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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.

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

tulsaworld.com — Even if you haven't spoken to your ex for years, you may be eligible for benefits based on his or her earnings record.

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.

Family finances: Can high earners contribute to a Roth IRA? - Tulsa World: Business

tulsaworld.com — The law blocks Roth IRA contributions for singles whose modified adjusted gross income exceeds $131,000 in 2015 and for married couples whose MAGI exceeds $193,000. But there are ways to trim MAGI (for most taxpayers, MAGI and AGI are the same).

Retirement: when you should apply for Social Security - Tulsa World: Money Power

tulsaworld.com — Figuring out when to apply for Social Security isn't as complicated as unraveling the human genome. It just seems that way.

Fresh Approaches to Student Debt

kiplinger.com — Over the past year, I've been helping to counsel an acquaintance-I'll call her Debbie-who has been trying to escape from student-loan hell. Back in the late 1980s, Debbie borrowed money to go to a four-year college. After struggling with her grades and being put on academic probation, she switched to a community college.

Least tax-friendly states for retirees

finance.yahoo.com — These states impose the highest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger's 2014 analysis of state taxes. Five of them treat Social Security benefits just like Uncle Sam--taxing up to 85%. Exemptions for other types of retirement income are limited or nonexistent. (To see how retirement income is taxed by state, go to the Retiree Tax Map.)

Retirement: Should I invest in a deferred-income annuity? - Tulsa World: Business

tulsaworld.com — Deferred-income annuities, also known as longevity annuities, provide a guaranteed source of income when you reach a certain age.

Retirement: the fine print on CCRCs - Tulsa World: Money Power

10 least tax-friendly states in the U.S.

finance.yahoo.com — Considering a move to another state? Not so fast. Be sure to weigh state taxes when calculating the difference in cost of living. Here is our updated 2014 list of the ten least tax-friendly states. Our choices remain the same as last year. Almost all these states levy property taxes well above the national median of $1,324.

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Feb 26, 2015

@wsj reports the SEC is investigating backlash against whistleblowers. Our story on why it's so hard to be one. ow.ly/JGjb2

Feb 26, 2015

Learned new word from NYT review of House of Cards 3: weltschmerz. Depression caused by comparing state of the world vs ideal state.

Feb 26, 2015

Only in New York: maraschino cherry factory was front for marijuana farm. ow.ly/JGfUJ

Feb 25, 2015

@fortunemagazine Warren Buffett's secret to staying young: 5 Cokes a day, potato sticks for breakfast. ow.ly/JEyCk

Feb 25, 2015

Air baths, a good breakfast, long walks: how creative genuises got their juices flowing. ow.ly/JDIcb

Feb 25, 2015

RT @RichardRubinDC: IRS answering 43% of calls, down from 77% last year, says natl taxpayer advocate. Avg wait time nearly triple.

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