Author - Claire Emory, MBA, CFA, CFP®

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Deciding When to Claim Social Security Isn’t a Guessing Game
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Spending on Little Luxuries Can Add Up…to More Happiness
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Fee-Only Financial Planners Have Independence
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Talk to a Financial Planner Before Getting a Wedding Loan
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Fathers Sue for More Parental Leave

Deciding When to Claim Social Security Isn’t a Guessing Game

The summation of a Bloomberg article that states that many Americans opt to receive Social Security benefits at the wrong time may be confusing: “Most retirees should wait longer to access their benefits, researchers find. Some should claim them sooner.”

Why does this advice seem to be contradictory? Because there is no one rule for claiming Social Security. It really depends on you and your situation.

You cannot guarantee you’ll live to 100 and beyond but if you have clear evidence that you may not live well into old age, perhaps you shouldn’t wait. If you are healthy …

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Spending on Little Luxuries Can Add Up…to More Happiness

In “The Personal Finance Industry is a Scam,” a writer for GQ discusses her thoughts on why “Suze Orman’s rant against coffee is the latest in cable-news advice that puts the blame for an increasingly unequal financial system on individuals.”

The writer recalled meeting Orman years earlier as an unpaid intern saddled with heavy law school debt. Orman told her not to worry about the student loan did since it didn’t affect her credit score. The writer found this advice to be disappointing, as she was hoping to hear something that would help her get on firmer financial footing. …

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Fee-Only Financial Planners Have Independence

On July 4th, the United States celebrates its Independence Day. And if you remember anything from history class, you know that the United States did not complete the process of becoming independent all in a day. It took time but July 4th was chosen to mark the occasion after there was a vote for independence on July 2.

While the founding of NAPFA (The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors) may not have had the same impact on the world stage as July 4th, things weren’t the same after a discussion about how to change things for the …

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Talk to a Financial Planner Before Getting a Wedding Loan

The Washington Post reports that “Couples are taking out loans to pay for their weddings.” And while one person interviewed found that it wasn’t all that difficult to get a personal loan to pay for an engagement ring (adding that it might not be the only loan he takes out for his upcoming nuptials), he doesn’t question this decision because the loan meant he didn’t take away from his savings or investments. In his mind, a loan makes sense because it leaves his savings intact.

While that interviewee felt okay, “Financial planners say they’ve seen an uptick …

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Fathers Sue for More Parental Leave

Father’s Day has just past and once this holiday has ended, many fathers return to business as usual at home and on the job.

We once wrote about that “Fathers Are Reluctant to Take Paternity Leave” and while that may still be the case for some, things are changing. The Washington Post recently reported on “How a dad’s lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase could lead to more parental leave elsewhere” and while this is the first such case in recent years, it is a very high-profile one. JP Morgan Chase will end up paying $5 million …

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