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Maurie Backman

Maurie Backman

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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.

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This Account Could Make It Easier to Start Investing

Need a push to begin investing? Here's a good option.


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This Investment Could Make You a Millionaire Retiree

Want to kick off your senior years with serious wealth? This one investment could be your ticket.


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Already Collecting Social Security? 1 Move You Can Make to Raise Your Benefits

Even if you're already receiving benefits, you may have an opportunity to increase them.


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This Lesser-Known Roth IRA Benefit Could Leave You Richer in Retirement

Want more income to enjoy as a senior? A Roth IRA could be your ticket for this surprising reason.


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Don't Waste Time Worrying About When the Stock Market Will Crash: Make These 4 Moves Instead

Here's a good way to prepare for a market crash that doesn't involve sitting around and panicking.

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These 3 Moves Will Slash Your Social Security Paycheck

If you're not careful, you could end up with a lower benefit for life.


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How to Navigate Social Security When There's a Big Age Gap Between You and Your Spouse

Establishing a Social Security strategy is important -- especially when you and your spouse have a large age difference to contend with.


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Late to Retirement Savings? Here's Your Game Plan

Worried you've missed the boat on funding your IRA or 401(k)? Do these things to catch up.


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Only 25% of Americans Know This Important Retirement Savings Rule

Do you know how much money you should be saving for your senior years? Or are you really just guessing?


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3 Social Security Secrets That Could Leave You Richer in Retirement

These lesser-known facts about Social Security could snag you higher benefits and the perks that go with them.

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82% of Americans Say the Pandemic Hurt Their Retirement Plans. Here's How to Get Back on Track.

If you feel like you're now in catch-up mode thanks to the events of the past year, here's how to overcome the setbacks you've faced.


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Taxes Are No Longer Due This Week -- but Here's Why You Should File Them Anyway

Though you have until mid-May to complete your return, it could pay to tackle it much sooner.


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This Social Security Strategy Could Backfire If You're Married

Married couples need to be more careful when signing up for benefits.


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Follow These Key Rules to Retire Wealthy

Want to retire with plenty of money? Here's an easy path to get there.


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This Retirement Plan Rule Could Cause Your Social Security Benefits to Get Taxed

You could lose a chunk of your Social Security income due to this nuance -- but there's a way around it.

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Forget Meme Stocks. Put Your Money Here Instead

Meme stocks may be popular right now, but here are two better choices to look at.


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35% of Near-Retirees Failed a Basic Social Security Quiz. Here Are 3 Things You Need to Know About It

Are you misinformed about Social Security? If so, you could be putting your retirement in jeopardy.


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4 Retirement Savings Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Steer clear of these blunders -- they could wreck your senior years.


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Taxpayers Could End Up Leaving $1.3 Billion on the Table. Here's Why

If you're due a refund from a previous year's tax return, it pays to pursue it.


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37 States That Don't Tax Social Security Benefits

You may want to put these states on your retirement list.