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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3 Reasons to Claim Social Security Early

In some situations, claiming early may be the best Social Security decision you can make.


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3 Money Moves to Make Now for a Brighter Financial Future

These moves can help you improve your finances over the long term.


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Is It Possible to Retire by Age 55?

Retiring early may not be easy, but it is possible.


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Coronavirus Fallout: How Independent Contractors Can Find Financial Relief

For independent workers struggling to make ends meet due to COVID-19, there are resources out there to help.


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3 Steps to Becoming a Retirement Millionaire

You don't necessarily need to be wealthy to retire a millionaire.

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3 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Retirement Savings

Make sure you're as prepared as possible going into retirement.


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41% of Americans Are Nervous About Investing Right Now. Here's Why You Shouldn't Be

Right now could actually be one of the best opportunities to invest.


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What to Do If You're Worried You May Lose Your Job Due to the Coronavirus

Millions of Americans are out of work as a result of COVID-19. Here's how to prepare if your job is at risk.


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Why Investing Your Stimulus Check May Be a Smart Financial Decision

Investing now could lead to significant gains down the road.


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3 Reasons to Keep Investing Even When the Market Crashes

It may feel like you're throwing your money away, but investing when the market is down can be a smart move.

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1 Important Lesson to Learn From the Coronavirus Market Crash

The broader stock market is experiencing record price drops, but there's a silver lining if you were following this investing advice.


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4 Ways Your Retirement Accounts Have Changed Due to Coronavirus

There are new rules surrounding your retirement fund, and they can potentially save you some cash.


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How Converting to a Roth IRA Right Now Could Potentially Save You Loads of Cash

Making this move now might help save you thousands in retirement.


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3 Ways to Build Wealth Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Right now is a prime opportunity to improve your finances.


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COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: 1 New Rule That Could Help Your Retirement Savings Last Longer

This lesser-known rule could potentially save you a bundle of cash.

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1 Thing You Need to Do to Get Your Stimulus Check ASAP

Here's what the IRS says to do to speed up its arrival.


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3 Retirement Steps You Should Take When the Market Is in Free Fall

These are uncertain times, but there are a few steps you can take to bolster your retirement fund.


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You Can Now Withdraw Up to $100,000 From Your Retirement Fund Penalty-Free. But Should You?

It's now easier to raid your retirement savings, but in some cases, that could do more harm than good.


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3 Groups of People Who Won't Get a Stimulus Check

Although millions of Americans will receive the benefits, not everyone qualifies.


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How Coronavirus Could Affect the Age You Start Claiming Social Security Benefits

COVID-19 may impact your retirement more than you think.