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  1. There's More to Wealth Than Your Portfolio

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    Tue, 22 Apr 2014

    piece of this is pension assets, Social Security assets, how they should be counted ..... their largest asset is actually Social Security . If you look at the net present ..... perspective on this piece is that Social Security or a pension is a government

    Social Security found at 2:24

    in wealth over time. Benz: Another piece of this is pension assets, Social Security assets, how they should be counted and how they should influence asset allocation. I know this is a topic of great interest for our Morningstar.com users. How should they be thinking about that question? If they have a pension that's going to supply most of their living expenses in retirement--that's a shrinking share of the population, but say they are in that position--how should that influence your asset allocation? Blanchett: For most retirees, their largest asset is actually Social Security . If you look at the net present value of their benefits, that's their largest single holding. And so the perspective on this piece is that Social Security or a pension is a government bond. It is effectively a guaranteed stream of income. The more you have in pensions and Social Security , the more aggressive you can actually be in your portfolio because it's a smaller piece of your overall wealth. Benz: And housing
  2. Withdraw from IRA while unemployed

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    Sun, 20 Apr 2014

    I am going to retire at 60. Since I don't have earned income for the next two years before I collect social security at 62. Is it wise to withdraw some money from my traditional IRA even I don't need the money to live on for the reason to save

  3. Thinking High yield

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    Sun, 20 Apr 2014

    I am going to retire soon. need some supplement income beside my social security . I have 100K park in the money market waiting to invest. I am concerned to put into the stock market since we are at the all

  4. U.S. Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings

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    Sat, 19 Apr 2014

    CHICAGO, April 19 (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback.

  5. Medical costs projected to exceed Social Security benefit

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    Sat, 19 Apr 2014

    costs will increase from 69% of Social Security benefits for a couple retiring next year to 98% of Social Security benefits for a healthy couple ..... They would need 127% of average Social Security benefits to cover their health

  6. How to Make the Most of Your 401(k)

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    Sat, 19 Apr 2014

    different pieces, including an IRA and your Social Security . Maybe you're planning on downsizing ..... is also saving, and when you will take Social Security and how much you will get from Social Security . There are lots of different parts

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    savings may incorporate lots of different pieces, including an IRA and your Social Security . Maybe you're planning on downsizing your home and using the proceeds for living expenses, or these days we hear a lot about
    have a spouse who is also saving, and when you will take Social Security and how much you will get from Social Security . There are lots of different parts. It's really hard to know especially the further away you are from retirement, exactly how much
    amount would get you. So, 4% of $500,000 is $20,000. That, plus Social Security , is that enough for you to live on? If the answer is no, then you want to think about what else you
  7. Go-Go - Slow-Go - No-Go Spreadsheet

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    Fri, 18 Apr 2014

    for someone who is 59 with a younger wife. They plan on retiring when she reaches full retirement age and taking social security when he turn 70 1/2. They have other funds but they would rather see if they can get by on their $750,000 taxable

  8. China shoe factory strike shows welfare Achilles' heel

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    Thu, 17 Apr 2014

    of thousands of shoe factory workers on strike in southern China, drove his motorbike to the local government's Social Security Department seeking answers. After a few minutes, he left clutching spreadsheets that just raised more questions

  9. Roth Strategy

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    Thu, 17 Apr 2014

    advantage of converting all to a Roth and using the Roth for my living expenses is that I will not pay taxes on our social security income each year. This question might not be appropriate for this forum, but I thought I would ask anyway. Thank

  10. The Debt Burden Worsens

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    Mon, 14 Apr 2014

    Don’t forget, too, that the government has nearly $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities to cover Medicare, Social Security and government pension obligations. Quantifying state and local government debt isn’t easy, but the U.S

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