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Social Security cost-of-living adjustment may be 9.6% in 2023

New government data points to signs that red-hot inflation is starting to cool. But Social Security beneficiaries may still be in for a record high cost-of-living adjustment in 2023. The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan senior group, now estimates Social Security benefits may increase 9.6%, based on Consumer Price Index data released Wednesday. That would …

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7 changes Americans are willing to make to fix Social Security

zimmytws | iStock | Getty Images There are just 13 years before Social Security may not be able to pay full benefits, according to a recent annual report from the program’s trustees. In 2035, just 80% of benefits will be payable if Congress doesn’t fix the program sooner. Shoring up the program will generally mean …

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Here’s what advisors are telling their clients as recession fears grow

JGI/Jamie Grill | Tetra images | Getty Images As the US economy shrinks for a second straight quarter — one definition of a recession — many Americans aren’t prepared for an economic downturn. However, financial advisors say there’s plenty that is in your control. Fewer than half of Americans feel “financially secure enough” for another …

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Millennials’ average net worth doubled during pandemic, report finds

andresr | E+ | Getty Images Covid-19 relief and record-low interest rates boosted many Americans’ finances during the pandemic. That has been especially true for millennials, who have on average built significant wealth. Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, have more than doubled their total net worth, reaching $9.38 trillion in the first quarter of …

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13 ‘stupid simple’ habits I used to save $1 million and retire early at 35

I will remember December 23, 2016 for the rest of my life. It was my last day working a full-time job. My wife and I retired early at 33 and 35, respectively, after accumulating $870,000 working in information technology. With the help of the market, our net worth increased to $1 million shortly after. I …

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3 money moves to help minimize uncertainty in the second half of 2022

David Sachs | The Image Bank | Getty Images It’s no secret that the first half of 2022 has ushered in a lot of expensive changes for consumers: The S&P 500 Index fell 20.6% in the largest first half decline since 1970, pulling down investors’ portfolios with it. The Federal Reserve in June approved a …

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Lawmaker urges Treasury Department to remove Series I bonds ‘red tape’

As the cost of living soars, one federal lawmaker wants to remove any barriers to buying Series I bonds, an inflation-protected and nearly risk-free asset that currently pays 9.62% annual interest through October. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., on Thursday sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, voicing concerns about the difficulties of buying I …

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These companies likely to beat earnings expectations, Bank of America says

Even though this quarter’s earnings season is largely expected to fall short of expectations, there are still some stocks poised to beat estimates, according to Bank of America. “All of the macro barometers we track that tend to lead earnings results are pointing to a miss — a falling guidance ratio, ailing corporate sentiment, slowing …

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70% of Americans think a recession is coming. How to prepare

Woman on her back pushing shopping cart in supermarket aisle David Espejo | Getty Images Experts are weighing the odds as to how likely a recession is and how fast it could come upon us. Most Americans — 70% — already believe an economic downturn is on its way, according to a new survey from …

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Experts answer three tricky questions about Series I bonds

The demand for Series I bonds, an inflation-protected and nearly risk-free asset, has skyrocketed as investors seek refuge from soaring prices and stock market volatility. While annual inflation rose by 8.6% in May — the highest rate in more than four decades, according to the US Department of Labor — I bonds are currently paying …

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