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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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3 Steps to Getting Back on Track for Retirement

If you've fallen behind on long-term savings, here's how to self-correct.


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Got $1,000? Here's How to Start Investing

Here's how to turn $1,000 into a successful portfolio.


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3 Great Reasons To Take Social Security Benefits at 62

Here's why filing for benefits as early as possible makes a lot of sense.


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Over 50 and Low on Savings? Here's How to Retire on Time.

You may be nearing retirement without much savings, but that doesn't mean your plans are doomed.


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Could Crypto Be Coming to Your 401(k)?

Retirement plans don't commonly offer cryptocurrency investments. That could be changing.

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3 Steps to Claiming the $3,895 Max Monthly Social Security Benefit

Here's how to snag an impressive Social Security payday -- and set yourself up with a lot more retirement income.


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These 3 Moves Could Help You Come Out a Winner in the Next Stock Market Crash

Stocks could soon take a dive. Here's your game plan to avoid getting hurt -- and potentially come out ahead.


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Why Do the Wealthy Pay Such Low Taxes?

Here's how the super-rich get away with dodging the IRS -- legally.


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2 Reasons It May Be Unrealistic to Delay Social Security

You may have plans to hold off on claiming benefits as long as possible. But here's why they may not work out.


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Why Investing in Stocks Isn't Like Gambling

Here's why buying stocks is a far cry from cutting loose at a casino.

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3 Numbers That Could Change Your Mind About Claiming Social Security Early

Thinking of filing for benefits on the early side? These numbers could sway you to wait.


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2 Reasons I Don't Have a Roth IRA

Roth IRAs get a lot of good press, but here's why I won't open one.


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4 Ways Index Funds Help Me Sleep Better at Night

Index funds aren't for everyone, but here's why one Fool is a fan.


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Is There Such a Thing As Saving Too Much for Retirement?

Many people enter retirement with inadequate savings, and it's a problem. But what about the opposite?


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The No. 1 Reason to Claim Social Security at Age 62

Not sure when to file for benefits? Here's why it pays to look at age 62.

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Is Crypto Your Portfolio's New Best Friend?

Should you embrace crypto with open arms, or keep your distance? Here's how to know.


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Cryptocurrency vs. Meme Stocks: Which Is Right for You?

Both come with big risks and big rewards. So which should you choose?


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3 Things to Do if Your Retirement Savings Fall Short

Low on funds for your senior years? Here's how to compensate.


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How to Boost Your Retirement When Social Security Covers Only 40%

You'll need income outside of Social Security to live comfortably as a senior. Here's how to get it.


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Could Index Funds Be the Ticket to Your Dream Retirement?

Here's why it pays to focus on index funds in the course of saving and planning for your senior years.