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One week left for Social Security strategies

by Nilus Mattive |

We are literally down to the wire when it comes to using some of my favorite Social Security filing strategies. So today I want to publish answers to a few more recent questions before the end-of-the-month deadline hits.

So without further ado, here they are …

"I’m 71 and currently on Social Security. My wife is going to be 66 in September. Can she suspend her benefits and use delayed credits under one of the advanced filing strategies you’ve been talking about?"

The short answer here is that both spouses have to be full retirement …

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3 Ways You Can Avoid the Next Valeant

by Grant Wasylik |

Famed hedge fund manager Bill Ackman lost over $1 billion on March 15.

Yes, this year. And in a single day.

His second-largest holding in Pershing Square Holdings, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX), dropped 51% that day. A lousy financial report (including a $600 million typo), a delayed annual report filing and worries about a potential debt default sent the stock in a tailspin.

VRX is actually down 70% this year through April 13.

But investors could be in worse shape.

All you had to do was buy the stock last year. Like this elite hedge fund …

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Are you still swinging for the fences?

by Nilus Mattive |

My daughter and I have been having a lot of fun playing Wiffle Ball outside. It sure does bring back memories of my own childhood exploits holding a bat!

I was a pretty skinny kid, and cautious by nature. So rather than swing for the fences, I just focused on making solid contact with the ball and getting on base … a skill that I rediscovered playing softball with some of my colleagues a few years ago.

As any of my teammates would probably attest, I was mostly known for consistently hitting line drives right over …

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Are You Happy With Your Online Broker?

by Grant Wasylik |

I’ve had my IRA account with Charles Schwab for over a dozen years.

I like what Schwab offers:

•  Top-notch customer service

•  Extensive free research tools

•  Low commission rates

•  OneSource platforms (no-transaction fee mutual fund and commission-free ETF investing)

•  Banking options

Plus, I used to work there. So, I’m familiar with the company.

Basically, I’m content. But should I be?

And how about you and your current online broker? Are you satisfied? Do you know what else is out there? And are you familiar with what the competition brings to the table?

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