan limits unchanged

Anyone who’s bought groceries, filled their gas tank or paid insurance premiums recently would probably be surprised to learn that, according to Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U), the rate of inflation is relatively flat – only 1.2 percent from September 2012 to September 2013. That’s bad news for people who …

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Dec 23

Lone Star State: Ring in year with COLA

Many people ring in the new year with Champagne. People who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) get to ring it in with a COLA. This year, more than 60 million Americans are receiving a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) in their monthly benefit payment. The 1.5 percent COLA begins with …

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Oct 09

Lower income? Don’t pass up the saver’s credit

In 2002, Congress passed legislation to create an income tax credit designed to encourage lower- and middle-income people to save money for retirement. The saver’s credit, worth up to $1,000 a year for individuals ($2,000 for couples filing jointly), rewards people for contributing to an IRA or 401(k) plan. benefit from the saver’s credit are …

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Sep 24

Danger ahead: our disappearing pensions

How’s your 401(k) doing? Working Americans ask themselves this question — and angst about the answer — a great deal these days. And why not? For most Americans, retirement reality has turned chillingly stark: Either you have a robust set of investments in your 401(k) or you’re facing some really rocky happy years. A generation …

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Jun 24

What to do when a loved one dies

Whether it’s expected or accidental, the death of a loved one can shake you to the core. The last thing you want is to have to interrupt grieving to deal with mundane tasks, but unfortunately there are many actions that must be done on behalf of the deceased. Some must be taken immediately, while with …

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Jun 18

Baseball and Social Security numbers tell stories

By Phylis Dills Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Just as Social Security is an American cornerstone, baseball is America’s pastime. Baseball is an annual rite of summer and a game that is known for its numbers. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, Cal Ripken’s record 2,632 consecutive games played, and Hank Aaron’s 755 career home runs …

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May 07

For Mother’s Day, discuss mom’s financial future

By Jason Alderman On Mother’s Day, children of all ages thank their moms for the many sacrifices made during their childhoods – and well beyond, considering how many adult children still hit up their moms for a loan or free babysitting. Unfortunately, for many mothers sacrificing extends well beyond sleepless nights and boring recitals. Women …

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Mar 15

Bittersweet goodbyes

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The emotions were mixed. There was both joy and sadness as co-workers trouped in for Darlynn Jones retirement party. The guests ranged in rank from former State Representative Tommy Merritt to several judges, and her co-wrokers. Darlynn Jones did not know she had so many friends and co-workers who cared about her. The surprise retirement …

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