Archive - November 2017

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Women and Negotiating: Is It Worth the Risk? Part 2
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Social Security Terms
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5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
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Social Security Changes for 2018
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How To Double Your Money As Quickly As Possible

Women and Negotiating: Is It Worth the Risk? Part 2

In Women and Negotiations: Is It Worth the Risk, Part 1, we discussed how sometimes women don’t negotiate because they sense it will do them more harm than good, even though their finances and overall quality of life would benefit from earning more and having greater flexibility at work.

You’ve probably heard that ‘it never hurts to ask’ and that you have the most bargaining power after you’ve been offered a job but before you actually start. In article that says women should not always negotiate, The Atlantic offers the cautionary tale of a professor who counted on both …

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Social Security Terms

As you learn about Social Security and your possible benefits, there are several unique Social Security terms that you should understand. Below is a list and brief definitions of the most important of these Social Security terms.

Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (abbreviated as AIME) – this is the average of the highest 35 years of your lifetime earnings, indexed to inflation. Each year’s earnings is indexed based on when you reach age 60, and the highest 35 years are averaged. This average is divided by 12, to result in the monthly average. The AIME is used to determine your PIA. …

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5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

FRI, NOV 10th, 2017

With the recent Equifax security breach which affected approximately 145.5 million consumers, here are 5 things you can do to help protect yourself from identity theft:

1. Get a free credit report every year from each of the 3 major reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and Transunion). You can stagger them to get one report every 4 months. Review the reports for accuracy to make sure there are no mistakes or fraudulent lines of credit.

2. Setup a fraud alert. A fraud alert on your credit report will notify lenders and creditors to take an extra step …

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Social Security Changes for 2018

In 2018, there will be some slight changes to Social Security. For individuals receiving benefits, there will be a cost of living (COLA) increase of 2 percent. While 2 percent may not seem like a lot, it certainly does help. Additionally, it’s better than nothing. That is, Social Security remains one of the few retirement vehicles available with a COLA. Many defined benefit pensions (if an individual is lucky to have one) do not have COLA increases. Their payments remain fixed for the retiree’s lifetime.

Individuals still working will see the wage base subject to the OASDI tax of 6.2 …

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How To Double Your Money As Quickly As Possible

After I graduated from Stanford both of my parents went back to school to become Certified Financial Planners and start Marotta Money Management in Palo Alto, California. I have the Wooden plaque from their firm hanging in my office along with their photos. The best financial training I had when starting Marotta Wealth Management was from their wisdom.

Recently, I remembered a story from my mother, June Marotta.

A client came into her office in the heart of Silicone Valley toward the end of the tech boom of the 1990s for investing advice.

“All I want to know is how

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