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Maurie Backman

Maurie Backman


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

Check these off your list for maximum investing success.

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The One Social Security Trap I Refuse to Fall Into

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

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Will Lawmakers Save Social Security From Benefit Cuts?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

And why you may want to do the same.

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Social Security Benefits Could Rise Almost 11% in 2023

That raise would far outpace 2022's boost.

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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.

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

Owning this specific investment has helped keep me calm.

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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.

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

Be sure to avoid them at all costs.

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Worried About Inflation? Look at Real Estate

Owning real estate could ease some of your fears.

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

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

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Is Social Security Doomed to Benefit Cuts?

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

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

Did you miss the boat too?

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Why I Love the Idea of a Partial Retirement

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

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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.

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Should You Claim Social Security Early Due to Benefit Cuts?

Here's how to navigate this important decision.

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

Here's how to decide what to do.

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