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The Salary Chronicles: How I Negotiated A Promotion With A $9k Raise While On Maternity Leave

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:25:00 -0400

It can be difficult to know how to plan for your career while balancing becoming a new mom. This woman leveraged her network to find a new opportunity for her return from maternity leave. The result? A promotion and a raise that was waiting for her when she returned to work after having a baby.

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It's IRA Season: Why April 17 Matters

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:20:00 -0400

Did you contribute to your IRA for 2017?

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The Biggest Work Fears Of Boomers, Gen Xers And Millennials

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:49:00 -0400

In this excerpt from 'You Can't Google It!' Phyllis Haserot, an expert on multigenerational workplaces, describes the big work fears of three generations.

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7 Reasons Why The Amex Platinum Is Worth The Annual Fee

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:18:00 -0400

The Amex Platinum card may have a high annual fee, but the benefits that come with that card can bring you a ton of value.

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A Risk-Free Way To Improve Your Portfolio Return

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:05:00 -0400

Any idea what return your cash is earning in your brokerage account? You will be surprised (and angry).

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What If Your Fee Focus Is Hurting Your 401(k) Plan?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:12:00 -0400

The Four P's To Consider As You Pursue Workplace Retirement Plan Cost Savings.

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Buy Facebook In The Wake Of Irrational Pessimism

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:47:00 -0400

Facebook is down almost 9% since the news broke that Cambridge Analytica misused data on up to 50 million Facebook users. What we are seeing in Facebook's stock is the opposite of irrational exuberance. For rational investors with a reasonable investment horizon, this is a good time to buy.

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ETF Watch: Will This Downward-Facing DOG Finally Bark?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:10:00 -0400

The DOG and its single-inverse ETF peers have been among the worst performers in the investment space for nearly a decade. That's because what they do has been of little use in a market that goes up and rarely goes down.

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The Next Recession Might Be Worse Than The Great Depression

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:13:00 -0400

No one actually knows when a recession will start. People have opinions based on past performance and personal experience. The problem is that past performance is worthless in today’s world.

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IRS Warns Not To Inflate Your Tax Deductions

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:56:00 -0400

Inflating your tax deductions might seem harmless, but not to the IRS. On the Dirty Dozen list this year, it can can trigger penalties or even prosecution.

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Facebook After The Sell-Off: Technical Analysis Of The Price Chart

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:10:00 -0400

What Facebook's stock decline may indicate from looking at the company's price charts.

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Why You Shouldn't Buy Life Insurance (OK, Some May Need It)

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:03:00 -0400

Life insurance sales reps don’t tell you that many people don’t need the product and it's a bad investment.

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How Saving For Retirement Can Increase Your Debt Burden

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400

Saving for your retirement became easier with automatic enrollment into 401(k) plans. New research suggests there's an important tradeoff to this behavioral nudge: heightened debt for your pocketbook.

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This Community Has 17% More Student Loan Debt. Is Bankruptcy The Answer?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

A crisis often hits marginalized communities harder than the general population. The higher education crisis is no different and, it's hitting this marginalized community hard. One of the most tempting solutions, though, may be the worst option for this community.

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Why Crypto-Currency Miners Favor Nvidia Over Intel

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:32:00 -0400

During the California gold rush, many of the people who got rich were those who sold things the miners needed. In today's gold rush, people mining for crypto-currencies need computer processing power. Investing in Nvidia may be the smart way to benefit from the rise of crypto-currencies.

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5 Reasons Debt Relief Programs Cause More Pain Than Relief

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:30:00 -0400

Debt relief programs seem too good to be true because they are. Not only do they hurt your credit and cost you; you may end up worse off than when you started.

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Some Trump Discount Coming Due

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:29:00 -0400

Who knows how much of Trump’s discord forces a discount to the market’s valuation? Probably, a multiple or 2 from its lofty price earnings ratio of 18. As for bonds, the flattening yield curve is under way, two-year Treasuries popping to a 2.2% yield, adumbrating uncertainty.

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4 Other Ways To Time The Market

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:24:00 -0400

Market timing is generally agreed to be extremely challenging. Yet seasonal factors do persist in the market over time and could offer you a slight edge when buying or selling.

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The Guru Investors Who Are Keeping Stakes In Tesla

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:50:00 -0400

Three have conviction on the struggling stock

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Retirement Security Being Threatened By High Debt Warns Researchers

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:07:00 -0400

Retirement security for people 75 and over is being imper by high debt, said think tank EBRI. Baby Boomers are faring better as they near or enter retirement but debt is still warned as a threat.

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Bitcoin Bounces Back From Lowest In More Than 1 Month

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:58:00 -0400

What caused Bitcoin to climb toward $9,000?

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Stunning Baseball Kept In LA Garage Signed By Babe Ruth In 1927: $30K

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0400

A fresh and spectacular baseball signed by Babe Ruth will probably sell for $30,000 in a Lelands auction.

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Make A Better Plan This Tax Season

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:31:00 -0400

When doing your tax planning this season, why not extend your efforts to encompass life and legacy planning? Tax season is actually the perfect time to begin. See below for some tips for using tax season as an opportunity to gather and store this information in a secure, digital lockbox.

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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​What Earnings Are Subject To The Earnings Test?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:27:00 -0400

Today’s column examines what counts under the earnings test, when the earnings test applies, whether to file early, the effects of early retirement benefits on survivor benefits and spending down other resources to allow delaying Social Security.

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American Express Credit Card Rewards May Soon Get Worse

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:23:00 -0400

American Express's new CEO is making moves that may end up hurting cardholders that cherish their reward points.

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Will Your Target-Date 401(k) Fund Blow Up Your Retirement?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:03:00 -0400

Target-Date or Lifestyle Funds put you on auto-pilot for retirement investing. But they may crash. Here's what you need to know.

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What Bootstrapping My Startup With Credit Cards Taught Me

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400

If your business is still avoiding credit cards, try re-examining your cash flow for potential credit reward payoffs.

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People Would Break Up With Their Partner For This Big Of A Raise

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400

A new survey asks millennials what they would give up in exchange for a major job promotion and raise.

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7 Easy Tax-Saving Tips For Small Business Owners

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:54:00 -0400

Time is money, and you shouldn't waste either. Here are 7 quick and easy tips to lower tax bill without taking a ton of time.

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Stormy Daniels Returning $130K Trump Settlement Won't Escape IRS Taxes

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:54:00 -0400

Trump and Stormy Daniels may be suing each other, and she has volunteered to cancel her prior settlement. But would IRS agree?

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Roth IRA: A 'Long Game' Strategy For Your Child's Home Ownership Dream

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400

The Roth IRA is a powerful retirement tool and one that many parents should encourage their children to fund if they meet the requirements. But the Roth IRA is also a way to start saving for a first time home purchase - provided you follow the IRS rules.

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4 High-Yielding REITs For Retirement

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

REITs are well positioned to play an important role -- both as an investment to help build a retirement portfolio and also to provide income to meet living expenses.

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Here's How You Can Stay Ahead Of Your Cyber Security ETF

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:21:00 -0400

CressCap employs a portfolio tool that generates a report card on the stocks within an ETF or any portfolio. Our strategy is to optimize the holdings of ETFs by ‘cherry picking’ the best and worst stocks in the ETF. As an example, we examined the holdings in the First Trust NASDAQ Cybersecurity ETF.

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Selling Your Business In 3 To 5 Years? Buy Another Company Now - Part 3

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:05:00 -0400

What are you going to tell me about my company -- that I’ve been running for 20 or 30 years -- that I don’t already know? Try buying a company and you'll learn what kind of blind spot owners have . . . including yourself. When you find issues in a target, always be willing to pull out of a deal.

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How Can Comcast, America's Most Hated Company, Be A Good Investment?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:57:00 -0400

In 2017, PC magazine named Comcast America's most hated company. Yet the stock has gone from $21 to about $36 over the past 5 years. How can Comcast be a good investment when so many customers hate them?

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A Positive Surprise For Emerging Markets

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400

Economic data in many emerging markets has surprised to the upside in recent weeks. That's very good news for the global growth story.

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7 Areas Of Your Financial Life That May Need Some Spring Cleaning

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400

It can be a good time to get rid of old clutter in your life to make room for the new (future clutter). Why stop at dust bunnies and unused clothing though? Here are seven areas of your financial life that may need some spring cleaning too.

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The Financial Advisors' Guide To Being A Better Human

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

Much of the work we do as financial advisors teaches us to educate clients to adequately prepare for and respond to some of the worst news that befalls any of us. But we get virtually no training on how to best receive this news, how to process it ourselves and how to help our clients through it.

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How To Protect Your Most Important Asset With Disability Insurance

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0400

When you’re in the early or middle stages of your career, there are few (if any) assets more valuable than your ability to earn an income. Unfortunately most people fail to protect that asset.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Successfully Trade Financial Markets?

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:47:00 -0400

Can individual traders beat the markets? A wealth of evidence suggests that trading talent exists but is rare and is grounded in personality and cognitive strengths.

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The Double Burden Of Student Loans For Women

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400

Women carry greater student loans than men and take longer to pay it off. This greater debt burden could be the first step in a lifelong gender wealth gap.

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Rent Versus Buy: How Tax Reform Adds To The Decision

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400

The recently passed tax bill is impacting the decision to buy or rent a new residence. But keep in mind that financial considerations aren’t the only factors to consider.

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Stock Markets In Japan, China, India And Germany Continue To Struggle With Negative Weekly Charts

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:32:00 -0400

Japan’s Nikkei 225 remains in correction territory. Here's how other global indexes are doing.

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5 Reasons People With Excellent Credit Scores Get Denied

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:24:00 -0400

Just because you have an excellent credit score, you can still be rejected. Here are five reasons why you might be rejected, even if your score is 800.

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5 Questions To Ask Before Refinancing A Student Loan

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:10:00 -0400

Do you want to refinance your student loan debt? While the savings can be significant, make sure you ask yourself these five questions before signing on the dotted line.

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7 Straightforward Answers To Your Roth IRA Questions

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:50:00 -0400

For those who aren’t ready to delve into the depths of the IRS’ instruction manual, here’s what you need to know about Roth IRAs.

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The Impact Of Tariffs On Your Portfolio

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:39:00 -0400

What will the tariffs on steel and aluminum mean for your investment prospects? We examine the likely impact on different sectors.

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Four Alleged Cryptocurrency Fraudsters Temporarily Halted By Federal Court

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:06:00 -0400

A federal court halted the activities of four alleged cryptocurrency fraudsters at the request of the FTC

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Appellate Court Deals Fiduciary Financial Advice Rule Major Blow

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:23:00 -0400

A new court ruling out of the Appellate division vacates the DOL fiduciary rule, leaving the future of fiduciary advice and the rule in further limbo.

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Combat Vet's Unusual And Affordable Baseball Art Wows Big Leaguers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:03:00 -0400

An ex-Marine officer offers you the chance to commission one-of-a-kind art that is so good that major leaguers ask to keep it.

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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can My Wife Suspend Now And Take Spousal?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:34:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses when benefits can be suspended, the effects of suspending on benefit amounts, the availability of spousal benefits, the effects of public pension spousal benefits on Social Security benefit amounts and potentially available benefits beyond SSDI.

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How IRS Tax Scammers Steal Your Identity

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:16:00 -0400

Scammers are working overtime to steal your financial information. Here's how to avoid problems.

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RMD Strategies for Your Retirement Accounts

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:49:00 -0400

It’s almost April 1. That means its required minimum distribution (RMD) time for senior Americans.

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Apple Missteps Cause Drop In Brand Value

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:49:00 -0400

Apple's brand name is an asset that is arguably worth more than $100 billion. On Tuesday, Harris said Apple dropped to number 29 in its latest Reputational Quotient Poll, a big drop from Apple's number 2 ranking in 2016, and an early warning that missteps can ruin even a brand name like Apple.

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7 Reasons To Revisit Your Estate Plan, Trump Tax Law Aside

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:36:00 -0400

Trump may have recently passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA), but here are the 7 nontax reasons you should revisit your estate plan and possibly update your prior documents.

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6 Tricks To Kick Credit Card Debt Quicker

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:17:00 -0400

Paying off credit card debt is hard work, but it doesn’t have to feel tedious. These tricks can help you tackle your debt with less effort.

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How To Profit From The $250K Ty Cobb Baseball Card Found In An Old Book

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:58:00 -0400

The same family that found seven rare Ty Cobb cards worth about $3 million just found an eight. Here's what you can do to take advantage.

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Staying Ahead Of Your ETF

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:45:00 -0400

The CressCap systematic trading model gathers data daily for 6,500 companies globally and assigns academic grades (A - F) for each financial metric. These grades are scored relative to its region/sector.

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Why The Fed Can't Fix The Productivity Problem

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:11:00 -0400

This isn’t something the Fed can fix. It will require a bottom-up change in the way business owners and managers think.

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Hedge Funds Shouldn't Be Limited To The Rich Says SEC Commissioner

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:59:00 -0400

The SEC should allow people with less money than currently permitted to invest in hedge funds, venture capital funds, private companies and other private investment vehicles, Commissioner Hester Peirce told an Investment Adviser Association conference today.

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What The New Tax Law Means For Your Charitable Giving

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:49:00 -0400

The new tax law has big implications on giving to charity. Here's a rundown of the changes and ways to give wisely as a result.

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St. Patrick's Day In The U.S. By The Numbers [Infographic]

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:07:00 -0400

The National Retail Federation has predicted that 2018 will see the highest levels of St. Patrick's Day spending in U.S. history at $5.9 billion, up from last year's record of $5.3 billion.

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Coinbase: No Need For New Cryptocurrency Regulator

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:58:00 -0400

No need for Congress to create a new cryptocurrency regulator, Coinbase said today.

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4 Easy Ways To Put More Money In Your Pocket

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:37:00 -0400

A Duke University behavioral finance lab and its partners reveal fresh ways to use economic quirks to your economic advantage.

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In No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker, The Shifting Probabilities Are Extraordinary

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:45:00 -0400

Learning to play no limit Texas Hold Em poker is a deep dip into the pool of shifting probabilities.

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Confession Of Augustine: Buy Savior Stocks Amazon, Alibaba And Electronic Arts

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:03:00 -0400

John Augustine, CIO at the Huntington Private Bank, provides his take on markets and the economy, and what sectors and stocks he favors now.

Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can I Really Get Spousal Before My Spouse Files?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:53:00 -0400

Today’s column examines when spousal benefits become available, how spousal benefits are calculated, potential complications in sequencing benefits for married couples, spousal benefits and disability benefits and the combined family maximum.

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Can Real Estate Investors Still Find A Good Deal In Utah And Colorado?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:45:00 -0400

What's the best investment strategy in a real estate market that has already seen successful growth? That depends on the market. The good news though is that you don't need perfect timing to find a good opportunity in Colorado and Utah.

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Why John Oliver Is Right About Cryptocurrencies

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:20:00 -0400

Are cryptocurrencies pure gambling? Here's how to be skeptical.

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Cryptocurrency Not In Pension Funds' Shopping Carts: Their Managers Tell Why

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:05:00 -0400

Pension funds aren't giving Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency their Good House Keeping Seals of Approval. The lack of transparency and regulation is keeping the dollars of institutional investors away

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These Are The Best States For Women To Retire

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400

It’s not news that women’s finances differ from men’s, so why shouldn’t their retirement needs?

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The No-Fear Guide To Getting Your First Credit Card

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0400

Much like being bad at money in general, your temporary inability to get a credit card is not a moral failing. Here is a step-by-step guide to browsing, applying and getting accepted — with or without a credit score.

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How To Lower Your Tax Audit Risk - 4 Helpful Tips

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:30:00 -0400

Do you want to avoid the nightmare of an IRS tax audit? We share 4 simple tips to help keep you our of the crosshairs of a tax auditor.

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Millennials Are Good At Saving, But Investing? Not So Much

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:03:00 -0400

Millennials are way ahead of other generations when it comes to saving for the future, but their fear of investing could hurt them in the long run.

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Bitcoin Struggles To Stay Above $9,000 As Traders Wait And See

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:13:00 -0400

Why has Bitcoin been having a hard time staying above $9,000?

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Jane Doe And The $560 Million Privacy Question

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:50:00 -0400

A recent ruling in favor of maintaining a $560 million Powerball winner's anonymity raises the question of what privacy is worth protecting.

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The Truth About Mnuchin And The Bond Market

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:48:00 -0400

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has an explanation for everything- except for how the government is going to fund $1 trillion of debt this year.

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4 High-Quality REITs For Retirement

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:22:00 -0400

I have never seen a REIT that sells swampland but if there were such a company, the prospective investor could find out about it by reviewing company filings and thus avoid being duped by conducting careful due diligence.

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How 'Stormy' Got Investors' Attention

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:59:00 -0400

The Investment Climate Indicator’s primary role is to make the reader/investor think. Specifically, to consider that markets go up and down based on a wide variety of factors, including economic, valuation, emotional and political factors.

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Is A Roth IRA Right For You?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:56:00 -0400

In this article, two financial advisers explain how a Roth IRA works, plus the advantages and disadvantages of this type of retirement account.

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Can Lessons From NASCAR Help Your 401(k) Investments?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:50:00 -0400

How the different conditions of a NASCAR time trial versus race day can frame recent passive and active investment trends.

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7 Big Estate Planning Mistakes: Leaving A Messy Estate

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:46:00 -0400

Perhaps the last and best test of how much you care about your survivors and legacy is the level of organization of your estate. It's one factor your survivors definitely will remember.

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Economist Lacy Hunt: These Conditions Preceded The Last 7 Recessions

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:41:00 -0400

In 2007, a dollar in debt generated 37 cents in GDP growth. In 2017, a dollar in debt created only 31 cents in GDP. Money supply and bank credit are collapsing.

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Bull Market Or Bear Market? Chart Reader Matt Peters Has Thoughts

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:20:00 -0400

Chartered Market Technician Matt Peters offers his analysis of charts for stocks, bonds and gold.

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She Won The $560 Million Powerball -- And Immediately Regretted This

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:32:00 -0400

If you win the lottery, make sure to do this one thing.

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5 Ways To Prepare When Your Parent Moves In

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:28:00 -0400

Moving your elderly parent into your home can be a gift to you and your family. However the lack of resources available makes it difficult to prepare. Here are 5 tips to make the transition as smooth as possible and make the most of your new arrangement.

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Companies With LGBTQ-Inclusive Ads Can Increase Sales By 40%, And Here's Why

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

Companies with LGBTQ-inclusive advertising can increase sales by 40% and referrals by 66%, says Sean Howell, co-founder and president of Hornet. Hornet's recent LGBTQ Ad Format Effectiveness Study has eye-popping data for brands about connecting with and serving an underserved community.

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The Market Is Worth 10-, 15- Or Even 20-Times Earnings

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:46:00 -0400

Yes! Yes! No! Freud once called himself 'One of those who have disturbed the sleep of the world.' Today, it’s Trump’s turn. While you’ll find a solid consensus on earnings advancement for the S&P 500 Index, there’s near dead silence on an appropriate multiplier, the P/E ratio.

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Insider Buys: Cross Country Healthcare And Four Other Stocks

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:40:00 -0400

The chief executives of these five companies bought their own shares in February and March.

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Trump's Parade Could Feed All Homeless Veterans, But We Could Have Before As Well

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:03:00 -0400

Many found themselves angry at a report that the cost of a Veterans' Day military parade could feed all homeless veterans for a period of time. But why not get angry at all the other waste that could do the same?

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The Financial And Personal Toll Of Family Caregiving

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:05:00 -0400

A new Northwestern Mutual survey reveals the ways family caregiving can affect your finances, your career and your relationships.

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CVS-Aetna Deal: Bondholders Should Read The Fine Print

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:52:00 -0400

Read the fine print in your bond prospectus to avoid surprise losses.

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Get Your Head In The Game: Why Great Research Is A Winning Strategy In Investing And March Madness

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Ultimately, a company's recipe for success, as with NCAA contenders, boils down to their unique approach, mastery of fundamentals, strong leadership, great track recordand future growth potential.

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Want To Fund Your HSA For 2018? Read This First

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:39:00 -0400

Health Spending Accounts are a great way to save for health care and retirement costs - and they provide significant tax benefits. However, in March, the IRS has abruptly lowered the amount a family can fund for 2018. For many, it will be a hassle to fix.

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How To Trade U.S. Equity Averages That Are Nearing Risky Levels

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:23:00 -0400

The Nasdaq powered to a new all-time intraday high on Friday. Here's how to trade it and four other indexes now.

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Why Do Some Predictions Succeed & Others Fail? Watch The PBS Show, 'Prediction By The Numbers'

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:02:00 -0400

Is it a science or an art? Predicting what's to come by analyzing numbers -- the PBS show Predictions by the Numbers explores probabilities.

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Tax Reform Provides Boost To Small Business Retirement Plans

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:42:00 -0400

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is going to have a lot of unintended consequences—some good and some bad. One encouraging impact that the new tax reform could have is to increase the number of defined benefit and cash balance retirement plans set up by small businesses.

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