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    How To Avoid The Top 3 Social Media/Email Gift Scams

    (Photo by Neil Godwin/Future Publishing via Getty Images)Future Publishing via Getty Images There’s isn’t a week that goes by without getting an email or text telling me I won something valuable. I’m not that lucky, and neither are most people. According to Lookout Security, “spoofed (fake) social media profiles and fraud messages can all lead… More

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    Wall Street Goes Crazy: The Numbers

    The S&P 500 jumped 5.54% today. How weird is that? Big percentage move, 1929Bettmann Archive Yikes. Stocks up 5.54% in one day. How often does that happen? And does today provide fresh evidence that investors are irrational? Answer to first question: Very, very rarely. Here is a list of the biggest up moves in the… More

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    Social Security: How To Get A Ballpark Estimate

    (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)Getty Images How much do you think you’ll receive from Social Security in retirement benefits? This is a pretty important thing to know because it will help you plan your retirement. The route to ballpark your benefits is pretty simple: Go to this site. Just keep in mind that the number that… More

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    Traveling Again? Watch Out For The TSA PreCheck Scam

    (NAZIK ARMENAKYAN/AFP via Getty Images)AFP via Getty Images Years ago, long before the pandemic, I signed up for a TSA program that allowed me to move faster through airport security lines. In addition to saving time, I didn’t have to take off my shoes and belt. Lately, though, I’ve been bombarded with “TSA PreCheck Renewal”… More

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    The 5 Best States For Retirement May Surprise You

    Two retirees ride tricycles through a flooded street at the Enchanted Shores manufactured home park … [+] in Naples, Florida, on September 11, 2017 after Hurricane Irma hit Florida. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)AFP via Getty Images Well, okay. Spoiler alert: Florida made the top of the list for best states for retirement, according to… More

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    If You Don’t Know What You’re Doing, Avoid House Flipping

    Cash-for-houses signs on a property in the Grove Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., on … [+] Saturday, May 22, 2021. States and cities in the U.S. are cracking down on a niche in house-flipping known as wholesaling conducted by a flood of largely unlicensed middlemen lured in by YouTube tutorials and a torrid market.… More

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    Here’s Why So Many College Students Need Help With Loans

    WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 25: Student loan borrowers stage a rally in front of The White House to … [+] celebrate President Biden cancelling student debt and to begin the fight to cancel any remaining debt on August 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for We the 45m) Getty Images for… More

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    Should I Buy A Home Now Or Wait?

    Young woman holding a pen and signing paperwork in the living room at home. getty It’s no secret the housing market has become more expensive over the last couple of years. Most regions have seen double digit inflation in the cost of homes. This growth has been driven by several factors such as millennials hitting… More

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    Why Social Security Checks Will Rise

    (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Getty Images If there’s any good news about inflation, it’s that Social Security benefits will climb. Since Social Security is indexed to the cost of living, benefits could rise by 10.5% next year, or about $175 a month (on average). With inflation just below double digits, that’s the fuel behind… More

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