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How to Give Kids Stocks in a Meaningful, Fun Way

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Buying stock in companies with a direct impact on a child's life creates a portfolio of memories ... and teachable moments.


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Consumers Still Going Strong

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending


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5 Common Roadblocks That Can Shut Down Retirement Success

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

When it comes to preparing for retirement, the devil is in the details. Just one slip-up can derail your plans.


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The Best Investment You Can Make Isn't in Your 401(k)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Investing in yourself, through classes, career building, networking and just plain taking care of yourself, can pay off more in the long run than anything else.


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3 Reasons Warren Buffett Is Dumping Walmart Stock

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Berkshire Hathaway has all but abandoned its stake in the world's largest retailer.


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A Tax-Friendly Way to Pay for School

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You can use money from a Coverdell education savings account tax-free for education expenses from kindergarten through college.


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How Nervous Investors Should Play the Trump Rally

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Lock in some profits and rebalance your portfolio, but don't go overboard.


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You've Decided to Give Back (Well Done!), Now Do It Wisely

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

From gifting appreciated securities to tax efficiencies for your retirement accounts, here are four approaches to getting the most from your generosity.


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Yes, You Need Home Title Insurance -- Here's Why

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Don't skip it to save a few bucks; that decision may come back to haunt you.


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3 Reasons Warren Buffett Is Loading Up on Apple Stock

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Buffett's holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, bought 57.4 million shares of the iPhone maker in 2016.


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How to Save Big on Taxes in 'The Goldilocks Zone'

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The five-year period from age 65 to 70 offers a unique opportunity for many to potentially save tens of thousands through Roth IRA conversions.


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5 Things Every 401(k) Plan Sponsor Should Do to Avoid Litigation

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Business owners are the ones ultimately held responsible for their plans. Their top two allies: preparation and documentation.


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Retirees, Automate Your Spend-Down Plan

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Online advisory services can help retirees determine a reasonable spending plan.


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5 Signs You Need Money Counseling, Not Marriage Counseling

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Joint account or separate accounts? Does your partner handle the finances? How couples deal with money can either bring them together or push them apart.


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You Still Have Time to Make an HSA Contribution for 2016

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you had an eligible high-deductible health insurance policy last year, you have until this year's tax deadline to add money to an HSA.


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Are You Overestimating How Much Risk You Can Stomach?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

When investors ask themselves how much risk they're comfortable taking, they're probably not answering the question in the right way ... and it could cost them.


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3 Stocks That Will Benefit From an Aging America

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Amazon, Home Depot and Apple all have long-term advantages with Baby Boomers. Savvy investors, take note.


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Oil Prices Change Little Despite OPEC Cuts

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices


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A Creative Way to Fund Your Entrepreneurial Passion: Your 401(k)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Never heard of a "rollover as business startup" transaction? It carries risks, but also important advantages for those seeking second acts in their careers.


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6 Ways to Save Money at Whole Foods

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Learn the tricks to shopping at the grocery store without going broke.


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How to Have a Happy Valentine's Day for Less

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You don't have to break the bank. Here are some simple, low-cost ways to show you care.


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How to Get Money Back When You Turn in a Leased Vehicle

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you are well under your allotted mileage limit, you may be rewarded.


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The Real Cost of the Fiduciary Rule

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Can fee-based financial advisers always do better for their clients than commission-based professionals? It depends.


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What to Do If You're Divorcing Your Valentine

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Breakups can be messy and very expensive, but here are six things you can do to prepare financially and emotionally that could help ease the pain.


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Why Your First Social Security Check May Be Smaller Than Expected

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Those who wait until after full retirement age to claim Social Security but do so before age 70 may be disappointed in the size of their initial benefit checks.


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Why Your Group Life Insurance Is Not Enough

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You'll want to cover those heavy expenses and burdens should the unexpected happen.


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Why Trump's Move to Dismantle Rule Protecting Investors Isn't a Bad Idea

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Don't get me wrong: The fiduciary standard is laudable, but the Department of Labor's rule is flawed. We can do better.


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Hating to Lose Money Can Cost You Big

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

In fact, people dislike it twice as much as they like earning money. Here's why that can be a problem and what you can do about it.


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Why Your Credit Score Matters in Retirement

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You may still be applying for loans and looking for lower rates on insurance to save money.


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Trade Deficit Widening in 2017

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of the trade deficit


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Could Unclaimed Money Be Yours?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Thanks to the Internet, a windfall could be a few clicks away. Here's how.


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A Crime of Passion, Sweetheart Scams Can Be Costly

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

My mom was one of thousands preyed upon by this nasty con. Here's what to watch out for and how to protect those you love.


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Mortgage Interest Tax Deductions May Get Extra Scrutiny This Year

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

A newly designed Form 1098 gives the IRS more information, so be prepared to defend your deduction.


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How to Switch Out of a Medicare Advantage Plan

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You usually can't switch to another Medicare Advantage plan until open enrollment in the fall, but there are exceptions.


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How Smart a Home SELLER Are You?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500




How Smart a Home OWNER Are You?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500







The Tradeoffs We Make at Trendy Discount Grocers Like Aldi

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

More stores are serving up high-quality food at bargain prices.


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6 Steps to Retire When You Want

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you hope to quit your job earlier rather than later, here's how to make it work.


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Credit, Debit or Cash?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Each method has pros and cons. Your best bet is to stay flexible.


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Lessons From the Credit-Score Elite

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Simple steps for how to improve your credit score.


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Mutual Fund Rankings, 2017

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Despite a host of concerns, stocks shine, with small caps leading the way.


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The Best Way to Invest in Index Funds

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Build a portfolio that balances index funds with actively managed funds to get the best returns over time.


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The Importance of Budget Planning in Retirement

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Drawing up a detailed budget can be the difference between a carefree retirement and years of penny-pinching and worrying. Here are some tips.


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What Kind of Investor Will You Be In Retirement?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You've saved and invested to get to retirement, but now that you're actually there, you may need to make a new plan.


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7 Smart Money Moves for Empty-Nesters

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

It's time to re-analyze your current living expenses to save and invest.


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Rocky Road Ahead for Bond Investors

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Retirees need to guard their bond holdings against higher rates and inflation while squeaking out a decent yield--a tall order when many parts of the bond market look expensive.


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Strong Jobs Growth Continues

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs


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Don't Dump Your Dividend Stocks

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Yes, interest rates are headed north, but the bad news for yield-oriented stocks is already behind them.


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Should You Invest in Actively Managed or Index Funds?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Low-cost index funds tend to outperform most actively managed funds over time. One smart solution: Strike a balance between the two.


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How to Protect Your Rewards Points and Miles From Theft

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Monitor your loyalty rewards as you would your bank accounts.


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Tools and Tactics to Help You Sleep Better

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Some workarounds for the growing number of people susceptible to sleep disorders.


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Best Ways to Invest in Bonds Now

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

With Donald Trump's election, the yield on U.S. bonds has risen dramatically. That spells opportunity for bond investors.


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Earn Up to 6% From Our Fund Portfolios

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Our mutual fund and ETF portfolios deliver attractive yields while helping to lower risk.


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Not All Fiduciaries Are Created Equal

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

There are different kinds of fiduciaries, and some offer more layers of protection than others. So make sure you understand the nuances behind the designations.


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Retiring Today Is 10 Times Riskier Than It Was 10 Years Ago

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you want to pursue the same returns, you have to be willing to face more risk in this investing environment.


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Are your savings just going to taxes?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Don't give away more than you have to. Put tax-efficient investing strategies to work.


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What to Do When Your Broker Goes Rogue

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If contacting the broker's superiors doesn't produce resolution, you could try escalating your complaint to FINRA or the SEC.


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Distribution and Tax Rules for Inherited IRAs

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You may have to pay income taxes on distributions from inherited IRAs.


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Why This REIT Is the Only Real-Estate Fund to Crack the Kiplinger ETF 20

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

We say goodbye to iShares U.S. Preferred Stock and hello to Schwab U.S. REIT.


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U.S.'s Biggest Bond Fund Fears U.S. Economy Is Peaking

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Metropolitan West Total Return Bond, flush with new investors, opts for super-safe assets.


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Build Your Own Company

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

How one woman found entrepreneurial success starting from the bottom and working her way up.


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Housing: A Seller's Market in Many Cities

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on housing starts and home sales


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Deducting an IRA Contribution on Your Tax Return

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you have a workplace retirement plan, you can still stash money in an IRA. You can even take a deduction for a traditional IRA contribution if your income is low enough.


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Why the Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Savers Is Here to Stay

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

No matter what Trump does, big financial firms have already made the transition.


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Affluent Americans Deserve Top-of-the-Line Service

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you've got $1 million or more of investable assets, you're going to need some special attention. Here's what you should expect.


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Almost Half of Job Applicants Make This Foolish Mistake

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Before you apply to another job opening, make sure you aren't sabotaging yourself.


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Buckets or Pies: Which Retirement Strategy Works for You?

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The standard investing methods have their virtues (and shortcomings), but the key is to apply them thoughtfully and with some flexibility.


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3 Questions to Ask Your Financial Adviser

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The answers can show you whether this financial professional is really helping you manage your finances or just selling you products.


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Wait-and-See Approach May Be Best For Emerging Markets Now

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Yes, markets truly are global now, and yes, investors need to have some exposure, but they can't ignore the risk of political upheaval globally, and here at home as well.


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Hire Help to Handle Hefty Medical Bills

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

When a sudden medical crisis occurs, health insurance claim specialists can assist with resolving bill payment issues.


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5 Ways NOT to Gift to Children ... and 5 Better Ideas

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Parents who mean well sometimes put their children in a position to blow it.


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8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Before you book your next flight, here's how to make sure you're getting the best deal.


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