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How much life insurance do I need?

How much life insurance do I need?

In most cases, if you have no dependents and have enough money to pay your final expenses, you don’t need any life insurance. If you want to create an inheritance or make a charitable contribution, buy enough life insurance to achieve those goals. If you have...
Rising Prices Lead to Changes in Lifestyle and Shopping Habits

Rising Prices Lead to Changes in Lifestyle and Shopping Habits

AARP Financial Security Trends Survey: Wave 2 In January 2022, AARP launched its Financial Security Trends Survey, which is designed to monitor the financial experiences, behaviors, and attitudes of adults age 30-plus. The survey examines perceptions of overall...
Rising Prices Lead to Changes in Lifestyle and Shopping Habits

Rising Prices Lead to Changes in Lifestyle and Shopping Habits

AARP Financial Security Trends Survey: Wave 2 In January 2022, AARP launched its Financial Security Trends Survey, which is designed to monitor the financial experiences, behaviors, and attitudes of adults age 30-plus. The survey examines perceptions of overall...
7 Ways Retirement Will Be Different in 2023

7 Ways Retirement Will Be Different in 2023

Tax changes, RMD rules, Social Security COLA and more will affect older Americans’ finances You might have heard about big changes coming to retirement finance due to Secure 2.0, a package of provisions included in the massive spending bill enacted by Congress and...
12 Tax Rules Linked to Inflation

12 Tax Rules Linked to Inflation

IRS adjustments may save you some money in 2023 Are expensive gas and groceries busting your budget? The Internal Revenue Service feels your pain. In one of the few silver linings of the highest inflation rates in four decades, the IRS announced inflation-adjusted...
Your 2023 Tax Brackets vs. 2022 Tax Brackets

Your 2023 Tax Brackets vs. 2022 Tax Brackets

The income ranges, adjusted annually for inflation, determine which tax rates apply to you Even though we’re still in the 2022 tax year, and you filed your 2021 tax returns back in April, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Gosh! I wonder what the tax brackets are...
50 Years of Inflation: What Things Cost in 1972

50 Years of Inflation: What Things Cost in 1972

Surprisingly, some things are bargains today — but not many Remember 1972? Richard Nixon was president, the Oakland Athletics were on the way to winning the first of three consecutive World Series and All in the Family was the number 1 television show. Still, what you...
Bah, Humbug: Inflation Drives Christmas Tree Prices Up

Bah, Humbug: Inflation Drives Christmas Tree Prices Up

Whether you opt for a real or a faux one, expect to pay 5 to 15 percent more this holiday season Christmas tree prices, whether for faux or real ones, are rising this holiday season as inflation spills over into decorations. How bad? Expect to pay anywhere from 5 to...
A Recession Survival Guide for Retirees

A Recession Survival Guide for Retirees

Economic downturns are inevitable. Here’s how to protect your retirement nest egg Is the U.S. in a recession? The media was filled with speculation after the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced that the nation’s economy had contracted in the first...
7 Ways You’re Blowing Your Retirement Savings

7 Ways You’re Blowing Your Retirement Savings

If these actions sound familiar, you may want to make some changes If worrying about running out of money in retirement is keeping you up at night, you aren’t alone. Untold numbers of older adults have that concern, and for good reason. Inflation is soaring, gas...
Should You Delay Retiring in a Down Market?

Should You Delay Retiring in a Down Market?

The answer requires a realistic look at your savings and spending Inflation is soaring and the stock market is falling, putting a wrench in many people’s retirement plans. That’s particularly true of those gearing up to retire this year. Instead of planning their...
What to Do If You Receive a Financial Windfall

What to Do If You Receive a Financial Windfall

How to prepare for those rare occasions when a large sum falls into your lap For most of your life, money comes in at a slow and somewhat steady pace. Maybe you get a paycheck every two weeks or a Social Security payment once a month. Now and then you might get a bump...
Your Inflation Cheat Sheet

Your Inflation Cheat Sheet

Answers to your most pressing questions about the rising cost of living — past, present and future Prices crept up, then surged higher in the first half of this year. In June, the consumer price index rose to become 9.1 percent higher than it had been a year earlier —...
7 Things Singles Nearing Retirement Should Know

7 Things Singles Nearing Retirement Should Know

Your needs are unique if you are divorced, widowed or never married Ah, the single life. You can do as you like. There’s no need to deal with a spouse who has opposing views, a different vision of retirement. A spouse who spends too little or too much, or has...
Will Social Security Retirement Benefits Keep Up with Inflation?

Will Social Security Retirement Benefits Keep Up with Inflation?

Older adults are concerned about the impact of inflation on Social Security retirement benefits. Americans have real concerns about being able to make ends meet with Social Security retirement income, even as many admit they have not done much financial planning for...

5 Tips for Retiring in the Next 12 Months

You’ll be retired by this time next year. Here’s what to do now You’ve scrimped and saved and planned for decades, through good times and bad. Now your goal is to retire in this uncertain environment, perhaps in the next year — even though the last six months have...
What Is the Minimum Salary You Need To Be Happy in Every State?

What Is the Minimum Salary You Need To Be Happy in Every State?

What’s the price of happiness in your state? Can money buy happiness? According to a recent Purdue study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, income can correlate with emotional well-being and life satisfaction. “Globally, we find that satiation...
7 Reasons You Should Retire Already

7 Reasons You Should Retire Already

Sometimes the writing is on the wall Retirement may seem untenable with inflation soaring and gas prices skyrocketing, but for some older adults, hanging on to their job can cause more harm than good. Sure, you still have money coming in, but at what price to your...