Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Education

Questions Linger about End of Two Social Security Claiming Strategies

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 did away with two Social Security claiming strategies known as “file and suspend” and “file and ...

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Education

Crowdfunding a College Education

It may sound a bit unconventional, but the crowdfunding craze may offer a solution to financing a college education. With the holiday season ...

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Education

Disappearing Options to Claim Social Security—For Some

In the Know: Professionals at Franklin Templeton Investments offer a quick but insightful update on a pressing investment topic. Congress came ...

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Education

Connecting with the “Internet of Things”

While many consumers are still getting used to having a computer in their pocket or purse, technological innovators have even more tricks up their ...

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Alternatives

Solidifying a Case for Liquid Alternatives

David Saunders, founding managing director of K2 Advisors, presents a brief introduction to liquid alternatives and four common hedge strategies ...

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Education

Happy 80th Birthday, Social Security! Here’s to Many More

Happy 80th birthday Social Security! Gail Buckner CFP, Vice President and our National Financial Planning Spokesperson, looks at its past, present ...

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Education

Is Social Security on Life Support?

Gail Buckner, CFP® Vice President National Financial Planning Spokesperson Franklin Templeton Investments Surprise! Social Security’s finances are ...

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Education

Supreme Court’s Historic Ruling on Marriage Spotlights Social Security Issues

In a historic decision on June 26, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples in the United States have a constitutional right to marry. ...

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Education

The Student Debt Dilemma and the Role of 529 Plans

It’s no secret that the cost of college has been skyrocketing in recent years. In the past, student loans were a reasonable way to finance a ...

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Education

Aging Populations Around the World Heighten Need for Retirement Planning

Michael Doshier Vice President, Retirement Marketing, Franklin Templeton Investments An increase in longevity rates around the world is certainly ...

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Education

New Year’s Retirement Resolution to Keep: Develop a Social Security Strategy

On January 31, 1940, Ida May Fuller made history as the first American ever to receive a monthly Social Security benefit check.1 On the 75th ...

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Education

College Costs 101: What are 529 Plans?

Tabulating the costs of a college education can be overwhelming for new parents, so overwhelming, in fact, that many choose not to think about it ...