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Getty The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it has reached an agreement with Free File, Inc. (FFI). According to the IRS, the deal will help make the Free File program more taxpayer-friendly while strengthening consumer protections in several key areas. (You can read the agreement, which downloads as a PDF, here.) “This updated agreement is part of a larger
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(Photo by Sandy Huffaker) Corbis via Getty Images Every personal finance commentator tells you to get out of credit-card debt. I’ll take this logic a step further by condemning mortgages. Once upon a time, a mortgage was a ticket to prosperity. Someone who bought a suburban home in the 1960s on a 30-year mortgage enjoyed
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Investors should hold off from buying stocks Friday, even as U.S. stocks opened lower after an American airstrike killed Iran’s top military general, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said.  “I would not be excited about jumping in here because … we’re not giving up enough,” Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street.”  The “Mad Money” host said caution is extremely important
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CHICAGO – MARCH 16: A Chicago Police boat patrols the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois on March … [+] 16, 2019. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images) Getty Images Here are some excerpts of interest from a May 26, 1965 Chicago Tribune story, “Police, Fire Pensions Tabled”: “Three important police and firemen’s pension bills appeared defeated
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Couple celebrating with sparklers at the beach Getty If you’ve been holding the Cohen & Steers Quality Income Realty Fund (RQI)—a fund I wrote about a lot in 2019—you’ve done very well indeed. RQI has dominated, with its market-price return surging 51.9%, including gains and dividends, since the start of 2019. So today we’re going
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Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s column addresses questions about filing a restricted application for spousal benefits only after filing for and suspending a retirement benefit, effects of low income before filing, survivor’s benefits, conflating filing and suspending with restricted applications and the earnings test. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and
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photo: Getty The American economy enjoyed record expansion for the past decade, but robust growth has not extended to many of the country’s economically distressed communities. The bipartisan opportunity zone (OZ) program is a creative solution to bridge that gap by encouraging long-term private investment in these areas. This influx of capital will fuel economic
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