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.

Recent articles

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Is Claiming Social Security at 62 a Mistake?

You'll often hear that it is, but that doesn't tell the whole story.


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5 Medicare Surprises That Could Wreck Your Retirement

Don't get thrown for a loop later in life.


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3 Things You're Doing to Sabotage Your Retirement

Avoiding these mistakes could be the key to salvaging your senior years.


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5 Things the Average Social Security Benefit Can Pay For

Here are a few major expenses a single monthly benefit can cover.


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4 Last-Minute Medicare Open Enrollment Tips

Your window to elect coverage for 2021 will soon be over. Here's how to make those tough last-minute decisions.

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4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Living Costs in Retirement

Want less financial stress as a senior? Here's how to get it.


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These Tax Moves Could Save You Serious Money -- but You'll Need to Make Them Soon

Check these items off your list as soon as you can to avoid missing out.


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7 Surprising Social Security Rules You Should Know About

Whether you're claiming your benefits soon or way in the future, here's some important information to have.


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Today's Mortgage Rates -- November 27, 2020: Rates Fall Again

You might snag a great deal if you lock in a mortgage today.


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43% of Social Security Beneficiaries Worry They'll Outlive Their Savings. Here's How to Avoid That Fate

Running out of money in retirement is a scary -- but avoidable -- prospect.

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Only 39% of Retirees Feel Prepared for Stock Market Volatility. Here's How More Can Feel Secure

Stocks can tumble at any time. Here's how seniors can gear up for that.


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Mortgages Are Taking Longer to Close On. Here's Why, and What It Means for You

Mortgage lenders are overloaded, and it's slowing down the closing process.


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Today's Mortgage Rates -- November 26, 2020: Rates Remain Competitive as 15-Year Loan Dips Below 2.3%

Ready for a mortgage? Here are the rates you might find today.


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Nearly 20 Million Homeowners Could Benefit From Refinancing, Data Shows

Are you among the many homeowners eligible for a lower mortgage payment?


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4 Financial Products We Should All Be Thankful For

These tools could give you big boosts toward your long-term financial goals.

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3 Social Security Rules That Are Downright Unfair

Get ready to get very, very annoyed.


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September Home Prices Saw the Biggest Spike in 6 Years

There's a reason buyers are struggling to find affordable homes -- and why you may want to sit tight on your home search for a while.


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Why Home Purchases Could Increase When Biden Is President

Here's why we may see an uptick in buying in the near term.


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Could a Medicare Advantage Plan Help You Live Longer?

New data reveals a link between robust Medicare coverage and longer life spans.


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The Mortgage Forbearance Rate Is Up for the First Time Since June

For the first time in months, more borrowers are hitting pause on home loans. But what does that say about the economy? And is forbearance a good choice for you?