File-and-Suspend Strategy Eliminated

Washington — Married couples have no shortage of options for deciding when to collect Social Security benefits. But the budget deal President Obama signed into law Monday gets rid of one of the key strategies that has increased lifetime Social Security benefits by up to $60,000 for some high-earning couples. The strategy is known as file-and-suspend, in which one spouse could file to receive Social Security retirement benefits and...

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Wal-Mart Does About Face on Manufacturing

Bentonville, Ark. — The group cheer at Wal-Mart’s third annual U.S. manufacturing summit — convened to find more American-made products — was greeted with a voice from another era. “Almost anything can be made by Americans, in this country, and be done efficiently,” founder Sam Walton said in a grainy black-and-white video clip from the 1980s, explaining Wal-Mart’s mission to buy more products at home. Ultimately, Walton failed....

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Social Security Q&A: Will Other Support Disqualify Me for SSI?

Question: This summer, I’ll turn 65 and, because of my financial situation, I thought I’d be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. But my neighbor told me I’d probably be turned down because I have a friend who said he might help support me. Is this true? Answer: If your friend helps support you, it could have an effect on whether you get SSI and on the amount you would receive. If you have low income and few resources, you may...

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Virtual Reality Not There Yet
Apr05

Virtual Reality Not There Yet

If you believe the folks at Facebook, virtual reality is about to become the next big thing. The technology has progressed enough to start to blur the lines between what’s virtual and what’s real. Virtual reality will only get better, Facebook officials said, thanks to ever-improving processors, interest from big companies and, of course, Facebook’s own investment last year in Oculus, the developer of a much-talked-about virtual...

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