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This Tax Season, Save with a myRA

Did you know that you can direct your tax refund into a retirement account? MyRAs (short for "My Retirement Account") are savings accounts available through the U.S. Treasury. They require minimal amounts of money to open and maintain and there are no fees. Think of it as a starter account geared toward workers who lack access to retirement plans through their employer. Learn more about the myRA and how to save at tax time at Also check out WISER's brochure, Ten Reasons We Love myRAs


The iOme Challenge Has Begun!

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The iOme (I OWE ME) Challenge is a national student competition to raise awareness of the nation's retirement crisis and the need for the millennial generation to save for their futures. The Challenge is sponsored by WISER.

Check out the Challenge question and submission guidelines at The winning team will share a $5,000 prize and will be invited to Washington, DC to present their winning paper at a national symposium. Deadline to submit entries is April 17, 2017.

WISER Newsletter

Most people who plan for retirement focus on how much money they will need to save but they tend to ignore the later years when the effects of aging start to impact their daily lives. WISER's latest newsletter includes a feature article on "aging in place" and the issues you need to consider to ensure that you can live with security and independence. Also in this issue, read about financial steps to better plan for the "empty nest" phase of life and getting your important paperwork organized.

Download the newsletter.

  fall 2016 

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Why Women Pay More For Healthcare- And What It Means For Retirement

It's no secret that women pay more for many things-compare the prices of women's drugstore products to men's and the difference is obvious. But did you know women will also pay more for healthcare over their lifetimes? A recent report revealed that, on average, a 30-year-old healthy woman will pay $118,632 more for healthcare over her lifetime than a man.

Check out WISER's blog to learn more about women and healthcare costs and what that means for your retirement planning.

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