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Weekend Reads: Get money smart, When to claim social security, and more…

By: Kimberly Lankford

November 1, 2019

Get money smart. 25 tips to improve your financial well-being

Excellent guide by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with tips to help you stay on top of your budget, save for emergencies, reduce your debt and create better money habits.

GE freezes worker pensions — what to do if your employer changes the terms of your retirement plan

What happens when an employer freezes its pensions, and what you can do to protect your retirement plans.

Why teens and twenty-somethings should consider a Roth IRA

Children of any age who have earned income from a job can contribute to a Roth IRA, which can build up tax-free savings for retirement. Great information that can help children or grandchildren who had a summer job start saving for the future.

Even in strong economy, most families don’t have enough emergency savings

New York Times article about the importance of having an emergency fund with tips to help you get started.

For seniors hoping to age in place, the cost of in-home care just got a lot more expensive

Excellent column by the Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary about the rising cost of home-care providers, and the importance of protecting your finances from long-term care expenses.

Starting a business after 50: How to manage the financial risk

Many people dream of starting their own business after age 50, but don’t realize the financial commitment the new business can entail. Includes advice for assessing the costs and ideas for funding a new business.

How to figure out when to claim Social Security

Good advice to help with a very important retirement decision: whether to delay taking Social Security benefits and receive larger checks for life. Also includes other good advice about maximizing your Social Security benefits and how the income can fit within your financial plans.

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