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Can a Lifelong Housewife Get Social Security?

Posted November 28, 2012 by Michael Cadenhead

  cashlamb: My Social Security benefits are $1000 a month. I haven’t received a check for 44 months (because I changed my address and my bank account closed). I called the Social Security Administration and they resumed my direct deposit after 10 days. I was expecting $44,000, but received a lump sum of only $26,000. Is […]

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Find Out How to Avoid Foreclosure

Posted December 18, 2012 by Michael Cadenhead

If your name isn’t on your mortgage or deed, take these steps now — or you could face eviction First you lose your husband, then you lose your home. Talk about back-to-back blows. While there are no exact numbers, widows in their 50s and older these days are among the most vulnerable to foreclosure — […]

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House Passes Deal to Avert ‘Cliff’

Posted January 2, 2013 by Michael Cadenhead

The bill’s passage sealed a hard-won political triumph for President Obama. By: Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that […]

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Ask the Headhunter: Get Hired by Minimizing the Employer’s Risk

Posted June 18, 2013 by Michael Cadenhead

Securing a job, headhunter Nick Corcodilos says, is not about looking for a job opening, but about making connections where you want to work. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Samuel Mann. Nick Corcodilos started headhunting in Silicon Valley in 1979, and has answered over 30,000 questions from the Ask The Headhunter community over the past […]

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What I Did When My Email Account Was Hacked (Besides Panic)

Posted January 22, 2013 by Michael Cadenhead

From the PBS Business Desk: Paul Solman takes your questions about business and economic news! Paul Solman: What follows is of a personal nature and only loosely within the ambit of economics, but friends have suggested it may be of general interest and even some use. On Wednesday night at about 11 p.m., all previous emails […]

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When Will the Deficit Hit $10 Trillion? 2036? 2057? But So What?

Posted August 9, 2012 by Michael Cadenhead

Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at rates of annual deficit spending in real and nominal dollars and projects a response to reader Jack Doyle’s question. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Thursday’s query: Name: Jack Doyle Question: How long will it take […]

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Best Ways to Save Money and Stay Safe in 2013

Posted January 7, 2013 by Michael Cadenhead

My suggested New Year’s resolutions, based on sharp advice from some of the best consumer advocates I know! I always look forward to January, seizing it as an opportunity to clean my slate and start anew. This New Year is no exception. To get a head start, I decided to seek out tips from some […]

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4 Ways to Be More Innovative at Work

Posted July 9, 2012 by Michael Cadenhead

When you think of innovative people, who comes to mind? Steve Jobs? Albert Einstein? Sara Blakely, the inventor of Spanx? How about you? The Innate Ability to Innovate Don’t be too quick to reject that possibility. “We’re born with an innate ability to innovate,” Dr. David Pensak, the author ofInnovation for Underdogs, told me. Using […]

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Watch Vocal Point, Your Money: An All-Over Financial Makeover

Posted March 28, 2014 by Michael Cadenhead

  From personal savings, to homeownership, to employment, to entrepreneurship, to properly handling debt, we will give you an all-over money makeover to empower you to get—and stay–financially healthy. Featured Panelist Dr. Robert Brown, III — Howard University Professor and Author, Economic Stress: Harsh Truths and Keys to Empowerment Jeremy Cullimore, Director of Communications, Washington Area […]

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11 Social Security Mistakes People Make

Posted August 6, 2012 by Michael Cadenhead

The hits just keep on coming. The Internet hits for Larry Kotlikoff and his Social Security Secrets, that is. We’re still getting tens of thousands a day and wave after wave of inquiries for Larry, some of which he’s been gracious enough to answer here on Making Sen$e. Friday is our third installment of “Ask Larry,” […]

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Norton to donate pay during sequester to help federal workers

Posted February 28, 2013 by Michael Cadenhead

By Ben Pershing, of the Washington Post,  Thursday, February 28, 2:01 PM Barring a miracle, it appears Congress will be unable to avert sharp budget cuts set to hit Friday. But Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will at least try to soften the blow a bit, using her own paycheck. The Constitution says lawmakers can’t cut their own pay mid-Congress, so […]

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Is Facebook Changing Our Identity?

Posted September 19, 2012 by Michael Cadenhead

Good old Facebook. With 955,000,000 worldwide users, it seems like just about everyone makes use of the social media giant to connect with friends, share photos, and update everyone they’ve ever met since grade school about their dinner plans. But what you may not realize is that Facebook’s new timeline layout is enhancing the ability […]

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The 7 Best Books for Your Money and Career

Posted October 25, 2012 by Michael Cadenhead

These excellent guides will help you invest better, plan for retirement and find inspiring work By Chris Farrell | October 22, 2012 Chris Farrell is economics editor for APM’s Marketplace Money, a syndicated personal finance program.     Over the years I’ve collected many books on personal finance, investing, economics and work. So I was excited when […]

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Money Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

Posted November 2, 2012 by Michael Cadenhead

Having an emergency kit is important, but that’s not all you need when disaster strikes I thought I was prepared for Hurricane Sandy. I was wrong, and consequently learned two important money lessons that you should know about being fully ready for a superstorm or other natural disaster. Having heard the dire predictions, I followed my own […]

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5 Tips for Getting a Government Job

Posted November 13, 2012 by Michael Cadenhead

The pay and benefits can be great, but the application process has its own special protocol With the election behind us, I think this is a good time to shift our attention away from elective jobs to the thousands of federal job openings out there. Employment opportunities exist in all 50 states and overseas. You […]

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