File and Suspend is No Longer Available

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A strategy to increase lifetime Social Security benefits by up to roughly $60,000 for some high-earning couples was eliminated by the Obama Administration on Nov. 2. The strategy, known as file-and-suspend, allowed one spouse to file for Social Security retirement benefits and then suspend the payouts, so that the other spouse could collect spousal benefits… Read more »

Bye, Bye to Tens of Thousands of Dollars of Debt for a Certificate

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Despite intensive lobbying efforts and lawsuits by the Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC), a U.S. District federal judge denied a challenge to the Obama administration’s rules limiting the amount of debt students can carry in career-training programs. This decision delivers a blow to the deteriorating for-profit college industry. Questions: 1. What are the new rules… Read more »

Right on the Money

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Back in January, when Jacob “Jack” Lew was a mere nominee for the position of Secretary of the Treasury, the New York Magazine described his signature as a “slinky that has lost its spring.” Now, as the official Treasury secretary, his signature has changed. Questions: 1. Why were people worrying about Lew’s signature in the… Read more »

Feds Catch Bid-Rigging Bankers

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Federal authorities are pursuing legal action against bankers accused of systematically defrauding states, local governments and non-profits. The ongoing probe is focusing on bankers who have colluded about the offers they’ve made as they bid on contracts to invest municipal bond proceeds. Questions: 1. What is bid-rigging? Summarize the way in which the suspect bankers… Read more »