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CBS News: U.S. cracking down on Social Security fraud

By gregoryricks | January 30, 2020

U.S. cracking down on Social Security fraud. With Americans losing millions of dollars to scam robocalls, the DOJ is filing for temporary restraining orders against U.S. telecom giants allegedly facilitating the calls. The Senate is holding a hearing Wednesday to look into Social Security fraud, the No. 1 scam in America. Anna Werner has more…

I opened my first credit card 5 years ago—here are the top 5 rules I live by to responsibly manage my finances

By GRA News Blog | August 5, 2020

I opened my first credit card five years ago and have added more to my wallet as my credit score improved. Here are the rules I follow. Many people celebrate wedding and work anniversaries, but one thing you may not think to reflect on is the anniversary of your first credit card. I recently realized…

Wednesday Q&A I’m worried about my money. What should I do if Social Security cutbacks happen?

By GRA News Blog | August 5, 2020

I’m worried about my money. What should I do if Social Security cutbacks happen? Gregory gives 5 steps to help avoid losing money and start saving more. If you would like to submit a question that may be featured on the Wednesday Q&A, use the form below! We’re Here to Help Have questions about this week’s…

3 common myths about being in debt that are stopping you from paying it off

By GRA News Blog | August 4, 2020

Paying off your debt can be overwhelming. CNBC Select speaks to a personal finance blogger who debunks three misconceptions that may be in your way. Paying off your debt can seem like an obstacle you don’t even know how to start climbing over. While millions of Americans carry some form of debt — whether from credit cards, medical…

A Retirement Planning Step That Married Couples Shouldn’t Skip

By GRA News Blog | August 4, 2020

Show your love by making sure your spouse will be ok when you’re gone –  GETTY You don’t need to be an actuary to predict that for married couples, there will come a time when one spouse will be aging alone. You can see insights on key differences between how men and women experience widowhood…

Annuities: 10 Things You Must Know

By GRA News Blog | August 3, 2020

Not all annuities are alike, and some may not be appropriate for you. How much do you know about these investment products? Annuities aren’t new. The annuity concept dates back to early Rome, when citizens would make a lump-sum payment to a contract called an annua in exchange for income payments received once a year for…

Most Estate Plans Fail, Don’t Let Yours Be One Of Them

By GRA News Blog | July 31, 2020

Many estate planners will admit that a lot of the plans don’t achieve the owners’ goals. Most of these failures were avoidable. The failures most often result from the nontechnical aspects of the plan, what some refer to as the human side, or soft side, of an estate plan. There’s not a lot of data…

Wednesday Q&A Is now a good time to invest in Disney Stock?

By GRA News Blog | July 29, 2020

Is now a good time to invest in Disney Stock? Gregory gives his opinion on whether or not now is a good time to invest in Disney Stock If you would like to submit a question that may be featured on the Wednesday Q&A, use the form below! We’re Here to Help Have questions about this…

What the Coronavirus Could Mean for Your Wallet

By GRA News Blog | July 28, 2020

A LOT has changed in the last four-plus months…from what we know about COVID-19 to its effects on jobs, the economy, and stocks. And how the gov is responding to all of it. Here’s the latest on how the coronavirus may be affecting your wallet. You may be getting (another) check from the gov. In March,…

Social Security At Risk? 5 Tips Shield You From Cutbacks

By GRA News Blog | July 28, 2020

Social Security benefits are on shaky ground and the coronavirus recession only makes things worse. Can you protect yourself from whatever cutbacks the Social Security Administration might be forced to make? There are strategies you can adopt that will boost your income, relieve your concern and reduce your vulnerability to the prospect of cutbacks to Social Security…

Can You Lose Money In An Annuity? Know These Two Things To Figure It Out

By GRA News Blog | July 27, 2020

Yes, annuities provide valuable tax-deferred growth. But for more than any other reason, annuities are valuable because of their guarantees. In an annuity, the insurer makes certain contractual guarantees that are not available in a traditional investment product. There are two things you need to know if you’re an annuity owner or considering a purchase…

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