Archive - December 16, 2015

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FED Raises Short-Term Interest Rates
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6 Strategies for Social Security Benefits That Are Still Available

FED Raises Short-Term Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve announced at 2pm CST today, December 16th 2015, that they are raising short-term interest rates by one quarter of one percent (0.25%) in a unanimous vote by the Federal Open Market Committee. This is not a large surprise as much of the market anticipated this move based on comments from Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen, in previous press conferences and other published meeting minutes. It is important to note that this rate increase is small and only the beginning of a gradual plan to increase rates in 0.25% increments. This steady approach is aimed at bringing rates
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6 Strategies for Social Security Benefits That Are Still Available

Earlier this fall the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was passed. This was important to folks looking to maximize Social Security benefits because two of the primary strategies for maximization were eliminated with the passage of this legislation. You may be wondering if there are any strategies left to help maximize benefits – and as it turns out, there are still a few things you can do. Four of these strategies apply to anyone, while the last two only apply to married couples. (Note: if you were born in 1953 or before, you have more options available to you as

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