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Category Archives: August 2012

Following the Leading Index

Following the Leading Index

  The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index (LEI) is designed to assess the U.S. economic outlook for the next three to six months. Because the LEI is forward looking, businesses and investors may use it to help anticipate what could be ahead and make informed decisions. The LEI summarizes a large amount of economic data, […]

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Inherited IRAs Come with Critical Choices

Inherited IRAs Come with Critical Choices

Many people who inherit a tax-deferred IRA are confronted with a complex array of rules, restrictions, and deadlines that may make it difficult for them to determine how to proceed. Unfortunately, beneficiaries must often make binding decisions about inherited retirement assets before they may be prepared to do so. Of course, beneficiaries can liquidate inherited […]

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Understanding Your Social Security Options

Understanding Your Social Security Options

About half of retirees file for Social Security benefits when they first become eligible at age 62.1 The age to receive “full” Social Security benefits is 66 for workers born between 1943 and 1954. If you were born in this period and file for benefits at age 62, you would typically receive 75% of your full […]

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Understanding Your Social Security Options

Understanding Your Social Security Options

About half of retirees file for Social Security benefits when they first become eligible at age 62.1 The age to receive “full” Social Security benefits is 66 for workers born between 1943 and 1954. If you were born in this period and file for benefits at age 62, you would typically receive 75% of your full […]

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The Benefits of Giving

The Benefits of Giving

A recent study using data from 136 countries suggests that spending money for the benefit of others promotes a feeling of happiness in the giver.1 This may not be surprising to the many people who donate to charity. Almost three-fourths of charitable giving in the United States comes from individuals (see chart). Charitable contributions could also […]

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Landmark Decision: The Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act

Landmark Decision: The Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act

  On June 28, 2012 — two years and two months after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) — the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law by a vote of five to four.1Unless Congress takes further action, the provisions of the act currently in effect will remain so, […]

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