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The 'Spousal Bump' Jan. 20, 2021

Social Security and You

Recently, I've received emails from several readers who asked questions about something they call th... Read More

November 10, 2020 Nov. 10, 2020

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for 10 years and married for two. I still work full tim... Read More

Lonely and Mourning Sep. 15, 2020

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: I had two brothers die within a year of each other. One was 53, and the other was 62. Th... Read More

The Social Security 'Goody Bag' Jun. 17, 2020

Social Security and You

At least once a day, I get one or more emails that start out with some form of this phrase: "I'll te... Read More

A Divorced Woman's Guide to Social Security May. 27, 2020

Social Security and You

Q: You always seem to write about married women. But there are a lot of us divorced women out here. ... Read More

Social Security Maximizing Madness Apr. 01, 2020

Social Security and You

Every week, I probably get a dozen emails from readers who tell me they want to "maximize" their Soc... Read More

With a Spouse, Taking Your Social Security Early Might Be Better Mar. 18, 2020

Social Security and You

I'm sure you've seen websites, or received mailers from financial planners, that entice you with com... Read More

OK, You're Dead! Now What? Jan. 29, 2020

Social Security and You

Several months ago, I wrote a column about how to handle Social Security matters when a loved one di... Read More

Self-Sufficiency Jan. 06, 2020

Dear Doug

Q: My husband passed away six years ago, and moving on has been a process. We were married for 37 ye... Read More

Adding an Appetizer, Subtracting a Slight Oct. 19, 2019

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: I live in the Midwest. My husband and I have a good friend who dines with us quite often... Read More

Clearing Up More Myths and Misunderstandings Oct. 16, 2019

Social Security and You

I pointed out in last week's column that there are hundreds of myths and rumors being spread —... Read More

Divorced Women Surveyed About Social Security Sep. 25, 2019

Social Security and You

I've written many columns in the past with messages targeted to divorced women. And I thought I had ... Read More

Cohabitation Quiz Aug. 28, 2019

Single File®

Let's take a summer break from the usual, same-old (yawn) essay format and sprinkle some questions a... Read More

You Don't Have to Be Old to Get Social Security Aug. 07, 2019

Social Security and You

If you were to play a word association game and the phrase "Social Security" came up, I bet many of ... Read More

How Much Is a Stay-at-Home Spouse Worth? May. 10, 2019

Tales From the Front

We recently heard from Melanie, a stay-at-home wife and mother for most of her 27-year marriage. One... Read More

Absolutely Not True Mar. 20, 2019

Social Security and You

I was answering emails from my readers today. And after a while, it dawned on me that three or four ... Read More

Personality Shift After Husband's Retirement Mar. 04, 2019

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: Recently, my father-in-law retired. This has made my mother-in-law a different, not-so-k... Read More

If One of You Makes More, Can You Still Be Financial Equals? Nov. 28, 2018

Ask Carrie

Dear Carrie: We've been married for two years, and so far, my husband and I have pretty much split b... Read More

Investing With a Spouse Jun. 20, 2018

Taking Stock

Dear Mr. Berko: Since we sold our business and retired 11 years ago, our $768,000 individual retirem... Read More

Sometimes the Government Giveth and Then Taketh Away May. 02, 2018

Social Security and You

Q: I am 66 years old, and I get my own small Social Security retirement benefit. Because it is so sm... Read More