Divorce and Spousal Benefits

Divorce and Spousal Benefits

DIVORCED? YOU MAY WANT TO INVESTIGATE SPOUSAL BENEFITS. If you weren’t the top wage earner in your marriage, or your job was raising the children, then Social Security’s spousal benefit could prove advantageous. It provides the lower-earning spouse with 50 percent of...
Where Do Average Wages Stretch The Furthest

Where Do Average Wages Stretch The Furthest

WHAT ARE YOUR WAGES WORTH? We’ve written about The Economist’s Big Mac Index, which is a lighthearted way to gauge whether countries’ currencies are at the correct levels – just compare the price of a hamburger in each country. At the start of the year, you could buy...
GDP and Living Standards

GDP and Living Standards

GDP and Living Standards “Which would you prefer to be: a medieval monarch or a modern office-worker?” If you immediately answered medieval monarch, take a moment to ponder life without “…modern dentistry, antibiotics, air travel, smartphones, and YouTube.” Last week,...
The News Is More Good Than Bad

The News Is More Good Than Bad

So Why is Everyone Crying? There was bad news and good news in last Friday’s unemployment report. In the negative column, fewer jobs were created in the United States than economists had predicted, and January’s jobs gains were not as strong as December’s had been. In...
How To Fill Your Retirement Income Gap

How To Fill Your Retirement Income Gap

In a nutshell, a financial plan is a document that balances all of a family’s current financial inputs – the income and outflow on their cash-flow statement and assets and debts on their balance sheet – with all the family’s hopes and goals. It includes a fair amount...
The Exercise & Success Link

The Exercise & Success Link

Sound body, sound mind, sound finances? It’s true: The better your physical shape, the better the odds that your financial situation is in good shape. It should be no surprise to hear that diet and exercise form the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. But why would a...
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