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Selena Maranjian

Selena Maranjian has been writing for the Fool since 1996 and covers basic investing and personal finance topics. She also prepares the Fool's syndicated newspaper column, which appears in scores of newspapers across the country, and has written or co-written a number of Fool books, such as "The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens" and "The Motley Fool Money Guide." For more financial and non-financial fare (as well as silly things), follow her on Twitter...

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Mon May 2

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3 Top Social Security Mistakes You Can Avoid

When it comes to Social Security income, aim to maximize the money you'll get from it and steer clear of the three top Social Security mistakes you can avoid.

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The Best Retirement States

When it comes to identifying the best retirement states, everyone's calculations will be different, with different factors more important to some than others. So be sure to look beyond just taxes or some other single factor and consider your own big [more]

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How Gen X Can Boost Their Financial Prospects

Many Gen Xers are pessimistic about their retirement prospects -- but there's reason to be hopeful.

Sat Apr 30

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Think the Best Prices Are Always Online? Think Again

Much of the time, you'll find the best prices online. But not always. Sometimes the bigger discounts are in brick-and-mortar stores.

Fri Apr 29

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Elizabeth Warren Wants Your Tax Return to Take 5 Minutes to Do

Preparing tax returns costs billions of dollars and hours, but it doesn't have to. Here's a proposal for vastly simplified tax filing.

Mon Apr 18

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3 Proven Ways to Increase Your Income in Retirement

Many Americans are approaching retirement with insufficient funds. What can you do about that, if that's you? Here are three ideas.

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What Should Parents Know About Social Security?

Social Security is a great help to tens of millions of retirees, but it also greatly benefits many children -- including, possibly, yours.

Sun Apr 17

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Where Could Social Security Be in 30 Years?

It's well known that the Social Security system, if left unchanged, will not be able to fully fund benefits for retirees in the future. What, then, might it look like in 30 years? Here are four possible scenarios.

Sat Apr 16

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What Would Social Security Private Accounts Look Like?

Social Security is likely to undergo some changes in the years ahead, and one proposal has been to privatize it to some degree. What would Social Security private accounts look like? Read on.

Fri Apr 15

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4 Roth IRA Investing Tips That Could Earn You Thousands

If you're strategic about moves you make with your Roth IRA, you can accumulate even more in it -- and can set yourself up for tax-free withdrawals in retirement.

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3 Medicare Benefits You Probably Didn't Know Existed

Get maximum benefit out of Medicare by learning just what it offers you and what it doesn't.

Mon Apr 11

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What Is the Government Pension Offset? A Reduction in Social Security Benefits

If your household receives or expects to receive income from both a government pension and Social Security, you'd better learn about the government pension offset -- because it may leave you with less income than you expected.

Sun Apr 10

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3 Easy Moves to Make Your Money Last Your Lifetime

Spend some time thinking about how you can make it very likely that you won't run out of dollars before you run out of breath.

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Sorry, Millennials -- You'll Need to Save a Huge Sum for Retirement

Don't freak out, though. With a little planning and perseverance, young people can overcome financial hurdles and look forward to a rosy retirement.

Sat Apr 9

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Make Your Investments Great Again -- or Least Outperform Donald Trump

Go ahead and love -- or hate -- Donald Trump, but don't view him as an investing genius whose returns you can't match. There's a good chance your portfolio can do as well or better than his has done.

Fri Apr 8

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3 Things the IRS Could Audit You for Doing

There are some things you can do to decrease your chances of being audited even further. Learn about them, so you can avoid doing them.

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4 Smart Things You Can Do With $1,000 Immediately

If you find yourself with a chunk of money available for spending, be sure to make the best use of it. Here are some very sound suggestions.

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Reverse Mortgage Pros and Cons

When it comes to reverse mortgages, the pro case has gotten a bit stronger due to recent reforms.

Thu Apr 7

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Does My State Have an Income Tax?

Most states have an income tax, while a few states don't. It might not be as bad as you think, though.

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Do Military Members Get Special Tax Breaks?

One underappreciated aspect of military life is the ability to take advantage of special tax breaks for the military. These can be worth hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

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