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  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | January 16, 2017

    Have questions about how to file taxes in your 20’s? Here are 6 easy steps from #BetterMoneyHabits: http://bit.ly/2iH8ICq @AmericaSaves

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  • Key tips to consider if choosing a lump-sum pension payout

    Written by Stacy Canan, Assistant Director, Office for Older Americans, CFPB | March 1, 2017

    Your pension plan may give you the option of taking your full pension in a lump sum when you retire. When you choose a lump-sum payout instead of a monthly pension payment, you replace a lifetime monthly payment for a one-time payout. A lump-sum payout can give you the flexibility of choosing where to invest or save your money, and when and how much money to withdraw. However, it also shifts responsibility from your employer to you for making your money last and protecting it from a variety of risks ranging from inflation to fraud.

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  • It's Time to 'Rethink Retirement'

    Written by Catherine “Cathy” J. Weatherford, President and CEO, Insured Retirement Institute | March 1, 2017

    A secure retirement is not a guarantee, and it’s certainly not something that happens on its own. Gone are the days of employer-sponsored pension plans and an infallible Social Security program. Saving in 2017 is a more complicated process, and it takes a financially literate public along with strong leadership in both Congress and the financial services industry to make retirement security a reality for all Americans. It's time that we help Americans 'Rethink Retirement' and focus on holistic and comprehensive retirement plans. 

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  • #ASW17 Savings Focus: Save for Retirement

    Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | March 1, 2017

    We’re officially three days in to America Saves Week 2017. If saving for retirement isn't among your savings goals, it's about time to start. The earlier savers contribute to their retirement savings accounts, the more they will earn over time from compound interest.

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Getting Out of Debt

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

In 2004, Tonya Shelton was facing financial ruin. Barely making more than minimum wage and having lost her home to an unexpected family crisis, Shelton and her family were forced to live in a rundown hotel.

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The Gift of Homeownership

Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | August 5, 2015

Quaneka Willis, a single mother of three children, was receiving rental assistance through the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee when she decided to take control of her finances. So, in September of 2013 she attended the Make Your Money Talk program and pledged as a Wisconsin Saver. In less than 12 months, she had maximized her savings and was beginning the process of purchasing her first home.

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Starting and Continuing a Personal Finance Journey

Written by Sara Cooper | December 23, 2013

When Kiara Hardin, now a junior at Western Illinois University, became an intern with the Chicago Summer Business Institute during her sophomore year of high school, she began her personal finance journey. The program required participants to open a savings account.

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