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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Decided to Take Social Security? Do These 3 Things First

Before you begin claiming benefits, make sure you've thought about the decision carefully.


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3 Investing Moves You Should Never Make During a Recession

These risky moves could seriously cost you.


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3 Reasons to Claim Social Security Benefits Early

Sometimes claiming as early as possible can make for a more financially secure retirement.


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3 Investing Rules That Can Get You Through the Next Stock Market Crash

Another stock market crash could be on the way. Here's how to prepare.


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How a COVID-19 Second Wave Could Affect Your Retirement

A second wave of the coronavirus might be on the way, and it could have a huge impact on your retirement plans.

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1 Thing That Can Save Your Retirement If There's Another Stock Market Crash

Another major downturn could put your retirement at risk, but there's one thing you can do to protect yourself.


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3 Reasons Not to Worry About the State of the Market

The stock market may be volatile right now, but that shouldn't be cause for concern.


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The Social Security Risk Older Adults Don't Know They're Taking

It may seem harmless, but it could cause major problems in retirement.


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3 Signs It's Not the Right Time to Retire

Even if you think you're prepared, there are a few warning signs you're not quite ready to retire.


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3 Mistakes That Could Wreck Your Retirement If There's a Second Wave of COVID-19

A second wave could mean another stock market crash. Here's how to prepare.

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Should You Change Your Investment Strategy During a Recession?

Here's how a recession could affect your investment plans.


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The $320 Million Retirement Mistake Americans Are Making

This blunder could potentially wreck your retirement plans.


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3 Pieces of Outdated Retirement Advice You Should Ignore

This advice could do more harm than good when planning for retirement.


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3 Signs You're Ready to Retire Now -- Even if There's a Second Wave of COVID-19

The future may be uncertain, but that doesn't mean you can't retire.


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The Stock Market Doesn't Make Any Sense Right Now. Here's Why It Doesn't Matter

It has been a wild year for the stock market, but that may not affect your investment strategy as much as you think.

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Should You Return to Work or Retire Early?

Businesses are reopening and employees are going back to work. Is that the right move for you?


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Why More Retirees May Need to Pay Taxes on Social Security Benefits in the Future

You may be hit with a larger tax bill, even if your income stays the same.


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This Is the Age Group Whose Investments Were Hit Hardest by COVID-19

Some investors were hit harder than others during the recent stock market crash.


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Extra Unemployment Benefits Will Run Out Soon. Here's What Might Happen Then.

If you're counting on the extra $600 per week in benefits you've gotten lately, there could be bad news coming.


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1 in 4 Retirees Say COVID-19 May Force Them to Go Back to Work. What This Could Mean for You

If you don't act now, COVID-19 could wreck your retirement plans.