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Retirement

February 22

Social Security underpaid 82% of dually entitled widows and widowers

Agency failed to tell survivors that they could switch to a higher retirement benefit later

February 16

Tough tax season for victims of Social Security hack

Crooks stole their benefits, but the victims received 1099s for reportable income.

February 9

Social Security accounts get hacked

Setting up an online account is a first step in preventing fraud, but it's not foolproof.

February 2

Timing is crucial for Social Security and Medicare

Picking the wrong date could cost you benefits or trigger penalties.

January 19

Beware: Medicare surcharges can change throughout year based on latest tax return

This 'dispatch from the retirement front' explains that updated tax records can make higher Medicare premiums retroactive.

January 19

Lawsuits push 401(k) plan sponsors to cut fees

About 83% of plan sponsors reviewed their fees, and of those, 40% reduced overall fees, according to a new study.

January 4

AARP, state regulators launch find-an-adviser tool

Site recommends questions investors should ask before hiring a financial adviser.

December 28

Get expert help filing Social Security disability claims

The backlog for appealing an adverse decision before an administrative law judge averages 605 days.

December 7

Older boomers embrace retirement, study finds

Sixty percent of retired boomers said life is better than they had expected.

December 1

Last chance for retirees to save on drug costs

Medicare Part D open enrollment ends Dec. 7.

November 21

Medicare premiums and Social Security COLAs: Here's why retirees will pay up in 2018

Blame higher Medicare costs on a provision designed to protect Social Security benefits.

November 16

Boost retirement income with home equity

Including a reverse mortgage can update the 4% withdrawal rule strategy.

November 9

Someone tried to hack my Social Security account

Government website offers tips to protect personal data, but gaps may remain.

October 27

Taking the Medi-scare out of retiree health-care costs

Annual open enrollment season offers chance to defang drug expenses.

October 19

Pre-retirement earnings can limit Social Security survivor benefits

Life insurance can fill the gap when a survivor's earnings jeopardize benefits.

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