Posts Tagged ‘social security’

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    Interesting Debt Facts

    Jul 26, 11 • 343 Views • No Comments

    1. China and the Social Security Trust Funds have more in common than you would expect. The public has purchased $9 trillion of U.S. debt. China holds $1.1 trillion of the publicly held total. The U.S. government bought $4.6 trillion of its own debt. The......  [read more]

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    A Social Security Collision

    Jun 20, 11 • 489 Views • No Comments

    Ask a 56-year old and a 26-year old about Social Security and you will probably get very different answers.  In the NY Times, an unemployed 56 year old woman said: “My investments took a bath, then being out of work for a few years–I’m......  [read more]

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    Happy 100th Birthday IBM!

    Jun 16, 11 • 589 Views • No Comments

    Imagine the challenge of implementing the first Social Security system in 1937. 27 million employees and their employers had to be taxed. The basic idea was to collect the money and then redistribute it to current retirees. So everyone got an ID number.......  [read more]

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    Savers or Borrowers?

    Apr 5, 11 • 567 Views • No Comments

    In 1987, a $100 savings account would have earned close to $9 in interest. In 2005, $3.75 or so. Now, maybe 47 cents? The WSJ, had a good article describing how savers are suffering. The retirees who expected to depend on interest income until they died have......  [read more]

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    Peanut Butter Prices

    Mar 25, 11 • 621 Views • No Comments

    Let’s say that you saw the price of Skippy peanut butter, Tropicana orange juice, and Quaker oatmeal went up. Would you be concerned about inflation? In a recent paper, researchers from Yale and the University of Chicago said it is a bit more......  [read more]