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Questions About Social Security?

Questions About Social Security?

We know Social Security is a complicated system with many rules, regulations, and year-over-year changes. That’s why we regularly bring you articles covering questions that might be top-of-mind for you on claiming your benefits. In fact, just earlier this month the Social Security Administration announced an increase of benefits in 2019. Our main goal is […]

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Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

Last week the Social Security Administration announced a 2.8% Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA, beginning in January 2019. It’s the biggest increase since 2012. The current average Social Security benefit is $1,422 in 2018, that benefit will go up to $1,461 in 2019 for a single benefit. On average for couple both receiving benefits, they will […]

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2018 State of the Markets Now Available

2018 State of the Markets Now Available

2018 State of the Markets Now Available Welcome to the State of the Markets address. It was a very rocky month of February with a lot of things going on and many people have questions regarding the recent market fluctuations. In this State of the Markets we will be discussing what happened in 2017, what […]

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Wage Inflation & A Volatile February

Wage Inflation & A Volatile February Welcome to our Monthly Economic Update. Well, I could be really sensational and say this is the worst February since 2009 and that’s true. However, let’s get to the point of exactly what happened in February 2018, why it happened, and what to expect. I will be releasing a […]

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How is Social Security Taxed?

How is Social Security Taxed?

A common question we receive at Barber Financial Group is “How will my Social Security be taxed?” When Social Security was originally formed it was intended to be a tax-free source of income. However, during the Reagan Administration the laws were changed so that if a married couple filing a joint tax return had over […]

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