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Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Senior associate editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Proud West Virginian. I read a lot of books.

Family finances: How to fix student loan foul-ups - Tulsa World: Money Power

tulsaworld.com — Senior associate editor Sandra Block recently interviewed Balaji Rajan, CEO of Ceannate Corp., parent company of iontuition, an online tool to help borrowers manage student loans. Borrowers have complained that student loan servicers take too long to process payments and fail to correct errors, says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

When a Deferred-Income Annuity Makes Sense

kiplinger.com — Some retirees may benefit from investing part of their nest egg in a longevity annuity. Thinkstock If your family tree is filled with people who lived well into their eighties or nineties, a deferred-income annuity is worth a look. Deferred-income annuities, also known as lon­gevity annuities, provide a guaranteed source of income when you reach a certain age.
Aug 20, 2015

Fidelity announced that it's offering deferred income annuities. My story on the pros and cons. ow.ly/R9b4B

Retirement: Cold-weather cities with benefits - Tulsa World: Business

tulsaworld.com — Median home price: $643,000 Cool feature: Harvard Square If you live in Cambridge, there is no excuse for boredom: On any day of the week, you can attend a lecture, a museum exhibit or a concert. If you run out of things to do, you can take the subway (known as the T) to downtown Boston for only $1.05 if you're 65 or older.

Retirement: Some like it hot - Tulsa World: Business

tulsaworld.com — Population: 53,326 Median home price: $218,000 Cool feature: The Ringling estate's museums Life in this small city moves a bit more slowly than in St. Petersburg and Tampa, both of which are about an hour's drive away. But Sarasota offers plenty of amenities, such as the many restaurants and 130-plus stores in the island shopping center of St.

Family finances: Best ways to pay overseas - Tulsa World: Business

tulsaworld.com — It's also useful to have a credit card that has a smart chip (a built-in microprocessor that provides an extra level of security) and that uses a personal identification number instead of a signature to verify your purchase. Most major retailers and hotels abroad will accept a magnetic-stripe card or one that has a chip but only requires your signature.

Family finances: Budgeting for an uneven income - Tulsa World: Money Power

tulsaworld.com — One-third of the U.S. workforce - some 53 million Americans - work for themselves at least part time, as independent contractors, moonlighters, small-business owners or temporary workers, according to a 2014 survey by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk (now known as Upwork).

9 Books That Redefine 'Crazy'

huffingtonpost.com — Everyone is a little bit 'crazy.' At least that's my theory. And as a neurologist, I'm quasi-educated on the matter. Do I include myself in that statement? Of course I do! I wouldn't be a writer if I hadn't spent some time in therapy.

Retirement: How to help the grandkids pay for college - Tulsa World: Money Power

tulsaworld.com — Anyone old enough to have grandchildren remembers when it was possible to earn enough money from summer and part-time jobs to cover college tuition. Now unless your grandchildren create the next Snapchat, that's probably not going to be an option for them. The most effective way to help your grandkids is to invest in a 529 college-savings plan.

Kiplinger: You can claim Social Security benefits if you're divorced - Tulsa World: Money Power

Retirement: claiming Social Security if you're single or widowed - Tulsa World: Money Power

tulsaworld.com — If you're single, you have fewer options than your married friends. But you can still take steps to increase your lifetime benefits. Single retirees who never married don't need to concern themselves with survivor benefits. That gives single beneficiaries a less compelling reason to postpone claiming benefits after full retirement age.
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Aug 27, 2015

RT @NYTArchives: A look back at The NYT weather report featuring Hurricane Katrina, published 10 years ago. pic.twitter.com/K3BnIAl95X

Aug 27, 2015

This is fascinating. Inside the IRS data breach. And yes, there are Nigerians. ow.ly/RrUiY

Aug 26, 2015

Aon Hewitt says (surprise!) movement was out of equities and into fixed income. Tuesday trading activity returned to normal levels.

Aug 26, 2015

Aon Hewitt: Monday was one of the highest trading days on record for 401k plans, with trading 7 times normal level.


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