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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 Things to Know About Claiming Social Security Early

Before you sign up for benefits early, make sure you understand the implications.


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3 Reasons Why 2022 May Be a Bad Year to Retire

Planning to retire in the new year? You may want to rethink that.


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Made a Lot of Money in the Stock Market This Year? Here's How to Lower Your Capital Gains Taxes.

Don't let the IRS take more of your money than necessary.


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3 Signs You're Ready for Your First Social Security Check in 2022

Here's how to know if you should claim benefits in the new year.


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Here's Why Recent Stock Market Volatility Doesn't Worry Me

Downswings can be nerve-wracking. But they don't have to scare you.

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4 Social Security Changes That Could Affect You in 2022

Gear up for these changes as the new year approaches.


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3 Financial Gifts to Give Your Kids This Holiday Season

Skip the long lines at the store and focus on these gifts, instead.


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You Can Retire a Millionaire on This 1 Investment

The best part? It doesn't require much research at all.


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Claiming Social Security Before Full Retirement Age? Answer These Questions First

It's important to think things through before signing up for benefits -- especially if you're claiming them early.


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Should You Sell Off Stocks Due to the Omicron Variant?

You may be tempted to take action in light of the latest COVID-19 development. Here's what you need to know.

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Have Serious Health Issues? Consider This Social Security Move

Hint: It has to do with when you sign up for benefits.


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Criminals May Be Coming for Your Social Security Benefits -- Here's How to Avoid Becoming a Victim

It's important to protect yourself from financial fraud at any age -- but especially during retirement.


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This Mistake Could Cost You $700,000 in Retirement Income

Talk about a huge blow to your senior years.


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Here's How Dollar Tree Is Staying Competitive in the Retail Game

The discount giant is going above and beyond to offer customers affordable products in a convenient fashion.


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4 Things Real Estate Investors Should Know Going Into 2022

Here's what investors should gear up for as the new year approaches.

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4 Year-End Tax Moves to Make in 2021

Check these key items off your list before 2022 arrives.


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3 Social Security Changes to Keep On Your Radar Every Year

Pay attention to how Social Security evolves. It could affect you in many ways.


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Planning To Start Investing in Real Estate? 4 Tips for Beginners

Here's how newbies can navigate the world of real estate.


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Can We Finally See Fewer Retail Closures in 2022?

Here's what real estate investors can anticipate in the coming year.


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Worried About Money in Retirement? 3 Moves That Can Ease Your Concerns

Don't lose sleep over your financial fears. Take these steps to secure your retirement instead.