Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Maurie Backman

Maurie Backman

TMFBookNerd

Maurie Backman is a personal finance writer who's passionate about educating others. Her goal is to make financial topics interesting (because they often aren't) and she believes that a healthy dose of sarcasm never hurt anyone. In her somewhat limited spare time, she enjoys playing in nature, watching hockey, and curling up with a good book.

Recent articles

A person at a laptop_GettyImages-1209011404

Opening a 401(k)? Make These Key Moves ASAP

Check these off your list for maximum investing success.


Woman fairly young at laptop_GettyImages-1338134329

The One Social Security Trap I Refuse to Fall Into

This Motley Fool won't let herself make a huge mistake.


Social Security cards 1_GettyImages-157422696

Will Lawmakers Save Social Security From Benefit Cuts?

There are different solutions on the table, but they all come with drawbacks.


Older man serious laptop_GettyImages-1029344008

Only 15% of Retirement Savers Have a Balance of $250,000 or More. Do You Need to Catch Up?

Whether that's a good balance or not depends on your age and retirement timeline.


Older man laptop outdoors_GettyImages-1350592597

Working in Retirement? Here's Why That's Great... and Why It's Really Not

Choosing to work during retirement is one thing. Having to is another.

Older man at laptop_GettyImages-1165941362

Are You on Track to Reach the $4,194 Max Social Security Benefit?

Here's how to assess your odds of scoring the highest monthly payday.


A person at a laptop_GettyImages-1253833487

Why I'm Seriously Thinking of Loading Up On Residential REITs Right Now

And why you may want to do the same.


Social Security cards 1_GettyImages-157422696

Social Security Benefits Could Rise Almost 11% in 2023

That raise would far outpace 2022's boost.


A person at a laptop covering their face_GettyImages-1254062291

Stocks Just Had Their Worst First Half-Year Run in 52 Years. Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry

It's easy to panic -- but please don't.


Woman at laptop confident_GettyImages-607271676

My Portfolio Is Down, but I'm Less Worried for This Reason

Owning this specific investment has helped keep me calm.

Social Security cards 4_GettyImages-154114379

Social Security's Future Is Shaky, So Here's the Strategy I'm Employing

I refuse to let Social Security's financial woes impact my retirement.


A person at a laptop deep in thought_GettyImages-492370870

These 401(k) Mistakes Could Leave You Cash-Strapped in Retirement

Be sure to avoid them at all costs.


A house with a white fence_GettyImages-147749872

Worried About Inflation? Look at Real Estate

Owning real estate could ease some of your fears.


A doctor standing over a seated person_GettyImages-871584980

Worried About a Recession? Owning These Stocks Could Ease Your Fears

Now may be a good time to load up on these stocks.


Social Security cards 3_GettyImages-488815648

Is Social Security Doomed to Benefit Cuts?

Things may look bleak, but there's a big silver lining.

Older man 50s laptop

Only 16% of Retirement Savers Made This Essential Move in 2021

Did you miss the boat too?


A smiling person at a desk_GettyImages-623192984

Why I Love the Idea of a Partial Retirement

I'm a big fan of transitioning from one phase of life to another.


older man at laptop_GettyImages-828523802

62 Is the Most Popular Social Security Filing Age. But Will That Change?

We could see an uptick in seniors who start signing up for benefits later.


Older man taking notes at a laptop_GettyImages-689980076

Should You Claim Social Security Early Due to Benefit Cuts?

Here's how to navigate this important decision.


Older man laptop serious_GettyImages-1256103989

Can You Still Retire Next Year in Light of This Year's Stock Market Downturn?

Here's how to decide what to do.

Premium Investing Services

Invest better with The Motley Fool. Get stock recommendations, portfolio guidance, and more from The Motley Fool's premium services.