Survivor Benefits: Four Tips Widows Need to Know 

May 27, 2022 Published on Social Security Matters (Social Security Blog) by Guest Author: Cindy Hounsell, President, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement Months before the first Social Security check was issued in 1940, lawmakers made changes to the planned …

Highlights from Financial Literacy Month 2022

April 29, 2022 – As Financial Literacy Month comes to a close, we want to share all the tips, tools and resources for improving your financial know-how that WISER has been sharing all month long. Retirement Planning Basics Know how …

SECURE 2.0 will advance women’s retirement security

THE HILL, BY CINDY HOUNSELL, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 04/19/22 Link to the original article The U.S. House of Representatives took a major step recently toward helping millions of Americans whose retirement savings have been impacted by the double hit of …

Money Mule Scams

Money Mules are typically the unwitting victims of fraudsters who are tricked into receiving and forwarding money as part of a money laundering scam or other fraud. Do not let yourself become a money mule. Here’s what you need to …

Social Security Survivors Benefits

Social Security survivors benefits are paid to widows, widowers, and dependents of eligible workers. This benefit is particularly important for young families with children. The Social Security Administration (SSA) Survivors Benefits page provides detailed information about survivors benefits and can …

Leaving a Job or Working Part-Time

View this factsheet as a pdf. It is important to understand and plan for the financial and retirement costs of changes to your employment. If you are thinking about leaving your job or reducing your hours to part-time, find out …

I-Bonds Paying Interest Rate of 9.62%

Savings Bonds are often considered a safe and trustworthy investment because the U.S. government backs them. There are different types of savings bonds, the most recent and one of the most popular types being the I Bond.  A key feature …

Gift Card Payment Scams

A popular and convenient gift for any occasion is a gift card.  Unfortunately, gift cards are also popular and convenient among scammers.  So what is a gift card scam?  Typically, a scammer tells you that you owe money for an …