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Christy Bieber

Christy Bieber

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Former college teacher. Textbook contributor. Personal finance writer. Passionate advocate of smart money moves to achieve financial success.

Recent articles

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The 3 Best and 2 Worst Reasons to Claim Social Security at 62

Before you make your early claim, consider the pros and cons.


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Retirees Are Poised to See the Biggest Social Security Change in 41 Years

A big change is almost certain to come to Social Security next year.


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This Is the Only Reason I'd Ever Claim Social Security at 62

In this case, starting checks at 62 would be the best financial choice.


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This Move Can Help Retirees Boost Social Security Income by Over $10,000 Annually

An extra $10,000 or more per year could make a huge difference in your later years.


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This Warren Buffett Favorite Could Make You a Millionaire on $500 a Month

It's a safe investment and could have a big payoff.

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If You Don't Know These 3 Things, You Aren't Ready to Claim Social Security

Rushing into a Social Security claim without all the facts could have serious financial consequences.


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Don't Fall for This Alarming Real Estate Myth

Many people believe a primary home is always a good investment -- but that's not necessarily the case.


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Can You Invest in Real Estate on a Teacher's Salary?

If you are a teacher or earn a similar income, there are plenty of ways you can invest in real estate.


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Is Owning a Rental Property a Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream?

Owning a rental property has some benefits, but could you come to regret it?


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3 Social Security Secrets for Even Bigger Checks

Understanding the inner workings of Social Security can make all the difference.

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Surging Prices in 2022 Show One Big Problem With How Social Security Calculates Raises

With record-high inflation, retirees are sadly losing ground.


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Will Your Social Security Check Be Bigger Than the $4,194 Max Benefit?

The 2022 maximum Social Security benefit is $4,194 -- but is it possible you could actually receive more than that amount?


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Your Complete Guide to Juicing the Most From Your 401(k)

Getting the most value from your 401(k) is essential for a secure retirement.


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The Most Important Social Security Table You'll Ever See

If you don't know the information in this table, it won't be possible to determine when to claim Social Security.


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Married? Here Are 3 Social Security Rules You Need to Know

Married couples are subject to special rules about Social Security.

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3 Unexpected Ways to Claim More in Social Security

More Social Security benefits could be within reach if you follow these steps.


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3 Ways to Score a Higher Social Security Paycheck

Want more retirement income? Here are a few ways you can get it.


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3 Reasons Claiming Social Security at 62 Could Be the Best Choice

A Social Security claim at 62 will reduce your monthly benefits, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad decision.


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How to All But Clinch a Millionaire Retirement

Four simple steps can make you a millionaire retiree.


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The Must-Read Mitch McConnell Quote on Social Security

Mitch McConnell could become the Senate majority leader after the next election, and he's made it clear Social Security won't be at risk.

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