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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.

Recent articles

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Worried About a Fourth-Quarter Stock Market Crash? Make This Important Move Now

Here's how to protect yourself in the face of volatility.


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Should You Invest in Penny Stocks When Money Is Tight?

Penny stocks might seem like a great bet, but here's what you need to know.


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3 Great Reasons to Take Social Security Benefits at 62

Should you claim benefits at 62? Here's what you need to know.


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How Scared of the Stock Market Should You Be Right Now?

Investors were recently taken on a wild ride. Should you be worried about your investments?


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Want More Diversity in Your Portfolio? Make These 3 Moves Now

A diverse investment mix could make you very rich. Here's how to establish one.

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Can Social Security Save Your Retirement When Your Nest Egg Falls Short?

Here's what you need to know if you're approaching your senior years with limited savings.


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Medicare Open Enrollment Is Coming, so Prepare to Make These 3 Moves

Here's your chance to change your Medicare coverage for the better.


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Should You Claim Social Security at Your Full Retirement Age?

You can sign up for Social Security at different ages. What's the right choice for you?


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I'm Making These 2 Moves Due to Recent Stock Market Volatility

Here's my approach to the latest bout of turbulence.


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Here's Why You Should Plan to Claim Social Security at 62

There's a reason it pays to assume you'll file for benefits as early as possible.

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3 Things You May Have to Give Up if You Retire on Social Security Alone

Retiring solely on Social Security could mean making a lot of sacrifices.


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How Heavily Should You Rely on Social Security?

Will Social Security really pay all of your bills in retirement? Here's what you need to know.


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3 Ways to Invest in Meme Stocks Safely

If you're going to put money into meme stocks, here's how to go about it.


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Will Saving in an IRA Alone Shortchange You in Retirement?

No 401(k)? Here's what you need to know about your retirement prospects.


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Sorry to Say: You Probably Shouldn't Claim Social Security at 62

Think you'll file for benefits as soon as you're allowed to? You may want to hold off for one very big reason.

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Older Americans Are Missing Out on This Valuable Retirement Savings Plan

Are you missing out, too?


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Are You Stuck With the Same Social Security Benefit for Life?

Can you get more out of Social Security once you file? Here's what you need to know.


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Should You Plan to Retire at 62?

On a global level, 62 seems to be a desirable retirement age. But is it the right age for you?


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Can You Retire a Millionaire on a $60,000 Salary?

Many people aim to retire wealthy. But is that possible when your earnings are only average?


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Is Social Security Really Going Broke?

Is the program's impending financial doom just a rumor, or reality?