KEY POINTS A lot of older workers do not have a pension or 401(k) plan to draw money from when they retire. Many approaching retirement often have meager savings — just $88,000. If that’s you, there are steps you can take to help you live more comfortably later. Many people’s retirement dreams received a reality check following the…

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The sandwich generation has it tough in the best of times. The pandemic has made it even tougher. Life is chaotic for the Galluzzos with the entire family at home all day. Photo by Gina LeVay Things were hard enough for Jennifer Galluzzo before the pandemic hit. Four years ago, the full-time working mother of three became…

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If an economic recovery continues, expect the precious metal to suffer Questions about gold often get to the heart of what’s going on in finance and economics. Ask why the price is up so much this year, and the most popular answers are ones that might make the heart miss a beat: The Federal Reserve…

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A lifetime ago (in March), President Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act into law. Fast forward to August: some parts have expired, unemployment is still scary-high, and Americans want an update. On Saturday, Trump signed a few executive orders he thinks can help. Including one that says Americans earning less than about $100K can…

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 POINTS The Federal Reserve is completing a yearlong policy review and is expected to announce the results soon. One big change would be a harder commitment to getting inflation higher, through a pledge not to raise rates until it hits at least 2%. Markets have been betting on higher inflation, with surging gold prices, a…

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A boarded up building in downtown Louisville. Photographer: Andrew Cenci/Bloomberg Big companies are going bankrupt at a record pace, but that’s only part of the carnage. By some accounts, small businesses are disappearing by the thousands amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and the drag on the economy from these failures could be huge. This wave of silent…

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Rolling over plan distributions can help defer tax payments Retirement savers looking to take advantage of a provision that relieves certain people of taking required minimum distributions this year need to take action by the end of the month. The CARES Act allowed individuals to skip taking their required minimum distribution in 2020, but some people may have…

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