Can you retire early despite the recent downturn in the stock market? † Smart Change: Personal Finance

(Maurie Backman) Many people dream of taking early retirement, whether it’s to escape a stressful job or enjoy activities such as traveling while they are still quite young. If you were planning on taking early retirement, starting in a year or two, you may now be wondering if moving forward is possible given the recent … Read more

5 Stocks and Industries That Moved the Market in June | Personal Finance

You can now expect every day your latest quarterly 401(k) statement from your employer showing the current value of your savings, and you probably expect that the inventory and fund portion of your savings has declined in value since your last statement. Knowing that inflation is much higher than normal, interest rates are rising and … Read more

Are you taxed on your Social Security income? Here’s how to find out. † Smart Change: Personal Finance

(Mark blank) When it comes to Social Security benefits, most of us don’t think about taxes. But the harsh reality is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates that about 56% of beneficiaries will have to pay a certain amount of tax on their distributions. With that in mind, it’s incredibly important to understand how … Read more

Social Security Recipients May Soon See Biggest Benefits Change in Over 40 Years | Smart Change: Personal Finance

(Christy Bieber) For fixed-income retirees, major changes in Social Security benefits can profoundly affect their finances. And retirees are likely to see such a change next year. In fact, seniors will find their benefits undergoing one of the largest increases in more than 40 years. This is why Social Security benefits change so much. Image … Read more

Social Security Increases Often Fail Seniors; Proponents want to change the way cost of living adjustments are calculated | Personal Finance

You can now expect every day your latest quarterly 401(k) statement from your employer showing the current value of your savings, and you probably expect that the inventory and fund portion of your savings has declined in value since your last statement. Knowing that inflation is much higher than normal, interest rates are rising and … Read more

Proposed Ohio Amendment Would Limit Vaccine Mandates | Health, medicine and fitness

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would limit vaccine mandates imposed by companies, health care providers and governments is one step closer to a statewide vote. The proposal would prohibit those entities from discriminating against people based on vaccination status or from imposing a vaccine, medical procedure, treatment or … Read more

S Korean group drives balloons north amid hostilities | Health, medicine and fitness

By HYUNG-JIN KIM – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean activist said on Thursday that he has launched more massive balloons carrying COVID-19 relief supplies toward North Korea, days after the North vowed to crack down on such activities and a highly questionable claimed they were a source of the virus. … Read more

Are 0% Interest Student Loans Better Than $10K Cancellation? † Personal Finance

Cecilia Clark Cancellation is the most popular proposal for tackling student loan debt, but it’s not all there is. With the interest-free payment break for student loans in the third year, some are wondering if 0% interest on student loans is a better answer. “I think this COVID break has really illustrated – hopefully for … Read more