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Katie Brockman

Katie Brockman

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Katie Brockman is a personal finance and retirement writer who enjoys geeking out about 401(k)s, budgeting, and Social Security. When she's not providing unsolicited financial and retirement advice to anyone who will listen, she enjoys reading, drawing and painting, and walking dogs at her local animal shelter.

Recent articles

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Is It Really Possible to Retire With $100,000 or Less in Savings?

You might be surprised at how far this money will go.


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Near-Retirees: It's Not Too Late to Make These Retirement Moves

It's never too late to give your savings a boost.


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Stimulus Checks: How Much Will Social Security Beneficiaries Receive?

Will you receive $600, $2,000, or nothing at all?


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Here's How to Double Your $600 Stimulus Check

It's easier than you may think.


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3 Reasons You Won't Get a Stimulus Check

See if you're excluded from this round of payments.

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How to Maximize Your Retirement Savings in the New Year

Supercharge your savings in 2021.


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Is 2021 Your Year to Claim Social Security?

Here's what you need to know before deciding to claim benefits.


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3 Ways to Get Your Retirement Savings Back on Track in 2021

With a few simple strategies, you can save more in the new year.


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Can You Collect Social Security Benefits Even if You've Never Worked?

You may be entitled to more money than you think.


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What's the Maximum Social Security Tax in 2021?

Understanding these limits can help you avoid any tax surprises.

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Should You Save for Retirement or Pay Down Debt First?

Make sure you're prioritizing the right goal.


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3 Stocks That Can Pay You More Than Social Security Benefits

Boost your retirement income with these stocks.


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Can You Retire a Millionaire Saving $500 per Month?

A few hundred dollars per month can go further than you may think.


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Are You Ready for Social Security? 3 Questions to Answer Before Claiming Benefits

Make sure you can answer these questions before you even think about claiming benefits.


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3 Moves to Make Right Now if You Want to Retire Early

These steps can put early retirement within reach.

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1 Effortless Investing Move That Could Nearly Double Your Savings

Grow your savings by hundreds of thousands of dollars without lifting a finger.


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1 Social Security Move to Make Right Now if You Claim Benefits in 2021

This can make sure you start retirement off on the right foot.


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3 Effortless Ways to Save More for Retirement in 2021

These investing moves can make saving for retirement a little easier.


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3 Critical Lessons Investors Learned the Hard Way in 2020

Keep these lessons in mind as you head into the new year.


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Retiring in 2021? Not Making This Move Could Cost You $17,000

Don't let this retirement rule catch you off guard.