Archive - October 2020

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Fight Financial Fears with Knowledge
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How to Build Good Money Habits
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Thoughtful Ways to Spend a Windfall
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Why is there GPO (Government Pension Offset) in Social Security?

Fight Financial Fears with Knowledge

In 2018, Bankrate addressed common financial fears and how to overcome them. Two years later, people are still facing the possibility of a financial emergency, in addition to a pandemic. All of these things are frightening but you do not have to give in to fear.

Medical Emergencies: The article not only advises having a good health, most importantly it reminds readers to be aware of their coverage. If you already know what is covered, what is not covered, and what kind of deductible you have, you will be armed with information before you need medical care. Many …

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Social Security Retirement Planning      

Worried about your future Social Security benefits? Fleshing out current concerns and common myths.

By Michael Garry Yardley Wealth Management October 26, 2020

Social Security is one of the most popular government programs of all time, and it’s one that enjoys wide support across the population. Around 65 million Americans will receive more than $1 trillion in benefits during 2020, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Yet understanding exactly how this program works, as well as the best time to start taking benefits, isn’t always easy. Rumor and miscommunication around this program result in confusion

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How to Build Good Money Habits

Dealing with personal finances can be daunting. They could be a new venture for you or your current way of dealing with them is less than ideal. Here are some tips that can aid you in developing good personal finance habits.

  1. Use technology. Whether developing a budget, savings plan, etc. the use of technology can make life easier. App such as Mint.com or spreadsheet software like Excel can assist you in getting organized and making clutter more organized.

For example, an app like Mint consolidates all your finances, accounts, and can give you a snapshot of what you’re spending, saving, …

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Thoughtful Ways to Spend a Windfall

Kiplinger.com offers suggestions for ways to spend a windfall of at least $1000. Should you find yourself with extra money you can pause and think about how to use it. These are uneasy times and one impulse would be to spend it on something fun. That is not a bad impulse because taking care of your wellbeing is an investment.  The list includes things like taking a vacation, upgrading your bike (or investing whatever pastime brings you joy).

There are also ways to spend a windfall so that you can put a little down payment towards a more secure financial …

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Why is there GPO (Government Pension Offset) in Social Security?

If you are (or were) married and you have worked in a domestic (US-based) government job where your earnings are not subject to Social Security taxation, you probably are familiar with the Government Pension Offset, or GPO. (You may also be interested in WEP – Windfall Elimination Provision – as well, but that’s another subject.) Have you ever learned just why GPO is a factor in Social Security calculations for many folks? In another article we reviewed why there is a WEP, but there are differences between WEP and GPO, so we’ll cover those first.

GPO versus WEP
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