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Mary Beth Franklin

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance

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Saving for Retirement
May 2012

Retirement Savings Tips for New Grads

Start saving for your future early and give yourself more time to become rich.

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ANNUITIES
March 2012

How to Choose the Right Annuity for You

A new generation of annuities are simpler and cheaper.

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SAVING FOR RETIREMENT
March 2012

Make the Most of Social Security

Consider these moves to maximize your benefits.

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SAVING FOR RETIREMENT
March 2012

What to Do When You're Not Quite Ready to Retire

Some retirees will work by choice, while many will work out of necessity.

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SAVING FOR RETIREMENT
March 2012

New Strategies to Ease Into a Secure Retirement

New strategies to design the lifestyle you want and make sure you have the money to pay for it.

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LIVING WELL IN RETIREMENT
January 2012

New Rates for Social Security Benefits, Medicare Premiums in 2012

The first increase for inflation since 2009 offsets a Medicare premium hike.

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Tax Tips
December 2011

Last-minute Tax Breaks for the Self-Employed and Moonlighters

Buy new office equipment before year-end to qualify for extra tax breaks.

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Tax Tips
December 2011

The Gift Tax: Use It or Lose It

Make people happy while you're still around to hear "thank you"...

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Tax Tips
December 2011

Tax Breaks for the Generous

Whether donating cash, clothes or a car, don’t forget to get a receipt.

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Tax Tips
December 2011

Empty Your Flexible Spending Account

Cut next year’s taxes by signing up for a flexible spending account today.

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Tax Tips
December 2011

Last Chance for Home Energy Tax Credit

Go green and earn some green before year-end.

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Rethinking Retirement
November 2011

Prepare for the Retirement Tax Bite

When the time comes to tap your tax-deferred retirement accounts, Uncle Sam will be waiting for his share.

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Tax Tips
November 2011

AMT, the Tax We Love to Hate

Millions of taxpayers will be snared by the alternative minimum tax in 2011. Find out if you’re one of them -- and what to do about it.

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Rethinking Retirement
November 2011

What Killed Pensions

Corporate pensions went from holding $250 billion in excess funds to being underfunded.

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Leisure Spending
October 2011

Social Security Benefits to Rise 3.6% in 2012

The first cost-of-living adjustment since 2009 could be offset by higher Medicare premiums.

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SAVING FOR RETIREMENT
October 2011

5 Steps to a Secure Retirement

It’s time to size up your plan. You may be in better shape than you think.

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LIVING WELL IN RETIREMENT
September 2011

Pensions: Take a Lump Sum or Not?

New rules will mean smaller pension payouts next year. Get it right the first time. There are no do-overs.

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