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Social Security Statements Now Available Online

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

When Social Security calculates your benefits you could be shortchanged; or, if your earnings were over-reported, you could end up owing the government money.

For Mother's Day, Discuss Mom's Financial Future

Jason Alderman | Posted 07.09.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

I'm not trying to bring everyone down, but rather to suggest that perhaps your best Mother's Day gift this year might be to initiate a frank discussion with your mom about her personal finances and how she can better prepare for the future

A Financial To-Do List for the Recently Widowed

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.29.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

Although there are certain actions you must take right away to ensure your current financial security, several major decisions with long-term consequences should probably be postponed until you've had a chance to reflect on how -- and where -- you want to spend the rest of your life.

Social Security Looms for Baby Boomers

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
Jason Alderman

The first Baby Boomers begin turning 65 in 2011, which means they'll soon be tapping Social Security. If you haven't yet investigated how this program works, this may be a good time to learn the ropes.

Military Widows Must Remarry To Collect Full Benefits

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of the nation's war widows find it perplexing and downright disrespectful to their late military husbands: In ord...

A Decent Proposal for President Obama on Memorial Day

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bhagwan Chowdhry

How much is enough for families of those who died for us? Shouldn't we make sure that families of soldiers who sacrificed their lives do not face economic hardship?

Hands Off Our Social Security

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ashley B. Carson

If Social Security were a private company, its shareholders would be very pleased, as it ran a surplus of $180 billion last year and accumulated a reserve of $2.4 trillion. This is the only government program to run a surplus.