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Why baby boomers are poised to revive the economy

washingtonpost.com — For generations, the dream retirement was one spent in warmer climates, on the beach and often walking distance from a golf course. Chris Farrell, a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, is among those now laughing at the idea. Farrell, 61, is the author of "Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life."

IRS customer service is off to a horrible start

washingtonpost.com — Taxpayer advocate Nina Olson warned last month that IRS customer service would suffer because of the budget cuts hitting the agency. She was right. As of February 14, only 43 percent of the people who called the IRS this year were able to reach a human being, Olson testified before Congress Wednesday morning.

Quiz: How much do you really know about taxes?

washingtonpost.com — Tax law isn't something most Americans try to master. But many taxpayers struggle to understand even the basics, according to a report released Tuesday by NerdWallet. The Web site asked roughly 1,000 consumers to take a 10-question quiz on income taxes and deduction. The average score was 50 percent - or basically, an F.

Build emergency savings first. Then pay down that debt.

washingtonpost.com — The emergency cash fund is supposed to help people keep up with their bills after an emergency or a job loss. But for many Americans living on low wages or paying down debt, building a fund is out of reach.

Obama calls for higher standards on brokers giving retirement advice

washingtonpost.com — President Obama is calling on the Department of Labor to crack down on the fees charged by brokers and financial advisers who consulting retirement savers. The Labor Department on Monday will submit a proposed rule for approval from the Office of Management and Budget that would increase the standards for brokers who recommend investments for retirement accounts, requiring brokers to have the client's best interests in mind.

Hidden racial wealth gap: what happens in retirement

twincities.com — Much has been said about the racial wealth gap and how the financial crisis widened those disparities, especially as minorities have had a harder time keeping their homes and rebuilding their portfolios. But there's another side to those challenges that doesn't get as much attention -- the retirement savings gap.

What to do if your tax refund is stolen

stltoday.com — Tax fraud happens every year, but it seems that this year even more people are sitting down to prepare their taxes only to find out that someone has already filed in their name - and taken off with their refund.

The least student loan debt, yet the most likely to default

washingtonpost.com — It would be an understatement to say that millennials walked away from the financial crisis feeling more debt averse. They've practically shunned credit cards. They loathe student loan debt, to the point where some students are refusing to take out any loans at all.

The racial wealth gap we hardly talk about: What happens in retirement

washingtonpost.com — Much has been said about the racial wealth gap and how the financial crisis widened those disparities, especially as minorities have had a harder time keeping their homes and rebuilding their portfolios. But there's another side to those challenges that doesn't get as much attention - the retirement savings gap.

What to do if your tax refund is stolen

miamiherald.com — Tax fraud happens every year, but it seems that this year even more people are sitting down to prepare their taxes only to find out that someone has already filed in their name - and taken off with their tax refund.
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Mar 02, 2015

Education Department cuts ties with five of its debt collectors wpo.st/cB960

Mar 02, 2015

RT @NKingofDC: The NASDAQ closes at 5008, its highest level since March 2000. Dow notches another all-time high. That's either good, or scary.

Mar 02, 2015

Why taking a sabbatical can be the single best way for people to improve their retirement security: wapo.st/1AR08nC

Mar 02, 2015

RT @qz: Some big tech companies buy White House influence. Others hire it qz.com/352933 pic.twitter.com/u4nLZzzzll

Mar 01, 2015

It’s not just good for seniors to keep working after 55. It can be good for the economy, too: wapo.st/1AR08nC

Feb 28, 2015

RT @alisongriswold: Venmo money, Venmo problems. Or, the true story of how a guy had $2,850 stolen from his account, and you could too. slate.com/articles/techn…

Feb 28, 2015

RT @ariannahuff: Want to seem smarter at the office? Stop emailing and start speaking up @EmilyRPeck huff.to/1wxgBis

Feb 28, 2015

Don’t let your emotions push you into a college you can't afford. wpo.st/oFx50

Feb 28, 2015

RT @Reddy: Wage growth is breaking out in the nation’s restaurants and bars, beating other major sectors. on.wsj.com/1G1o5x1 pic.twitter.com/DP3andVRqk

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