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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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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?


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3 Reasons Social Security Isn't as Unreliable as You Think

Don't be so down on Social Security. It's not going away anytime soon.

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Why Is Everyone so Worried About Social Security?

Many people are concerned that the program will let them down. Are they overreacting?


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Latest Inflation Data Points to Big Social Security Raise in 2022

Seniors could see a huge boost to their monthly benefits next year.


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3 Investing Moves to Make Before the End of the Year

Don't neglect these crucial items as 2021 slowly but surely winds down.


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Are You Making the Most of Your 401(k)?

If you're fortunate enough to have a 401(k), it pays to ensure that it's really working for you.


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Claiming Social Security at 62? You May Need to Rethink That

Filing for benefits as early as possible doesn't always make sense.

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Why a 401(k) Isn't the Wonderful Savings Tool You Think It Is

Though 401(k) are very popular, they may not be the best savings option for you.


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How to Beat the Average $1,557 Monthly Social Security Benefit

Here's how to score a higher Social Security paycheck than the typical retiree.


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3 Ways to Score a Higher Social Security Paycheck

Here's your ticket to a more generous benefit.


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3 Investing Strategies to Grow Your Money Like Magic

Want to increase your chances of becoming wealthy? Here's your game plan.


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Is Your 401(k) on Track for a Millionaire Retirement?

Here's how to know how likely you are to meet your financial goals.

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Worried About Social Security Benefit Cuts? Here's Why You Shouldn't Be

Social Security may have to reduce benefits in the future, but there's no sense in losing sleep over that possibility.


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Could You Live on $1,557 a Month in Retirement? Here's Why You Might Have To

Here's why you could be looking at a major income cut once your career comes to an end.


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Social Security Cuts Could Be Coming, But Don't Let That Drive You Toward This Mistake

A reduction in benefits may be inevitable, and so it's now more important than ever to sign up for Social Security at the right time.


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How Much Money Will You Lose if Social Security Benefits Are Cut?

Benefit cuts are now on the table. Here's what it could mean for you.


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2 Social Security Rules That Could Mess Up Your Retirement

These nuances could come as a shock once you kick off your senior years.