Congress may make it easier to set money aside for emergency expenses

Thomas Barwick | Digitalvision | Getty Images Many families struggle to come up with the cash when faced with an unexpected $400 expense. That lack of emergency savings may force them to borrow money at high interest rates to pay for the surprise expense, putting their financial security at risk. Now Congress has a window … Read more

Biden administration loosens Trump-era ESG rules for 401(k) plans

Justin Paget | Digitalvision | Getty Images The Biden administration on Tuesday issued a final rule that makes it easier for employers to consider climate change and other so-called environment, social and governance factors when picking investment funds for their 401(k) plans. The U.S. Department of Labor rule, which takes effect in 60 days, undoes … Read more

Series I bond rate is 6.89% through April 2023

Jetcityimage | Istock | Getty Images The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday announced Series I bonds will pay 6.89% annual interest through April 2023, down from the 9.62% yearly rate offered since May. It’s the third highest rate since I bonds were introduced in 1998, and investors may lock in this rate for six months … Read more

What to do if you’re worried about tech exposure in your portfolio

marekuliasz | iStock | Getty Images Some big names suffered large stock losses last week as they reported earnings. Four companies — Google parent Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook parent Meta and Microsoft — collectively shed more than $350 billion from their market cap, the measure of the total value of all of their shares of stock. … Read more

I’m 65 and want to retire in 6 months. I have a $125K annuity, plus $100K of money that I’m not sure what to do with. Should I get professional help?

Is a financial planner right for you? Getty Images/iStockphoto Question: I had $225,000 in my 401(k) and then I rolled over $125,000 to an annuity at 7%, as I wanted income. I just turned 65 and want to retire in six months, but I don’t know what to do with the other $100,000. What should … Read more

IRS to Make Largest Increase Ever to 401(k) Contribution Limit

IRS to Make Largest Increase Ever to 401(k) Contribution Limit

Social Security’s ‘taxable maximum’ jumps 9%—but will it make a dent in the trust fund?

Social Security’s payroll tax cap was raised nearly 9% for 2023, meaning more income will face Social Security taxes next year, but the rise is unlikely to affect the solvency of the trusts underpinning the system. Citing the increase in average wages, the Social Security Administration said the maximum amount of earnings subject to the … Read more

Opinion: Good news for retirees and retirement savers — inflation may be working in your favor

Retirees and those seeking secure income got two items of very good news this week, though you may only have heard about one. Meanwhile, your ability to earn a guaranteed rate of return on risk-free investments, regardless of what happens to inflation, actually went up. So-called TIPS bonds, Treasury bonds protected against inflation, fell slightly … Read more

My boyfriend, 68, has almost no ‘mad money’ for fun activities and trips. He lives with his father, 95, and expects to inherit his house. Is it unreasonable to expect him to get a part-time job?

I am a 65-year-old retired woman with modest Social Security and annuity payments. I also own my own home and have savings. I’ve been seeing a 68-year-old retiree since just before the pandemic. He lives with his 95-year-old dad, who is in poor health (he can’t get around much, doesn’t drive, and is showing signs … Read more