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How Inflation Will Cut Your Taxes in 2014

When it comes to taxes, inflation's bite need not be too painful: The government makes adjustments to reflect the higher cost of living. Here's what you'll save in 2014.

How Inflation Affects Your Financial Future

People retiring today can expect to live another 20 years, according to Social Security figures. But in making our financial plans, we have to account for 30 more years.

Here's How Washington Is Likely to Trim Our Social Security Benefits

When Congress and President Obama make a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, they're likely to use something called "chained CPI" to tweak how Social Security calculates cost of living adjustments. Here's a plain English explanation of what that means, and how it will effect your retirement.

10 Things You Must Know About Social Security

Many Americans will make Social Security the bedrock of their retirement plan, but there's more to the benefit than having a birthday and signing up to get your checks. Here are 10 essentials you need to know to get all the money you're entitled to out of the Social Security system.

How to Make Up for Social Security's Meager Raise

For the first time since 2009, Social Security recipients will get a COLA increase in their checks in 2012. But that 3.6% bump probably isn't going to cover the real rise in your expenses. So where should you invest to find that extra income?

Should Coca-Cola Raise Its Prices?

Rafi Mohammed, author of The Art of Pricing, says Coca-Cola is selling itself short. Some of its beverages, such as Coke Zero, could be priced higher, potentially raising the company's margin and profit. But in the Cola Wars, could higher prices cause a customer retreat?

Squeezing Seniors: Social Security Stays Flat as Prices Rise

Besides the unemployed, nobody is getting hurt worse in this economy than seniors. Prices on many commodities are skyrocketing, but the Consumer Price Index, which is the yardstick used to adjust Social Security for inflation, is virtually unchanged.