Our Social Security system is in even worse shape than we think, according to one academic

Jun 6, 2018
An economics professor from Boston University says that a new report on Social Security and Medicare is hiding the truth.
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How Donald Trump could be eligible for a Social Security bonus

Mar 2, 2018
There are some ... idiosyncrasies in the Social Security system.
Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Should you worry about the national debt?

Feb 16, 2018
We have short-term focus but a long-term problem.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee Tuesday on the 2019 budget proposal released the day before.
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Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo

Michael Astrue, a former Social Security commissioner, talks about how and where the backlog starts.
Michael Astrue, former Social Security Administration commissioner, says the backlog starts at the back end. That's where 
“you're having a thousand-day waits.”
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Rising medical costs may outpace a Social Security cost-of-living raise next year

Oct 16, 2017
Social Security benefits will rise 2 percent in 2018 for approximately 61 million older Americans who rely on the benefit. The annual cost-of-living adjustment is based on the third-quarter Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers. The…

Changing the way we measure inflation could boost Social Security benefits

Using an index that's representative of retirees would mean a bigger monthly check, but it's a tough sell.
Social Security checks are placed in bins before they are mailed at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia in 20005.
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How America's retirement savings system needs to change

Sep 29, 2017
Putnam Investments' CEO has some ideas for making defined contribution plans more relevant.
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Equifax dumps CEO in wake of damaging data breach

Sep 26, 2017
The breach exposed the information of about 143 million Americans.
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Will the Trump administration slash Social Security benefits?

Jan 25, 2017
Marketplace contributor Chris Farrell says Trump's base relies on them.
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Thousands see reduced Social Security checks because of unpaid student loans

Dec 21, 2016
The Department of Education reclaimed about $171 million from these checks.
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