Personal Finance/Consumers

Early retirement? Know how to pay for it

Jul 26th, 2021 | By

Delaying retirement has become common for many Americans, either because they saved too little or they just want to continue working because they enjoy it. Others go in the opposite direction. They retire early – sometimes out of choice, but often because their health or the economy forces it. While early retirement might sound appealing,
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‘Becky with Medicare’ isn’t for real

Jul 8th, 2021 | By

More than 600,000 robocalls were recently made to Washington residents from “Becky with Medicare” in an apparent scam aimed at getting personal information fraudulently. SHIBA, a state-managed Medicare information and assistance program, publicized reports from AARP Washington that recipients of the bogus phone calls are asked to “press 1 to speak to a representative.” The
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Most consumers see ID theft in their futures

Jun 22nd, 2021 | By

Where do you see yourself in a year? If you’re like most Americans, you might expect to be dealing with the financial fallout of identity theft. Sixty percent believe it is likely that identity theft will cause them a financial loss in the next year, according to new research conducted by The Harris Poll on
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Retirement plans aren’t a piggy bank

Jun 10th, 2021 | By
Retirement plans aren’t a piggy bank

For Washingtonians planning retirement, the state Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) has a section on its website (drs.wa.gov) with tools, tips and retirement information for making informed decisions about retirement. Because of the pandemic, this year is different, and future retirement plans might be on hold. And while it might feel like the only route
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