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Catherine Mcqueen | Moment | Getty Images It’s easy to transfer cash when a charity pulls at your heartstrings. But other giving strategies may provide a bigger tax break, financial experts say. Despite economic uncertainty, nearly 70% of Americans plan to donate a similar amount to charity in 2022 as last year, according to a
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Shapecharge | E+ | Getty Images If you’re a higher-income Medicare beneficiary, you may be paying less in extra premium charges in 2023 than you were this year. So-called income-related adjustment amounts, or IRMAAs, which are based on your tax return from two years earlier, kick in next year at $97,000 for single tax filers
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Source: Getty Images Retirement is a major goal many workers keep their eye on throughout their career. However, once people actually reach retirement age, they are often in store for some financial surprises — despite decades of preparation. For today’s retirees, that is compounded by new uncertainties brought by on by historically high inflation and
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Ridofranz | Istock | Getty Images It’s been a nerve-wracking year for investors. With ongoing stock market volatility, high inflation and interest rate hikes, many wonder if we’re heading for a prolonged economic downturn.   “I think we have to be defensive,” said certified financial planner Ivory Johnson, founder of Delancey Wealth Management in Washington, D.C.
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Avalon_studio | E+ | Getty Images HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — There are four big trends impacting the economy and stock market right now, and uncertainty around each is creating challenges for investors, market experts and investment strategists said Monday at the Future Proof wealth conference. Those high-levels trends are inflation, the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate policy,
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“It will be enough for us to start talking realistically about purchasing a home,” said Dara Zucker, 28, of student loan forgiveness. Zucker and her fiancé have been looking for a house in Tampa, Florida. They budgeted $250,000 for a 1,400-square foot home, but between the unpredictable housing market and her $38,877 student loan balance,
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Camille Tokerud Photography Inc. | Stone | Getty Images Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will get two checks in September, for a maximum sum of $1,682. But the second check is no reason to celebrate, as it is not extra money. In months where bank holidays occur, that pushes up the distribution date for payments. In
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Just months ago, the housing market remained in overdrive: surging home prices, historically low interest rates and unrelenting demand. However, data now suggests to some experts that the market is in a “housing recession.” For example, sales of existing homes in July fell by 5.9% from June, marking the sixth straight month of a decline
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Sometimes a life raft can look a lot like a credit card. In an economy that has produced the highest inflation rate since the early 1980s, Americans are struggling to keep up with day-to-day expenses and are increasingly relying on credit cards to stay afloat. Amid a dramatic rise in the cost of living, credit card balances jumped 13% in
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Because of astronomical costs of care and support — often more than $100,000 per year — most individuals with disabilities will need government assistance such as Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid. However, they must shelter their assets carefully to not be disqualified from these programs. That’s where special needs trusts and ABLE accounts come in.
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North Carolina retiree Connie Gores prepares for a visit with her grandchildren. CNBC Jerry Frasier Connie Gores was in her mid-50s, with one daughter in college and another newly graduated, when she became keenly focused on preparing for retirement.  Gores, who worked in higher education and was a college president, met with a financial advisor
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Yacobchuk | Istock | Getty Images What is retirement? When does it start? And how has Covid-19 affected Americans’ retirement plans? An ongoing survey of U.S. retirees and near-retirees suggests there’s a wide range of opinions on these fundamental questions and a rapidly changing perspective on what retirement will look like in the future. Last
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In this article NFLX RDFN Holger Scheibe | The Image Bank | Getty Images While “Hiring Now” signs dot storefronts and highways across America, the job market may be starting to cool. The Federal Reserve’s decision to bring down inflation by raising interest rates has some projecting a slowing economy — and slower sales —
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Dougal Waters | Getty Images Despite the economic and professional gains made by women over the last 50 years, gender gaps persist — and not just in rate of pay. Retirement readiness and financial know-how are key areas with notable gaps, according to two studies recently released by the TIAA Institute. For example, among workers
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The gender wage gap has remained remarkably stubborn for decades and, inevitably, becomes a significant shortfall at retirement. In 2020, women made 83 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The gap persists despite women’s increasing levels of education and even widens among higher-income workers. By the end of her career, a full-time
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