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  • Signs you're not ready to collect benefits. The decision to sign up for Social Security is a big one. You're allowed to start collecting benefits once you turn 62, and while you technically don't have to file by age 70, that's
  • Mothers are regaining jobs. The perception that we’re in the midst of a “she-cession” — in which women have lost jobs at a higher rate than men — has not been borne out. And this
  • What happens when 10 million tenants can’t make rent?. Dire conditions for vulnerable tenants also mean financial distress for landlords. Things have been particularly difficult for “mom and pop” landlords, particularly those who operate in the affordable market. We propose the creation
  • Top rated cars for safety-conscious drivers. Based on Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, 90 vehicles provide good protection to passengers in a crash, have headlights that sufficiently light the road ahead with less glare for oncoming drivers, and have effective front
  • How to buy a home with no down payment. As home prices continue to rise, affording a down payment has become a bigger hurdle for prospective home buyers. But there are a few options that can help: government-backed loans that allow borrowers to buy
  • Biden limits eligibility for stimulus payments. Under the changes agreed to by Biden and Senate Democratic leadership, individuals earning $75,000 per year and couples earning $150,000 would still receive the full $1,400-per-person benefit. However, the benefit would disappear for individuals earning more than $80,000
  • Tax rebate bonus for divorced and unmarried parents. Divorced and never married co-parents have the chance to pick up an extra $1,100 per dependent child when they file their 2020 returns. It requires trust, cooperation and running multiple versions of their 2020 returns. It
  • Here is how to get a deal on a car. New and used vehicle prices are soaring and show no signs of leveling any time soon as inventories for each remain skimpy, analysts said. Tight inventory equals high prices. The accelerating prices have

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