Brandon Ballenger

I'm a freelance journalist living in South Florida. If I'm not writing, I'm playing video games or at the beach. My favorite spice is oregano, and I thought you should know. I got my bachelor's degree in English and public communication from Florida Atlantic University in 2008.

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The 10 Best Countries for Pensions

on October 20, 2021

Citizens of these nations enjoy the finest pensions in the world, according to one recent study.

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6 Things You Should Buy Now for the Holidays

on October 19, 2021

Buy early, or you may be faced with the sad reality that everything you want is stranded in shipping containers until 2022.

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4 Ways to Tax-Proof Your Investment Portfolio

on October 18, 2021

Here are some simple strategies for keeping Uncle Sam as far away from your investments as is legally possible.

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4 Pitfalls for First-Time Medicare Enrollees

and on October 15, 2021

Medicare’s rules are exacting, and penalties can be stiff and sometimes permanent.

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Want to Retire Early? Make These 6 Moves Right Now

on October 12, 2021

Retiring before the traditional age of 65 requires planning. Have you taken these key steps yet?

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6 Ways Democrats Plan to Change Retirement Account Rules

on September 17, 2021

Could the enormous infrastructure package moving through Congress affect your retirement plans?

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8 Easy Ways You Can Stop Robocalls

and on September 11, 2021

There are more ways than ever to silence unwanted calls.

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5 States That Would Get the Most Cash Under the New Infrastructure Bill

on September 2, 2021

The enormous spending package would provide every state with billions of dollars in new funding — but a handful would get much, much more.

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Get Paid to Walk: 6 Apps That Give Dollars for Footsteps

on August 18, 2021

Did you know you can make extra money simply by taking a stroll?

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The Best Way to Kill Off Credit Card Debt

on August 10, 2021

To figure out the best way to pay down debt, imagine yourself sailing in a storm-tossed sea and facing one big decision.

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8 of the Greatest Sources of Fulfillment for Retirees

on August 2, 2021

Retirees say these actions give them purpose and meaning in 2021.

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6 Things That Could Get Cheaper Under Biden’s New Executive Order

on July 16, 2021

The federal government is taking new steps to foster competition and drive down prices in several industries.

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8 Good Reasons to Cancel Netflix

on July 14, 2021

Don’t assume you’re getting your money’s worth — take a moment to think about it.

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10 Types of Retirement Income That Are Not Taxable

on June 28, 2021

There are lots of things Uncle Sam can’t touch — so long as you play by the rules.

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6 Ways to Heap Up Savings Before You Retire

on June 21, 2021

Falling behind on your retirement savings? These simple habits can thicken your wallet in no time.

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5 Medicare Mistakes to Avoid for a Healthy Retirement

on June 7, 2021

Medicare can be confusing. Beware these missteps — which can hike your costs.

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15 States Where Divorce Is Most Common

on May 28, 2021

In most states, even where divorce rates are high, they’re declining.

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6 Ways to Guarantee Yourself a Steady Retirement Income

on May 25, 2021

Saving is just one part of the retirement equation. Do this now to guarantee income in your golden years.

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New Retirement Bill Would Help Savers of All Ages

on May 12, 2021

With bipartisan support, this bill could help millions of workers and retirees boost or conserve their retirement savings.

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10 Money Milestones You Should Know Well Before Retiring

on March 10, 2021

How many of these retirement-related ages and deadlines have you prepared for?

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