Personal Finance

Social Security is a central pillar in retirement security for current retirees and baby boomers. Younger generations are predicting a different outcome. More than 60% of current retirees say their monthly Social Security checks are the primary way they cover their expenses, while just 13% of millennials expect that to be their situation, according to
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My 21-year-old sister, Janna McPartland, has a lot on her mind. Graduating from college. Finding a job. Dire predictions about global warming. The other day, I asked her how she was doing. “The planet is dying,” she said. I was surprised, then, when she showed eagerness recently in starting to save for her retirement. I’d
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All older Americans, regardless of income, are at risk of financial abuse. Various studies estimate that seniors in the U.S. are scammed out of anywhere from $3 billion to $37 billion a year. Between 2013 and 2017, those over age 70 lost an average of $41,800 to elder financial exploitation, according to an analysis by
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Steve Shepard | Getty Images Most people consider getting in to college a numbers game. However, in the wake of last year’s college admissions scandal, which underscored how much pressure parents and students feel to be accepted into elite universities, admissions directors are quietly turning their attention to something besides test scores. Today, “almost every
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Matt Bird | Corbis | Getty Images Where is the future of financial advice headed? The answers always seem fraught with risk and uncertainty. While the bull market in stocks has gone a long way to helping the advice industry recover from the reputational fallout of the financial crisis, technology, demographics and regulatory confusion continue
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Retirees will spend a significant amount of money on health care. Still, many older Americans don’t plan properly for it. A healthy male-female couple retiring at age 65 in 2019 can now expect to shell out $285,000 on health-care expenses in retirement, according to Fidelity Investments’ annual analysis. Fidelity’s analysis, which assumes the couple are
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